Written answers

Thursday, 28 February 2008

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Publications

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

    • Disability Living Allowance: Partially Sighted

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2008, Official Report, column 61W, on disability living allowance: partially sighted, if he will include...

      Housing Benefit: National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions by what mechanisms the requirement for a national insurance number to make an application for housing benefit and council tax benefit was...

      Lone Parents: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to help single parents who are in employment to gain the skills to make progress in the workplace.

      Mobility Allowance: Sight Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions under what regulation the automatic entitlement of registered blind claimants to the higher rate of mobility allowance was removed.

      Pension Service: Disability and Carer's Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the likely effect on his Department's expenditure for the Department in each year until 2025 of merging the Pension...

      Pension Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of staff in the Pension Service and the Disability and Carer's Service in each year until 2018.

      Social Security Benefits: Tranquillisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many tranquiliser addicts are in receipt of disability benefits.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received winter fuel payments in West Lancashire constituency in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many miles he and other Ministers in his Department travelled on short haul flights in the last 12 months; and what estimate he has...

      Carers' Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether it is his policy to maintain the value of the carer's allowance in real terms.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many child support cases have been passed to the clerical team in Bolton Child Support Agency Office to progress from (a) the Vale...

      Child Support Agency Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he last visited a Child Support Agency office.

      Child Support Agency: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many times the specification for the CS2 IT project entered into with EDS in September 2000 was changed in each year since 2000.

      Community Care Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what percentage of internal reviews of community care grant decisions were successful (a) at each benefit delivery centre and (b)...

      Consolatory Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 27 November 2007, Official Report, column 329W, on consolatory payments, what the total value of consolatory...

      Council Tax Benefits: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much the Government transferred each year to the Scottish Executive for the payment of council tax benefit in Scotland in each of the last...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) buildings and (b) land of (i) his Department and (ii) the (A) non-departmental public bodies, (B) agencies and (C) independent...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of his Department's staff are employed within each salary band; what the title and role of each position within...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the value is of (a) pay supplements, (b) bonuses and (c) other incentive packages that are payable in his Department on the basis of...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Departmental employees were paid (a) over £60,000 and (b) over £100,000 per annum, inclusive of bonuses, in the most...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) loans, (b) lump sum payments, (c) grants, (d) crisis loans and (e) budgeting loans have been made by his Department to people...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what checks are made on the immigration status of applicants for disability living allowance who declare themselves to be British; and if he...

      Disability Living Allowance: Mentally Ill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent representations he has received on the rights of people with mental illnesses to claim the higher level of mobility benefit under...

      Disability Living Allowance: Sight Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) blind and (b) partially sighted people are claiming disability living allowance mobility component.

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people employed in his Department work on administering EU structural funds, and what the cost of such staff was in 2006-07.

      Health and Safety Executive: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many inspectors were employed by the Health and Safety Executive in 2006-07; and how many are expected to be employed in (a) 2007-08 and...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people had their (a) housing benefit and (b) council tax benefit claim backdated by more than three months in each of the last...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures have been put in place to ensure that the proposed reduction in backdating of housing benefit claims and council tax benefit...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of applicants for incapacity benefit underwent a face-to-face assessment as part of the process to approve their...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if an applicant for job seeker's allowance (JSA) is to be fast-tracked on to the new gateway from day one of their application, what duration...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the aggregate size of contributions to pension funds was in each year since 1997.

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many occupational pension schemes have entered wind-up procedures in each year since 1997; and what percentage of occupational pension...

      Occupational Pensions: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what steps his Department is taking to ensure that employers provide access to an occupational pension scheme for their employees; (2)...

      Pension Credit: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in each London constituency did not take up their entitlement to pension credit in each of the last five years.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners receive (a) the basic state pension alone and (b) the basic state pension and pension credits.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the percentage of pensioners who will retire in the 2007-08 fiscal year and are enrolled in an (a) final salary...

      Pensions: Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much the Financial Assistance Scheme for pensions has paid out to individuals in each year for which figures are available.

      Pensions: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the number of companies which face increases in their annual payments to the Pension Protection Fund as a result of...

      Pensions: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many overseas recipients of the graduated pension have their pensions frozen.

      Pensions: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many residents of Wales had cases managed by the Pension Service's Newcastle office in the last 12-month period for which figures are available.

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the value is of work sub-contracted by Remploy's Furniture Group to other companies outside Remploy.

      Retirement: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people in the West Midlands who have not made financial provisions for their retirement; and if he...

      Social Security Benefits: Depression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what benefits can be claimed by parents of children who have been prescribed drugs for depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder;...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people were underpaid their state pension in each of the last five years; and how many people complained about such...

      Winter Fuel Payments: Cleethorpes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many eligible pensioners in Cleethorpes constituency received winter fuel allowance in each year since its introduction.

      Winter Fuel Payments: Hendon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Hendon (a) were entitled to receive and (b) have received winter fuel payments in 2007; how many received the over-80s...

  • Prime Minister

    • Administration of Justice

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will discuss the relationship between Sharia law and the English civil law system when he next meets the Archbishop of Canterbury.

    • Chequers: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make it his policy to publish the names of people he invites to Chequers.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) how much has been spent on video recording equipment for the purposes of films for the 10 Downing street YouTube video platform since 27 June 2007; (2) how many...

      Elderly: Ministerial Responsibility

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will appoint a Minister for older people; and if he will bring forward proposals to appoint a commissioner for older people.

      Honours

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make it his policy to bring forward legislative proposals to require the revocation of (a) knighthhoods and (b) other honours where the behaviour or conduct...

      Joint Intelligence Committee: Public Appointments

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 18 February 2008, Official Report, column 127W, on Joint Intelligence Committee: public appointments, whether there was a Civil Service-wide...

      Ministerial Policy Advisors

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 22 November 2007, Official Report, columns 147-50WS, on numbers and cost of special advisers, how many (a) male and...

      Multi-National Chairmen's Group

      To ask the Prime Minister how many meetings of the Multi-National Chairmen's Group have been held at 10 Downing Street (a) since he became Prime Minister and (b) during the time his predecessor...

      Official Visits: India

      To ask the Prime Minister which representatives of (a) industry and (b) non-governmental organisations accompanied him on his visit to India in January.

      Operating Costs

      To ask the Prime Minister what the budget is for the running costs of 10 Downing Street in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.

      Romania

      To ask the Prime Minister when he or any of his predecessors last visited Romania, other than for EU or NATO conferences; and whether he plans to make any such visit.

  • Wales

    • Sustainable Development: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with (a) the Chancellor of the Exchequer and (b) the Secretary of State for Transport to ensure that part of the new funding...

    • Sustainable Development: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with Ministers of the Welsh Assembly Government and the UK Government to ensure that adequate matching funding is available to...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Departmental Visits Abroad

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

    • Extended Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Yeovil of 21 February 2008, Official Report, columns 849-51W, on extended schools,...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Post Office Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what discussions he has had with Post Office Counters Ltd on its incentive structure for post office closures.

    • Post Office Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what stage the post office closure consultation programme has reached; and if he will make a statement.

      Post Office Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent assessment he has made of the effect of post office closures on local economies.

      Regulatory Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what plans he has for further regulatory reform.

      Agency Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he next expects to meet representatives of small business organisations to discuss the regulation of agency workers.

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what account he takes of local opinion in determining applications for onshore wind farms; and if he will make a statement.

      Coal-fired Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his policy is on carbon capture at new coal-fired power stations.

      Energy Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent assessment he has made of the effects of changes in energy costs on energy intensive industries; and if he...

      Lending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps he is taking to prevent unscrupulous lending practices.

      E-mail and Postal Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department is taking to prevent e-mail and postal fraud.

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will commission research on the effects on mortality rates and livelihoods of different forms of electricity...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the merits of feed-in tariffs in encouraging local generation of renewable energy.

      Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many workers are entitled to request flexible working; and if he will make a statement.

      Bankruptcy: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many bankruptcies there were in Wales since 1990, broken down by industry group.

      Departmental Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many secondments of staff were made (a) to and (b) from his Department in each year since 1997; which...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 18 February 2008, Official Report, column 82W, on armed forces: protective clothing, what items of equipment personnel are...

    • Defence: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate what defence expenditure in 2007-08 would be if (a) it was at the same level in real terms as in 1984-85, (b) it formed the same...

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Temporary Employment

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

      Iraq: War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Government have received any requests from the International Criminal Court for UK military personnel to stand trial there for an alleged war...

      Porton Down: Human Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what settlement has been reached in respect of veterans' claims relating to participation in trials at Porton Down; what the implications of the...

  • Olympics

    • Olympic Games 2012: Gun Sports

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how much has been spent to date on (a) surveying, (b) preparatory work and (c) other work on potential sites for the 2012 Olympics shooting events at (i)...

  • Women and Equality

    • Domestic Violence

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what funding is being provided from the public purse for organisations supporting those affected by domestic violence in 2008-09.

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental Homeworking

      To ask the Leader of the House how many people in her office have been authorised to work from home in the last 12 months.

    • Departmental Travel

      To ask the Leader of the House how much staff of each grade in her office spent on first class travel in the last 12-month period for which information is available.

      Drinking Water

      To ask the Leader of the House how much her office spent on bottled water in the latest year for which figures are available.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Party Political Funding

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what progress the Electoral Commission has made on clarifying the rules governing the funding...

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what guidance the Electoral Commission has provided to electoral registration officers on the...

      Electoral Register: Commonwealth

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission whether the Electoral Commission has provided advice to the Government on updating Electoral...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much was spent on external consultants and advisers by (a) his Department and (b) each (i) non-departmental public body and (ii) executive agency...

    • Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many receptions were held at Dover house in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the (a) value and (b) start date was of each private finance initiative project approved by his Department in each of the last three financial years.

      Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department spent on bottled water in the latest year for which figures are available.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • British Virgin Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when a Minister last visited the British Virgin Islands; and when the next such visit will take place.

    • Chevening Scholarship Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2008, Official Report, columns 1850-1W, on the Chevening scholarship programme, which...

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what percentage of his Department's expenditure was on advertising in each of the last 10 years.

      EC Common Foreign and Security Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the (a) total budget and (b) UK funding contribution for the EU's Common Foreign and Security...

      Falkland Islands: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment the Government have made of the potential contribution of oil and gas from Falkland Islands waters to the...

      Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the state of relations between the UK and the Governments of (a) Gibraltar, (b) the...

      Honours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many members of the senior civil service in his Department have received an honour.

      Iran: Racial Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Iranian Government on the persecution of Jewish people in that country; and if he will...

      Iraq: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which individuals made which annotations on the hard copy of the John Williams draft of the 2002 Iraq dossier.

      Israel: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with (a) Ministers and (b) officials from other Government departments about British...

      Israel: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British citizens (a) visited and (b) emigrated to Israel in each year since 2000.

      Israel: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether it is the policy of the Government to refuse to recognise Hamas as long as it retains its intent to destroy Israel; and...

      Kenya: EU Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has held with his EU counterparts on EU aid to Kenya in light of the political unrest there; and if...

      Libya: UN World Conference Against Racism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to Libya on the preparatory meetings of the 2009 UN World Conference Against Racism taking...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his Department have had with the (i)...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British citizens were (a) killed, (b) seriously injured and (c) injured in rocket attacks on Israel from (i) Gaza...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 18 February 2008, Official Report, column 177W, on nuclear weapons, which countries were unable to...

      Romania: EU External Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the preparedness of (a) Romania and (b) Bulgaria to implement EU legislation, with...

      Romania: EU External Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) private sector, (b) public sector and (c) private/public sector partnership projects have been approved for EU...

      Romania: EU External Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on reforms of the judicial system in Romania, with particular reference to (a) the Sunshine Law...

      Romania: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he or any of his predecessors last visited Romania, other than for EU or NATO conferences; and whether he plans to make any...

      Serbia: EU external relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2008, Official Report, columns 223-4W on Serbia: EU external relations, what...

      Simon Mann

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will request the US authorities to make further visits to Simon Mann in Black Beach Prison on a frequent and regular basis...

      Simon Mann

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the medical treatment being provided to Simon Mann in Malabo for his hernia.

      Simon Mann

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 18 February 2008, Official Report, column 179W, on Simon Mann, what reasons he has been given by the...

      UN World Conference Against Racism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what criteria he will use in determining whether the UK will participate in the 2009 UN World Conference Against Racism.

      UN World Conference Against Racism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proposals the Government have made on the agenda for the 2009 UN World Conference Against Racism.

      UN World Conference Against Racism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the UN on the inclusion of Holocaust education on the agenda for the 2009 UN World...

      Weapons: Proliferation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the reasons for the failure of the 2005 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference to...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the oral answer of 19 February 2008, Official Report, column 140, on Zimbabwe, when he plans to turn to the role of...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when her Department plans to (a) launch the single portal for cohesion guidance and (b) publish the cohesion contingency...

    • Conditions of Employment: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley of 31 January 2008, Official Report, column 669W, on conditions of...

      First Time Buyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Government have taken to increase the number of first-time buyers entering the property market.

      Heating: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions officials in her Department have had with counterparts in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural...

      Heating: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 23 January 2008, Official Report, column 2047W, on heating: standards, what meetings she has had with...

      Immigrants: Information Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects the first information packs for newcomers to the UK to be published by local authorities; and what funding her...

      Landfill Tax: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effects of increases in landfill tax on the funding of public services in (a) St. Albans...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the value of (a) council tax receipts and (b) central Government grant was for local authorities in each county in the...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many times her Department and its predecessors paid money to what was later found to be the incorrect local governmental...

      Local Government: Consent Regimes

      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, column 586W, on local...

      Non-Domestic Rates

      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 586-7W, on...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Valuation Office Agency has established the proposed property attributes that will form the basis of the regression...

      Regional Planning and Development: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding regional planning bodies will receive from housing and planning delivery grant; and what targets they will be...

      Thermal Insulation: Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what assessment her Department has made of appropriate tests for the performance of multi-foil insulation materials other...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she will answer Question 178902 tabled by the hon. Member for Taunton on 28 January 2008 on heating: standards; and what...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, the hon. Member for Gloucester, will reply to the letter of 11 January 2008...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had on changes to licensing hours for on- and off-licensed premises; and if he will make a statement.

    • Departmental Home Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people in his Department have been authorised to work from home in the last 12 months.

      Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on bottled water in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Fairtrade Initiative

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

      Football Foundation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much public funding was provided to the Football Foundation in each of the last three years.

      National Lottery: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much lottery funding was provided to (a) athletics and (b) swimming in (i) Southend, (ii) Essex, (iii) the London region and (iv)...

      Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of people who engaged in at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity level sport at least three...

      Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 18 February 2008, Official Report, columns 333-4W, on sports, (1) how many people each percentage figure in...

      Sports: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will collect data on Community Club Development Programme funding allocated to sports clubs in West Lancashire constituency.

      Swimming: Southend on Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans he has to encourage participation in swimming in Southend; how much his Department spent to promote swimming in each year...

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what Government funds and resources have been allocated to research and development in finding an alternative to animal testing since 2001.

    • Driving Offences: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fixed notice fines were issued in each police force area for the illegal use of a mobile telephone whilst driving in each of the...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which the most common countries of origin are for people trafficked into the UK.

      Individual Support Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many individual support orders attached to anti-social behaviour orders have been issued in each local authority area in each...

      Internet: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the distribution of responsibilities is between Government Departments and agencies in relation to the regulation of the internet; and...

      Internet: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much she has allocated to policing internet content for 2008-09; and if she will make a statement.

      Intimidation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of bullying have been reported in (a) her Department and (b) its agencies in each of the last 12 months.

      Migrant Workers: Teesside

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her most recent estimate is of the number of migrant workers there were in (a) Teesside, (b) Stockton South constituency and (c)...

      National Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral statement of 14 November 2007 on national security, in which areas the new dedicated regional counter...

      Surveillance: Members

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of hon. Members who have taken the Oath who have been directly or indirectly the subject of (a)...

  • Transport

    • Department Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of (a) women and (b) men work in each bargaining unit of her Department and its agencies.

    • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent on the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's television advertisements aimed at stopping vehicle excise duty fraud.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what discussions she has had with her European counterparts on the potential impact of electric personal assistive mobility devices on carbon...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether she plans to amend legislation to permit electric personal assistive mobility devices on the public highway or on pedestrian or cycle...

      Electric Vehicles: Government Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the merits of introducing electric vehicles into the Government car fleet.

      Electric Vehicles: Government Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) hybrid and (b) electric vehicles there are in the Government car fleet.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what percentage of passengers using (a) Heathrow and (b) Gatwick airports were in transit (i) between domestic and international flights...

      Motor Vehicles: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what target she has set for carbon dioxide emissions from road vehicles by 2020, expressed in g/km.

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Government have taken to reduce levels of road tax evasion.

      Railway Stations: Sight Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Government have taken to make train stations user-friendly for blind people.

      Railway Stations: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent steps the Government have taken to improve accessibility of train stations in the West Midlands.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans she has to issue a manual for streets to aid reconfiguration of existing (a) high streets and (b) other streets.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many scheme impact evaluations she has received from local authorities for road schemes the Department for Transport has funded; and if she will...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will make it her policy to record centrally expenditure by local authorities on compensation paid as a result of inadequate road maintenance...

      Sea Rescue: Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions the (a) Republic of Ireland's coast guard agency, (b) Irish Air Corps and (c) Irish navy have been involved in marine...

      Trains: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consideration her Department has given to the merits of low-cost ultra-light rail fuelled by biomethane made locally from anaerobically digested...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund: Braintree

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which projects in Braintree constituency have been funded by the aggregates levy sustainability fund; and what the value is...

    • Animals: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much and what proportion of the expected costs of animal disease and welfare will fall upon the (a) public purse and...

      Animals: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether estimated savings in 2010-11 from cost-sharing in relation to animal disease and welfare include income from levies...

      Animals: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what financial basis and assumptions an annual saving of £121 million by 2011 from cost-sharing for animal disease...

      Animals: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures relating to vaccination of sheep and cattle have been taken in relation to bluetongue disease.

      Animals: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department takes to manage health risks associated with animals which are smuggled into the UK.

      Badgers: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent on the protection of badgers in Devon in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Bonamia Ostreae

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on the outbreak of bonamia ostreae in Kent.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many animals removed from farms in Devon as a result of investigations of suspected or confirmed cases of tuberculosis...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much money was spent by his Department on the destruction of animals identified as having contracted bovine tuberculosis...

      Carbon Emissions: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will estimate the climate change impact of UK aviation in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Coastal Fishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what response he has received to plans to permit 30 inshore trawlers from Hartlepool, Lowestoft and the Thames Estuary to...

      Common Fisheries Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether he has discussed reforming the Common Fisheries Policy with his EU counterparts; and if he will make a...

      Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what progress has been made in mapping land as defined by section 15(1) of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000;...

      Departmental Civil Service Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he will announce the budgets for his Department's executive agencies for 2008-09; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Databases

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

      Departmental Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he will announce the grant-in-aid packages his Department will distribute in 2008-09; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will introduce automated computer shut down software across his Department.

      Departmental Information Officers

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

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

      Departmental Public Relations

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

      Departmental Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the estimated cost of the planned refurbishment of his Department's offices at Kings Pool, York is; and if he will make...

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will list the (a) special advisers and (b) ministerial appointees in possession of a security pass enabling access to...

      Departmental Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what documents his Department, its predecessor, and its agencies translated for people who do not speak English in (a)...

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how often (a) he and (b) his officials are in contact with (i) Scottish, (ii) Welsh and (iii) Northern Ireland counterparts...

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he and his predecessors met counterparts in the devolved administrations in each year since 2001; and if he will make a...

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what total quantity of electricity in kilowatts was consumed by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies in each of the last...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many non-UK vessels have historic rights to fish within the UK 12 nautical mile limit, broken down by country of origin;...

      Fisheries: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what fishery closures have taken place in each year since 1997; what the reasons for each closure are; what the duration of...

      Fisheries: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what dates there were no (a) River Class offshore and (b) inshore patrol vessels operating in UK waters as part of the...

      Fisheries: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding to protect marine biodiversity and fish stocks from (a) pollution, (b) parasites, (c) invasive species...

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department has commissioned on the composition of fishing catches in relation to allocated quota; and if he...

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the catch composition of the catch from vessels involved in the Irish Sea Discard Pilot has been; what the difference...

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what cross-year quota swaps he has made affecting the amount of quota available to the 10m and under fleet in 2008; and...

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2007, Official Report, column 1272W, on fisheries: quota, whether he has now discussed...

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he has made any cross-year quota swaps between the quota allocations for 2008 and for 2009; and if he will make a...

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to carry out any quota swaps that would alter the availability of quota for the 10m and under fleet in Area...

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the details of each quota swap made in 2007 were; and if he will make a statement.

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he consulted recreational sea angling interests before quota swaps were made; and if he will make a statement.

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Scottish Executive notified him of its proposed changes to quota management; and if he will make a statement.

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2008, Official Report, column 1289W, on fisheries: quotas, on what policies the...

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2008, Official Report, column 1288W, on fisheries: quotas, whether the draft quota...

      Fishing Catches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether he plans to introduce further discard pilot schemes; and if he will make a statement; (2) what estimate he has...

      Genetically Modified Organisms: Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research he has commissioned into the effect of GM crop technology on levels of pesticides use.

      Honours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many members of the Senior Civil Service in his Department have received an honour.

      Horse Racing: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent communications his Department has had with the British Horseracing Authority on the provisions of the Animal...

      Inland Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of the withdrawal of British Waterways from the Cotswold Canal Partnership on the...

      Intimidation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cases of bullying have been reported in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies in each of the last 12 months.

      Land Drainage: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much the Environment Agency has allocated for land drainage works in each of the last five years, broken down by...

      Oilseed Rape: Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what acreage of land was given over to oil seed rape production in the County of Durham in (a) 2003, (b) 2004, (c) 2005,...

      Rights of Way

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what the cost of the Discovering Lost Ways Project has been to date; (2) how many unrecorded historic rights of way...

      River Colne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on the recent deaths of fish on the River Colne; how many fish have died; and what steps he has...

      Rural Areas: Community Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department is working with other Departments to encourage recognition of the services provided by rural community...

      Rural Areas: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made as part of the feasibility study for a rural affordable housing fund since August 2007.

      Scottish Fisheries Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2008, Official Report, column 1295W, on Scottish Fisheries Council, when he was...

      Seas and Oceans: Treaty of Lisbon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects of the treaty of Lisbon on the Government's legislative proposals within the draft...

      Sexual Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many complaints of (a) sexual harassment and (b) sexual discrimination have been made by staff in (i) his Department...

      Shropshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the value was of each grant provided by his Department, its associated agencies and non-departmental public bodies to...

      Village Halls: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department gives support to rural communities for the maintenance and improvement of village halls and community...

      Whales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with which non-governmental organisations he has discussed whaling in each month since January 2007; and if he will make a...

      Whales: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2008, Official Report, column 246W, on whales, when he expects he will be able to...

      Whales: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he received responses to the (a) original and (b) revised Protecting Whales - a Global Responsibility document...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department last undertook a review of international research evidence on (a) the upper time limit for abortions and (b) conditions for...

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many type 1 accident and emergency departments there are in England; and how many accident and emergency departments are co-located with an NHS...

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact of accident and emergency attendances of co-locating an accident and emergency department with a walk-in centre.

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many attendances at (a) walk-in centres, (b) minor injuries units and (c) type one accident and emergency departments there were in each quarter...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of patients attending accident and emergency (A&E) departments were subsequently admitted to hospital via A&E in each quarter...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward proposals to introduce a standard labelling regime for alcoholic products, with particular reference to (a) alcohol content in...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had on the introduction of a statutory code of practice on the marketing of alcohol.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 9 January 2008, Official Report, column 575W, on alcoholic drinks: misuse, (1) if he will break down the information provided...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many admissions to hospital with an alcohol-related diagnosis via accident and emergency departments there were in (a) the former Norfolk,...

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to collect centrally information on the numbers of ambulances operating in each (a) constituency and (b) region.

      Ambulance Services: East Riding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the response times of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service were in the East Riding of Yorkshire for each of the last two years, broken down by postcode.

      Ambulance Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many turnarounds took more than an hour in each ambulance authority in England during the last year for which figures are available.

      Antenatal Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of women did not receive the number of antenatal appointments recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical...

      Arthritis: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2007, Official Report, column 865W, on arthritis: drugs, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the trend...

      Community Nurses: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to develop a Family Nurse Programme in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) start date, (b) original planned completion date, (c) current expected completion date, (d) planned cost and (e) current estimated cost...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2008, Official Report, column 1689W, on departmental public expenditure, for what reason the expired vaccines were...

      Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many overseas visits by officials in his Department took place in each of the last 10 years; which countries were visited; and how much was spent on...

      Endometriosis National Awareness Week

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if his Department will take steps to support Endometriosis National Awareness Week on 3 to 9 March; (2) what advice his Department gives primary...

      Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on exercise referral schemes in each of the last five years.

      Food: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take on producing codes governing the advertising and promotion of unhealthy foods to children across non-broadcast media; and if...

      General Practitioners: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of people had a consultation with their GP within 48 hours of requesting an appointment in Bexley borough in the latest period for which...

      General Practitioners: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GP super clinics he plans to establish in Kent.

      General Practitioners: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to replace 0844 numbers with 0800 numbers for patients calling their GPs.

      General Practitioners: Telephones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines he has issued to primary care trusts on the use of premium rate telephone numbers by GPs for patients calling their surgeries.

      General Practitioners: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many letters his Department received from people asking for general practitioner surgeries to open for longer hours in the last period for which...

      Genetically Modified Organisms: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason imported produce from outside the EU derived from GM components is not required to be labelled as such.

      Gynaecology: Endometriosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has commissioned on the treatment of endometriosis.

      Health Education: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps his Department has taken to encourage elderly people to keep active and fit.

      Health Professions: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the average length of service of (a) nurses, (b) NHS trust chief executives, (c) midwives, (d) nursing support staff,...

      Health Professions: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the average final salary of (a) nurses, (b) NHS trust chief executives, (c) midwives, (d) nursing support staff, (e)...

      Health Professions: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of (a) nurses, (b) NHS trust chief executives, (c) midwives, (d) nursing support staff, (e)...

      Health Services: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 30 January 2008, Official Report, columns 464-6W, what his estimate is of the costs of (a) community rehabilitation and care,...

      Health Services: Neurology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to encourage collaboration between specialist centres in England and Welsh local health boards to improve levels of...

      Health Services: Overseas Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) cost of finished consultant episodes of treatment given to citizens of other European Economic Area...

      Health Services: Overseas Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of (a) citizens of other European Economic Area (EEA) member states who received health treatment in the UK and...

      Health Services: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to build, purchase or rent any capital or land assets under the Inpatient Management Programme.

      Health Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2008, Official Report, column 108W, on health services: standards, if he will place in the Library a copy of...

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) mean and (b) median waiting time was from diagnosis of HIV to treatment in (i) 2004-05, (ii) 2005-06 and (iii) 2006-07.

      Hospitals: Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to make an announcement on new hospital provision serving the Thames Gateway area; and if he will make a statement.

      Incontinence: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what intended savings are expected to result from the review of Part IX of the Drug Tariff; what the costs to date of the review have been; and what...

      Incontinence: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason an impact assessment was not produced alongside the public consultation on changes to Part IX of the Drug Tariff; and if he will make a...

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of midwifery graduates started working as midwives in the NHS within six months of graduation in each of the last five financial years.

      Midwives: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwives were employed in each (a) region and (b) NHS Trust in each financial year since 1997-98, broken down by pay band.

      Midwives: Student Wastage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the dropout rate from midwifery degree courses has been at each institution offering such degrees in each of the last five years.

      NHS Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which organisations have been (a) commissioned and (b) contracted to manage NHS foundation trust ballots.

      NHS: Ancillary Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of staff in each acute hospital trust is classified as non-medical.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2008, Official Report, columns 1027-8W, on NHS: finance, (1) when was it agreed that the work programme of the...

      NHS: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government has taken to increase the number of NHS audiovestibular physicians since 1997.

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the average salary paid to staff falling under each of the pay bands under the Agenda for Change programme in each year since...

      NHS: Pfi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 9 March 2007, Official Report, column 2288W, on the NHS: private finance initiative, how much was spent on each of the...

      Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the proportion of the (a) adult and (b) child population consuming five portions of fruit and vegetables every day in each...

      Nutrition: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nutritionists were employed by the NHS in (a) Tamworth constituency and (b) the west midlands in each of the last five years for which figures...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2008, Official Report, column 1264W, on obesity, how much of the £94 million allocated in 2008-09 will go...

      Obesity: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS spent on (a) obesity-related medication, equipment and treatment, excluding surgery, (b) obesity surgery and (c) secondary medical...

      Obesity: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will increase the resources available to the NHS for surgical intervention in cases of obesity.

      Obstetrics: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) obstetricians, (b) gynaecologists and (c) obstetric and gynaecology consultants were employed in each (i) region and (ii) NHS Trust in...

      Paramedical Staff: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many paramedics were employed in (a) Tamworth constituency and (b) the West Midlands in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Perinatal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many babies were stillborn in England in each of the last five years.

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many FP10 forms have been lost in transit from pharmacists to the Prescriptions Pricing Division of the NHS Business Services Authority.

      Primary Care Trusts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment he has made of the levels of capitation of primary care trusts; and what plans he has to increase funding to undercapitated...

      Primary Care Trusts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what each primary care trust's (a) actual and (b) target funding allocation was in each year since 1997; and what the real term change in funding was...

      Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust: Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the new general hospital under construction by Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust to be completed.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent representations he has received from (a) the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and (b) others on links between smoking and blindness;...

      Smoking: Cheshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people received support from NHS smoking cessation services in (a) Warrington and (b) Cheshire in 2007.

      Social Workers: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many social workers there were in Chesterfield in each year since 1997.

      Tinnitus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which organisations have applied for tinnitus research funding in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

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

    • Departmental Home Working

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people in his Department have been authorised to work from home in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many (a) staff and (b) full-time equivalent staff under 18 years of age are employed by the Prime Minister's Office; (2) how many (a)...

      Review of Government Information Assurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will place in the Library a copy of Nick Coleman's 2007 Review of Government Information Assurance.

      Voluntary Organisations: Driving

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what discussions he has had with representatives of (a) the third sector and (b) insurance providers on the personal insurance liability of...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the availability of supply of (a) electricity and (b) water in Afghanistan; what assessment he...

    • Bolivia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 24 January 2008, Official Report, columns 60-1WS, on Latin America (Development),...

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

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

      Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on bottled water in the latest year for which figures are available.

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) which telephone contact centres are the responsibility of his Department; what mechanisms are in place to monitor their...

    • Education: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps he is considering to encourage unpaid carers to access learning opportunities in mainstream education; and if he...

      Higher Education: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much expenditure on higher education research projects has been used to buy-out the teaching time of the researchers in...

      ICT: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much has been spent from (a) the Capital Modernisation Fund and (b) the New Opportunities Fund on establishing UK...

      Innovation

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

      Postgraduate Education: Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what financial provisions were made available to students for postgraduate education in the arts in 2007-08; and if he will...

      Research: University of Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent initiatives have been taken by his Department's technology strategy board to promote the commercialisation of...

      Skilled Workers: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many employees in West Lancashire constituency are covered by the Government's Skills Pledge.

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) if he will review the definition of taxable income as applied to the income of a student's natural parents, the...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what representations he has received proposing changes to the method of calculating interest on student loans since June 2007.

      Students: Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect on the pharmacy profession of his Department's proposal to withdraw funding for the...

      Vocational Training: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many employers in the North West signed up to the Skills Pledge, in each year, broken down by (a) sector and (b) size...

  • Justice

    • Bail: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many defendants on bail between pleading guilty or being found guilty and sentence subsequently failed to attend court for sentencing in Northern...

    • Custodial Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were held in custody in 2007; and what proportion of the population this figure represented.

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2008, Official Report, column 1110W, on departmental marketing, how much his Department has spent on (a)...

      Electoral Register: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of people not registered to vote in each London borough.

      Firearms Act 1968: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2008, Official Report, column 1188W, on Firearms Act 1968: convictions, what proportion of those convicted over the...

      Internet: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions he has had with the Australian Government on legislative changes to make the operation of internet sites about suicide more difficult.

      Internet: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will establish an independent body to review complaints about internet sites operated from outside the UK which encourage suicide.

      Internet: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he has taken with internet service providers to reduce the numbers of sites about suicide; and whether he has pursued the idea of a kite mark...

      Internet: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice in how many completed inquests suicide was found to have been assisted by internet sites in each of the last five years; and in how many such cases the...

      Prisoners on Remand: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many defendants remanded in custody pending trial in Northern Ireland have subsequently been acquitted or not found guilty in each of the last five years.

      Prisoners Release: End of Custody Licence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners have been released early from HMP Peterborough under the End of Custody Licence scheme in each month since the scheme's inception.

      Prisoners: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people under the age of 18 years are being held in adult prisons.

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost was of education in each prison in each of the last three years.

      Re-offenders: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders are believed to have re-offended while on probation in Bexley in each of the last five years.

      Secure Training Centres: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 18 February 2008, Official Report, columns 201-02W, on secure training centres: restraint techniques, for what reasons the...

      Trials: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many trials on indictment in Northern Ireland have been retrials in each of the last five years; and of those retrials how many have been (a) second...

      Trials: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions retrials in Northern Ireland have resulted in defendants being found (a) guilty and (b) not guilty in each of the last five years.

      Trials: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions re-trials on indictment in Northern Ireland have taken place (a) within three months of, (b) between three months and six months...

      Trials: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many re-trials on indictment in Northern Ireland have been for reasons of a jury being discharged before being sent out to decide their verdict in...

      Young Offender Institutions: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) major and (b) minor injuries were caused through the use of restraint in young offenders institutions and secure training centres since...

  • Treasury

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the retail price would be of (a) a bottle of wine, (b) a bottle of whisky and (c) a pint of lager if real prices had been maintained since 1960.

    • Bingo

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the effect on (a) employment and (b) Exchequer revenues of (i) recent and (ii) planned closures of bingo clubs.

      Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the introduction of a single rate of capital gains tax on (a) mutual funds and (b) insurance bonds before 9 October 2007.

      Customs Officers: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many HM Revenue and Customs personnel were on duty at (a) Belfast International, (b) Belfast City and (c) Londonderry airport on a routine basis...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the review of data handling procedures by Kieran Poynter of PricewaterhouseCoopers will include an examination of potential data breaches connected...

      Departmental Homeworking

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in his Department have been authorised to work from home in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2008, Official Report, column 828W, on departmental marketing, what the cost to his Department of Government and...

      Entrust

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total value of the assets of ENTRUST is; and to whom these assets would revert in the event of ENTRUST ceasing to trade.

      Fairtrade Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to promote Fair Trade Fortnight 2008 amongst staff within his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects of (a) rising fuel costs and (b) fuel duty on the holiday industry in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Industry: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the contribution to the economy made by the motor manufacturing industry.

      Pensioners: Stockton on Tees

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many pensioners there were in Stockton South constituency in the most recent period for which figures are available; (2) how many pensioners in...

      Private Finance Initiative: Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much funding for (a) private finance initiatives and (b) public private partnerships has been underwritten by (i) monoline insurers and (ii) monoline...

      Private Finance Initiative: Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the consequences of a monoline insurance failure or downgrading for the ability of (a) private finance initiatives and (b)...

      Revenue and Customs: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the number of letters received by HM Revenue and Customs whose processing has not yet been concluded.

      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 data guardians have been...

      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, what training has been given to the...

      Revenue and Customs: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2008, Official Report, column 675W, on Revenue and Customs: data protection, which officials in HM Revenue and Customs...

      Smuggling: Tobacco

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people had tobacco goods confiscated on entry to the UK in the last year for which figures are available; and how much tobacco was seized.

      Stamp Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what revenue accrued to his Department from the payment of stamp duty in (a) England, (b) South East England and (c) London.

      Tax Credit Office: Administration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2008, Official Report, column 677W, on Tax Credit Office: administration, how many complaints were handled by the tax...

      Taxation: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received from (a) the British Beer and Pub Association, (b) the Gin and Vodka Association, (c) the Scotch Whisky...

      Taxation: Gaming

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average effective tax rate is for online bingo games.

      Taxation: Gaming

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions (a) he and (b) other Treasury Ministers have had with representatives of the gaming industry on the effective tax rates for (a)...

      Taxation: Private Companies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what European Court of Justice rulings have resulted in the Government paying tax back to private companies in the last 10 years.

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the reasons were for the online tax filing self-assessment service being out of action on 31 January.

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions and for what length of time the online tax filing service has been out of operation in the last six months.

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps have been taken to rectify the problems with the online tax self-assessment system which occurred at the end of January.

      VAT: Charitable Donations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to make charity text donations VAT free.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people have been incorrectly awarded tax credits, excluding cases of deliberate fraud, in each of the last 10 years; (2) what the total...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the annual percentage rate of staff turnover was for staff working on tax credits in each year since 2003.

  • House of Lords

    • Africa: Maternal Mortality

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the improvement of performance against the Department for International Development's targets to reduce maternal mortality in Africa will depend more on...

    • Armed Forces: Pay

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Taylor of Bolton on 21 January (WA 2), what was the total of the 50,764 underpayments made in 2007 to Armed Forces...

      Armed Forces: Typhoon and Rafale Jets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What evaluations they have made or have ordered to be made into the possibility of equipping the two new aircraft carriers with a variation of either the Typhoon...

      Chad: Displaced People

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assistance they are providing to officials in Chad in response to United Nations reports that half of the nearly 180,000 displaced people in that country will...

      Crime: Incitement to Hatred

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations and supportive evidence the Ministry of Justice has received from the United Kingdom Disabled People's Council about making the incitement of...

      Crime: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people were successfully prosecuted in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years for alcohol-related offences.

      Crossrail

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the sections of the Great Western Main Line to be electrified as part of the Crossrail project will be cleared for trains of W10 gauge.

      EU: Discrimination

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any other member state of the European Union has given effect to Directive 2000/43/EC by confining the reverse burden of proof to claims of discrimination...

      EU: Legislative Competence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On which areas of United Kingdom national life the European Union is not able to legislate.

      EU: Legislative Competence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On which new areas of United Kingdom national life the European Union will be able to legislate if the Lisbon Treaty is ratified.

      Food: Labelling

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they propose to support the draft regulations published by the European Commission on 30 January, which propose mandatory front-of-pack labelling for food...

      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 assess the impact upon the United Kingdom market of the...

      Government: Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland plans to pay an official visit to the United States in the near future.

      Human Fertilisation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What evaluation has been made of the relationship between funding for assisted reproduction treatments and the prevalence of multiple births; what is the agreed...

      Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether (a) practising Muslims, and (b) practising Roman Catholics can be appointed to membership of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority; and Whether...

      Interception of Communications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many requests made for warrants authorising interception of communications were refused by the Home Secretary or the Lord Chancellor during the period 1 April...

      Iraq: Refugees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In January (a) how many Iraqi refugees they estimate each day returned from Syria to Iraq; and (b) how many Iraqi refugees they estimate each day left Iraq for Syria.

      Kenya: Humanitarian Relief

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures are in place to ensure that the £2.2 million they provided for humanitarian relief in Kenya is reaching the people who need assistance and is...

      Neighbourhood Renewal Fund

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of the money spent under the Youth at Risk programme in the London Borough of Waltham Forest under the Government's Neighbourhood Renewal Fund was...

      Northern Ireland Equality Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much the Northern Ireland Equality Commission has cost since creation; and what measurable changes have occurred to society in Northern Ireland as a result of...

      Ports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many holiday passenger liners were built in British ports during the years 2004, 2005 and 2006.

      Railways: Passenger Coaches

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many, and what type, of rail passenger coaches are currently being stored which are not currently leased by train operators.

      Regulations of Investigatory Powers Act

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many orders have been issued under Section 49 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000; and How many convictions have arisen from a defendant's...

      Sudan: Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assistance they plan to give to higher and further education in southern Sudan in the light of the latest recommendations by the Associate Parliamentary Group...

      Timber

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of Chinese involvement in the exploitation of timber resources in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Cameroon.

      Torture

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in the light of the recent recommendations of the Joint Committee on Human Rights, they will consult the medical advisers to the Medical Foundation for...

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