Written answers

Friday, 29 February 2008

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Open University: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how many students are registered with the Open University, broken down by constituency; (2) when he expects to reply...

  • Transport

    • Departmental Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2008, Official Report, column 1008W, on departmental vehicles, what the cost of maintaining and servicing...

    • Heathrow Airport: Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans she has to improve transport links between the South West and Heathrow airport.

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she will publish the Maritime and Coastguard Agency pay comparison study.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 20 February 2008, Official Report, column 737W, on roads: accidents, how many (a) deaths and (b) injuries occurred on...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire, dated 18 January, about cuts to grants for the arts DCMS...

  • Home Department

    • Boyhood to Manhood Foundation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding her Department provides to the from Boyhood to Manhood Foundation.

    • Crime: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) burglaries, (b) offences involving violence against the person, (c) sexual offences and (d) car and property crimes there...

      Crime: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the recorded level of rural crime was in each of the last five years; and what steps are being taken to combat rural crime.

      Illegal Immigrants: Ukraine

      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 combating illegal migration and...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government have taken to improve the UK's immigration system since 1997.

      Immigration: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to her written ministerial statement of 31 January 2008, Official Report, columns 28-9WS, on care for children in the immigration...

      Migration Advisory Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will include a representative of the British Chinese community on (a) the Migration Advisory Committee and (b) the Migration Impact...

  • Health

    • Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will allocate funds to research into the number of adults with autism; (2) what assessment he has made of the barriers to adults with autism...

    • Breast Cancer: Lancashire

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

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to increase take-up of breast screening in prisons; (2) what percentage of female prisoners eligible for breast screening...

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of regional variations in take-up of breast cancer screening in each of the last three years; (2) what percentage of...

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of the study referred to in paragraph 7.28 of his Department's Cancer Reform Strategy on cancer treatments in the...

      Cervical and Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what funding is available to improve the take-up rate amongst women for cervical cancer screening; (2) what funding is available to improve the...

      Community Care: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2008, Official Report, column 1066W, on community care: medical equipment, which academic organisations form the...

      Departmental Consultants

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

      Departmental Databases

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

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) mobile telephones, (b) personal digital assistants and (c) laptop computers issued to departmental staff were reported (i) lost, (ii)...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of his Department's personal digital assistants were (a) lost and (b) stolen in each of the last five years; and what the value of those items was.

      Departmental Retirement

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

      Departmental Sick Pay

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

      General Practitioners: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hours per 1,000 patients GP surgeries opened for on average per week in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Health Services: Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2008, Official Report, columns 1062-3W, on health services: Thames Gateway, whether changes to the levels of funding...

      Hearing Impaired: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will consider introducing an 18-week target for all patients with hearing and balance disorders to be assessed by the appropriate specialist.

      Honours

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

      Hospitals: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many acute hospital beds per head of population there were in (a) the former Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire Strategic Health Authority area,...

      Incontinence: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he plans to take to ensure continued innovation of new products via proposed changes to the arrangements under Part IX of the Drug...

      Local Involvement Networks: Trafford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to put in place interim arrangements for the period between the closure of the Trafford Patient and Public Involvement...

      NHS: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government has taken to improve NHS services for hearing and balance disorders.

      NHS: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will place copies in the Library of all guidance his Department has issued to the NHS on the mixing of public and private treatment (a)...

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what dates in the last six months officials in his Department discussed the Quality and Outcomes Framework with representatives of the British Medical...

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for South Cambridgeshire of 8 October 2007, Official Report, column 300W, on NHS: standards, whether the team...

      Obesity: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of obese people in each London borough in each of the last 10 years; and what steps he is taking to reduce obesity...

      Obesity: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what public health campaigns targeted at the prevention and management of obesity his Department ran in each of the last five financial years; and...

      Obesity: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how his Department monitors primary care trusts' compliance with guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence on obesity surgery.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what response he has made to the recent report of the Organ Donation Taskforce; and if he will make a statement; (2) what estimate he has made of...

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will hold discussions with his American counterparts on the implementation of real time information technology systems for the administration and...

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the average working hours of donor transplant co-ordinators in the most recent period for which figures are available; what...

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many organ donors were registered in (a) Lancashire and (b) England in each of the last five years.

      Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Hospitals Trust: Out-Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many first outpatient appointments in the Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Hospitals Trust were missed in each year since 2001; and...

      Polyclinics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS polyclinics there are in England; and where each is situated.

      Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on overnight accommodation for Ministers overseas in the last year.

  • Justice

    • Domestic Violence: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he will publish the Practice Direction on guidance on domestic violence and child contact.

    • Electronic Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the Government's strategy is on e-democracy and e-participation.

      Electronic Government: Departmental Coordination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what cross-departmental e-democracy projects his Department has initiated; and if he will make a statement.

      Electronic Government: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what e-democracy projects his Department (a) has funded and (b) plans to fund; and what the (i) outcome and (ii) cost of each completed project was.

      Electronic Government: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what funding allocation has been made to e-democracy projects in each of the next three years; and how much of the allocated budget for each year has not...

      Marriage: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what arrangements are in place for marriages in mosques to be performed in conjunction with the civil marriage law arrangements; what consideration has...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire, dated 18 January (Reference: 187220).

      Ministerial Duties: Electronic Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which Minister has lead responsibility for e-democracy and e-participation.

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many additional prison places are to be made available in England and Wales in each of the next three years.

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effect of the End of Custody Licence Scheme on prison overcrowding.

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the likely length of operation of the End of Custody Licence Scheme.

      Remand in Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were held in custody in 1978; and what proportion of the population this figure represented.

  • Wales

    • Departmental Homeworking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many people in his Department have been able to work from home in the last 12 months.

    • Drinking Water

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

      Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the cost of the press offices of (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies was in each year from 1996-97;...

      Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many press office staff were employed by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies (i) in each year since...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she intends to commence the provisions of the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002; and if she will make a statement.

    • Community Relations: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when her Department plans to issue revised guidance to local authorities about the strategic housing role and the preparation of...

      Community Relations: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the Equality and Human Rights Commission and Local Government Association plan to publish the results of their review of...

      Community Relations: Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when her Department plans to publish the results of the policy review of the private rented sector mentioned in the Government's...

      Council Tax: Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effect of above-inflation council tax rises since 1997 on the income of pensioners in those...

      Council Tax: Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with local authorities on the premium charged to people who pay their council tax through post...

      Domestic Wastes: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether domestic properties with a Class U council tax exemption will be liable to pay the new charges for the collection of...

      Drugs: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what advice she gives to (a) councils and (b) householders in respect of householders wishing to dispose of unwanted...

      Eco-Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the minimum criteria are for connection from eco-towns to nearby settlements.

      Eco-Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what facilities and amenities will have to be included in an eco-town.

      Eco-Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps will be taken to ensure that eco-towns are designed to conserve water and other natural resources.

      Eco-Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether eco-towns will be subject to an independent landscape appraisal.

      Eco-Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how eco-towns will be required to demonstrate that the proposed settlement is the most sustainable option for housing and growth.

      Eco-Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether eco-towns will be required to conform to criteria laid down in the regional spatial strategy and local development framework.

      Eco-Towns: Architecture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what standards of architectural design eco-towns will have to demonstrate.

      Eco-Towns: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether eco-towns will be required to be carbon neutral.

      Eco-Towns: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what process of public consultation will be undertaken when determining whether to establish eco-towns.

      Eco-Towns: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what criteria will be used to determine whether eco-towns represent the most efficient use of land.

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether public requests ordering disposal may be made against property which is (a) Crown Land and (b) owned by Regional...

      Empty Property: Surrey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many empty homes there are in (a) Oxted, Surrey and (b) Caterham, Surrey.

      Floods: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the impact of the cost of the clean up of the floods of summer 2007 on local authority budgets.

      Health and Safety Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2008, Official Report, column 788W, on the Health and Safety Executive, what estimate her...

      Health Hazards: Boilers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what action the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister took in 2002 following representations from the Health and Safety Executive...

      Housing Renewal Areas: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 18 February 2008, Official Report, column 36W, on housing renewal areas: Private sector, if she will...

      Housing: Tenant Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement of 18 September 2006, Official Report, columns 133-4WS, on Housing...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department has taken to ensure that social housing providers take account of the importance of companion animals...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answers of 31 January 2008, Official Report, column 583W, and 1 February 2008, Official Report, column 691W,...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answers of 31 January 2008, Official Report, column 583W, and 1 February 2008, Official Report, column 691W,...

      Housing: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities had 15 the percentile house prices that were 70 per cent. of the national level.

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of homes that meet the decent homes standard but do not meet the thermal comfort standard.

      Local Authorities: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities she expects to include Best Value Performance Indicators (a) No. 1, (b) No. 2 and (c) No. 3 as one of...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) estimate her Department has made of and (b) research her Department has conducted into the cost of (i) local...

      Local Government Finance Funding Changes Independent Inquiry: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the budget for the Lyons Inquiry was.

      Local Government Finance: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for which funding streams the index of multiple deprivation, or elements of it, is used as a mechanism in whole or in part to...

      Local Government Finance: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the re-use of empty domestic dwellings will be incentivised in the allocation mechanisms of housing and delivery grant.

      Markets: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment has been made of the extent to which local authorities have used Planning Policy Statement 6: Planning for Town...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent by Lancashire County Council to empty gullies on principal roads in 2006-07.

      Taxation: Burglar Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether account is taken of security systems and burglar alarm systems by the Valuation Office Agency when revaluing a property...

      Thames Gateway

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

      Working Neighbourhoods Fund

      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 592W, on the...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Plastics: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what records his Department holds on (a) which local authorities collect mixed plastic for recycling and (b) what recycling...

    • Waste Management: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to publish the individual results for each of the Business Resource Efficiency and Waste partners for 2005-06...

      Waste Management: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the criteria for funding agreements are with each of the Business Resource Efficiency and Waste partners for 2007-08.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Administration of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 30 January 2008, Official Report, column 364W, on armed forces: inquests, how much was spent on legal representation and...

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's plans are for accommodation disposal in each of the next three years; and how much he expects to be generated by each disposal,...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will bring forward proposals to ensure that Ministry of Defence training is not provided to overseas military pilots from regimes associated with...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 18 February 2008, Official Report, column 87W, on armoured fighting vehicles, how the internal space requirement for the...

      Arms Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will meet representatives of Soroptimist International to discuss disarmament matters.

      BOWMAN combat radio system

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Bowman radio system provides (a) secure voice communications and (b) interface with other key battlefield communications at tactical level.

      British Overseas Territories: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many military units raised in the Overseas Territories have served alongside or been embedded in UK units in (a) Iraq, (b) Afghanistan and...

      Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was paid by his Department to Capita Group plc and its subsidiaries in each financial year (a) from 2000 to 2003 and (b) since 2005-06; which...

      Commonwealth: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will provide a breakdown by rank and nationality of all Commonwealth soldiers serving in the Army.

      Defence Equipment: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects an order to be placed with Force Protection Inc for the additional 140 Mastiff/Cougar vehicles.

      Defence: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether there have been changes in his Department's approach to information technology as a result of virtualisation; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on externally provided (a) consultancy and (b) other services in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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 Retirement

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

      Departmental Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of his Department's translation and interpreting work is outsourced through framework agreements with commercial providers; and if he...

      Departmental Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 7 February 2008, Official Report, column 1492W, on departmental vehicles, how many white fleet vehicles his Department and its...

      Future Rapid Effect System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has made any changes to the number of units required for the Future Rapid Effect System.

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many military helicopters were leased commercially by his Department in each year since 1997; what types of helicopters were leased; and what the...

      Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many ships there are in the Royal Navy.

      Navy: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many admirals there are in the Royal Navy.

      Radar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether funds will be made available for a third radar station at Staxton Wold if the new T102 radar is found to mitigate the effects of wind...

      Royal Military Academy: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what criteria are used to decide which nationalities of foreign citizens may be trained at RMA Sandhurst.

      Royal Military Academy: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many foreign citizens were trained at RMA Sandhurst since 1997; and of what nationalities.

      UN Resolutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps the Government have taken in support of implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325.

      Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to purchase replacement barrels for the GPMG and 0.5 calibre M2 heavy machine gun.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Bombs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to (a) participate in future Oslo Process conferences, (b) sign up to a treaty to prohibit the...

    • Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many of his Department's civil servants were (a) suspended and (b) dismissed for accessing (i) obscene and (ii) other...

      Departmental Information Officers

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

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2008, Official Report, column 52W, on departmental internet, where the locally-engaged...

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Retirement

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

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Falkland Islands (a) Governor and (b) Government on South Georgia, South Orkney,...

      Falkland Islands: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the UK plans to support the secure development of oil and gas exploration facilities in the Falkland Islands waters.

      Falkland Islands: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions the Government have held with (a) the Falkland Islands Government and (b) the Argentine Government on...

      Falkland Islands: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the Falkland Islands about constitutional reform there.

      Israel: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 20 February 2008, Official Report, columns 709-10W, on Israel: human rights, whether the human rights...

      Oslo Process Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK representatives are attending the Oslo Process conference in New Zealand from 18 to 22 February 2008; and if he will...

      Simon Mann

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact on relations between Equatorial Guinea and the United Kingdom of the abduction and...

      Sudan: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in discussions with his Chinese counterpart on the (a) political and (b) humanitarian situation in...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Iraq: Documents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will publish the detailed comments passed on by Ann Taylor to John Scarlett on the draft dossier on Iraq on 19 September 2002 which were...

    • Refuges: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps his Department is taking to support the work of women's refuges and crisis centres in (a) Skelmersdale and (b) in England.

      Special Adviser Legal Expenses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2007, Official Report, columns 911-2W and the letter of 18 December 2007 from the Cabinet Secretary to the...

  • International Development

    • Actis

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how the Government calculated the value of the 60 per cent. stake in Actis prior to its sale in 2004; and if he will make a statement.

    • Actis

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much was spent on (a) internal and (b) external (i) advisers and (ii) consultants for services in relation to the sale of Actis;...

      Afghanistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what advice his Department is providing to the Government of Afghanistan on the provision of alternative livelihoods to those within...

      Afghanistan: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the number of (a) schools, (b) teachers and (c) pupils in Afghanistan, in the last two years, broken...

      Afghanistan: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the number of (a) health care facilities, (b) doctors and (c) people treated in Afghanistan, in each of...

      Departmental Property

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

      Departmental Travel: Eurostar

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how much his Department spent on (a) first and (b) other class travel by Eurostar in the last 12 months for which figures are...

      Infant Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress his Department has made towards meeting Millennium Development Goal 4 on reducing child mortality.

      Jamaica: Sugar

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the distribution of funds committed in support of the transition of the Jamaican sugar industry in the...

      Kosovo: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the number of students enrolled in tertiary education in Kosovo, broken down by sex; and if he will make a...

      Kosovo: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the prevalence of (a) HIV/AIDS and (b) tuberculosis in Kosovo; and if he will make a statement.

      Kosovo: Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of Kosovo's (a) gross national income and (b) average earnings per head of population in the latest period...

      Kosovo: Infant Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the levels of (a) infant and (b) maternal mortality in Kosovo; and if he will make a statement.

      Kosovo: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the level of poverty in Kosovo; and if he will make a statement.

      Kosovo: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of levels of (a) youth, (b) female and (c) total unemployment in Kosovo; and if he will make a statement.

      UN Convention Against Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether the UK has implemented the UN Convention against Corruption.

  • Treasury

    • Taxation: Gambling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which gambling products are subject to more than one ad valorem tax.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Income Support: Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Nottingham North constituency received assistance under the minimum income guarantee in the most recent period for which...

    • Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of water bills as a proportion of incomes of less than (a) 30 per cent., (b) 40 per cent., (c) 50 per...

      National Carers Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the review of the National Carers Strategy will be completed.

      National Insurance: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to reduce national insurance number fraud.

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to amend the requirement that participants in the proposed flexible New Deal complete four weeks of full-time activity; and if...

      Offices: Pension Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans his Department has to co-locate the Pension Service and the Disability and Carers Service staff in the same offices.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK received pension credit in each year...

      Pension Service: Disability and Carer's Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place a copy of the merger plan for the Pension Service and the Disability and Carer's Service in the Library.

      Pension, Disability and Carers Service Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the evidential basis is for the new Pension, Disability and Carers Service Agency providing a more effective service; (2) what...

      Pensioners: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of levels of pensioner poverty; and what steps he is taking to improve the financial prospects of pensioners...

      Pensioners: Stockton-on-Tees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Stockton South constituency received assistance under the minimum income guarantee in the most recent period for which...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to make pensions provision to meet demand over the next 20 years.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of pensioners who are eligible to claim pensions credit but do not do so.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2008, Official Report, columns 730-1W, on unemployment, how many households included no-one in full-time...

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