Written answers

Thursday, 6 March 2008

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Office of the Third Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what responsibilities the Office of the Third Sector has in relation to the Charity Commission.

  • Prime Minister

    • China

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the Answer of 4 February 2008, Official Report, columns 747-48W, on China, what discussions he had with the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and...

    • Departmental Reviews

      To ask the Prime Minister what reviews he has commissioned since June 2007; on what date each review commenced; what progress has been made on each to date; and when each is expected to report.

      Iraq: Weapons

      To ask the Prime Minister what the evidential basis was for the statement in the 2002 Iraq dossier that Iraq could deploy weapons of mass destruction within 45 minutes of an order to use them;...

      Legal Opinion: Armed Forces

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make it his policy to publish legal advice provided to the Cabinet on proposals to go to war or otherwise commit the military to action.

      Sudan

      To ask the Prime Minister what plans he has to visit Darfur.

  • Women and Equality

    • Age: Discrimination

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what research she has commissioned on the incidence of discrimination in the supply of goods and services to people on the basis of age; and if she will...

    • Departmental Databases

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what databases are (a) owned and (b) maintained by the Government Equalities Office.

      Gender Responsive Budgeting

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality if she will evaluate the merits of the application of gender responsive budgeting in the Government's public expenditure process; and if she will make a...

  • International Development

    • Departmental Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many regulatory impact assessments his Department has conducted in the last 12 months.

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the salary range is for each pay band of civil servants in his Department.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Bingo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of people belonging to bingo clubs in England.

    • Bingo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the potential of bingo clubs to contribute to the delivery of his Department's leisure policies; and if...

      Bingo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the level of value added tax payable by bingo clubs; and if he will...

  • Olympics

    • Departmental Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what progress she has made in the zero-based budget review of expenditure for which she is responsible under the Comprehensive Spending Review.

    • Ministerial Duties: Paymaster General

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what functions she has carried out in her capacity as Paymaster General.

  • Wales

    • A55: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many personal injury accidents there were on the A55 in Wales in each of the last five years; and how many involved at least one heavy goods vehicle in...

    • Departmental Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many people over the age of 55 have been recruited by his Department in each of the last three years.

      Hazardous Substances: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when his Department was informed of (a) the dumping of toxic waste and (b) the leaching of toxins into groundwater at Brofiscin Quarry; what steps have...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Elections: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what representations he has received from electors who have been refused a ballot paper at an election in Northern Ireland since 2002 because...

    • Elections: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the effect on voter turnout of the need for electors to provide a proof of identification at polling stations in...

      Departmental Plants

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

      Departmental Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent on translation services by his Department, associated agencies and non-departmental public bodies in (a) 2003-04, (b)...

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department further to the Prime Minister's comments on tackling binge drinking at her press conference on 28 January 2008, what additional powers are...

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her response is to recommendation 17 of the Animal Procedures Committee's 2005 report on the "Statistics of Scientific Procedures on...

      Canvey Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions access to Canvey Island via the (a) A130 and (b) Fleet Road was temporarily closed by the police in each of the last...

      Canvey Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the average time taken for the police to respond to an emergency call on Canvey Island when the A130 access...

      Domestic Violence: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were killed by their partner or ex-partner in each of the last 10 years; how many of these victims had previously contacted...

      Identity Cards: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department to which external companies and agencies her Department has awarded contracts for the identity cards programme.

      Offensive Weapons: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate her Department has made of the numbers of children who carry knives.

      Passports: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passport requests were received by mail at the Glasgow Passport Office (a) in the latest year for which figures are available and...

      Passports: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage change there has been in the Glasgow Passport Office's workload in the last 12 months.

      Passports: Personation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will review the procedure for returning expired passports to their holders in order to reduce the risk of identity theft.

      Theft: Metals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what progress has been made in reducing crime by the national task force on metal thefts; and if she will make a statement; (2) what...

      Vehicle Number Plates: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent guidance she has issued to police on illegal vehicle number plates; and if she will make a statement.

      Youth Taskforce

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues in the Department for Children, Schools and Families on setting the priorities for...

  • Justice

    • Immigration: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of the 359 appeals against a notice of intent to deport between 1 August and 31 October 2006 were successful; on what grounds they were...

    • Licensed Premises: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many closure notices have been given to premises licence holders for persistently selling alcohol to children since the coming into force of section...

      Matrimonial Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many legal aid certificates have been issued (a) in total and (b) in relation to ancillary relief within matrimonial proceedings in (i) south...

      Proceeds of Crime Acts 2002: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful prosecutions under the Proceeds of Crime Acts 2002 and 2005 there have been; how much has been recovered...

      Public Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many critical public protection cases there were at the most recent date for which figures are available; and what mechanisms are in place for public...

      Youth Opportunities Fund: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was allocated to the Youth Opportunities Fund and the Youth Capital Fund in the City of Newcastle (a) in total and (b) for administrative...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Departmental Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what weight of paper his Department recycled in each of the last five years.

    • Drinking Water

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

      Educational Visits: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what representations he has received on the impact of the provisions of the Compensation Act 2006 on school visits; and if...

      English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department has spent on English language classes for staff in the last year for which figures are available.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will make a statement on his visit to Liverpool, West Derby constituency on Friday 1 February 2008; at whose invitation he...

      Physical Education: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2008, Official Report, column 927W, on physical education: teachers, if he will breakdown...

      Pupils: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of children in schools in Lincolnshire speak English as a second language.

      Schools: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Government has taken to assist schools with the promotion of community cohesion since 1997.

      Schools: Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people were convicted for possession of a blade or offensive weapon on school premises in (a) 2005, (b) 2006 and (c) 2007.

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Government has taken to reduce teenage pregnancy rates since 1997.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) when he will answer questions (a) 163291, (b) 163205, (c) 163194, (d) 163314, (e) 163318, (f) 163211, (g) 163320,...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Citizenship: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps his Department has undertaken in consequence of the Resolution of the Council of the European Union of 14 November...

    • Music: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many prosecutions there have been for the illegal (a) copying and (b) downloading from the internet of music under the...

      Near Earth Objects Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many of the recommendations of the Near Earth Objects Task Group's report (a) have been implemented, (b) are in the...

      Science and Technology Facilities Council: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what discussions he had with Scottish academic institutions before deciding upon the budget for the Science and Technology...

      Training: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of (a) 16, (b) 17 and (c) 18 year-olds in 2006 are in (i) jobs without training, (ii) other education and...

      UK Astronomy Technology Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) what representations he has received on the funding of the UK Astronomy Technology Centre; (2) what steps he has taken...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the security situation in the Afghan provinces of (a) Nimruz, (b) Farah and (c) Herat.

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the security situation in (a) Kunduz and (b) Badakhshan province.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the security situation in Helmand province.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what equipment is available to British forces in Afghanistan for jamming Taleban communications.

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) operational control, (b) administrative control, (c) technical control and (d) other command relationship there is between British and...

      Armed Forces: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of the joint service publications (a) JSP 717, (b) JSP 745, (c) JSP 745 and (d) JSP 766.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what data are retained by his Department on people who applied to join the armed forces but did not sign up; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which vessels make up the Amphibious Fleet; and where they are base-ported.

      Armed Forces: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence at what level in his Department decisions are taken to remove ships or submarines from their port and base-port them elsewhere.

      Ballistic Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the possible development of a European research and development programme for technical and industrial capabilities related to the...

      BOWMAN Combat Radio System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what percentage of UK (a) Regular and (b) Territorial Army personnel are trained to use the Bowman communications system; (2) what the...

      Challenger Tanks: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what system is used to ensure that there is sufficient spare track in theatre for Challenger 2 main battle tanks; (2) how much track for...

      Clyde Submarine Base

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which ships or submarines are base-ported at Faslane.

      Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what percentage of (a) weapons mounted installation kits, (b) Warrior vehicles, (c) Saxon vehicles, (d) Scimitar vehicles, (e) combat vehicle...

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

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

      Departmental Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people over the age of 55 years have been recruited by his Department in each of the last three years.

      Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on mineral water in each of the last three years.

      Iraq: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what fleets of helicopters are available to UK armed forces in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq; and what future (i) enhancements and (ii) changes to the...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the armed forces have not been provided with Osprey body armour on deployments in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan; and if he will make...

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department is spending in 2007-08 on new helicopters for the armed forces.

      Military Aircraft: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many times a (a) C17A Globemaster, (b) Hercules C-130K, (c) Hercules C-130J, (d) Tristar, (e) VC-10 and (f) Nimrod MR2 was cannibalised...

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the capability of the UK armed forces to (a) participate and (b) assist in the African Union/United Nations...

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which ships he expects to enter a period of extended readiness in 2008.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many single farm payments were made late in each of the last five years.

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the value was of interest payments made to claimants who received their full Single Payment scheme payment after the...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) number and (b) value of overpayments made to Single Payment scheme (SPS) claimants was in the (i) 2005 and...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) number and (b) value of underpayments made to Single Payment Scheme (SPS) claimants was in the (i) 2005 and...

      Agriculture: Trade Competitiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department has taken to ensure that UK pig farmers are not operating at a competitive disadvantage to those in...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will reclassify the glycerol by-product from bio-diesel production from used cooking oil as fuel rather than waste; and...

      Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether there have been changes to the funding allocated to the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science for...

      Coastal Areas: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy to ensure that the implementation of proposals on coastal access do not lead to any capital or...

      Departmental Eurostar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department and its agencies spent on (a) first and (b) other class travel by Eurostar in the last 12 months...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) mobile telephones, (b) personal digital assistants and (c) laptop computers issued to departmental staff were...

      Departmental Internet

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

      Departmental Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what private finance initiative projects have been approved by his Department in each of the last three financial years,...

      Departmental Publications

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

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the policy of British jobs for British workers will affect his Department's recruitment policy.

      Departmental Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recycling scheme is in operation in each building used by his Department.

      Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many overseas visits by officials in his Department took place in each of the last 10 years; which countries were...

      Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what volume of bottled water was consumed in his Department in the last 12 months.

      Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many litres of bottled water were purchased by his Department in each of the last three years; and if he will make a...

      Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on bottled water in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on mineral water in each of the last three years.

      Energy-using Products Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the likely effects of the Energy-using Products Directive's provisions on supply...

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2008, Official Report, column 1101W, on environmental protection, how much of the...

      Fairtrade Initiative

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

      Fishing Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2008, Official Report, column 1624W, what the number of vessels he has...

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the change in the number of vulnerable households that will receive new central heating as a...

      Import Controls: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on border security and enforcement in each of the last three financial years.

      Rural Areas: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to ensure that funding will be available for (a) rural community council and (b) local measures to...

      Seas and Oceans: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects the loss of marine biodiversity to be halted; what progress is being made to achieve this; and if he will...

      Seas and Oceans: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he has identified any potential multi-purpose marine protected areas; and if he will make a statement.

      Seas and Oceans: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what changes have been made to the Marine Strategy Directive since the original draft was published; whether any of these...

      Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many plasma television screens have been purchased by his Department and its agencies, and at what cost, in the last 24...

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to define the core purpose of each specific unscheduled care service with reference to the British Association for Emergency...

    • Administrative Delays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has issued to NHS foundation trusts on the measurement in March of the 18 week referral to treatment waiting time target.

      Ambulance Services: Canvey Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions ambulances responding to emergency calls on Canvey Island have been diverted due to temporary road closures resulting from road...

      Carbon Monoxide: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps have been taken by his Department to increase awareness of the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning amongst healthcare professionals.

      Carbon Monoxide: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what training is given to trainee doctors to enable them to recognise the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.

      Carbon Monoxide: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what records his Department holds on levels of non-fatal carbon monoxide poisoning.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of (a) children, (b) adults and (c) all people in (i) England and (ii) each English region were registered with a dentist in each of...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dental practices have had to suspend NHS dentistry before the end of the current financial year due to budgetary constraints; and if he will make...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of NHS dentistry provision in Hertfordshire; (2) what plans he has to extend provision of NHS dentistry in Hertfordshire.

      Dental Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dental (a) fillings and (b) extractions were carried out on children in (i) England and (ii) each English region in each of the last three years.

      Dental Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was of (a) dental fees for items of service and (b) dental treatments in each of the last three years; and how much of the cost was borne...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of his Department's expenditure was allocated to Government growth areas in the last year for which figures are available.

      Diabetes: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what change there has been in his Department's support for self-management of, and education on, the treatment of diabetes since 2007.

      Diabetes: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of changes in waiting times for appointments with specialist teams on service quality and the standard of care...

      Doctors: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether compliance with the EU Professional Qualifications Directive for Health Professionals requires a tiered system grouping applicants for positions...

      Doctors: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to consult the Royal Colleges on (a) the effects and (b) the implementation of the EU Professional Qualifications Directive for...

      Fluoride: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the (a) feasibility and (b) cost of engineering and water management work required to introduce fluoridated water to...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the percentage of general practitioner practices in (a) England and (b) each English region with at least 50 per cent. of...

      General Practitioners: Baby Clinics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioner surgeries within each primary care trust area ran weekly baby clinics in each of the last 10 years.

      General Practitioners: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners covered out-of-office hours in (a) Torbay constituency and (b) England in each year since 1997.

      Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in implementing the targets for the National Service Framework for Long-Term Conditions in Leyton and Wanstead.

      Health Services: Pre-School Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many visits were made by health professionals to pre-school settings in each of the last five years; and how many children were referred for...

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department gives to primary care trusts on the recruitment and retention of health visitors.

      Hearing Aids: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the waiting time for assessment for digital hearing aids was in each primary care trust in England in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Hospitals: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to reduce the disparity between the regions in the figures for the percentage of stroke victims who receive brain...

      Local Involvement Networks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to publish guidance on local involvement networks for local authorities; and by when he plans to require that guidance to be implemented.

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which strategic health authorities have trusts with Cerner Millennium systems (a) installed and (b) proposed for installation; who in NHS headquarters...

      NHS: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what forecasts he has made of the future requirements for additional (a) radiographers, (b) radiologists and (c) bowel screening colonoscopists over...

      Nurses: Cancer Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many specialist clinical nurses there are for (a) each cancer specialism and (b) each cancer network; and what assessment he has made of the...

      Nursing and Midwifery Council: Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements his Department has for oversight of the governance and management practices of the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

      Ophthalmic Services: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of ophthalmic services in (a) England and (b) each English region was in each of the last two years.

      Organs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many organs for transplantation were (a) stolen and (b) lost from NHS premises in each of the last five years.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will seek discussions with his Spanish counterpart to discuss policy on organ donation.

      Patients: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of the GP patient survey is; and how much has been spent on translation services for the survey.

      Peterborough Primary Care Trust: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women were screened for (a) breast cancer and (b) cervical cancer in the Peterborough primary care trust and predecessor trusts in each year...

      Peterborough Primary Care Trust: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to increase the take-up of bowel cancer screening among men aged over 60 years of age in the Peterborough primary care trust area...

      Strokes: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will commission research into the time taken for the East of England region stroke patients to receive a brain scan; and if he will make a statement.

  • Transport

    • A1079: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment her Department has made of road safety on the A1079 road between Hull and York; and if she will make a statement.

    • A1079: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people were (a) killed and (b) injured in road traffic incidents on the A1079 road in each of the last five years; and if she will make a...

      A12

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what occasions the A12 has been closed between the M25 and Ipswich in the last three years; and what the location and the duration of each closure was.

      A12

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which five locations (a) on the A12 in Essex and (b) in Essex had the highest number of traffic accidents in each of the last five years.

      A13: Sadlers Farm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations she has received from archaeological groups on investigations to determine the extent of historical workings or artefacts prior to...

      A130: Safety Barriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will commission a central safety barrier for the A130 between Sadlers Farm, Benfleet and Waterside Farm, Canvey Island.

      Aviation: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will make it her policy that the initial allowances for the aviation sector within the EU Emissions Trading Scheme be subject to auction.

      Aviation: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will make it her policy that the cap for the aviation sector within the EU Emissions Trading Scheme be set at 90 per cent. of 2004 to 2006...

      Bus Services: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much bus service operators grant was paid to community transport organisations in each year since 2002.

      Bus Services: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the average public subsidy to a bus operating on the non-tendered network in (a) Greater Manchester and (b) England in...

      Cars: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many cars were sold in 2007 with tailpipe carbon emissions below 110g/km in the (a) UK and (b) EU.

      Concessionary Bus Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether she has had discussions with National Express on bringing them wholly or partially into the national concessionary bus fares scheme.

      Concessionary Bus Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the cost of implementation of the national concessionary bus fares scheme.

      Concessionary Bus Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the Answer of 7 February 2008, Official Report, column 1414W, on concessionary bus travel, what funding has been provided for bus...

      Concessionary Travel: Mentally Ill People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will make people with mental health illnesses eligible for the national concessionary fares scheme; and if she will make a statement.

      Cycleways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what her plans are for increasing the length of the UK cycle network in each region over the next five years.

      Cycling England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the £17 million Cycling England programme has been reflected in Barnett consequentials in the Welsh block grant.

      Cycling: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what advice she has offered to partners in local strategic partnerships and local area agreements on cycling as a form of sustainable transport.

      Dartford Tunnel: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many DART-Tag holders live in (a) DA11, (b) DA12, (c) DA13 and (d) ME3 postcode areas.

      Dartford Tunnel: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much pre-payment income was received from DART tag holders at the Dartford River crossing in each of the last 12 months; and how many crossings...

      Departmental Home Working

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

      Departmental Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people over the age of 55 have been recruited by her Department in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the policy of British jobs for British workers will affect her Department's recruitment policy.

      Departmental Retirement

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

      Departmental Temporary Employment

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

      Fairtrade Initiative

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

      Great Western Trains: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to her written ministerial statement of 26 February 2008, Official Report, columns 73-4WS, on First Great Western franchise, how many...

      Heathrow Airport: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will meet the British Airports Authority to discuss a review of security arrangements following the incident at Heathrow airport on 25 February.

      Housing: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on improvements to infrastructure in relation to large...

      Intercity Express

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects a prototype of the new Intercity Express to be available for testing on the network.

      Intercity Express: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much her Department has spent to date on consultants on the specification for the new Intercity Express programme; and for what reason this matter...

      M6: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether Government funding has been allocated for the Heysham/M6 link road.

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations she has received from (a) management, (b) trade unions and (c) others on pay levels for staff in the Maritime and...

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many cars were registered in each vehicle excise duty band in each region in England and Wales in each year since 1997.

      Oil: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what price of oil has been used by her Department when making forecasts of congestion on the road network; and if she will make a statement.

      Parking Offences: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport under what legislation CCTV cameras may be used to enforce parking restrictions; what guidance she has (a) issued and (b) plans to issue in the next...

      Public Transport: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment she has made of the (a) feasibility and (b) cost of giving people eligible for free bus passes free local travel on all modes...

      Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects her Department's review of the operation of the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation to report.

      Roads: Canvey Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will make a statement on the inquiry into an additional access road for Canvey Island; and what the (a) timetable and (b) cost of the inquiry...

      Roads: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which road schemes in Gravesham have been paid for by funds raised from the Dartford River Crossing; and how much such funding was spent on these...

      Roads: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the latest ministerially-approved costs are of road schemes in the Highways Agency's Major Roads programme (a) in total and (b) broken down by...

      Roads: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance her Department has given to local authorities on the safety implications of switching streetlights off early to reduce carbon emissions.

      Roads: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which local authorities in England (a) have undertaken and (b) are planning to undertake trials of part-night street lighting.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road works on the strategic road network took place in (a) the last 10 years and (b) 2007; under what mechanism and how frequently road...

      Rolling Stock: East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what process is being followed to determine the specifications for the new rolling stock planned for deployment on the east coast mainline; and if she...

      Shipping: Paint

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the number of UK registered vessels with tributyltin paint in each year since 1997; and what information her Department...

      Taxis: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many multi-agency taxi and minicabs 'STOP' operations have been organised in (a) London and (b) Cheshire in 2007-08; how many drivers have been...

      Transport: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2008, Official Report, column 792W, on transport: carbon emissions, if she will estimate the percentage of carbon...

      Transport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding the local transport authority in (a) Suffolk, (b) Bedfordshire, (c) Cambridgeshire, (d) Essex, (e) Hertfordshire and (f) Norfolk...

      Transport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the budget was for transport for the South West in 2006-07; and who is responsible for the timescale within which these funds were spent.

      Transport: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much Government funding has been provided to Lancashire county council in 2007-08 to provide rural public transport.

      Vehicle Number Plates: Revenue

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was raised in each year since 1997 by the sale of vehicle number plates; what plate raised the largest sum in each year; and how much was...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Coal Fired Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what representations he has received from environmental non-governmental organisations on investigations to...

    • Coal Fired Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what representations he has received from Kent University on the proposed power station at Kingsnorth in Kent;...

      Coal Fired Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what discussions he has had with (a) Cabinet colleagues and (b) non-governmental bodies on the public safety issues...

      Departmental Opinion Polls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2007, Official Report, column 626W, on departmental opinion polls, what...

      Fireworks: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the effect of category 3 noise fireworks on animal welfare; and if he will make a statement.

      Investment: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what support his Department has made available to attract inward investment to (a) Warrington and (b) the North West...

      Measurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his policy is on the use of imperial weights and measures; and if he will make a statement.

      Measurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent representations he has received on (a) EU directives and (b) domestic legislation on imperial measures...

      Overseas Trade: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what role his Department's recently appointed emerging markets consultants will perform; and what size firms they will...

      Reconstruction: Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the percentage of contracts awarded to non-Iraqi companies for reconstruction in Iraq...

      Super-complainer Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on how many occasions each of the designated representative bodies under the Enterprise Act 2002 has declined to act...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which public bodies for which his Department is responsible use non-geographical telephone numbers for lines intended...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Arson: Cambridgeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she is taking to reduce the incidence of arson in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire; and if she will make a statement.

    • Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when her Department plans to convene a panel of experts to consider recommendation 25 in Our Shared Future, on guidelines for...

      Community Relations: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions have taken place with secular organisations on her Department's consultation, Face to Face and Side by Side: A...

      Departmental Internet

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

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2008, Official Report, column 1525W, on departmental marketing, what the size is of each...

      Departmental Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her Department has office facilities outside the United Kingdom.

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the policy of British jobs for British workers will affect her Department's recruitment policy.

      Departmental Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost of sickness pay to staff in her Department was in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Departmental Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how frequently the residual waste bins of her Department's buildings in Eland House are emptied.

      Disabled People: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what conclusions her Department has reached in fulfilment of the duty under section 3.111 of the statutory code of practice of...

      Departmental Divisions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what divisions there are in her Department.

      Dorset Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) full-time and (b) retained fire stations have been closed in Dorset since 1997.

      Dorset Fire and Rescue Service: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what responsibility Dorset Fire and Rescue Service is planned to have in relation to aquatic events hosted at Weymouth as part...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many public requests ordering disposal were received in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007; and how many of these requests resulted in...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she next intends to publish an updated version of the full business case in respect of the Fire Control Project; and if she...

      Fire Services: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to her Answer of 25 February 2008, Official Report, column 1220W, on Fire Service's buildings, what (a) primary and...

      Food: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to ensure that local authorities act upon guidance offered by the Food Standards Agency in respect of (a)...

      Government Offices for the Regions: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to her Answer of 21 February 2008, Official Report, columns 904W, on Government Offices for the Regions: Finance, what...

      Department Offices: Central London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many of her Department's staff are based in her Department's central London offices.

      Department Offices: Central London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the running costs for her Department's central London offices were in 2007-08; and what they are budgeted to be in each of...

      Hospices: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding each local authority has made to children's hospices in each of the last five years.

      Housing: Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much was spent by Castle Point Borough Council on improving homes for disabled people in each of the last three years;...

      Housing: Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the likely number of residential properties to be built on the tidal or fluvial floodplain in the...

      Local Authorities: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate (a) her Department and (b) the Lifting the Burdens Task Force has made of the cost to local authorities of...

      Local Government Ombudsman: Complaints

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

      Local Government: Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she plans to make a decision on extending protection of the Rule of 85 for the Local Government Pension Scheme; and if she...

      Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many litres of bottled water were purchased by her Department and its predecessor in each of the last three years; and if...

      Minister for London: Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what visits the Minister for London has made to each constituency in London since appointment.

      National Community Forum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding her Department provided to the National Community Forum in each of the last three years; what funding it plans to...

      Regional Ministers: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to her Answer of 25 February 2008, Official Report, columns 1228-29W, what (a) non-cash allocations and (b) funds...

      Regional Ministers: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer of 25 February 2008, Official Report, column 1229W, on regional Ministers: finance, which programme...

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations each regional Minister has received on (a) regional spatial strategies and (b) other Government policies...

      Television Screens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many plasma television screens have been purchased by her Department and its agencies, and at what cost, in the last 24 months.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of EU work to train Afghan police; what arrangements there are to co-ordinate...

    • British Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what role his Department plays in (a) scrutinising and (b) approving the activities of the British Council.

      British Overseas Territories: Remembrance Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking on the representation of UK overseas territories at the wreath laying ceremony on Remembrance Sunday 2008.

      Caribbean

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State's responsibilities are regarding the Caribbean and Central America; when he last...

      Departmental Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many regulatory impact assessments his Department has conducted in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department spent on travel (a) within the UK and (b) overseas for officials in the last year for which figures...

      Diego Garcia: Rendition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the recent discovery that facilities on Diego Garcia had been used for the rendition of two individuals was preceded by...

      EC Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the EU's policy is on responding to a threat of an attack against Europe using missiles and weapons of mass destruction.

      European Union: Intelligence Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on whether the EU should (a) establish a European intelligence agency and (b) fund an EU...

      Immigration: Forced Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will publish the guidance given to staff in UK overseas posts on handling immigration cases involving suspected forced...

      Immigration: Forced Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many cases of suspected forced marriage were identified by British officials in each UK overseas post in immigration cases...

      Immigration: Forced Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department takes to inform the Home Office when suspected cases of forced marriage in immigration cases are...

      Immigration: Forced Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people in immigration cases who had been identified by officials in UK overseas posts as taking part in activities...

      Iraq: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 18 February 2008, Official Report, column 175W, on Iraq: asylum, how many former locally-engaged...

      Kosovo: Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the recent EU rule of law mission in Kosovo on relations between the EU and...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the number of (a) Qassam rocket, (b) Katyusha rocket and (c) mortar bomb attacks from Gaza...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Palestinians on rocket and mortar attacks from Gaza into Israel.

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what reports he has received on the impact on (a) commercial, (b) social and (c) educational life in Israeli towns of...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance he plans to provide to Israel to protect its citizens from rocket and mortar attacks from Gaza; and what recent...

      Middle East: Jordan Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government have made to the Government of Israel about the demolition of Palestinian homes in the...

      Middle East: EUBAM

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on restoring the EU monitoring force, EUBAM, on the Rafah border between Egypt and Gaza; and if he will make...

      Nuclear Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in securing international agreement to an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) administered...

      Russia: Foreign Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact on the EU of recent developments in Russian foreign policy; and whether the Government...

      Television Screens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many plasma television screens have been purchased by his Department and its agencies, and at what cost, in the last 24 months.

  • Treasury

    • Northern Rock

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on Northern Rock's relationship with Granite.

    • Northern Rock

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Government's financial exposure to Northern Rock and its associated financial entities is.

      Northern Rock

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what Northern Rock's relationship with Granite is; and if he will make a statement.

      Gold Sales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the advice he received from the Bank of England and his Department's officials prior to the sale of gold in 1999 and 2000.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with international finance ministers on the economic impact of climate change. [R]

      Climate Change

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the effects on the economy of climate change.

      Health Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the effects on the economy of expenditure on health care.

      Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the effects of the current level of interest rates on the economy.

      Energy Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect that energy prices will have on consumer price inflation over the next year.

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on child poverty during preparations for the 2008 Budget.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to make award notices easier to understand for tax credit claimants.

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will ensure that Mr. Goult of Littlehampton near Totnes can continue to repay the lump sum child benefit payment erroneously paid to him and his wife...

      Child Benefit: EU Nationals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many nationals of each A8 country were receiving UK child benefit for a child or children living in another EEA member state at the end of...

      Child Benefit: EU Nationals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in respect of how many children in (a) Romania, (b) Bulgaria, (c) Poland, (d) the Czech Republic and (e) Slovakia UK child benefit was being paid on 31...

      Crosby Public-Private Forum

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been spent on the Crosby Public-Private Forum on identity management to date.

      Departmental Visits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions members of the public undertook tours of his Department in each of the last five years.

      Employment: Bingo

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people are employed in the bingo industry; what forecast he has made of the size of that workforce in February 2009; and if he will make a statement.

      Healthy Start Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to ensure that people whose tax credit claims are being dealt with clerically receive promptly the Healthy Start vouchers to which...

      Iraq Conflict: Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has made to the US Administration on the repayment of costs incurred in assisting the US in the Iraq war; and if he will make a...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many HM Revenue and Customs investigations into employers alleged to be paying less than the minimum wage (a) have been undertaken since 1999 and (b)...

      Pensions: Private Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the average value of the fund at retirement for people retiring with a private sector pension on the latest dates for which...

      Revenue and Customs: Employment Agencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what payments have been made to employment agencies by HM Revenue and Customs on each day since 1 October 2007.

      Tax Yields: East Sussex

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue the Government raised in tax in (a) Eastbourne constituency and (b) East Sussex in each year since 1997.

      Taxation: Exports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to the Exchequer of value added tax export relief was in each of the last three years.

      Taxation: Landlords

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cases have been brought by HM Revenue and Customs against buy-to-let landlords alleged to have (a) claimed too much tax relief on mortgage...

      Tonnage Tax: Ferries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what changes he plans to introduce to the tonnage tax regime for passenger ferry services operating in UK waters; and which (a) vessels and (b)...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many households with dependent children, where those children were classified as being in poverty, were eligible for tax credits in the latest period...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Administration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of people in receipt of tax credits are being dealt with clerically.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on funding for the winter fuel allowance as part of the Comprehensive Spending...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the longest repayment schedule agreed by the Child Support Agency is.

    • Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individual debts written off by the Child Support Agency were worth (a) over £1 million, (b) between £500,000 and...

      Child Support Agency: Bolton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effectiveness and efficiency of the Vertex-contracted Child Support Agency (CSA) office in Bolton in (a)...

      Child Support Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the staffing cost of each staff grade of the Child Support Agency was in each of the last 10 years.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many Child Support Agency cases remain suspended pending the opening of new clerical team centres; (2) how many Child Support Agency...

      Child Support: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of collection of unpaid child support maintenance by private companies to which the work has...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department plans to take to assist those children living in the severest poverty in Scotland.

      Correspondence: Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects the chief executive of the Child Support Agency to reply to the letter dated 21 September 2007 from the hon. Member for...

      Departmental Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what conclusions his Department has reached in fulfilment of the duty under section 3.111 of the statutory code of practice of the disability...

      Departmental Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff of his Department were (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted for fraud against the Department in each of the last 10 years; and...

      Departmental Internet

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

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Private Initiative

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

      Departmental Retirement

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

      Departmental Sick Leave

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

      Fairtrade Initiative

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

      HM Revenue and Customs: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will allocate new national insurance numbers to those children whose data was included on the discs lost by HM Revenue and Customs in...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals received a consolatory payment from the Health and Safety Commission and Executive in each year since 1997; what the...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in what circumstances a consolatory payment would be made by the Health and Safety Commission and Executive; and what guidance is provided by...

      Industrial Training: Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) grants and (b) training schemes are available through his Department for people (i) over 55 years old and (ii) in retirement to...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people on jobseeker's allowance (a) were sanctioned and (b) had their claim terminated because they went abroad in each of the last...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what guidance Jobcentre Plus gives to claimants of jobseekers allowance wishing to go on holiday; (2) what guidance Jobcentre Plus gives...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claimed jobseeker's allowance in (a) the UK, (b) the North East, (c) the Tees Valley and (d) Middlesbrough South and East...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Eligibility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people who leave employment for the purposes of obtaining jobseeker's allowance are not...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to ensure that young adults with learning difficulties in receipt of jobseekers allowance, who cannot read or...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been paid to homeowners in receipt of jobseekers allowance for the purpose of making mortgage repayments in the latest period for...

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what funding has been made available to the Pathfinder authorities for the pilots of the local housing allowance.

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance his Department plans to issue to local authorities on the up-take of bank accounts during the roll-out of local housing...

      Lone Parents: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance his Department issues to personal advisers helping lone parents.

      Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many children were members of families with income of less than (a) 30 per cent., (b) 40 per cent., (c) 50 per cent. and (d) 60...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people the new deal has helped into work, training and work experience in each new deal category since its inception.

      New Deal Schemes: Aberavon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people the New Deal has assisted into work, training and work experience in Aberavon constituency since its inception, broken down by...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in (a) Milton Keynes and (b) England and Wales have been subject to means-testing in each year since 2000.

      Polygamy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) research he has conducted and (b) representations he has received on the recognition of polygamous marriages.

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of children living in poverty are in households liable to pay full council tax measured (a) before housing costs...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children in London were living in households with an income below (a) 60 per cent., (b) 50 per cent. and (c) 40 per cent. of median...

      Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) local reference rent is being applied and (b) the indicative local housing allowances rate is for each bedroom category within each...

      Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) current levels of the shared room rate and (b) indicative shared room rate for the same locality/broad rental market area is in...

      Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many localities were in operation in relation to the local reference rent as at April 2007; and how many broad market rent areas will be in...

      Shropshire

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

      Social Security Benefits: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to allow people to move from unemployment to work without losing income.

      Social Security Benefits: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues at the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform about the role of...

      Social Security Benefits: Recipients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have received benefits meant for another person, excluding cases of fraud, in each of the last 10 years.

      Social Security Benefits: Spain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the oral answer of 18 February 2008, Official Report, column 16, what the evidential basis is for his statement that UK citizens...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many women receive reduced pensions having paid the married woman's stamp; what steps he is taking to help women adversely affected as a...

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Chelsea Barracks

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the expected net proceeds to public funds from the sale of the Chelsea Barracks.

    • Artists: Resale Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will continue to extend the derogation from the European Union directive on artists' resale rights, which limits the impact of the right to the work...

      Buses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to ensure the provision of suitable terminal equipment on buses and in the offices of bus companies, in order that smartcards can be...

      Buses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any figures are yet available for the take-up rates of concessionary bus fares; and what is the forecast uptake in 2008—09.

      Energy: Biofuels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether biodiesel manufactured and used to power farm machinery in England will be subject to fuel duty; and Whether biodiesel manufactured locally by farmers and...

      House of Lords: Prime Ministerial Nominations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether personal nominations by the Prime Minister for peerages are vetted for propriety by the House of Lords Appointments Commission before their appointment.

      Northern Ireland: Bill of Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker (WA 45) on 19 February concerning the Northern Ireland Human Rights Forum, what is meant by the word "significant" in...

      Omagh Bombing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the judgment given by Mr Justice Weir in the case of The Queen v Sean Hoey.

      Prisons: Energy Efficiency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to promote energy efficiency in prison buildings; and what plans they have further to promote energy efficiency education among offenders,...

      Railways: West Coast Main Line

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any proposals for passengers to benefit from the £14 million fine imposed on Network Rail by the Office of Rail Regulation in respect of the...

      Roads: Litter

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 6 February (WA 193), when they expect the litter to be cleared from the A13 between the M25 and the...

      Ulster-Scots

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland views the Ulster Scots community in Northern Ireland as having the same protection under equality legislation...

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