Written answers

Wednesday, 19 March 2008

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Diplomatic Protection Group

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to the answer of 18 February 2008, Official Report, column 7W, on Diplomatic Protection Group, what...

    • Discrimination

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many claims for discrimination, based on (a) sex, (b) race and (c) sexual orientation, were brought by...

      Drinking Water

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if the Commission will make it its policy to make jugs of tap water available in all dining rooms in the...

      Drinking Water

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what the names and address are of suppliers of bottled water to the Department of Facilities; and what...

      Parking

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what the (a) names, (b) job titles and (c) employers are of all persons with a permit to use the House...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Electronic Voting

      To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what assessment has been made by the Electoral Commission in the remote electronic...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many residential properties his Department owns; how many of these are vacant; and how many of these have been vacant for longer than (a)...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Impact Assessments

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

    • Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many and what percentage of staff in his Department were making additional voluntary contributions to their pensions in each of the last two years.

      Ipsos MORI

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what payments his Department has made to Ipsos MORI in the last 24 months; and for what purposes.

      Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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 since 1996-97;...

      Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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...

  • Transport

    • A2: M2

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the estimate is for the final cost of the realignment of the A2 trunk road between Pepper Hill and the M2.

    • Abandoned Vehicles: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans she has to amend the fixed charge for removing a vehicle from the highway.

      Abandoned Vehicles: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the likely effects of proposed changes in the charges for removing vehicles from the highway on (a) motorists and (b)...

      Aviation: Radioactive Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2008, Official Report, column 41W, on aviation: radioactive materials, what the country of origin was of each of...

      Aviation: Radioactive Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2008, Official Report, column 41W, on aviation: radioactive materials, what the destination of each of the...

      Crossrail: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much her Department has spent on (a) legal advice, (b) banking and financial consultants and (c) other consultants for work on Crossrail.

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what percentage of staff in her Department were making additional voluntary contributions to their pensions in each of the last two years.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 7 February 2008, Official Report, column 1415W, on departmental travel, if she will provide the figures on departmental...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the consultation on Adding Capacity at Heathrow, what research her Department has evaluated on the effects of levels of efficiency in...

      M1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans she has to bring forward the development of Junction 11a of the M1.

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many cars brought into the UK by owners from other European Union countries were registered through (a) mutual recognition/commission notice...

      Motor Vehicles: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much her Department and its agencies has spent on promoting the requirement on vehicle sellers to notify the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency of...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will assess the benefits and disbenefits that would arise should the non-executives on the board of Network Rail be appointed to that position...

      Operation Stack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made in identifying a long-term, off-road solution for Operation Stack; what discussions have been held with Kent county council...

      Railway Stations: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many complaints her Department has received from (a) individuals and (b) organisations on railway stations without adequate disabled access.

      Railways: Felixstowe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consideration has been given to upgrading the railway between Felixstowe and the Midlands; and what the latest cost estimate was.

      Railways: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions she has had with Transport for London and train operating companies on the provision of Oyster facilities at London mainline...

      Railways: South Central

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what period she plans that the next South Central franchise to run.

      Railways: South Central

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons she has decided that bidders for the next South Central franchise will be required to bid in accordance with a train operating...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many fatal road traffic accidents involving vehicles driven by people who had not passed a driving test and were unaccompanied by a qualified...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many fatal road traffic accidents there were involving the offence of taking and driving away in each of the last five years.

      Roads: Cheshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road accidents occurred at the Nether Alderley junction between the A34 and the A537 in Cheshire in each of the last eight years, broken down...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2008, Official Report, column 1276W, on animal welfare: religion, what progress has...

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he was first advised that the RSPCA were seeking in December 2007, to euthanise the cow, Gangotri, at Bhaktivedanta...

      Bluetongue Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what is the specified minimum time within which farmers must vaccinate once a decision to vaccinate against bluetongue has...

      Bluetongue Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what contingency arrangements he has made for controlling imports of livestock from the EU should bluetongue become more...

      Cattle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of cows in the national herd which are being kept in zero-grazed...

      Dangerous Dogs Act 1991

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many dogs were destroyed under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what conclusions his Department has reached in fulfilment of the duty under section 3.111 of the statutory code of practice...

      Departmental Property

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

      Departmental Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many residential properties are owned by his Department; how many of these are vacant; and how many have been vacant for...

      Dolphins: Moray Firth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects of oil and gas exploration in the Moray Firth on bottlenose dolphin populations.

      Domestic Wastes: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the comments of the Minister for Sustainable Food and Farming and Animal Health on 30 January 2008,...

      Domestic Wastes: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether properties with a class H council tax exemption will be liable for the new charges for the collection of household...

      Domestic Wastes: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how the new charges for the collection of household waste will be levied on (a) student halls of residence, (b) houses of...

      Domestic Wastes: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many waste collection authorities have (a) closed lid policies and (b) no side waste collection policies, for the...

      Fly Tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) estimate of the level of fly-tipping and (b) assessment of trends in the incidence of fly-tipping the Environment...

      Mauve Stingers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) pursuant to the answer of 4 March 2008, Official Report, column 2281W on mauve stingers, to which types of jellyfish...

      Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people were (a) prosecuted for and (b) convicted of trading in endangered species in each year since the new...

      Organic Farming: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was awarded from the public purse to the Co-operative Wholesale Society's farming division via countryside and land...

      Packaging: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the level of carbon dioxide emissions associated with the production, distribution and...

      Refrigerators: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of (a) chlorofluorocarbon, (b) hydrofluorocarbon and (c) hydrocarbon recovery rates arising from...

      Refrigerators: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the number of fridges disposed of by (a) fragmentisers and (b) approved authorised...

      Seeds: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects of incremental costs for seed registration; and if he will make a statement.

      Sharks: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps his Department is taking to secure an international ban on shark finning; (2) if he will make it his policy...

      Sustainable Development: Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) which bodies his Department consulted during the development of the framework for the Energy-using Products Framework...

      Sustainable Development: Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the Energy-using Products Framework Directive does not disadvantage small...

      Sustainable Development: Products

      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 Framework Directive on equipment...

      Trapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2008, Official Report, column 49W, on trapping, what plans he has to commission research...

      Waste and Resources Action Programme: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Waste and Resources Action programme's budget was in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08; and what its...

      Waste Disposal: Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what estimate he has made of the volume of waste plastics to be sent from the UK to China for processing in each of the...

      Waste Disposal: Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what alternatives exist to the disposal of UK waste plastics by China.

      Waste Management: Domestic Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate was made of the proportion of households potentially liable for charges for the collection of household waste...

      Waste Management: Domestic Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what powers he proposes for waste collection authorities seeking to levy charges for the collection of household waste to...

      Waste Management: Domestic Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations his Department has received from the Environmental Services Association on (a) new charges for the...

      Waste Management: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what powers local authorities have to charge for the compulsory provision of wheelie bins.

      Waste Management: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what obligations waste collection authorities have to provide free disposal of waste from prisons.

      Waste Management: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to introduce an accreditation scheme to ensure adequate environmental standards in waste treatment facilities.

  • Prime Minister

    • Military Bases

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) which UK military bases and installations he has visited since June 2007; and what the (a) date and (b) purpose was of each such visit; (2) how many times he...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Grassroots Grants Programme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make a statement on the grassroots grants programme.

    • Third Sector Organisations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make a statement on the role of the third sector in delivering public services.

      Post Office Closures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether the Social Exclusion Task Force has assessed the likely effect of post office closures on levels of social inclusion.

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the allocation of funding for the Olympic Games on the funding of the voluntary sector.

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what work the Social Exclusion Task Force has conducted on the level of child poverty.

      Social Exclusion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on the creation of a national assessment centre...

      Charities Act 2006

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will revise the implementation plan for the Charities Act 2006.

      Charity Commission: Appeals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when he expects the Charity Tribunal to be operational; and if he will make a statement.

      Voluntary Work

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps the Government have taken to ensure high performing voluntary services are recognised for their contribution to the community.

      Voluntary Work

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what recent steps the Government have taken to encourage people to volunteer.

      Voluntary Work: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps the Government have taken to consult the third sector on decisions on relevant Government funding changes.

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to provide further (a) training and (b) guidance for relevant healthcare professionals on the identification and management of alcohol...

    • Arthritis: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2007, Official Report, column 845W, on arthritis: drugs, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the trend...

      Barking Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the expected financial balance of the Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust for 2007-08.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health over what period of time the use of National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence approved cancer drugs will be assessed as part of the National...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department will (a) follow the Internet Content Rating Association (ICRA) guidelines and (b) display ICRA's label on the websites for which it is...

      Drugs: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency were being treated for drug addiction at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Hay Fever

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research has been (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated by his Department on the number of (i) males and (ii) females diagnosed with hay fever; and if...

      Headaches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent research on assessment of headache disorders he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated; and what plans he has to commission further...

      Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budget is for the Diagnostics programme in each of the next five financial years; how much of this budget has been allocated, broken down by...

      Health Services: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what benchmarks have been established to assess the fitness of private contractors to undertake work in prison health care departments; what...

      Health Trainers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the Answer of 4 March 2008, Official Report, column 2383W, on health trainers, how much was allocated to each spearhead primary care...

      Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provision is made for deaf people to access services provided by his Department through call centres.

      Horton Hospital: NHS Treatment Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the residual value guarantee is in respect of the independent sector treatment centre at Horton hospital in Banbury.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) targets and (b) guidelines have been set for trusts to deal with delayed discharge; and what penalty is paid by trusts for delayed discharge of...

      Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward legislative proposals to end the practice of charging fees to patients with blue disability badges at hospital car parks in England.

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his most recent estimate is of the average waiting time for an operation in the NHS; and if he will make a statement.

      Hypertension: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the cost-effectiveness of pulmonary arterial hypertension drugs is determined; and what assessments were made by the National Institute for Health and...

      NHS: Email

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff registered for NHS mail in each month since its inception; and how many were active users in each month.

      Palliative Care: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidance on supportive and palliative care has been implemented in Barnsley East and...

      Prescription Drugs: Side Effects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people have been admitted to hospital due to adverse reactions to prescription drugs in each of the last 10 years; (2) how many deaths...

      Prescriptions: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make representations to the pharmaceutical industry to seek a reduction in the amount of packaging for prescriptions; and if he will make a...

      Royal Lancaster Infirmary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people received medical treatment at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary in 2007.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Big Lottery Fund: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many organisations in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency and (b) the London borough of Bexley (i) applied for and (ii)...

    • Culture: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which (a) regional central government organisations, (b) local government organisations and (c) regional offices of non-departmental...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much public funding has been spent on campaigns against (a) racism and (b) homophobia in sport since 1997.

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what make and model of car (a) he and (b) each Minister in his Department selected as their official ministerial car; and what...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent by his Department and its agencies on (a) alcohol and (b) entertaining in the last 12 month period for which...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was claimed in reimbursable expenses by Senior Civil Service staff in his Department and its agencies in the last 12 month...

      Departmental Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the sums to be paid by his Department in unoccupied property rates in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09.

      North West Cultural Consortium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the membership of the North West Cultural Consortium is; and what criteria were used to determine the Consortium's membership.

      Sports: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how long on average was spent on sport and physical activity per week by children aged five to 16 years in each of the last 10 years.

      Sports: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the spend per capita was of (a) public funding and (b) Lottery funding for sport in each of the last three years.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Departmental Carbon Emissions

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

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the Answer of 12 March 2008, Official Report, column 404W, on the departmental intranet, which Minister amended an...

      Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which local authorities were approached on or before 6 March 2008 in relation to specific issues needing addressing in relation to...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many pupils were excluded (a) temporarily and (b) permanently excluded from school for possession of a knife in the...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils were excluded temporarily from school in each of the last three years.

      Pupils: Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children were missing from education in the area covered by Derby City Education Authority in the last school year,...

      Schools: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the environmental impact of the change in the frequency of personal travel and car usage in rural...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he will answer Question 182839 on bullying in his Department and its agencies tabled by the hon. Member for Fareham on 23...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been spent by his Department on renovation and refurbishment of its properties in each of the last five years.

    • Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of (a) central departmental and (b) Jobcentre Plus employees who are off work because of (i) stress,...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department and its agencies spent on first class travel in the last 12 months for which figures are available, broken down by...

      Eurostar

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

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the likely net cost of restoring the link between pensions and earnings in April 2008 in (a) 2008-09, (b)...

      Social Security Benefits: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much funding his Department allocated to campaigns to promote benefit take-up in each year for which figures are available.

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will give consideration to replacing the 25 pence pension increase at 80-years-old with a consolidated cash payment.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the strength of the cadet forces was in each year since 1997, broken down by type of cadet.

    • Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's budget for spending on cadets was in each year since 1997; and what the budget is for (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

      Armed Forces: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of non-UK personnel in the armed forces are (a) single and (b) accompanied by dependents.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on promoting recruitment to the armed forces overseas in each year since 2003.

      Armed Forces: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many military vehicles were designated beyond economic repair in each year since 2003.

      Armed Forces: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what size the armed forces' stockpiles of (a) M85 and (b) CRV-7 munitions are; and when these weapons' lifespan expire.

      Chelsea Barracks: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 4 March 2008, Official Report, columns 2343-44W, on Chelsea Barracks: sales, what the (a) single living accommodation and...

      Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how the implementation of through life capability management has affected the ways in which his Department (a) acquires and (b) supports equipment; and...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which central offices occupied by his Department (a) are and (b) are not fully accessible to disabled people.

      Depleted Uranium: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence where the gun barrels used in test firing of depleted uranium shells at the Dundrennan test range are stored; and whether they are to be sent to another...

      EU Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the national resources to be used for EU Defence, as mentioned in Chapter 2, Section 1, Article 13 of the Treaty of Lisbon.

      Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assistance is available to members of the armed services who have been invalided out of the service; what (a) discussions he has had and (b)...

      Iraq: Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many new armoured fighting vehicles were despatched to (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq in each year since British troops were deployed to each country.

      Iraq: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total cost to date to the public purse has been of prosecutions, trial proceedings and internal military investigations and proceedings...

      Iraq: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British soldiers have been rendered disabled on service in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq in each year since British forces were deployed to...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many awards for (a) bravery and (b) distinguished service were issued to personnel who had served in Iraq in each year since 2003, broken down by...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many rocket attacks there were on Basra airbase in each year since 2003.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel from (a) Tamworth constituency and (b) Staffordshire were serving in (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan at the latest date for...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many equipment failure reports were filed regarding (a) C-17 Globemaster, (b) C-130K Hercules, (c) C-130J Hercules, (d) Tristar and (e) VC-10...

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many equipment failure reports were filed for each helicopter type in the (a) Army Air Corps, (b) Fleet Air Arm and (c) Royal Air Force in each...

      National Army Museum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the correspondence between the Curator of the Royal Irish Fusiliers Regimental Museum, Armagh, dated 1 February 2008 and...

      Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what increases there have been in the planned capability of Type 45 destroyers since the stating of an intention to order (a) up to 12 and (b) eight...

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times Royal Navy (a) destroyers, (b) frigates, (c) submarines, (d) mine countermeasure vessels, (e) patrol vessels, (f) amphibious assault...

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many unexpected defects in new classes of ships entering service since 2006 have been reported; and what the defect was in each case.

      Weapons: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on which days in 2008 to date test firings of CHARM3 tank ammunition have taken place; what the reasons were for these test firings; and what further...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding his Department is providing for education in Afghanistan (a) in budget support, (b) directly to non-governmental...

    • Afghanistan: Child Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to advance progress towards Millennium Development Goal 4 in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan: Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to tackle malnutrition amongst under-fives in Afghanistan.

      Africa: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which UK bilateral aid programmes are under way in (a) Mauritania, (b) Sierra Leone, (c) Tanzania, (d) Congo and (e) Gambia; and...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether confidential or personal information has been compromised through the loss of property from his Department since 1997.

      Departmental Internet

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

      Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many (a) country-co-ordinating mechanisms, (b) UN agencies and (c) civil society organisations his Department met to discuss...

      HIV Infection: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what steps he is taking to secure G8 agreement to firm (a) plans and (b) timetables for the implementation of commitments on...

      HIV Infection: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what estimate he has made of the funding required (a) internationally and (b) from G8 countries to achieve the goal of...

      Kosovo: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid his Department has given to Kosovo in the last period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

      Overseas Aid: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department takes to monitor value for money of international aid where funding is given directly to the Government of a...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he expects to reply to the question tabled on 4 February 2008 by the hon. Member for Eddisbury on Wikipedia (185531).

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Admiralty House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2008, Official Report, column 2564W, on Admiralty House, which commercial contractors were...

    • Afghanistan: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of levels of recruitment of children by armed groups in Afghanistan.

      Colombia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 3 March 2008, Official Report, column 2143W, on Colombia, what the evidential basis is for his...

      Cuba: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the recent statement by the EU Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid on EU-Cuba...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to support reunification in Cyprus following the recent presidential election.

      Defence: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the legal personality accorded to the EU under the Treaty of Lisbon will enable the EU to agree defence treaties with...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether confidential or personal information has been compromised through the loss of property from his Department since 1997.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department and its agencies spent on first class travel in the last 12 months for which figures are available,...

      Diego Garcia: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of detainees being held on US ships stationed outside the three mile territorial waters of Diego...

      Durban II

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will propose the inclusion of (a) holocaust education and (b) anti-Semitism for discussion at the April 2008 Durban II...

      Durban II

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he had with his Portuguese counterpart on the EU's position on Durban II before the 31 August 2007 preparatory...

      EC Common Foreign and Security Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what advice he has received on the potential effects of the merging of the European Communities and the European Union in...

      Kristallnacht

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received on commemorating the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht; and if he will make a statement.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take at the United Nations on the training by Iran of (i) Hamas and (ii) Islamic...

      Ipsos MORI

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what payments (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have made to Ipsos MORI in the last 24 months; and for what purposes.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Government's strategy for peace in Iraq as referred to by the former...

      Pakistan: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many visas were issued in Pakistan to prospective visitors in all temporary categories between April 2006 and March 2007.

      Pakistan: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) how many male foreign nationals from (a) Pakistan and (b) Bangladesh applied for a marriage visa with the sponsorship of...

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to visit Saudi Arabia.

      Simon Mann

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the psychological pressure being applied by the Equatorial Guinea authorities to Simon Mann.

      Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of allegations that Arab and Janjaweed militias in Darfur are being armed by the Government...

      Uganda: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy that representatives of the Government attend a peace conference and signing of a peace deal...

      World War II: Genocide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2008, Official Report, column 2571W, on World War II: genocide, if he will place in the...

  • Justice

    • Bail Hostels: Bodmin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what consultation his Department plans to (a) undertake or (b) commission in relation to the future use of properties in Bodmin by the Bail...

    • Cemeteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2008, Official Report, column 756W, on cemeteries, what progress has been made on proposals to allow local...

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what make and model of car (a) he and (b) each Minister in his Department selected as their official ministerial car; and what criteria were applied...

      Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many claims for discrimination, based on (a) sex, (b) race and (c) sexual orientation, were brought by members of his Department and its...

      Drugs: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many residents of Lancashire were convicted of drug dealing in each of the last five years.

      Illegal Broadcasting: Video Recordings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer of 18 September 2007, Official Report, column 2091W, on illegal broadcasting: video recordings, how many (a) prosecutions...

      Juries: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the public consultation on the mental health criteria for jury duty, referred to in the report of the Social Exclusion Unit in June 2004, will be...

      Magistrates Courts: Buxton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will assess the adequacy of facilities for (a) disabled access, (b) security and (c) staff accommodation at Buxton magistrates court; and if he...

      Tribunals: Learning Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidance he has issued on the (a) extent and (b) examples of reasonable adjustments expected by employment tribunals under the Disability...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • France (Channel)-England Operational Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which organisation provides the Joint Technical Secretariat for the France (Channel)-England Operational Programme; and where...

    • France (Channel)-England Programme Managing Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many representatives of (a) her Department and (b) the Government office for the south-east attended the launch event of...

      Cemeteries: Monuments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many complaints the Local Government Ombudsman has received in the last 36 months in relation to the removal of headstones...

      Coastal Areas: Migration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what modelling her Department has undertaken on migration patterns affecting coastal towns; and what account has been taken of...

      Community Relations: Bingo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the contribution made by bingo clubs to (a) sustainable communities and (b) social cohesion...

      Council Housing: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households were on local authority waiting lists for social housing in (a) England and (b) each Government office...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the costs of collecting council tax in 2007.

      Council Tax: Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was received by local authorities in council tax revenue in (a) 2003, (b) 2004, (c) 2005, (d) 2006 and (e) 2007.

      Council Tax: Oxfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many council tax valuations appeals there have been in Oxfordshire in the last three years, broken down by billing...

      Council Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which billing authorities had the (a) highest and (b) lowest Band D council tax, including all precepts, in England in 2007-08.

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons the executive summary only of the Trees in Towns II report was published on her Department's website.

      Eco-Towns: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which authority will consider planning applications for new eco-town developments.

      Eco-Towns: Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether new dwellings constructed in eco-towns will be considered as windfall sites for the purposes of meeting regional spatial...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what property attributes and data her Department collects from local authorities on the number of vacant domestic dwellings...

      Empty Property: Rates and Rating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which organisations (a) within and (b) outside Government she consulted before proposing amendments to the rules governing...

      Empty Property: Rates and Rating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with regional development agencies on amendments to the rules governing empty property rates.

      Fire Services: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she received a copy of the Eastern Counties Fire and Rescue Services Acetylene Incident Report concerning Incident 20350 on...

      Government Office for London: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) IT and (b) telephony costs were for the Government Office for London in 2007-08.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to my right hon. Friend the Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 29 January 2008, Official...

      Home Information Packs: Housing Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment she has made of the impact of home information packs on the housing market.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she has taken in response to allegations of gate-keeping by local authority homelessness units where those...

      Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what powers the Homes and Communities Agency will have to develop areas where such development is not supported by the local...

      Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what dates the Homes and Communities Agency will (a) be formally constituted and (b) commence its work.

      Housing: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the assumption in the Budget of net migration of 190,000 per year, what estimate she has made of the effects of net...

      Housing: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much Government funding has been allocated to Morecambe and Lunesdale for housing regeneration since 1997.

      Housing: Shrewsbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what financial assistance was given to Shrewsbury borough council to help provide affordable housing in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007.

      Housing: Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the yearly target is for the number of new residential dwellings to be built in the Thames Gateway area; and what the...

      Infrastructure Planning Commission: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what criteria the Infrastructure Planning Commission will use on sustainability in its assessment of development proposals.

      INTERACT Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what contribution her Department makes to the delivery of the European Union's INTERACT programme.

      INTERREG Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the consultation documents produced by her Department as part of the Interreg IVA 2...

      Licensed Premises: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what changes have been made to the planning regime affecting premises licensed to sell alcohol since May 1997.

      Lichfield District Council: Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the ratio of central Government funding council tax revenue for Lichfield district council was in each of the last eight years.

      Local Authorities: Contract Compliance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department and its predecessors have issued to local authorities on (a) misfeasance, (b) nonfeasance and...

      Local Government Finance: Landfill Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether payments will be made to local authorities over each of the next three years in relation to the costs of the landfill tax.

      Local Government Finance: Newcastle-under-Lyme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government at what level within her Department the misallocation of Local Authority Business Growth Incentive funds to Newcastle-under-Lyme...

      Local Government: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average change in local government employee wages was in each year since 1996-97; and what the cost of the local...

      Local Government: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what role her Department has in relation to the national pay review of local authority officers.

      London Thames Gateway Development Corporation: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what role her Department has played in the appointment of individuals to the planning committee of the London Thames Gateway...

      London Thames Gateway Development Corporation: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what role (a) her Department or its predecessor, (b) her Department's agencies and (c) the Government Office for London...

      Non-domestic Rates: Churches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her estimate is of the rateable value of all churches and other places of worship in England which are exempt from business...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for how many years the supplementary business rate for Crossrail on London businesses will last.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which public authorities will bear the liability of any cost over-runs on the Crossrail scheme; and what liability London firms...

      Non-domestic Rates: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her timetable is for the publication of valuation information arising from the revaluation undertaken for non-domestic...

      Ordnance Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether private companies were consulted on Ordnance Survey's draft revised Public Task before it was approved; (2)...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans her Department has for independent assessment of national policy statements on planning.

      Planning Inspectorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will review the scope and powers of the Planning Inspectorate.

      Planning: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether national policy statements under the provision of the Planning Bill will be required to be assessed under the (a) EU...

      Public Lavatories: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many municipal public conveniences have (a) closed and (b) commenced charging for use since 1997.

      Recreation Spaces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of town green applications remained undecided after (a) two and (b) five years on the latest date for which...

      Recreation Spaces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average time taken for processing a town green application was in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Regeneration: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she is taking to encourage economic regeneration in coastal resorts.

      Regeneration: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department is taking to encourage economic regeneration in coastal resorts.

      Sustainable Development: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer to the right hon. Member for Leicester East (Keith Vaz) of 18 February 2008, Official Report, column...

      Temporary Accommodation: Tamworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households were housed in temporary accommodation by Tamworth Borough Council in each year since 1997.

      Thames Gateway Development Corporation Planning Committee: Business Interests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether members of the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation Planning Committee are required to (a) submit declarations...

      Thames Gateway Development Corporation Planning Committee: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the annual remuneration is of (a) a member and (b) the chairman of the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation...

      Valuation Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the Valuation Office Agency's standard form, VO6403.

      Valuation Office: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what date the Valuation Office Agency document Dwellinghouse coding: An Illustrated Guide was (a) first published and (b)...

      Village Halls: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she last discussed the funding of village halls with the Secretaries of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and...

  • Treasury

    • Child Benefit: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many attempts to defraud the child benefit system through the use of false documents were made in each of the last five years; what steps have been...

    • Child Benefit: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information is disclosed to other EU countries in order for them to verify claims for child benefit or its equivalent made by UK citizens in those...

      Children: Death

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many children have died as a result of drug dependency on the part of their mothers in the last 12 months.

      Cole Layer Trumble

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been spent on payments to Cole Layer Trumble/Tyler Technologies funded via the public purse (a) directly from the Valuation Office Agency,...

      Council Tax: Appeals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill) of 1 February 2008, Official Report, column 688W, on council...

      Council Tax: Parking

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill) of 5 March 2008, Official Report, column 2497W, on council...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what use the Valuation Office Agency's automated valuation model for English council tax valuations makes of locality adjustment factors.

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether additional noise and disturbance arising from a change in road traffic is a material change affecting a dwelling for the purposes of council tax...

      Discrimination

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many claims for discrimination, based on (a) sex, (b) race and (c) sexual orientation, were brought by members of his Department and settled (i) in...

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the fuel duty increase from 1st April 2008 on British hauliers, with particular reference to their...

      Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what provision is made for deaf people to access services provided by his Department through call centres.

      Households: Surveys

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Valuation Office Agency will have access to data from the integrated household survey.

      Households: Surveys

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) timetable, (b) purpose and (c) budget is of the integrated household survey.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 7 February 2008, Official Report, column 1367W, on income tax, what proportion of those receiving an income tax self-assessment...

      International Assistance: Palestinians

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance he has issued to financial institutions on the opening of accounts to fund humanitarian and other welfare support schemes for Palestinian people.

      Landfill Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the percentage of the income he will receive from the landfill levy that will be allocated to environmental trusts and...

      Landfill Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what form the consultation on the removal of the landfill tax contaminated land exemption in respect of waste from contaminated land disposed of to landfill...

      Revenue and Customs: Whitehaven

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take account of the spare capacity at Whitehaven HM Revenue and Customs Office in distributing that department's workload.

      Stamp Duties: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many claims there have been for stamp duty tax relief for zero-carbon homes since 1 January 2008.

      Taxation: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions Ministers in his Department have had with HM Revenue and Customs and the Department for Work and Pensions on proposals to tax 420,000 small...

      Taxation: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of (a) the total tax liability that would be incurred by pensioners under HM Revenue and Customs' proposals to tax 420,000 small...

      Taxation: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what communications have been sent from (a) HM Revenue and Customs to pensions providers, (b) HM Revenue and Customs to the individuals concerned and (c)...

      Tolls

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Office for National Statistics classifies (a) the London congestion charge, (b) workplace parking charges under the Transport Act 2000, (c)...

      Valuation Office: Cole Layer Trumble

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consultancy work Cole Layer Trumble/Tyler Technologies (CLT) is providing to the Valuation Office Agency further to CLT's contract with CapGemini in...

      Valuation Office: Cole Layer Trumble

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what office space is provided to representatives of Cole Layer Trumble/Tyler Technologies by the Valuation Office Agency in relation to their work for the...

      Valuation Office: Documents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Valuation Office Agency plans to introduce an electronic document and records management system.

      Valuation Office: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library copies of the user guides for the Valuation Office Agency's (a) server version of OASIS and (b) automated valuation model...

      Valuation Office: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2008, Official Report, column 508W, on the Valuation Office: ICT, what the budget for the development of the geographic...

      Valuation Office: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2008, Official Report, column 508W, on the Valuation Office: ICT, whether the Geographic Information System will be...

      Valuation Office: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2008, Official Report, column 508W, on the Valuation Office: ICT, whether the geographic information system will be...

      Valuation Office: Rightmove

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill) of 31 January 2008, Official Report, column 680W, on the...

      VAT: Administration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average time for processing new value added tax registrations was in each of the last 12 months.

      VAT: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the potential contribution of the identity cards scheme to the tackling of missing trader intra-community fraud.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average time taken was to respond to public enquiries on tax credits by HM Revenue and Customs offices in the latest period for which figures are...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Appeals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the time period is in which individuals may appeal against a decision made by tax credit offices; and if he will make a statement; (2) what...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Data Protection Act 1998: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what penalties and further obligations have been imposed on organisations or individuals who have been successfully...

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many Wikipedia entries have been (a) created and (b) amended (i) by (A) officials, broken down by advisers,...

      Departmental Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the cost was of overnight accommodation for (a) civil servants, (b) special advisers and (c) Ministers in his...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many written questions to his Department had not received an answer as at 25 February 2008 for (a) between two...

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many agency workers were employed by his Department on the latest date for which figures are available.

      EU Internal Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much was (a) exported to and (b) imported from other EU member states by the UK (i) in the most recent 12 month...

      Government Shareholding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the Government's policy is in relation to corporate social responsibility in exercising shareholder rights in...

      Government Shareholding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the value of the Government's shareholdings (a) in total and (b) in accordance with socially responsible...

      Ipsos MORI

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what payments (a) his Department and (b) it agencies have made to Ipsos MORI in the last 24 months; and for what...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what guidance he issues to his Department's parliamentary unit on responses to correspondence from hon. Members.

      Overseas Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will require all companies registered in the UK to include in their annual reports all their overseas...

      Petrol: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will ask the Office of Fair Trading to investigate pricing by petroleum retailers at regional level; and if he...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether sub-post offices that were to have been closed under the Network Change Programme but are kept open under...

      Post Offices: Yealand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the cost to the Post Office of keeping Yealand Post Office open for five hours each week.

      Regional Development Agencies: Brussels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2007, Official Report, column 1344W, on regional government: Brussels, what...

      Regional Development Agencies: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much and what percentage of regional development agency funding was spent on (a) advertising and (b) overseas...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform with reference to the answer of 15 October 2007, Official Report, column 809W, on renewable energy, (a) how many...

      Royal Mail: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what discussions his Department has had with Royal Mail on how much it receives in payment for each item of mail...

      Royal Mail: Universal Service Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will make it his policy to amend the universal service obligation of Royal Mail to include small and...

      Royal Mail: Universal Service Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent assessment he has made of the ability of Postcomm to (a) protect and (b) sustain the universal service...

      Small Businesses: Morecambe and Lunesdale

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what support his Department makes available to start-up businesses in Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency.

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many under 18 year olds were (a) arrested, (b) cautioned and (c) prosecuted for alcohol-related offences in each London borough in the...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions for sale of alcohol to a drunk person have been pursued in each criminal justice area in each of the last 10 years; and...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there were of retailers for selling alcohol to persons under 18 years old for consumption off...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many licensees were (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted of selling alcohol to under-age drinkers in each of the last five years.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many test purchases relating to the sale of alcohol to those under the age of 18 years were undertaken in England and Wales in each year...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were fined for selling alcohol to under-age persons in each year since 1997; and what the average such fine was in each year.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many acceptable behaviour contracts have been issued in (a) Easington constituency and (b) the County of Durham since their...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued in Cornwall since their introduction.

      Cocaine

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 30 January 2008, Official Report, columns 377-8W, on cocaine, (1) how many of the premises defined as crack...

      Crime Prevention: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of street lighting in reducing (a) crime and (b) fear of crime.

      Crime: Darlington

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 18 February 2008, Official Report, columns 429-30W, on crime: Darlington, what the crime detection rates were for...

      Crime: Detection Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the feasibility of identifying separately the number of (a) crimes reported to the police and (b) crimes...

      Crime: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 18 February, Official Report, column 581W, on crime: statistics, what steps she is taking to ensure that more...

      Crime: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 18 February 2008, Official Report, column 581W, on crime: statistics, what factors contributed to the estimate of...

      Crime: Telford

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of trends in (a) car crime, (b) violent crime, (c) house burglary and (d) incidents of anti-social behaviour...

      Crimes of Violence: Ashford

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person have been recorded in Ashford in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how often the Ministerial Action Group to assess the implementation of the Government's Action Plan for Tackling Violence is planned to meet;...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were arrested for domestic violence offences in each of the last five years, broken down by police force; how many of those...

      Domestic Violence: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the domestic violence enforcement campaign conducted between December 2007 and January 2008.

      Drugs: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with which countries the UK has asset seizure agreements in respect of illegal drug dealing; and what plans she has to (a) extend the scope...

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the cost of an illegal handgun in each of the last 10 years.

      Firearms: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes were committed involving (a) handguns, (b) rifles, (c) shotguns, (d) air weapons and (e) imitation firearms in each year...

      Forced Marriage: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements her Department makes to pass on to (a) schools and (b) social services departments the details of children identified by...

      Gating Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many gating orders under the Highways Act 1980 were (a) applied for and (b) granted in each local authority area in England in each...

      Government Departments: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make a statement on the steps taken to improve cyber security and resilience across Government Departments.

      Human Trafficking: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) arrested and (b) convicted for human trafficking offences in (a) Cleveland, (b) Stockton and (c) England and Wales...

      Immigration: Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discretion she is able to exercise in granting (a) leave to remain and (b) British citizenship to Gurkha soldiers who completed their...

      National Firearms Licensing Management System

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 16 January 2008, Official Report, column 1302W, on national firearms licensing management system, when the...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the adequacy of police precepts on the council tax due following increases in (a) licensing hours and (b)...

      Prosecutions: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted under (i) section 172, (ii) section 172a and (iii) section 173 of the Licensing Act...

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to amend the law on street prostitution; and if she will make a statement.

      Sexual Offences: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) sexual offences prevention orders, (b) risk of sexual harm orders and (c) foreign travel orders were issued in each of the...

      Sexual Offences: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many sex offenders (a) were required to register with the police and (b) registered with the police in each of the last three years;...

      Sexual Offences: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding has been allocated to (a) sexual assault referral centres, (b) independent advisory services for sexual violence and (c)...

      Vandalism: Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests have been made by the Metropolitan Police's Transport Operational Command Unit's Operation Bus Tag in each year since its...

      Violent and Sex Offender Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many residents in (a) Stroud constituency and (b) Gloucestershire were on the national sex offenders register at the most recent date...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to answer Question 181925, on prisoners: Muslims, tabled by the right hon. Member for Haltemprice and Howden on 23rd January...

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Healthcare

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What current manning shortfalls exist in the Defence Medical Services; and to what extent they have been reduced.

    • Autism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration they have given to the research findings in the National Autistic Society's recently published report, I Exist; what response they will be...

      Boatmasters Examination

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Where candidates with the correct qualifications can take the tier 1 level 2 boatmasters examination; and how long it takes to arrange such tests.

      Buses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What information is available to them regarding the increases in costs of operating local bus services as a consequence of wage increases, fuel costs, insurance...

      Child Support Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What software upgrades to the Child Support Agency's computer system are planned for the next 12 months; and Whether the new software planned for the Child Support...

      Child Support Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Child Support Agency's operational improvement plan is on course to deliver all its stated objectives.

      Child Support Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements they have made with EDS to ensure that the child support computer system which supports old cases will continue beyond the original contract date...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 22 January (WA 28) regarding the culture of embryos for more than 14 days in vitro, how it has been proven...

      EU: Discrimination

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Andrews on 28 February (WA 132-3), what is the basis for their interpretation of the European Union race directive as not...

      Forced Marriage

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to publish guidance under Section 63Q of the Family Law Act 1996 (as inserted by the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007).

      Gershon Review: Child Support

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What staff reductions are planned in the Child Support Agency and the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission over the next three years as a result of the...

      Health: Analgesics

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they use international aid to encourage countries that prohibit the use of strong analgesics for the relief of severe pain to allow their use.

      Health: Gaviscon

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action is to be taken in the case of Reckitt Benckiser Healthcare over its sale of Gaviscon; and What discussions took place in each of the last five years...

      Health: Incontinence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many letters they have received since 6 September 2007 from (a) nurses, (b) other health professionals and (c) parliamentarians commenting on the proposed...

      International Finance Corporation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have approved or reviewed the policy of the International Finance Corporation to assist small and medium-sized enterprises mainly through financial...

      Iraq: Deaths

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of how many people died in the conflict in Iraq in January 2008.

      Jobcentre Plus

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to close Jobcentre Plus offices in England and Wales.

      Jobcentre Plus

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the advice given on all benefits by Jobcentre Plus offices in England and Wales is monitored.

      Mental Health Act: Tribunal Hearings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish a timetable to reduce the waiting time for tribunal hearings under the Mental Health Act 2007.

      Ministry of Defence: Contractors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps the Ministry of Defence is taking to ensure that main contractors are not adding an unreasonable mark-up to quotations or supplies from subcontractors.

      Northern Rock

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the precise nature of the contractual relationship between Northern Rock and Granite.

      People Trafficking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will encourage and assist the production of films based on personal histories and illustrating the dangers of trafficking for women and children,...

      Prisoners: Parole

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many cases were referred by the Secretary of State to the Parole Board under (a) Section 32(4)(a) and (b) Section 32(4)(b) of the Crime (Sentences) Act 1997 in...

      Prisons: Juveniles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they accept the recommendation of the Chief Inspector of Prisons in her report on HMP Woodhill published on 13 February that no juveniles should be in that...

      Railways: Catering

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they propose to monitor the standards the successful bidder for the east coast main line undertook to maintain regarding catering on the route.

      Roads: Litter

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will arrange for the Highways Agency to take steps to ensure that those responsible for litter clearance on the A11 trunk road between the M11 and the...

      Schools: GCSEs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In which languages other than English it is possible to take GCSE examinations; and how many entrants there have been for examinations in each language in the last...

      Subject Access Requests

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many subject access requests to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development are out of time and awaiting (a) an...

      Transport: Vehicle Testing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency has delivered the commitments made three years ago when a 13 per cent increase in fees was agreed in respect of...

      Visas: Georgia

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many visa applications made to the embassy in Tbilisi by Georgian nationals for entry into the United Kingdom have been granted without appeal to the Asylum...

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