Written answers

Tuesday, 25 March 2008

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Aerials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many mobile phone masts were erected in 2007; and if she will make a statement; (2) how many mobile phone masts were...

    • Aggregates: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how the regional guidelines for land-won sand and gravel production set out in the National and Regional Guidelines for...

      Chemicals: Teesside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what fire risk assessment has been carried out in respect of (a) the largest chemical industry installation on Teesside and...

      Fire Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of Fire Service response times from time of call to time of first attendance were of a duration of...

      Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many fires were reported to the Fire Service in each year since 1978, broken down by (a) type, (b) brigade and (c) region.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many homelessness applications were rejected in the fourth quarter of 2007 in each of the English regions; and what...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the take-up was of each category of Homebuy scheme in each county and region in each year the scheme has been available;...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she will publish her Department's evaluation of Social HomeBuy.

      Lichfield District Council: Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent by Lichfield district council in each of the last four financial years; and what revenue the council received...

      Local Authorities: Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance has been issued to local authorities on the use of bailiffs to collect civil debts owed by residents to them.

      Social Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many social rented properties the Housing Corporation plans to build in the 2006 to 2008 financial period; how many bids it...

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of the population lives more than 20 miles from an accident and emergency department in each primary care trust area in England.

    • Baby Care Units: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Healthcare Commission inspects neo-natal units.

      Blood Transfusion Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria are used to assess a geographical area as having a poor level of blood collection as outlined in the review of the National Blood Service...

      Blood: v CJD

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the level of risk of transmission of vCJD infection posed by blood transfusions.

      Blood: v CJD

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have developed vCJD infection following a blood transfusion in each year since 1990.

      Bridlington Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received on Bridlington hospital; and if he will make a statement.

      Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the survival rate of children born at 22 to 25 weeks gestation was in the UK in the most recent period for which figures are available; how many were...

      Departmental Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost was of overnight accommodation for (a) civil servants, (b) special advisers and (c) Ministers in his Department staying overnight...

      Departmental Orders and Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many regulations have been (a) introduced and (b) removed by his Department since 1997.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 19 February 2008, Official Report, column 666W, on departmental public expenditure, how many doses of each of the vaccines...

      Dietary Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 20 February 2008, Official Report, column 804W, on dietary supplements, how many nutritional support products were dispensed in...

      Doctors: Torbay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many junior doctors were registered in Torbay constituency in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money has been spent on cannabis cessation services in each primary care trust in each of the last five years; how much has been allocated for...

      Fertility: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to (a) monitor and (b) encourage the implementation of National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines on the...

      General Practitioners: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) general practitioners and (b) NHS dentists there were per head of population in (i) England and (ii) Torbay constituency in each year since...

      Genito-Urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure prostate assessment clinics are provided by urology departments of district general hospitals.

      Genito-Urinary Medicine: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) median and (b) mean waiting times for patients (i) waiting for a first outpatient attendance and (ii) waiting to see a consultant urologist...

      Heart Diseases: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many percutaneous coronary interventions took place in the NHS using a bare metal stent in (a) England and (b) each NHS strategic health...

      Hospices: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding he provided to hospices for the provision of medicines for people in receipt of end-of-life care in 2006-07.

      Hospitals: Fire Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the combustibility of plastic foam composite panels used in the building of hospitals.

      Infectious Diseases: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to reduce the spread of health care associated infections in the community.

      Medical Equipment: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he has provided to professionals who decontaminate medical equipment in the NHS.

      Medical Equipment: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with the Institute of Decontamination Sciences on the practical application of decontamination sciences in health and...

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish a breakdown of the (a) costs to date and (b) estimated final costs of the NHS next stage review.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) by what mechanism he claws back excess payments to pharmacy contractors in respect of category M dispensing of medicines; and how much was clawed...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much NHS funding has been allocated to (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since 1997.

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect on the timetable of the NHS IT programme of the buy out of iSoft by IBA Healthcare.

      NHS: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the purpose of the NHS Choices website is; how many pages of content are currently available on the NHS Choices website; and how many unique visitors...

      NHS: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what expenditure on non-NHS staff was (a) in total and (b) broken down by each NHS organisation in each year since 1997-98; and what proportion of the...

      NHS: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department plans to issue guidance to the NHS on the provision of information to patients on treatments not available on the NHS.

      Nurses: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the ratio of fully-qualified school nurses to the number of schools was in England in each year since 1997-98 for which figures are available.

      Palliative Care: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will give guidance to primary care trusts on the proportion of their budgets to be spent on palliative care.

      Patient Choice Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many deployments of the web-based referrer for choose and book have been made, broken down by (a) local service provider and (b) practice; (2)...

      Pharmacies: ITC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many suppliers of IT pharmacy systems there are; and how many have achieved authority to roll out their system.

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many 100 hour pharmacies there were in each primary care trust area in each of the last three years.

      Polyclinics: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of the population of London he estimates will live within (a) one mile, (b) three miles and (c) five miles of a polyclinic.

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent estimate he has made of the number of people in England who are unable to take prescribed medicines because of the cost of...

      Prescriptions: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many deployments of the pharmacy system for the electronic prescriptions service have been made, broken down by (a) local service provider and (b)...

      Prostate Cancer: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding his Department has committed to the (a) NHS Prostate Cancer and (b) Prostate Cancer Risk Management programme in each financial year...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to increase the number of patients who are able to receive proton therapy treatment (a) at Clatterbridge and (b) in England; and if he...

      Sexually Transmitted Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to tackle drug resistant gonorrhoea.

      Smoking: Public Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in England have been (a) charged with and (b) convicted of smoking tobacco in a prohibited place since the introduction of the relevant...

      Sunbeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent discussions he has had with representatives of coin-operated sunbed companies on their operation; (2) which organisations he has...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people obtained English for Speakers of Other Languages qualifications at level (a) 1, (b) 2 and (c) 3 in London...

    • Unemployment: Stroud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) 16 to 19 year olds and (b) 20 to 25 year olds in Stroud constituency were registered unemployed in January in...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Opium

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures his Department is taking to reduce poppy production in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.

    • Afghanistan: Opium

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate his Department has made of the volume of poppy production in Afghanistan in the latest period for which figures are...

      Burma: Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what reports he has received of the adequacy of the harvest in Chin state, Burma; what discussions he has held with the World Food...

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what representations he has made to his G8 counterparts to ensure that progress towards the G8 target of achieving universal...

      United Nations: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make representations for inclusion of a discussion on gender equality and women's empowerment at the UN High Level Meeting...

  • Treasury

    • Bank Services: Liechtenstein

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been spent from the public purse to obtain information on British clients of Liechtenstein banks.

    • Carbon Emissions: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the proportion of GDP that will be spent in the UK in the 2008-09 financial year on measures to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much child benefit was paid in respect of children living outside the United Kingdom in each of the last five years.

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what success fee was paid to Cole Layer Trumble for its work on the automated valuation model to assist council tax revaluation in England.

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 19 February 2008, Official Report, column 613W, on council tax: valuation, if he will place in the Library a copy of the OGC...

      Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many security specialists and security assurance and data protection and validation officers were employed by (a) HM Treasury, (b) HM Revenue and...

      Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2008, Official Report, column 1642W, on data protection, when each of the 37 data guardians was appointed; and how...

      Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2008, Official Report, column 1642W, on data protection, what the civil service grade of each data guardian is.

      Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2008, Official Report, column 1642W, on data protection, where each of the data guardians not in Tyne and Wear or...

      Departmental Labour Turnover

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2008, Official Report, column 1636W, on departmental labour turnover, how many civil servants voluntarily ceased...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2008, Official Report, column 1638W, on departmental pay, how many civil servants in his Department were in receipt...

      Departmental Sustainable Development

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when his Department plans to publish its sustainable operations policy statement.

      Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the likely change in the number of individuals consuming alcohol, and the quantity of alcohol consumed, as a result of the...

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on the differential between tax rates for petrol and liquefied petroleum gas; and what the duty charged on each fuel was in each of the...

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the effect of the postponement of an inflation-linked fuel duty increase on the cost of travelling by (a) private car,...

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the effect on carbon dioxide emissions of the postponement of the inflation linked fuel duty increase that had been...

      Excise Duties: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will consider reducing the excise duty on 4x4 vehicles which use biofuels.

      Fossil Fuel Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was transferred to the Consolidated Fund from the England and Wales fossil fuel levy in (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06, (c) 2006-07 and (d) 2007-08;...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total value is of all the tax reliefs and allowances accruing to those with incomes over (a) £50,000, (b) £100,000, (c) £250,000...

      Northern Rock

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2008, Official Report, column 1431W, on Northern Rock, when he expects the annual report and accounts for 2007 to be...

      Northern Rock: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out the basis on which compensation may be paid to those people who were shareholders of Northern Rock before the company was nationalised.

      Prices: Food

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect on domestic inequality of above-inflation rises in prices of necessary goods such as food.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 18 March 2008, Official Report, column 1017W, on tax credits, what the highest possible income is that a family may receive while...

      Taxation: Investment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the effect on tax revenue of abolishing the distinction between trading and investment activities of open-ended investment...

      Taxation: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions have taken place between (a) his Department and (b) HM Revenue and Customs and the Scottish Executive on HM Revenue and Customs'...

      Unemployment: Greater London

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) unemployed and (b) economically inactive (i) women and (ii) men there were in each London borough in each year since 2000.

      Valuation Office: Cole Layer Trumble

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether Cole Layer Trumble/Tyler Technologies are providing advice or support to the Valuation Office Agency.

      Valuation Office: Documents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether data for which the Valuation Office Agency is responsible are (a) stored and (b) processed overseas.

      Valuation Office: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to equalise the pay and conditions of equivalent grades of staff in the Valuation Office Agency and the Rent Service once the...

      Voluntary Work

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2008, Official Report, column 1490W, on voluntary work, what funding his Department has provided for the Volunteers...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the number of fraudulent claims for tax credits made in each year since 2003, broken down by the region in which claimants gave...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was obtained from tax credit fraud by (a) individuals and (b) criminal gangs who were prosecuted in each year since 2003.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average cost per minute of calls made to tax credit hotlines from (a) mobile telephones and (b) landlines is; and if he will make a statement.

  • Justice

    • Children: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were charged with crimes involving violence against children in each of the last five years; and of those how many (a) pleaded...

    • Domestic Violence: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there were for offences involving domestic violence in (i) Tamworth constituency and (ii) Staffordshire...

      Driving Offences: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many drivers of vehicles carrying scrap metal were prosecuted for (a) dangerous driving, (b) careless driving and (c) causing death by dangerous...

      Drugs: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were (a) prosecuted, (b) convicted, (c) fined and (d) imprisoned for dealing crystal meth in each of the last five years for which...

      Fatal Accident Injury System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 7 February 2008, Official Report, column 1433W, on the fatal accident injury system, what progress has been made on...

      Magistrates Courts: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 11 March 2008, Official Report, columns 12-14WS, on Leeds Magistrates' court, how many outstanding...

      Magistrates Courts: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 11 March 2008, Official Report, column s 12-14WS, on Leeds Magistrates' court, what the 62 offences...

      National Probation Service for England and Wales: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many vacant posts in the Probation Service he expects will not be filled in 2008-09, broken down by grade.

      National Probation Service for England and Wales: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many vacant posts in the Probation Service were not filled in 2007-08, broken down by grade.

      Prison Accommodation: Dorchester Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many spaces were available in the first night centre at HMP Dorchester on the first Friday of each month for the last 12 months for which figures are...

      Prison Accommodation: Dorchester Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many vulnerable (a) remand and (b) convicted prisoners were accommodated at HMP Dorchester on the first Friday of each month for the last 12 months...

      Prisons: Design

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 30 January 2008, Official Report, columns 491W, on prisons, if he will publish the design, security and technical...

      Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people aged under 18 were prosecuted for offences related to (a) fatal and (b) serious road traffic accidents in each of the last five...

      Vandalism: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there were for vandalism in (i) Tamworth constituency and (ii) Staffordshire in each year since 2000.

      Waste Management: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice against how many people prosecutions have been brought for having unregistered scrap and salvage yards in each of the last three years.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many young people are members of cadet contingents attached to Her Majesty's armed forces in (a) Kent and (b) Ashford.

    • Armed Forces: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people in each of the armed forces have been (a) randomly tested for controlled substances, (b) tested positive as a result of the test and...

      Armed Forces: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of non-UK nationals who enter the UK to apply to join the armed forces were accepted in each of the last five years.

      Armed Forces: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of personnel in each pinch point trade in the armed forces exceeded harmony guidelines in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Armed Forces: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what percentage of the total (a) strength and (b) requirement of (i) regular army officers and (ii) regular army other ranks was made up by the...

      Armed Forces: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what new contracts have been awarded by his Department to the Priory Group since November 2007; and if he will make a statement.

      Army: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of (a) UK nationals and (b) non-UK nationals recruited into the British Army (i) did not complete basic training, (ii) left within a...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's policy is on the use of improvised explosive device jammers.

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which of his Department's initiatives have been advertised to the public in each of the last 10 years; and what the cost of each such campaign was.

      Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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)...

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of the members of (a) the Territorial Army and (b) the Royal Naval Reserve have served in theatre in the last 12 months.

      Royal Military Academy: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many places at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst were allocated to foreign nationals in each year since 1997, broken down by nationality.

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what methodology her Department uses to assess levels of (a) underage drinking and (b) drug use by young people.

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on EC Directive 86/609/EEC, with particular reference to the use of apes for experimental and other scientific purposes.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued in (a) Barnsley, East and Mexborough constituency, (b) Barnsley metropolitan...

      BAE Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department has responded formally to the US Department of Justice request for mutual legal assistance with regard to BAE Systems.

      Burglary: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to reduce burglaries in Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency.

      Crime: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department has taken to reduce car crime since 1997.

      Criminal Records Bureau: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of people whose details are recorded on the Criminal Records Bureau database have not been charged or convicted...

      Drugs: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she has taken to prevent drug dealing at or near school gates in the last three years.

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of irregularities on the national DNA database.

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people from each police authority area in Yorkshire and the Humber had a sample of their DNA stored on the national DNA database at...

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many trafficked children were taken into police custody following raids on illegal cannabis factories in each of the last three years.

      Immigrants: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government plan to take to stop employers employing illegal immigrants.

      Immigration Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department has taken to ensure that immigration officers are able to take the breaks to which they are entitled during working...

      Immigration: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 9 May 2007, Official Report, column 247W, on immigration applications, and her letter of 21 December 2007,...

      Mi5

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what arrangements are in place for (a) giving notice to her and (b) seeking leave from her by the Director General of the Security...

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what circumstances local authorities will have access to the National Identity Register.

      Organised Crime: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the European database of dangerous offenders to prevent homicide associated with organised crime is expected to be operational; and what...

      Refuges: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the (a) demand for and (b) provision of places in refuges for women who are drug users.

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what progress his Department has made in its zero-based budget review under the Comprehensive Spending Review.

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Business: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform with reference to the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Financial Statement of 12 March 2008, Official Report, columns...

    • Commercial Secrets: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what guidance he issues to companies offered suspected stolen information about the financial affairs of their...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether confidential or personal information has been compromised through the loss of property from his Department and...

      Foreign Investment in UK: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many Japanese investors invested in British industries in 2007; what assessment he has made of the contribution of...

      Government Offices for the Regions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which of his Department's programme budgets were administered by the Government Offices of the Regions in each of the...

      Inward Investment: Dover District Council

      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) Thanet and (b) Dover district...

      Post Offices: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what commitments Post Office Limited gave to Postwatch in relation to the future of (a) Soho Street, (b) Mill...

      Post Offices: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he last discussed the future of the Copperas Hill mail sorting office in Liverpool with Royal Mail; and if he...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts Council England: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding was given to Arts Council England in the last 12 months; what percentage was given to the east of England; and how much...

    • Arts: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he is taking on increasing access to the arts in (a) Birmingham and (b) Staffordshire.

      Arts: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what expenditure on publicly-funded arts and culture was in 2007, broken down by constituency.

      Betting: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with the betting industry on plans to re-apportion the costs of policing sports betting; and if he will make...

      Casinos: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether he plans to change licensing conditions for land-based casinos.

      Cultural Heritage: Heraldry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to prevent the export of the Dering Roll from the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.

      Culture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of local authority (a) museums, (b) galleries, (c) heritage sites, (d) archives and (e)...

      Dance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he plans to publish the report of his Department's dance review led by Tony Hall.

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which of his Department's initiatives have been advertised to the public in each of the last 10 years; and what the cost of each such...

      Departmental Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when his Department plans to publish its sustainable operations policy statement.

      Departmental Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many hours (a) in total and (b) on average per employee were worked by civil servants in his Department in the last year for which...

      Digital Broadcasting: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which areas of the country have no access to freeview digital television.

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether he plans to allow more permitted areas for gambling in the UK.

      Gambling: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2008, Official Report, columns 149-50W, on television advertising, who is responsible for monitoring...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire, dated 3 January, on the security of personal data of...

      Rugby

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many rugby union coaches his Department has recorded as having (a) been recruited and (b) increased their qualifications in each...

      Rugby

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) men and (b) women have started playing rugby under the Go Play! scheme which his Department funds in each of the last...

      Rugby

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent on the Go Play! programme administered by the Rugby Football Union through (a) the Exchequer, (b) the National...

      Sports: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether his Department has had discussions with HM Treasury on a corporation tax exemption for sports national governing bodies in the...

  • Prime Minister

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Food: Procurement

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what estimate he has made of the (a) quantity and (b) percentage of (i) fruit, (ii) vegetables, (iii)...

    • Freedom of Information

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission whether the Corporate Officer of the House of Commons plans to appeal against the decision of the Information...

      Ipsos MORI

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what payments the House of Commons Commission made to Ipsos MORI in the last 24 months; and for what purposes.

      Drinking Water

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what estimate he has made of (a) the carbon footprint associated with the use of bottled water within the...

      Drinking Water

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many bottles of water for consumption (a) in restaurants and cafeterias and (b) elsewhere on the...

      Drinking Water

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many bottles of water were purchased by Departments of the House for consumption other than in restaurants...

  • Transport

    • A358: M5

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials from her Department and its agencies have had with representatives from Somerset county council...

    • A47

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether any proposals for sound attenuation in respect of traffic and carriageway noise on the A47 in the Peterborough area exist; and if she will make...

      A47

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Highways Agency intends to utilise whisper quiet sound attenuation technology as part of resurfacing in respect of (a) its planned...

      A47

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent measurements of sound levels from traffic noise and carriageway have been undertaken on the A47 by the Highways Agency between Milton Park...

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport at how many international airports in the UK Boeing 747 aeroplanes may not land due to the length of the runway.

      Bus Services: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what plans she has to alter the tendering process for bus-operated rail replacement services; (2) whether she has received complaints from bus...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many journeys were taken on Eurostar by staff of her Department in each of the last three years.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2008, Official Report, columns 43-4W, on departmental telephone services, which of the telephone numbers used by...

      Great Western Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to her written ministerial statement of 26 February 2008, on First Great Western, (1) on what dates First Great Western are required (a) to...

      Great Western Trains

      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, (1) if she...

      Motorcycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many motorcycles of 50cc or under are being used on roads; and what the trend has been in use of these vehicles over the last five years.

      Motorcycles: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents there have been involving 16-year-olds driving 50 cc or under motorcycles in each of the last five years.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what responsibilities (a) her Department and (b) Network Rail has for (i) train path allocations and (ii) network growth.

      Railways: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2007, Official Report, column 1438W, on railway track, what consultations her Department held with BRB...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment her Department has made of the impact on road maintenance costs of allowing heavy goods vehicles weighing up to 60 tonnes; and if...

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the Highways Agency spent on safety improvements in each year since 2001, broken down by county; and what the Agency's safety improvement...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many useable carriages and units she estimates are held in sidings or depots.

      Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 6 March 2008, Official Report, column 2758W, on Intercity Express: consultants, what (a) benefits and (b) value for money...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Academies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what method is used for calculating the funding for academies.

    • Children in Care: General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of children in care obtained A* to C GCSE grades in (a) English and (b) mathematics in each of the last 10 years.

      Children in Care: Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in care were permanently excluded from school in each of the last 10 years.

      Children: Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children (a) under 12, (b) under 10 and (c) under seven years were living in the UK in each year since 1997, broken...

      Children's Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what projects are funded by the Children's Fund.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether confidential or personal information has been compromised through the loss of property from his Department and its...

      Departmental Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the cost was of overnight accommodation for (a) civil servants, (b) special advisers and (c) Ministers in his Department...

      Departmental Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what property was lost or stolen from his Department and its predecessor since 1997; and what the cost of replacement was.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of his Department's expenditure was allocated to Government growth areas in the last year for which figures are...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department spent on travel (a) within and (b) outside the UK for officials in each of the last 10 years; and what...

      Discrimination

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

      Educational Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what percentage of A-level biology students were not offered the opportunity to conduct course-related fieldwork in the...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in which maintained mainstream schools fewer than 30 per cent. of pupils achieved five A*-C GCSEs including English and...

      Health Education: Sex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of sex education in England; and if he will make a statement.

      Local Education Authorities: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department spent calculating the funding allocations to each local education authority in 2007-08.

      National Programme for Specialist Leaders of Behaviour and Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department has spent on the National Programme for Specialist Leaders of Behaviour and Attendance since its...

      Physical Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of the guidance provided to school sports partnerships on what constitutes high...

      Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the cost of the press offices of (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies were in...

      Pupil Exclusions

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

      Redundancy: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 8 October 2007, Official Report, column 381W, on redundancy pay, how much was spent by his Department...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will amend the Schools Admissions Code to limit more explicitly its religious content of admissions criteria.

      Schools: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effect of crime levels in schools on the decisions prospective students make in determining...

      Schools: Culture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many hours of cultural activity a week are planned to be offered to schoolchildren in school hours.

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which projects have received funding from the Sports Champions Mentoring Programme; and what criteria are being used to assess the...

      Secondary Education: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of secondary school teachers of (a) physics, (b) chemistry, (c) biology, (d) mathematics, (e)...

      Secondary Education: Teaching Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what funding will be provided to secondary schools to introduce small group tuition.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children (a) were classified as having special educational needs, (b) were given a statement of special educational...

      Specialist Schools and Academies Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what objectives have been set for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust; what the Trust's costs were in the latest 12 month...

      Teachers TV: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department spent on Teachers TV in each year since its introduction.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what training is provided to teachers involved in providing physical education to schoolchildren.

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what guidance is issued to schools on the removal of pupils from school rolls after a period of unauthorised absence; and if...

      Young People: Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) 16-year-olds and (b) 18-year-olds are projected to be living in the UK in each year until 2018.

      Young People: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he plans to publish the Next Steps component of the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Charities: Bexley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many organisations in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency and (b) the London Borough of Bexley have charitable status.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps are being taken to ensure utility companies maintain good bio-security practice when carrying out works on farmland.

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many and what value of single farm payments were issued by the Rural Payments Agency for between (a) £60.01 and...

      Animal Welfare: Birds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what changes have been made to the regulations governing the welfare of birds in the last 10 years; and if he will make a...

      Arm's Length Management Organisations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2008, Official Report, column 34W, on arm's length management organisations, what funding...

      Birds: Game

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many birds were killed in sport shooting events in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what evidence of the policies of other countries he plans to take into account when making a decision on whether badger...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Shropshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what compensation payments were made to farmers in Shropshire in respect of cattle destroyed following contraction of bovine...

      Civil Service Appeal Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many and what percentage of appeals by employees of (a) his Department and (b) its agencies were (i) heard and (ii)...

      Dangerous Dogs Act 1991

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to revise the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

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

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many regulatory impact assessments his Department has conducted in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people over the age of 55 have been recruited by his Department in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the effect on the public purse will be as a result of the operation of his Department's voluntary retirement scheme.

      Departmental Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost of sickness pay to staff within his Department was in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many charges have been brought against owners of dogs that attacked postmen in each of the last three years; and how many...

      Dogs: Electric Shock Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will meet representatives of the Kennel Club to discuss the use of electric shock collars on dogs.

      Facilities Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect that outsourcing of his Department's facilities management infrastructure will have...

      Facilities Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to make a decision to outsource his Department's facilities management infrastructure.

      Farms: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost to the public purse of farm inspections was in each of the last five years, broken down by inspection agency.

      Fisheries: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent training inspectors that monitor fish landings in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Food: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people were in food poverty in each of the last three years, broken down by region.

      Food: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of the rising global demand for food products on the UK's ability to secure domestic food...

      Food: Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much food entered the waste stream in each of the last three years; (2) what assessment he has made of the effects...

      Food: Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Waste and Resources Action Programme in encouraging supermarkets to...

      Freedom of Information: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what mechanisms his Department has in place to maintain the separation of personal data from the information required by...

      Geographical Information Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which Government Departments and agencies will have access to the Shared Spatial Information Service.

      Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what provision is made for deaf people to access services provided by his Department through call centres.

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many vulnerable households with (a) children of zero to four years of age, (b) children of five to 16 years, (c)...

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent on administration of the Warm Front grant scheme by (a) the Department for Environment, Food and Rural...

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total budget was for the Warm Front Grant scheme in the financial years (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05, (c) 2005-06,...

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent on the Warm Front scheme in each year since its inception; and what funding has been allocated to the...

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether spending on the Green Homes Service will be additional to spending on Warm Front; and what budget has been allocated...

      Pest Control: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make available funds from within existing budgets for home owners in Devon to erect electric fences and other...

      Planning Permission: Upchurch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Environment Agency on usage of Four Gun Field in Upchurch, Sittingbourne.

      Ports: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff were based in each of his Department's port offices in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Resomation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the environmental benefits of the disposal of bodies via resomation; and if he will make a...

      Rural Payments Agency: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the Rural Payments Agency has spent on external consultants in each of the last three years; and what the cost was...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the recent election results in Iran and their likely impact on UK-Iran relations.

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the political situation in Burma.

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the political situation in Pakistan.

      US Ballistic Missile Defence Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the US Administration on development of their ballistic missile defence programme in the UK.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many representations he has made since 1 January 2008 to the Government of Israel on Israeli action against the Palestinian...

      Tibet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the Government's response to the recent events in Tibet.

      Tibet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the political situation in Tibet.

      Belize-Guatemala: Border Dispute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the statement on the border dispute between Belize and Guatemala; and if he will make a statement.

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the future of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on UK relations with Russia.

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the political situation in Colombia.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the political situation in Sri Lanka.

      EU-Russian Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on EU-Russian relations.

      Albania

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on Albania's request to participate in the forthcoming NATO summit in Bucharest.

      Admiralty House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what expenditure his Department has incurred on the ministerial flat in Admiralty House occupied by the right hon. Member for...

      China: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the EU-China arms embargo; what his policy is on proposals to end the...

      China: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the extent of China's arms trade with Sudan; what estimate he has made of the value of that...

      China: Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Chinese authorities on the indefinite closing of access to Mount Everest for climbers.

      Departmental Intranet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 18 February 2008, Official Report, column 170W, on the departmental intranet, how many Wikipedia...

      Departmental Official Residences

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

      Departmental Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what expenditure his Department has incurred in relation to the ministerial residence at 1 Carlton Gardens since the last...

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many and what percentage of staff in his Department were making additional voluntary contributions to their pensions in each...

      Durban II

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on objectives PC1/13 numbers 1 and 4 of the Preparatory Committee for Durban II on reviewing progress and...

      EC Institutions: Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reasons the official auditors have failed to approve the accounts of the European Union in recent years; for how long...

      EU Common Foreign and Security Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the mechanism is for resolving any disagreements between the Government and the European Union concerning the common...

      EU Common Foreign and Security Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the President of the European Council will have the ability to make decisions affecting the common security and defence...

      Gaza: Hamas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what steps he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take at the United Nations on the compliance of Hamas with international...

      Gaza: Hamas

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

      Indonesia: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the action taken against Rev Bedali Hulu in Indonesia; and if he will make a statement.

      Malta: Health Services

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

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the announcement by the Minister for Public Health, Dawn Primarolo, on 6 February regarding additional funding for contraception services, whether a...

    • Agriculture: Bluetongue

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What advice they are giving on risk to this year's lambs and spring-born suckled calves in the light of the fact that the Bluetongue vaccine is only being licensed...

      Agriculture: Bluetongue

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What level of immunity is expected to be passed from mothers vaccinated against bluetongue to unvaccinated offspring.

      Agriculture: Bluetongue

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What funding or contingency planning is in place for the National Fallen Stock Company or other bodies to provide an increased level of clearance service for...

      Agriculture: Sheep

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What benefits, additional to those of the existing double ear-tagging of sheep, would be brought by electronic implant tagging.

      Agriculture: Sheep

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in view of the fact that after 10 years' research no discernible trace of BSE has been discovered in sheep, they will seek from the European Union a...

      Agriculture: Sheep

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 25 February (WA 97), whether they will carry out full-scale trials before implementation of the directive requiring...

      Benefits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to reduce work disincentives arising from the interaction of the tax, tax credit and benefit rules.

      Building Regulations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures have been put in place to ensure compliance with revisions to part l of the building regulations, as stated on page 15 of the 2007 United Kingdom...

      Coastal Access

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will include provisions for a coastal access corridor in the forthcoming Marine Bill; and, if so, whether those provisions will apply to England,...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the statement by Professor Justin St John at the University of Warwick that transferring a human cell into recipient pig eggs "will...

      Energy: Nuclear Industry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have anything to add to the Answer by Baroness Vadera to the first supplementary question on 19 March (Official Report, col. 252) about the proposed...

      Fishing: Salmon

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many salmon netting stations operate under certificates of privilege in England and Wales.

      Fishing: Salmon

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many salmon netting stations operating under certificates of privilege are located in rivers not meeting their conservation limits for Atlantic salmon.

      Fishing: Salmon

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they will take to deal with salmon netting stations operating under certificates of privilege in rivers which do not meet their conservation limits.

      Fishing: Salmon

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many salmon netting stations operating under certificates of privilege in rivers not meeting their conservation limits have changed their method of operating...

      Food: Illegal Meat Imports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have informed BAA of the risk to animal health and the economy of illegal meat imports; and, if so, what measures they have taken to obtain the...

      Freedom of Information

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 3 December 2007 (WA 170), whether in negotiating the draft European Convention on Access to Official...

      Health: Blood Donation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the ban on gay men donating blood in the United Kingdom is compatible with the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007.

      Health: Murder of Patients

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many reports and recommendations were published on the murder of patients by Dr Harold Shipman; what was the cost to public funds of these reports; and why the...

      Health: Smallpox Vaccine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Lord Warner on 7 September 2004 (WA 137) and 28 November 2005 (WA 12—13), how many (a) doctors, (b) nurses, (c) ambulance...

      Health: Specialist Register

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How often the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board has entered someone on the specialist register after an adverse recommendation from trained...

      International Development

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consultations were carried out with non-governmental groups and public bodies before the United Kingdom's contribution to the International Development...

      International Development

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the budget for the Department for International Development has increased for each year since 1997.

      North Korea

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vadera on 10 October 2007 (WA 16), what discussions they have had with the European Commission since October 2007 about...

      North Korea

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When Government officials last visited North Korea; and what was their assessment of the humanitarian situation and current levels of aid provided.

      North Korea

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vadera on 15 October 2007 (WA 36), what funds have since become available under the "non-state actors and local...

      North Korea

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they have held with aid agencies about providing support for water and sanitation programmes in North Korea.

      Northern Ireland: Murder Prosecutions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many members of (a) the Royal Ulster Constabulary and (b) the Royal Ulster Constabulary Reserve were murdered in Northern Ireland from 1970 to 1998; and in...

      People Trafficking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has since happened to the 12 children and young people under 18 who were set free by Operation Pentameter 1; and how many persons have so far been assisted by...

      Prisoners: Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether prisoners are paid more to undertake work than to attend education or vocational training; if so, whether this is standard practice throughout the Prison...

      Prisoners: Length of Sentence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many prisoners currently in prisons in England and Wales have served longer than their tariff.

      Questions for Written Answer: Unanswered Questions

      asked the Leader of the House: Why the Question for Written Answer tabled by Baroness Valentine on 8 November 2007 remained unanswered on 25 February.

      Robert Burns: 250th Anniversary

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have asked or will ask the Royal Mail and the Bank of England to celebrate in January 2009 the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns.

      Visas: Georgia

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many applications made in Tbilisi, Georgia, for visas for entry into the United Kingdom by Georgian citizens have been considered by an asylum and immigration...

      Waste Management: Brofiscin Quarry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the written answer by the Baroness Crawley to the Countess of Mar on 28 January (WA 98), when the 38-page witness statement and the accompanying...

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