Written answers

Thursday, 27 March 2008

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Bankruptcy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the average duration of bankruptcy restrictions orders has been.

    • Bankruptcy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many bankruptcies have been declared by the official receivers to be the result of dishonest, reckless or...

      Common Sugar Regime: ACP Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what representations his Department has made to the European Commission on the prompt and efficient payment of...

      Common Sugar Regime: ACP Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what representations his Department has made to the European Commission to ensure that transitional funding promised...

      Common Sugar Regime: ACP Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much the European Commission disbursed under the Multi-Annual Indicative programme (2007-10) for Caribbean...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the (a) nature and (b) value was of all contracts, consultancies and other services placed with (i) Deloitte...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many of his Department's (a) computers and (b) laptops have been stolen in 2007; and what the value of those...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many (a) mobile telephones, (b) personal digital assistants and (c) laptop computers issued to staff in his...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether any of his Department's special advisers have outside also work for organisations outside his Department.

      Departmental Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much his Department and its agencies spent on staff working on (a) marketing and (b) branding in the last...

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many awards have been received by former miners or their widows under the Coal Industry Pneumoconiosis Scheme 1974...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he will reply to the letter dated 7 September 2007 from the hon. Member for Dundee, East, regarding a...

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what proportion of the recent increase in the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's current costs is related to dealing...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the value is of the contract his Department has signed with UBS AG Bank for advice on the commercial and...

      Nuclear Power: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the security implications of developing new nuclear facilities in the United Kingdom,...

      Nuclear Power: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether vulnerabilities of (a) nuclear installations and (b) nuclear materials in transit were evaluated in drawing...

      Overseas Trade: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 21 February 2008, Official Report, column 840W, on Overseas trade: Finance, how many...

      Parliament: Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the cost to Post Office Ltd is of operating the Crown post offices on the Parliamentary Estate.

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in the European Union on subsidising post offices to minimise...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what account Post Office Ltd will take of the cost of individual sub-postmasters' contracts in deciding whether a post...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what process will be followed by Post Office Ltd and his Department in determining a final list of post offices for...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps he is taking to ensure that Post Office Ltd investigates alternative courses of action, including...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps he is taking to ensure that Post Office Ltd will take account of planned housing development in areas where...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Post Office Ltd's economic model in identifying post offices for...

      Postcomm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether he plans to alter the (a) status and (b) remit of Postcomm.

      Regional Development Agencies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what Government funding streams are available to regional development agencies; and if he will make a statement.

      Renewable Energy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much his Department received from the transfer of funds from the England and Wales fossil fuel levy for the...

      Sales Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps the Government have taken to protect consumers from aggressive selling techniques.

      Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many plasma television screens have been purchased by his Department, its predecessor and its agencies, and at...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Children: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children sought asylum in the UK in each of the last 10 years.

    • Children: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the purpose of the Counterpoint Childhood Wellbeing research paper was; how much it cost; and what account will be taken of...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people received education maintenance allowance in (a) South Tyneside and (b) England in each year since its inception.

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the Answer of 19 March 2008, Official Report, columns 1159-60W, on pupil exclusions, how many of the individuals...

      Schools: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of schools in each (a) primary care trust and (b) constituency have the services of a qualified...

      Schools: Swimming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools in (a) St Albans, (b) Hertfordshire and (c) England offered swimming lessons to pupils in each of the last...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many alcohol licences have been revoked on the grounds of sale of alcohol to children since the implementation of the Licensing Act 2003.

    • Broadcasting: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will place in the Library copies of the minutes from the Emerging Technologies Group's meetings.

      Digital Broadcasting: Swansea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to ensure that advice about the Digital Switchover Help Scheme is given at an early stage of the...

      Digital Broadcasting: Visually Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many blind and partially sighted people were helped as part of the digital changeover in Cumbria.

      European Broadcasting Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether his Department contributes (a) funding and (b) personnel to (i) the European Broadcasting Union and (ii) the Eurovision Song...

      Listed Buildings: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his Department's role in conserving the Grade II listed building known as the State Cinema in Grays, Essex is; and if he will make...

      Performing Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what support his Department and its agencies give to competitive cheerleading.

      Public Lending Right: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost of the public lending right was in each of the last five years for which figures are available; what it is projected to be...

      Tourism: Yorkshire and Humberside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what initiatives his Department has to promote Yorkshire to international visitors.

      VisitBritain: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the return on investment of spending by (a) VisitBritain and (b) VisitEngland in (i) 2005-06 and (ii) 2006-07.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence by whom each soldier killed during the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment/2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment's recent...

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what reports he has received on the incident involving the International Security Assistance Force and Afghan police in Lashkar Gah on 20th March 2008,...

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of security scenario planning in which the proposed aircraft carriers were deemed to be an essential part of the UK's...

      Armed Conflict: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Treaty of Lisbon affects the UK's capacity to take unilateral military action.

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK personnel are deployed on operations, broken down by location.

      Armed Forces: Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many instances of mail lost in transit between military personnel and their families were recorded in each month of 2007.

      Armed Forces: Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will bring forward proposals for a scheme to enable members of HM Armed Forces to travel free on public transport when wearing uniform.

      Armed Forces: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) helicopters, (b) vehicles and (c) fixed-wing aircraft were lost under enemy fire in each year since 2003, broken down by model.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) where the initial request came from to supply additional Supercat M-WMIK vehicles; when that request became an order; and what function these...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent modifications have been made to the main armament of the Challenger II tank for training purposes.

      Army: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the required strength of army officers is in each of the categories (a) 1/(D), (b) 1, (c) 2, (d) 3, (e) 4, (f) 5 and (g) 6 to 9.

      AWE Aldermaston: Protest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make arrangements to enable the making of peaceful protests at Aldermaston Atomic Weapons Establishment; and if he will make a statement.

      Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many urgent operational requirements are under consideration; and what estimate he has made of the total value of such requirements.

      EC Common Foreign and Security Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements are planned for liaison between his Department and the office of the high representative of the Union for foreign affairs and security...

      EC Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what burden-sharing arrangements are planned for civilian and military assets for EU defence under the Lisbon Treaty.

      Iran: Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the financial value of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines equipment which remains in the possession of the Iranian authorities.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the armed forces were withdrawn from Iraq in each year since 2003, broken down by (a) sex, (b) age and (c) service; what plans he...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people serving in the British forces in Iraq hold (a) British citizenship and (b) citizenship of countries other than Great Britain; and how...

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the role is of formed units in the reserve forces; and if he will make a statement.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to commission a fifth Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship to provide the maximum sea-lift capability recommended in his Department's 1998...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Broxbourne, of 18 February 2008, Official Report, column 119W, on ministerial policy advisers (1)...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what criteria are used by the Electoral Commission in deciding whether to refer to the police...

    • Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what the reasons were for the referral by the Electoral Commission of the right hon. Member...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what steps have been taken by the Electoral Commission in response to late declarations of...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans the Government have to place a levy on the purchase of farm plastic.

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will request the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to ensure that all bodies which submit scientific data to...

      Eaga

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what contracts there are between his Department and Eaga; (2) how many complaints his Department has received about...

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to encourage owners of existing housing stock to improve their energy performance rating.

      Fisheries: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps have been taken by his Department to provide for compensation to inshore fishermen whose fishing grounds are...

      Pollution Control: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the quantity of ozone-depleting substances in building; and what amount of ozone-depleting...

      Pollution Control: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to implement EC Regulation 2037/2000 as it applies to the disposal of ozone-depleting substances...

      Seas and Oceans: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2007, Official Report, column 1278W, which marine protected areas were not included in...

      Tree Preservation Orders: Guildford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 25 February 2008, Official Report, column 1130W, on tree preservation orders: Guildford, if he...

  • Justice

    • Alternatives to Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice who (a) funds and (b) runs community-based options for substance misuse as alternatives to custody sentences.

    • Courts: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what minimum level of training is required for security staff in courts; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much has been spent by his Department in 2007-08 on (a) consultants and (b) agency staff.

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many vacant properties his Department owns; how many of these have been vacant for longer than (a) three months, (b) six months and (c) 12 months;...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2008, Official Report, columns 1203-4W, on departmental ICT, when he expects to publish the detailed and assured...

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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.

      Marriage: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when legislative changes to eligibility for marriage in the Church of England will be implemented in Wales.

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of foreign nationals sentenced to custody was recommended by the sentencing court for deportation on completion of sentence in each of...

      Offenders: Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how much was spent on providing employment programmes for offenders (a) in custody and (b) serving community sentences in each of the last 10...

      Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how much was spent on providing resettlement programmes for offenders (a) in custody and (b) serving community sentences in each of the last 10...

      Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was spent on providing drug and alcohol treatment for offenders (a) in custody and (b) serving community sentences in each of the last 10...

      Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what funding has been allocated for the provision of drug and alcohol treatment for offenders (a) in custody and (b) serving community sentences for...

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners were (a) doubling up in cells designed for one and (b) trebling up in cells designed for two on the latest date for which figures...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will publish the (a) original and (b) revised algorithm on the ICA1 form as referred to in Prison Service Instruction 07/2008.

      Prisoners: Dorchester Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners at HMP Dorchester (a) self-harmed, (b) committed suicide and (c) died of (i) natural and (ii) unnatural causes in each of the last...

      Prisoners: Mentally Ill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of the prison population have been held in (a) NHS and (b) independent sector mental healthcare places in each of the last...

      Prisoners: Mentally Ill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment the Department has made of the number and proportion of the prison population with one or more mental health condition, broken...

      Prisoners: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2008, Official Report, columns 1118-19W, on Prisoners: Personal Records, what records his Department holds on the...

      Reoffenders: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) undertaken on the relationship between prison regimes and reoffending rates; and if he will...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were employed in his Department's press office in each of the last five years; and how much it cost to run the office, including...

    • Discrimination

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

      Drug Seizures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many seizures of illegal drugs were made in each district command unit in each of the last five years.

      Drugs: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many persons are serving a custodial sentence for (a) drug and (b) alcohol-related offences, broken down by (i) age, (ii) sex and (iii)...

      Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the number of migrant workers in Northern Ireland; and how many employers have been (a) cautioned and (b)...

      Ipsos Mori

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what payments his Department and its agencies have made to Ipsos MORI in the last 24 months; and for what purposes.

      Motor Vehicles: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) vehicles were stolen and (b) persons were convicted of vehicle theft in North Belfast District Command Unit in each of the last...

  • Olympics

    • Olympic Games 2012: Environment Protection

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what recent steps the Government have taken to minimise the undesirable effects on the environment of the 2012 Olympics.

    • Olympic Games 2012: Gun Sports

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics whether 2012 Olympic competitions which involve handguns will be staged in Northern Ireland; and if she will make a statement.

      Olympic Games 2012: Gun Sports

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what consideration she has given to the location of (a) training facilities and (b) competitions for handgun shooting as part of the 2012 Olympics; whether...

      Olympic Games 2012: Training

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Henley of 10 December 2007, Official Report, column 47W, on Olympic Games 2012: Training, when the National...

      Olympic Games 2012: Training

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics pursuant to the answer of 7 February 2008, Official Report, column 1298W, on Olympic Games 2012: Expenditure, what the (a) cost and (b) purpose of each of...

      Olympic Games 2012: Training

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what percentage of training the Olympic Delivery Authority plans to offer to young people in London in construction will be to (a) NVQ level 2 and (b) NVQ...

  • Transport

    • Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which of her Department's initiatives and those of its predecessors have been advertised to the public in each of the last 10 years; and what the cost...

    • Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the hourly rates of pay of all non-permanent staff working for her Department and its agencies were in each of the last 12 months; and how many...

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the trade unions representing staff in her Department requested the health and standard rules in respect of Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) reviews, (b) consultation and (c) taskforces the Department is (i) responsible for and (ii) scheduled to undertake; on what date each such...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many written questions to her Department had not received an answer as at 25 February 2008 for (a) between two and four, (b) between four and...

      Discrimination

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

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will take steps to prevent the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency from passing drivers' personal details to commercial third parties without...

      Driving Standards Agency: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what mechanisms have been put in place to prevent future data losses by the Driving Standards Agency; and if she will make a statement.

      Heathrow Airport: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the impact of her proposal for Heathrow expansion on each of the Government's emissions reduction objectives.

      Motorcycles: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many multi-purpose test centres will be required for the implementation of the second European driving licence directive for motorcycles; how many...

      Road Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road accidents were recorded in each region in each of the last five years; how many of these resulted in (a) fatalities and (b) injuries;...

      Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations she has received on the maximum speed limit for (a) a single carriageway road and (b) a dual carriageway road which has...

  • Treasury

    • Census

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information will be collected as part of the 2011 national census; and if he will make a statement.

    • Childbirth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many live births there were in the latest year for which figures are available, broken down by (a) region and (b) primary care trust area.

      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 plans HM Revenue and Customs has to appoint further...

      Excise Duties: Beer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue was received from duty on beer in the last financial year; and how much is expected to be received in the 2008-09 financial year.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letters of 10 December 2007 and 11 February 2008 from the hon. Member for the Forest of Dean on Northern Rock.

      Money Markets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he plans to take to restore stability and liquidity to the UK money market; and if he will make a statement.

      Northern Rock: Guernsey

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total deposits are of Northern Rock (Guernsey) Bank.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of turbulence in international credit markets on the delivery of overseas development assistance pledges; and if...

      Suicide: Stroud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) males and (b) females of each 10 year age cohort committed suicide in Stroud constituency over the last 10 years.

      Television

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many plasma television screens have been purchased by his Department and its agencies, and at what cost in the last 24 months.

  • Wales

    • Departmental Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what visits he made to (a) Harrogate International Centre, (b) International Conference Centre, Birmingham, (c) Manchester Central, (d) Scottish...

    • Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many staff in his Department attended the (a) Influencing with Integrity, (b) Emotional Intelligence, (c) Counselling Skills for the Workplace, (d)...

      Legislative Competence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will consider conducting a review of the effectiveness of legislative competence orders.

      National Assembly for Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make it his policy to announce planned forthcoming meetings between Ministers in his Department and Ministers in the Welsh Assembly Government.

      Rackspace

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the value was of each contract awarded to Rackspace by his Department in each of the last nine years.

  • Women and Equality

    • Government Equalities Office: Publicity

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what Government Equalities Office initiatives have been advertised to the public; and at what cost since the Office was established.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children were living in households with income below 60 per cent. of the median after housing costs in each year since 1979; and how...

    • Civil Service Appeal Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of appeals by employees of (a) his Department and (b) its agencies were (i) heard and (ii) upheld by the Civil...

      Departmental Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the turnover rate of staff in (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies in each year since 2004-05.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 9 January 2008, Official Report, column 570W, on departmental public expenditure, whether HM Treasury has agreed to...

      Departmental Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will set a target to increase the use of video-conferencing by his Department to reduce the need to travel to meetings.

      Discrimination: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases have (a) been brought under the Special Educational Needs and Disability Discrimination Act 2001 and (b) been ruled unlawful...

      Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on bottled water in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Income Support: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in which the first child is now older than 11 years have made a continuous claim for income support for lone parents since 1997.

      Jobcentre Plus: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the reasons are for the proposed closure of the Jobcentre Plus office in Shepherds Bush; and if he will make a statement.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will answer the letter to his predecessor of 14 January 2008 from the right hon. Member for Manchester Gorton with regard to Timothy Gordon.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will answer the letter of 1 February 2008 from the right hon. Member for Manchester Gorton with regard to Ms Claudette Murphy.

      New Deal Schemes: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of those participants who have taken part in (a) the new deal for young people, (b) new deal 25 plus, (c) new deal 50 plus, (d)...

      New Deal Schemes: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many participants have taken part in (a) the new deal for young people, (b) new deal 25 plus, (c) new deal 50 plus, (d) new deal for...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of claimants who were underpaid pension credit in 2006-07 have now received their full entitlement for that year.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of children lived in workless households in each year since 1997.

      Wikipedia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the Answer of 6 March 2008, Official Report, columns 2806-7W, on Wikipedia, how many Wikipedia entries have been (a) created and...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions her Department has had with the (a) Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills and (b) higher...

    • Construction: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to revise inspection processes affecting the construction industry.

      Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many claims for discrimination, based on (a) sex, (b) race and (c) sexual orientation, were brought by members of her...

      Eco-Towns: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether her Department invited Wates construction company to submit an application for a proposed eco-town at Ford in West...

      Festivals and Special Occasions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department is taking to mark Saint George's day on 23 April 2008.

      Fire Safety: Construction Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the LPS1181 standard in ensuring the fire safety of public buildings, with...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress the task force on studentification has made; and which higher education sector bodies have been involved in the...

      Housing: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance she issues to local authorities on the management of annual quotas of planning applications for residential...

      Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the recent performance of Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service; and if she will make a statement.

      Property Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what arrangements are in place to ensure building owners provide affected parties with adequate notice of their intentions to...

      Public Lavatories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate her Department has made of the change in the number of municipal public conveniences in the last 10 years.

      Regional Ministers: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many official visits regional Ministers have made to each constituency in the area for which they are responsible.

      Wind Power: Northumberland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what grounds she is reviewing her earlier decision not to call in the Moorsyde wind farm application in Northumberland; and...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of bilateral relations with Afghanistan.

    • Afghanistan: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many candidatures for the role of UN Secretary General's Special Representative in Afghanistan his officials have discussed...

      Burma: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what criteria were used in deciding to establish EU sanctions against Burmese companies.

      China: Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government plan to take if there is political violence in China when the 2008 Olympics take place.

      Commonwealth Scholarship Commission: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he had with the (a) Commonwealth Scholarship Commission and (b) others before deciding to end his...

      Commonwealth Scholarship Commission: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) UK universities and (b) universities in Commonwealth countries on the effect that the...

      Cuba: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's policy is on relations with Cuba following the resignation of Fidel Castro.

      Departmental Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the budget for his Department's grievances and counter-narrative team was in each year since it was established; how much...

      Departmental Official Visits

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

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans to publish a White Paper on the new strategic framework for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

      Iran: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Iran on its decision to prevent reformist candidates from standing in the...

      Simon Mann

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 17 March 2008, Official Report, columns 865-6W, on Simon Mann, whether an explanation has now been...

      Simon Mann

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 28 February 2008, Official Report, columns 1822W, on Simon Mann, what action has been taken in...

      Simon Mann

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he intends to take in the week beginning 24 March to monitor the (a) treatment and (b) risk of torture of Mr. Simon...

      Tibet: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of China on the situation in Tibet.

      Tibet: Protest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on Chinese Government actions in relation to Tibetan protesters.

      Tibet: Protest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government have taken to urge the Chinese Government to show restraint in relation to the recent protests in Lhasa.

      USA: Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the (a) reasons for and (b) possible outcome of the US House Appropriations...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will answer Question (a) 190947, (b) 191153, (c) 191154 and (d) 191042, on the use of Diego Garcia for rendition...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will answer question 191151, on negotiations with Iran, tabled on 27 February 2008.

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps the Government have taken to improve healthcare services for those with alcohol addiction.

    • Ambulances: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many accidents there were involving ambulances on emergency calls in (a) Castle Point constituency and (b) Essex in each of the last five years.

      Antidepressants: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to tackle addiction to prescribed selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants.

      Benzodiazepines: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health by what means the National Treatment Agency measures outcomes for involuntary benzodiazepine addicts.

      Care Homes: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has made a recent estimate of the appropriate savings threshold above which the elderly should have to pay for their own care in nursing homes;...

      Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many births per whole-time equivalent NHS midwife there were at (a) West Suffolk, (b) Addenbrookes and (c) Ipswich hospitals in each of the last...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps the Government have taken to improve accessibility of NHS dentistry treatment.

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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.

      Departmental Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what costs his Department incurred in (a) designing, printing and distributing and (b) analysing the results of the Ipsos MORI GP Patient Survey on...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funds have been made available to Oxfordshire Primary Care Trust to further the Government's 2008 drug strategy Tackling drugs, changing lives.

      Folic Acid: Flour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans the Food Standards Agency has in relation to their proposals for the mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid; what matters...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether a decision has been taken on the locations of the 150 general practitioner-led health centres to be introduced in each primary care trust.

      Health Services: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of contracts awarded to third sector organisations that provide services in (a) Lincolnshire and (b) England are three-year contracts.

      Incontinence: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are prescribed (a) stoma and (b) other incontinence products as part of their treatment in the London borough of Havering.

      Medicines: Guernsey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has made of whether the draft Medicines (Human and Veterinary) (Bailiwick of...

      Mental Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what funding is allocated for the provision of mental healthcare treatment for offenders (a) in custody and (b) serving community sentences in...

      Palliative Care: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will undertake research to compare primary care trusts' effectiveness in inclusion of (a) children's palliative care and (b) children's...

      Palliative Care: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what data is used by commissioners to determine the need for specialist palliative and neurological care in the Tamworth constituency.

      Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 17 March 2008, Official Report, column 762W, on patients, how many patients were receiving NHS in-patient treatment at (a)...

      Prescription Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the National Treatment Agency has taken to improve the availability, capacity and effectiveness of treatment for prescribed drug addicts in England.

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many prescriptions were (a) issued and (b) dispensed in England in each of the last five years; (2) how many people in England (a) paid for...

      Prescriptions for Ativan/Lorazepam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions were issued for ativan/lorazepam in each year since 2000.

      Prescriptions: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of primary care settings where prescribing and dispensing take place which are not GP practices, community pharmacies or...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of people have taken up the option of direct payments for social care in each local authority area in England.

      Tranquillisers: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what statistics are recorded on the incidence of addiction to prescribed tranquillisers; (2) what steps were taken to address tranquilliser...

      Transsexuality: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many gender reassignment operations were carried out by NHS trusts between January 2007 and January 2008; and at what cost.

      Vegetarianism: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has evaluated on the effect of vegetarianism on well-being.

      West Midlands NHS Diagnostic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many patients were seen by the West Midlands NHS Diagnostic Service during the period of its contract with Care UK; (2) how much (a) has been...

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with police forces on alcohol-related crime and antisocial behaviour; and if she will make a statement.

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government plans to take to reduce underage drinking.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government have taken to work with licence holders to reduce levels of antisocial behaviour as a result of drinking on their...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government has taken to work with supermarkets to reduce underage drinking.

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the ministerial letter of 31 January 2006 responding to the recommendations of the Animal Procedures Committee's 2005...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of post conviction antisocial behaviour orders contained conditions relating to drug offending, in the latest period for...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of unsuccessful asylum cases considered by the Case Resolution Directorate that did not include a questionnaire...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of unsuccessful asylum cases considered by the Case Resolution Directorate that included a questionnaire and are...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Answer of 23 January 2008, Official Report, column 2055-6W, on asylum, whether her Department has re-evaluated its expected...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of asylum applicants with cases considered by the Case Resolution Directorate without a questionnaire have been...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of unsuccessful asylum applicants considered by the Case Resolution Directorate without a questionnaire, and who...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average length of time was between the final decision being taken and removal for unsuccessful asylum cases considered by the Case...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will place in the Library copies of information provided to staff on the Border and Immigration Agency hon. Members hotline on the...

      Border and Immigration Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the Border and Immigration Agency's expenditure on advertising related to the new points-based immigration...

      Border and Immigration Agency: Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many employees of the Border and Immigration Agency's predecessor agency, took the agency and her Department to an employment tribunal in...

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has spent on consultation exercises related to the e-borders project.

      British Nationality: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people who took citizenship tests at the Grahame Park One Stop Shop advice centre in Colindale, North London in 2006 (a) are...

      Case Resolution Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints her Department has received about the Case Resolution Directorate in each month since its inception; and if she will make...

      Curfews: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children in contravention of their curfew notices have been removed to their place of residence by (a) police community support...

      Departmental Home Working

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

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was claimed in reimbursable expenses by senior civil service staff in her Department and its agencies in the last 12 month period...

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what subjects her Department commissioned opinion polling in each of the last two years; and at what cost.

      Departmental Temporary Employment

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

      Departmental Travel

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

      Deportation: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of payments under the Facilitated Returns Scheme were made to (a) failed asylum seekers, (b) migrants and (c) foreign...

      Domestic Violence: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were arrested for offences involving domestic violence in (a) Tamworth constituency and (b) Staffordshire in each year...

      Domestic Violence: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will review guidance issued to local authorities on helping women subject to domestic abuse with no recourse to public funds, setting...

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government plan to take to tackle illegal drugs.

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are being taken to combat drug-related crime in smaller towns and communities.

      Drugs: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Answer of 19 February 2008, Official Report, column 583W, on drugs: schools, whether information is to be collected...

      Eurostar

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

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to reduce the availability and use of replica firearms in public places.

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers chief constables have to order the retention or removal of entries from the national DNA database; and if she will make a statement.

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Yorkshire residents had samples of their DNA recorded on the National DNA Database at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Government Offices for the Regions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which of her Department's programme budgets were administered by the Government Offices for the Regions in each of the last five years.

      Identity Cards: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she expects students to be able to (a) obtain a student loan and (b) open a bank account without an identity card from 2010.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the letter of 17 December 2007 from the chief executive of the Border and Immigration Agency to the Home Affairs Committee, how...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department by what means she first become aware of Mr Moshe Feiglin's application to enter the UK; what representations she has received from (a) other...

      Immigration Controls: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time equivalent immigration officers were employed screening incoming passengers at (a) Heathrow, (b) Stansted and (c)...

      Immigration Controls: Domestic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 17 March 2008, Official Report, column 801W, on immigration controls: foreign workers, what the programme of...

      Immigration Controls: Eurostar

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether persons who purchase a Eurostar train ticket from Brussels to Lille are (a) subject to juxtaposed UK immigration controls at...

      Immigration: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 17 March 2008, Official Report, columns 803-4W, on immigration: deportation, what the definition is of serious...

      Immigration: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate her Department has made of the number of people entitled to apply for indefinite leave to remain under the 14-year residence...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she will answer Question 168341, tabled by the hon. Member for Mid Sussex on 21 November 2007, on terrorist suspects and asylum.

      Migrants: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the proficiency in English of workers obtaining leave to enter under (i) the...

      Passports: Personation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps were taken to counter identity fraud by the UK Passport Service in each of the last five years; what the cost of these was in each...

      Public Order: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the police's powers to disperse groups of youths; and what plans she has to extend those powers.

      Rape: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the next quarterly report to the National Criminal Justice Board on local progress in investigating and prosecuting rape will be issued;...

      Travel Restrictions: Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations she has received on the enforcement of prohibitions upon certain individuals against travel to and attendance at...

      Vandalism: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests there were for vandalism in (a) Tamworth constituency and (b) Staffordshire in each year since 2000.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she will answer Question 176720, tabled by the hon. Member for Shipley on 18 December 2007, on Project Semaphore.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to reply to the Question tabled on 4 February 2008, by the hon. Member for Eddisbury, on Wikipedia, (185527).

  • International Development

    • Departmental Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when his Department plans to publish its sustainable operations policy statement.

    • Developing Countries: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of UK aid in reducing poverty in the developing world.

      Kenya: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) development and (b) humanitarian aid his Department has provided to Kenya via (i) bilateral programmes, (ii) multi-lateral...

      Sudan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he has received reports of the hijacking of World Food Programme trucks in Darfur since 1 January 2008; and what assessment he...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what assessment he has made of the impact that the changes to regional administration will have on the funding of colleges...

    • National Apprenticeships Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what the functions and objectives of the proposed National Apprenticeship Service are; and if he will make a statement.

      Bursaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, if he will take steps to improve access to bursaries for students from lower-income families.

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what his policy is on the future role of the Learning and Skills Council.

      Universities: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what discussions he has held with universities on enabling public access to their facilities.

      Learning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the demand for learning and development in relation to sectors requiring highly skilled...

      Wirral Metropolitan College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will make a statement on the future of Wirral metropolitan college.

      Knowledge Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the contribution knowledge transfer partnerships can make to university-created businesses.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many students gained a place at a higher education institution in the last period for which figures are available; and if...

      Age: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps the Government have taken to identify and record instances of age discrimination in the workplace.

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what guidance is issued to members of his Department on the authorship and publication on the internet of material relating...

      Departmental Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will set a target to increase the use of video conferencing by his Department to reduce the need to travel to meetings.

      Educational Institutions: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what guidance his Department has issued to educational establishments on promoting shared values and combating violent extremism.

      Higher Education: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what his assessment is of the contribution universities make to business.

      Personal Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which (a) companies based in the United States and (b) UK subsidiaries of US companies have been contracted by his...

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan: Opium

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What attempts they have made to improve the Afghan drug programme's success in reducing the production of opium.

    • Armed Forces: Joint Strike Fighter

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have considered the concerns expressed by the United States General Accountability Office in their recent annual report on the progress of the Joint...

      Berwick-upon-Tweed

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have sought the opinions of Berwick-upon-Tweed on the proposal to transfer the town to Scotland; if so, what was the result; and if not, why not.

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What the status of British subject means; when it was introduced; and in what way it differs from British citizen status.

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 11 March (WA 220) concerning British citizens, what is meant by "citizens of Eire"; and whether such...

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the suggestion made by Lord Goldsmith in Citizenship: Our common bond that there may be scope for re-examination of the residual...

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To which country an otherwise stateless British Overseas citizen, British National (Overseas), British subject or British protected person belongs.

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Under what circumstances someone outside the United Kingdom whose father was a British subject and who is now married and lives in the United Kingdom can obtain...

      Cameroon

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they or the Commonwealth propose to offer assistance to the Government of Cameroon to deal with the causes of the recent unrest and disorder.

      Care Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations the Secretary of State for Health, Alan Johnson, has received from Mr Ken Mack on the vulnerability of disabled and frail elderly people...

      Children: Mental Health

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In each of the last five years, how many children aged (a) 0—5, (b) 5—7, (c) 7—9, (d) 9—11, (e) 11—13, (f) 13—15 and (g)...

      Climate Change: Levy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the impact of the climate change levy on small business.

      Climate Change: Levy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the impact of the climate change levy is being regularly reviewed.

      Courts: Community Justice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many community justice courts they intend to open in 2008; and where.

      Credit Cards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they have to require credit card operators to provide essential information clearly on credit card statements.

      Employment: Labour Shortage

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will instruct the Migration Advisory Committee to consider the production of a separate labour shortage list occupation for London, given the...

      Energy: Fuel Payments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures have been introduced to reduce the difference in costs between those paying for fuel on pre-payment meters and those paying by direct debit.

      Energy: Fuel Payments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people living in the city of Manchester pay for fuel on pre-payment meters; and how many pay by direct debit.

      Energy: Fuel Poverty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they propose to take to provide additional assistance to households in fuel poverty.

      Energy: Fuel Poverty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What further steps they propose to meet the target of removing all vulnerable people from fuel poverty by 2010.

      Energy: Nuclear Decommissioning

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Now that the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has identified a commercial opportunity through the sale of its assets at some 18 sites in Britain, when they will...

      Energy: Wind Generation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the load factor of the installed and working capacity of the United Kingdom's wind turbine generators during January and February 2008; and whether the...

      Energy: Wind Generation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many of the wind turbines so far installed in the United Kingdom are covered by decommissioning agreements to take effect at the end of their working lives,...

      Environment Agency Wales

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Environment Agency Wales is aware of allegations of obstruction of justice involving the Water Research Centre; whether officials from Environment...

      Environment Agency Wales

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Upon what legal authority and on whose instructions certain original documents and evidentiary proofs belonging to Mr Douglas Gowan were destroyed by the...

      Environment Agency Wales

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Upon what authority and by whom Brabners solicitors were instructed to correspond with Mr Douglas Gowan and to return to him certain copies of original documents...

      Environment Agency Wales

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Upon what authority and on whose instructions e-mail correspondence from Mr Douglas Gowan to individuals in the Environment Agency, the Environment Agency Wales,...

      Environment Agency Wales

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the lines of accountability for the Director of Environment Agency Wales and his staff in relation to the Board of the Environment Agency, the National...

      EU: Parliamentary Scrutiny

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many European Union directives or regulations were transposed into United Kingdom law without the opportunity for parliamentary scrutiny or debate in (a) 2005,...

      Families: Foreign Spouses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it would be compatible with enjoyment of the right to family life without discrimination, protected by Articles 14 and 8 of the European Convention on...

      Flooding: Eco Towns

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will permit the building of eco-towns on flood plains.

      Food: Imports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to encourage "buy local" food campaigns to reduce unnecessary imports.

      Gambling: Casinos

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 26 February (Official Report, col. 572), what evidence they received between July 2007 and February 2008...

      Health: Alzheimer's

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the official figure for the number of Alzheimer's disease sufferers in Britain.

      Health: Alzheimer's

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the drug Aricept is available through the National Health Service only to those who suffer from the more severe form of Alzheimer's disease.

      Identity Cards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any online access to the central register of identity card holders will be available via the police national computer.

      Immigration: Detention

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On the latest figures available, how many people have been in administrative detention (a) for over six months; (b) for more than nine months; and (c) in excess of...

      Immigration: Failed Asylum Seekers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the comments by the Children's Society and the Refugee Council about the Border and Immigration Agency's Clan Ebor project for...

      Iran: Nuclear Weapons

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their assessment of Iran's nuclear weapons capability.

      Iraq and Afghanistan: Civilian Casualties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many Afghan citizens have been killed or injured by British air and ground fire since 2001; and How many Iraqi citizens have been killed or injured by British...

      Kenya

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What their assessment is of the current power-sharing Government in Kenya.

      Northern Ireland Office

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps the Northern Ireland Office has taken over the past five years to make its employees and property more environmentally friendly.

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the remit of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission would prevent it considering the human rights of people murdered or injured by terrorist action.

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has spent on advertising each year since its creation; and what are the details of such expenditure.

      Official Visits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When was the last visit by a United Kingdom Prime Minister to (a) Dubai; (b) Abu Dhabi; (c) Bahrain; and (d) Oman.

      Official Visits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When was the last visit by a United Kingdom Foreign Secretary to (a) Dubai; (b) Abu Dhabi; (c) Bahrain; and (d) Oman.

      Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many (a) subject and (b) citizen passports were issued by the British embassy in Dublin in each of the five years from 2001.

      Prisoners: Learning Difficulties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What work they have undertaken, or plan to undertake, to ensure that the HM Prison Service is meeting its responsibilities under the disability equality duty with...

      Public Spending: Foreign Relations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the outturn expenditure for (a) the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; (b) the Department for International Development; and (c) the BBC World Service, in...

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they have had with the Government of Sudan regarding the United Nations African Mission in Darfur not having free movement at night.

      Tristan da Cunha

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When Operation Zest will complete repairs to Calshot Harbour on Tristan da Cunha.

      Tristan da Cunha

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) what assessment they have made of the impact of the fire on 13 February at Ovenstone's fish processing plant on Tristan da Cunha on the island's fishing...

      Waste Management: Brofiscin Quarry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total cost to date of legal advice and legal actions by the Environment Agency and the Environment Agency Wales in their pursuit of legal action...

      Water Supply: Efficiency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the proposal for minimum standards of water efficiency in new buildings put out to consultation in December 2006 has been adopted; if so, whether it has...

      World Health Organisation: Safety Plan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the World Health Organisation safety plan was last amended; and whether it takes account of the dangers of the deliberate introduction of harmful substances.

      Zimbabwe: Elections

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures they have taken within the international community to ensure that presidential elections in Zimbabwe on 29 March are free and fair.

What is this?

The parliamentary question is a great way for MPs and Peers to discover information which the government may not wish to reveal. Ministers reply via written answers, a list of which gets published daily.

We let you vote on whether or not the answer given is adequate.

March 2008
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
 12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31 

Did you find what you were looking for?