Written answers

Wednesday, 2 April 2008

  • Public Accounts Commission

    • National Audit Office: Aviation

      To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission how many tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent were offset by the National Audit Office in 2006-07 for air flights.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what public expenditure on the arts in Wantage constituency in each year since 1997 was.

    • Creative Britain Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he plans to take to ensure the availability of Creative Britain apprenticeships throughout the country.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the hourly rates of pay of all non-permanent staff working for his Department and its agencies were in each of the last 12 months;...

      National Lottery: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what proportion of the cost of each national lottery ticket bought online goes towards (a) prize money, (b) good causes, (c)...

  • Leader of the House

    • Members: Offices

      To ask the Leader of the House pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2007, Official Report, column 1227W, on office facilities, how much was paid in office rent by hon. Members to each...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Drugs: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many children under the age of 16 years were arrested for possession of Class (a) A, (b) B and (c) C drugs in each district command unit...

    • Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many persons were arrested for dealing in Class (a) A, (b) B and (c) C drugs in each district command unit in each of the last five years.

      Repossession Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many homes were repossessed in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

  • Wales

    • National Assembly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister on bringing forward legislative proposals to increase the number of Members of the National...

    • Economic Inactivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister on economic inactivity in Wales.

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on measures in Budget 2008 designed to address child poverty in Wales.

      Flood Defences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the First Minister on the condition of flood defences in Wales.

      Research Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will hold discussions with the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills on UK Government funding for research in Wales.

      Cross-border Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on consultation on cross-border health service issues.

      Offender Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Justice on offender management in Wales.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Co-operatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what response he plans to make to the French proposal to strengthen agricultural sectors by promoting co-operative organisations.

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what codes of practice outlined in the Animal Welfare Act 2006 his Department is working; and when they are expected to be...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the size was of the Departmental team dealing with codes of practice relevant to the Animal Welfare Act 2006 in (a)...

      Animals: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what arrangements there are to deal with circumstances where a devolved Administration disagrees with his Department's policy...

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the number of queen bees which have been imported in each of the last three years; and if he...

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the UK bee population (a) in each year since 1997 and (b) in each of the next 10 years; and if...

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he has received a research plan from Rothamstead and Warwick Horticulture Research International on bee health; and...

      Bees: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he expects the small hive beetle to become a threat to UK beehives; what measures he is taking to prevent the small...

      Bees: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of threats to the UK bee population; and if he will make a statement.

      Bees: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many beehives were damaged by the varroa mite in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Bees: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to prevent the spread of the varroa mite; and if he will make a statement.

      Bees: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if he will make a statement on bee colony collapse; (2) what recent research he has commissioned into colony collapse...

      National Bee Unit: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding he proposes to provide to the National Bee Unit in each of the next five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Bluetongue Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of the likelihood of cases of bluetongue arising in 2008 and subsequent years; (2) what...

      Bluetongue Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects a bluetongue vaccination programme to begin.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Chancellor of the Exchequer, (b) other Treasury Ministers and (c) Treasury...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if he will make a cost-benefit assessment of the cattle-based control options recommended by the Independent Scientific...

      Cattle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 19 March 2008, Official Report, column 1123W, on cattle, if he will make it his policy to collect...

      Climbing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the contribution to the rural economy of (a) mountaineering and (b) hill walking.

      Youth Hostels: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding his Department gave to capital infrastructure projects for youth hostels in each of the last 30 years.

      Ivory: Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy to oppose the application from China to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered...

      Laboratories: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what capital funding was provided for (a) Pirbright and (b) Weybridge laboratories in the last five years; and what future...

      Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much waste was sent to landfill outside the region of origin in the last period for which figures are available, broken...

      Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the whole-life carbon footprint of (a) paper and (b) plastic bags.

      Recycling: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding was provided to local authorities to support recycling activities in each year since 1997.

      Seals: Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the European Food Safety Authority's December 2007 report on the animal welfare...

      Sugar: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he has accepted the application by British Sugar for restructuring aid to the sugar industry in respect of the...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Aerials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many mobile phone companies share masts; what arrangements are in place to encourage mobile phone companies to share masts;...

    • Arson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many deliberate (a) property and (b) vehicle fires were attended by each fire and rescue service in each year since 1997.

      Citizen's Advice Bureau: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding her Department provided for the citizen's advice bureau in each of the local housing allowance pathfinder areas...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer of 19 February 2008, Official Report, column 613W, on council tax: valuation, what steps were taken as a...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer of 19 February 2008, Official Report, column 613W, on council tax: valuation, how many consequentials...

      Disabled Facilities Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many disabled facilities grant awards were made in each of the last five years.

      Disabled Facilities Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the statement of 25 February, Official Report, columns 66-67WS, on the national strategy for housing in an ageing...

      Disabled Facilities Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many disabled facilities grant awards have been made at the maximum level of £25,000 in the last five years.

      Disabled Facilities Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many disabled facilities grant awards the Government estimate will be made at the new maximum level of £30,000 in the...

      Disabled Facilities Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 25 February 2008, Official Report, columns 66-67WS, on the national strategy...

      Energy Performance Certificates: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what complaints procedures are available to those paying for energy performance certificates.

      Fire Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many fire-fighters there were in each local authority area in the East Midlands in each year since 1997.

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what criteria her Department will use for allocating European Union solidarity flood funding.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the average amount of time taken for a conveyancing search to be completed in (a) Milton Keynes...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) home information packs and (b) home condition reports have been commissioned to date.

      Housing: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent by the London borough of Enfield on improving homes for people with disabilities in each of the last three years.

      Neighbourhood Renewal Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of each report on the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund prepared by each of the Government...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what contracts were awarded by his Department to (a) KPMG, (b) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (c) Ernst and Young, (d) McKinsey, (e) Deloitte and...

    • Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received incapacity benefits or severe disablement allowance on the grounds of dependency on (a) drugs and (b) alcohol in...

      Medical Examinations: Sight Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether all registered blind people are required to undertake a personal capability assessment.

      Mineral Waters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many litres of bottled water were purchased by his Department in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

      New Deal for Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have taken part in the new deal for disabled people (a) nationally and (b) in West Lancashire.

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effects of measures introduced by his Department since 1997 on pensioners in (a) the UK, (b) the North...

      Social Security Benefits: Recipients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) London and (b) England in receipt of (i) jobseeker's allowance and (ii) incapacity benefit have been claiming benefit...

      Social Security Benefits: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of people claimed each type of benefit in (a) Aberavon constituency and (b) Wales in each year since 1979.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much the Government paid in compensation to Afghan nationals injured by British armed forces in Afghanistan in each year since 2001.

    • Air Force: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the duration of the contract with the US administration for its use of (a) RAF Menwith Hill and (b) RAF Fylingdales.

      Ammunition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the UK's stockpile of cluster munitions is; and what the criteria is for their use.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many individuals in each branch of the armed forces participated in his Department's shared equity housing scheme.

      Armed Forces: Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what guidance the Defence Medical Services Department has issued to the armed forces overseas on preparing for an influenza pandemic; and if he will make...

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many forces' widows whose husbands retired before 31 March 1973 were receiving an armed forces pension scheme pension at the latest date for which...

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons figures on the number of service pensions paid are not included in UK defence statistics.

      Armed Forces: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions his Department has had with the National Union of Teachers on the provision of materials on (a) the armed forces and (b) Iraq to...

      Armed Forces: Transexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the Tri Service Draft on Transgender Service Personnel.

      Army: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) mean, (b) median and (c) mode length of service of (i) UK nationals and (ii) non-UK nationals in the British Army was in each of the last...

      Committee of Permanent Representatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 16 March 2008, Official Report, column 652W, on Committee of Permanent Representatives, whether each agenda item listed was...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's outstanding offset obligations are in respect of previous procurement exercises conducted since 1997; what the unfulfilled value...

      Departmental Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the locations are of accommodation sold by his Department in each year since 1993; and if he will make a statement.

      In-Flight Refuelling: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration he has given to acquiring future strategic tanker aircraft by adding the UK's requirement to that of the United States.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

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

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK armed forces personnel were stationed in Basra in each month since December 2007; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK armed forces personnel have served (a) one, (b) two, (c) three and (d) four or more tours of duty in Iraq since March 2003.

      Museums: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence to which military museums the Department makes grants; and how much the grant for each was in each year since 1997.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Territorial Army centres there were in each of the last 10 years.

      War Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many veterans of the Second World War are in receipt of a war pension.

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what guidance is issued to members of his Department on the authorship and publication on the internet of material relating to their official duties;...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Citizenship: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether he plans to increase the number of initial teacher training and continuing professional development places for citizenship...

    • Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding each local education authority in the East of England has received from his Department and its predecessors in...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children obtained fewer than five A* to C grades at GCSE, including mathematics and English, in each London borough in...

      Geography: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what response he has made to the recommendations of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority that A-level geography coursework...

      Physical Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools were deemed to have unsatisfactory physical education and sports provision in...

      Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many key stage two pupils did not reach level 4 or above in a combination of reading, writing and mathematics key stage...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Government plan to take to improve the handling of children excluded from school.

      Pupils: Play

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what information his Department has collected on the amount of time children spend in free play during school hours; and if he...

      Respect Squads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2007, Official Report, column 783W, on respect squads, what the qualifications are for...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many head teachers, school governors and members of academy trusts were disciplined for breaches of the Admissions Code in the...

      Schools: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) if he will make a statement on his Department's policy regarding visits by armed forces personnel to schools; (2) what...

      Schools: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many school nurses there are in England.

      Schools: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools in England do not have access to a school nurse.

      Specialised Diplomas: Independent Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which independent schools are planning to offer diplomas; and if he will make a statement.

  • Treasury

    • Births: Romford

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many babies have been born at the Queen's hospital, Romford since it was opened.

    • Council Housing: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether consideration has been given to reducing the VAT rate on renovation work to social housing; whether there are legal barriers that would prevent such...

      Devolution: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what reviews of the Barnett formula have been undertaken by the Government since 1997; and when he plans to publish the factual paper on the Barnett formula...

      Exercise: Health Education

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government are taking to promote increased cardiovascular exercise by persons under 40 years of age.

      Government Departments: Annual Reports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the guidance provided by his Department to other Government Departments on what should be included in their 2008...

      Pensioners: Standard of Living

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government have taken to improve living standards for pensioners in (a) the UK, (b) the North East, (c) the Tees Valley and (d)...

      Revenue and Customs: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many full-time equivalent employees worked in HM Revenue and Customs criminal investigation arm in each year since its creation.

      Revenue and Customs: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax collectors were employed by HM Revenue and Customs and its predecessor in each year since 1979; how much tax revenue they collected in each...

      Revenue and Customs: Surveys

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the conclusions of HM Revenue and Customs' latest staff satisfaction survey.

      Revenue and Customs: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many overseas visits were made by staff working on tax credits in each of the last five years; which destinations were visited; and at what cost in each...

      Road Traffic: North East

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of the level of congestion on roads in the North East on the local economy.

      Serious Organised Crime Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times staff from HM Revenue and Customs criminal investigation arm have met officers from the Serious and Organised Crime Agency since the Agency's...

      Tax Havens: EC Action

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with European counterparts on the regulatory regime affecting tax havens in the last 12 months.

      Taxation: Trade Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Answer of 4 March 2008, Official Report, column 2327W, on taxation: trade unions, which trade unions subscription fees are eligible for tax...

      VAT: Personal Care Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the revenue to be raised by charging VAT to the users of saunas and spas within leisure centres backdated in respect of...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Tax Credit Office's target is for responding to (a) letters, (b) telephone calls and (c) e-mails from (i) hon. Members and (ii) members of the...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were employed in the administration of tax credits in each quarter since April 2003.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people (a) left the Tax Credit Office and (b) were recruited to permanent posts in the Tax Credit Office in each year since 2003; what proportion...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit award notices were sent out in each year since 2003; and if he will make a statement.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit awards were paid into foreign bank accounts in each year since April 2003.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 17 March 2008, Official Report, column 900W, on welfare tax credits, if he will place in the Library the six Office of Government...

  • Home Department

    • Air Navigation Order 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences were recorded under the Air Navigation Order 2000 in each year since 2002, broken down by offence; and what percentage of...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government have taken to reduce under-age drinking in the last three years.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has plans to meet representatives of the Portman Group to discuss (a) binge and (b) under-age drinking; and if she will make a...

      Asylum: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of people living in York seeking asylum in each year since 1997.

      Bigamy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences of bigamy were recorded in each year since 1997; and what percentage of these offences (a) resulted in court proceedings...

      Burglary: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) burglaries and (b) sanction detections for burglaries there were in each London borough in each of the last 10 years.

      Census Act 1920

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences were recorded under section 89 of the Census Act 1920 in each year since 1997, broken down by offence; and what percentage...

      Closed Circuit Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of Scottish local authorities that are (a) precluded and (b) have been previously precluded for...

      Closed Circuit Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of applications for licences submitted by applicants resident in Scotland to the Security Industry...

      Constituencies: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to locate the representations made by a constituent of the hon. Member for Vauxhall (reference 0161985);...

      Crime and Disorder Act 1998

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences were recorded under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 in each year since 2002, broken down by offence; and what percentage of...

      Crime: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 11 March 2008, Official Report, column 339W, on crime: drugs, (1) what assessment she has made of the...

      Crimes of Violence: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) violent crimes and (b) sanction detections for violent crimes there were in each London borough in each of the last 10 years.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of Parliamentary questions for answer on a named day to her Department received a (a) holding and (b)...

      Written Questions

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

      Domestic Violence: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of women who are experiencing domestic abuse who are not in receipt of assistance funded by the...

      Domestic Violence: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what support she plans to make available to women subject to domestic abuse who are not entitled to existing provision on grounds of...

      Drugs: Caribbean

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps she has taken to tackle drug trafficking into the UK from the Caribbean; and if she will make a statement.

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funds have been made available to (a) Thames Valley Police force and (b) Oxfordshire County Council to further the Government's 2008...

      Finance Act 2003

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences were recorded under the Finance Act 2003 in each year since its entry into force, broken down by offence; and what...

      Firearms Act 1968

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences were recorded under the Firearms Act 1968 in each year since 2002, broken down by offence; and what percentage of these...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance her Department gives to chief constables on the consideration to be given to duty of care to the community when considering the...

      Immigration: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of records missing from the register of foreign nationals granted indefinite leave to remain in the...

      International Criminal Court Act 2001

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps have been taken by her Department since the International Criminal Court Act 2001 came into force to publicise its applicability...

      Merchant Shipping Act 1995

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences were recorded under the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 in each year since 2002, broken down by offence; and what percentage of...

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what access local authorities will have to the national identity register.

      Offensive Weapons Act 1996

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences were recorded under the Offensive Weapons Act 1996 in each year since 2002, broken down by offence; and what percentage of...

      Offensive Weapons: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government have taken to reduce gun crime since 1997.

      Offensive Weapons: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 14 March 2008, Official Report, column 2301W, on offensive weapons, what information her Department holds on knife...

      Paedophilia: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to her written ministerial statement of 18 February 2008, Official Report, columns 2-3WS, on tackling violence, what plans she has...

      Police: Career Structure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had on the review of the police high potential development scheme; and if she will make a statement.

      Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences were recorded of absconding from lawful custody in each year since 1997; and what percentage of these offences (a)...

      Violent and Sex Offender Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals (a) convicted of a sex offence (b) imprisoned for more than 12 months for violence and (c) assessed as being high...

      Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences were recorded under the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006 in each year since its entry into force, broken down by offence;...

      Women's Aid Last Resort Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been allocated to the Women's Aid Last Resort Fund since 2004 in relation to supporting women at risk of domestic abuse whose...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she will reply to questions (a) 180331 and (b) 180332, on Eurostar, tabled by the hon. Member for Woking on 21 January 2008.

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what contracts were awarded by his Department to (a) KPMG, (b) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (c) Ernst and Young, (d) McKinsey,...

    • Departmental Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the cost was of overnight accommodation for (a) civil servants, (b) special advisers and (c) Ministers in his...

      Departmental Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many private finance initiatives and public private partnerships his Department is responsible for; and what the value is...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether consideration has been given to applying gender responsive budgeting to his Department's budget.

      Departmental Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the answer of 17 March 2008, Official Report, column 854W, on departmental translation services, how much was...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what proportion of full-time undergraduates with each number of UCAS tariff points from their A-levels did not...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what proportion of full-time undergraduates from each socio-economic group did not complete their degree in each...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England were attending...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment has been made of the likely effect on (a) female, (b) mature and (c) disabled students of the Government's...

      Ipsos MORI

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

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills when he expects to answer question 191211 on prisoners and qualifications, tabled on 27 February 2008.

  • International Development

    • Chad: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of (a) the humanitarian effects of the civil war in Chad since December 2005 and (b) the...

    • Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what contracts were awarded by his Department to (a) KPMG, (b) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (c) Ernst and Young, (d) McKinsey, (e)...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many staff in his Department have attended the (a) Influencing with Integrity, (b) Emotional Intelligence, (c) Counselling...

      Developing Countries: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of whether (a) the Food Security Programme and (b) the Productive Safety Net Programme set up...

      Food Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what programmes have been (a) planned, (b) initiated, (c) run, (d) directly funded and (e) part-funded by his Department using...

      HIV Infection: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what financial contribution the UK is making to the 2007 G8 commitments on (a) prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV...

      Latin America

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many of his Department's staff were based in Latin America at the latest date for which figures are available; where in Latin...

      Latin America

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many of his Department's UK-based staff have been dedicated to working on matters relating to Latin America in each of the last...

      Latin America: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he plans to publish the future Regional Assistance Plan for Latin America.

      Moldova: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the food security situation in Moldova; what assistance his Department has (a) offered and...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effect of the situation in Gaza on the flow of UK aid to the Palestinians; whether his Department...

      Somalia: Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the humanitarian conditions of (a) internally displaced people in and (b) refugees from...

      Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the humanitarian impact of the activities of the Lord's Resistance Army; and if he will make...

      Sudan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether the Government will contribute to the annual budget of the World Food Programme's Humanitarian Air Service in Darfur; and if he...

      Zimbabwe: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the availability over the last 12 months of antiretroviral treatment in Zimbabwe; and if he...

  • Transport

    • A14: Lorries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many lorry movements there were on average per day on the A14 in 2007; and what percentage of overall vehicle movements along the road this figure...

    • Aircraft: Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of recent changes to aircraft design which result in cabin air no longer being taken from engines; if she will re-examine...

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many internal flights there were in each of the last five years; and how many there are forecast to be in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

      Aviation: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will investigate the potential impact on health arising from the seeping of emissions from engine lubricants on to the flight decks of aircraft.

      Aviation: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures are in place to prevent the incapacitation of pilots and co-pilots arising from the seeping of emissions from engine lubricants on to the...

      Aviation: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) regulations and (b) international agreements govern the spraying of biocides in the passenger deck of international aircraft; and what...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment her Department has made of the merits of second generation biofuels.

      Bus Lanes: Motorcycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will undertake research into the use of powered two-wheeled vehicles in bus lanes; what research she has evaluated on the matter; and if she...

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many local authorities in England offered subsidised bus services after 11 pm in each year since 1997.

      Bus Services: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the effect on road safety of the use by local authorities of buses exempt from the requirement to have passenger...

      Car Sharing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what meetings and discussions took place between (a) her Department and (b) the Highways Agency and (i) car share organisations, (ii) bus companies...

      Civil Service Appeal Board

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

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she has had with Welsh Assembly Ministers and Ministers of other devolved administrations to ensure that appropriate funding is made...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what contracts were awarded by her Department to (a) KPMG, (b) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (c) Ernst and Young, (d) McKinsey, (e) Deloitte and (f)...

      Departmental Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 17 March 2008, Official Report, columns 772-3W, on departmental databases, which US-registered service providers have been...

      Departmental Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 12 March 2008, Official Report, column 442W, on departmental translation services, how much was spent by her Department and...

      Departmental Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will set a target to increase the use of video-conferencing by her Department to reduce the need to travel to meetings.

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to her Statement of 17 December 2007, Official Report, column 624, on Department for Transport data storage and use, if she will place in the...

      Environment Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the objectives of her Department's Environment Directorate are; what the directorate's performance against those objectives has been in the last...

      Fuels: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the complementarity of the (a) targets and (b) sustainability criteria in the EU Fuel Quality Directive and the EU...

      Government Car and Dispatch Agency: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the Government Car and Dispatch Agency has spent on replacing cars (a) in 2007-08 and (b) since 27 June 2007.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many visits she has made to Heathrow Airport to meet representatives of (a) businesses and the aviation industry and (b) local residents...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many meetings she has held with (a) BAA, (b) HACAN ClearSkies, (c) 2M group and (d) Future Heathrow Group on Heathrow expansion since her...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the effects of each option for Heathrow expansion as set out in the adding capacity at Heathrow consultation on local...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which Minister in her Department approved the consultation document on the third runway at Heathrow.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people from each London borough submitted representations to the Heathrow third runway consultation.

      Heathrow Airport: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans she has to make a health impact assessment of the proposed expansion of Heathrow Airport.

      Lorries: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many lorries in each region of England were detected by (a) the police and (b) the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, as being (i) overloaded,...

      Lorries: Safety Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what estimate she has made of the average cost to a road haulier of fitting retro-reflective marking tape to a heavy goods vehicle; and what the...

      Lorries: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many heavy goods vehicle test stations are operated by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency; and what their locations are.

      Lorries: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the maximum distance is that a road haulier is expected to travel to present his vehicle for examination.

      Lorries: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether there are plans to change the (a) number and (b) location of Vehicle and Operator Services Agency-operated heavy goods vehicle test stations.

      Lorries: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether there are plans to alter the (a) numbers and (b) terms of employment of staff employed and based at Vehicle and Operator Services Agency's...

      Lorries: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent consideration has been given to the possibility of introducing a vignette to charge lorries for road use; and if she will make a statement.

      M25: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the latest ministerially-approved costs are of the (a) M25 widening schemes and (b) M1 widening schemes; and what the original estimated cost...

      M42: Motorway Service Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made on negotiations between the Highways Agency, Birmingham International airport and the management of the Blue Boar Inn on...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport to reply to the letter sent to him by Campaign for Better Transport,...

      Metronet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2008, Official Report, column 1088W, on Metronet, what the size of the loan from TfL to Metronet is.

      Ministers: Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many former Ministers, other than the former Prime Minister, are supplied with a car from the Government Car and Despatch Agency; and how many...

      Ministers: Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will take steps to quantify the down-time of drivers employed to drive ministerial cars supplied by the Government Car and Despatch Agency.

      Ministers: Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport in which Government Departments permanent secretaries have chosen not to make use of an allocated vehicle supplied by the Government Car and Despatch...

      Ministers: Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment she has made of the merits of providing a pool of cars per Government Department rather than allocating cars to individual...

      Ministers: Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria are used in determining the entitlement of former Ministers to vehicles supplied by the Government Car and Despatch Agency; and what the...

      Ministers: Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport in respect of how many former (a) Ministers, (b) permanent secretaries and (c) other categories, other than serving Ministers and permanent...

      Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she plans to publish her recommendations following the review of class (a) two and (b) three powered wheelchairs and powered scooters.

      Motor Vehicles: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many Vehicle and Operator Services Agency staff will be employed to issue fixed penalty notices to vehicles where offences are detected.

      Motor Vehicles: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when her Department expects to complete its review of the Powering Future Vehicles Strategy.

      Motor Vehicles: Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what type of car each Government Minister receives from the Government Car and Dispatch Agency.

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many garages in the UK are licensed by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) to conduct private vehicle and motorcycle MOT tests; how...

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many non-UK registered vehicles were inspected by Vehicle and Operator Services Agency inspectors during the south-east pilot exercise in the...

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans she has for future charges for (a) private vehicle and motorcycle MOT tests, (b) heavy goods vehicle tests and (c) public service vehicle...

      Motorcycles: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the answer of 16 April 2007, Official Report, columns 55-6W, on motorcycles: licensing, what her current estimate is of the costs...

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what purposes the hard shoulders of the motorway infrastructure are used.

      Motorways: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many deaths there have been as a result of crashes involving vehicles parked on motorway hard shoulders in the last 10 years for which figures are...

      Motorways: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the annual change in carbon dioxide emissions expected to result from the planned motorway widening programme by 2015.

      Passenger Transport Executives: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the costs of rebranding passenger transport authorities as integrated transport authorities as proposed in the Local...

      Penalty Fares: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which approved appeals bodies adjudicate on the penalty fares scheme.

      Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate she has made of the proportion of people who travel by public transport in (a) rural and (b) urban areas.

      Public Transport: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to encourage the deployment of train-bus Oystercard-type arrangements in major conurbations other than London.

      Railways: Buckinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the passenger capacity is of commuter trains serving (a) Wolverton, (b) Central Milton Keynes and (c) Bletchley train stations per day; and...

      Railways: Buckinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people used (a) Wolverton, (b) Central Milton Keynes and (c) Bletchley train stations per day for (i) peak and (ii) non-peak journey times...

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the steps that need to be taken to facilitate rail freight movements from Felixstowe via Ipswich and Huntingdon to the...

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the potential for the diversion of freight traffic from the A14 to the rail network ( a) in the absence of improvements...

      Railways: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the implications for longer-distance commuters of the proposals of the Mayor of London in relation to Southern Metro...

      Railways: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who in her Department is responsible for monitoring BRB (Residuary) Limited's compliance with Departmental guidance on the sale of disused railway lines.

      Railways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will seek an explanation from Network Rail for delays to maintenance work over the Easter holiday on the rail network from Essex into London...

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the Answer of 18 March 2008, Official Report, columns 952-3W, on Great Western Trains, if she will make it her policy to place in the...

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress is being made in extending Oyster card deployment to national rail services in the Greater London area.

      Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the average delay on motorways and trunk roads was for (a) all journeys and (b) the 10 per cent. most delayed journeys in each region in...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what research has been (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated by her Department on the number of (i) fatal, (ii) serious and (iii) minor road...

      Roads: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total budget allocated to major road schemes is for (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09, (c) 2009-10 and (d) 2010-11.

      Roads: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department is taking to reduce deaths and injuries on rural roads.

      Single European Sky Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to promote the introduction of the Single European Sky initiative.

      Somerset County Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what meetings her Department has had with the Executive of Somerset County Council in the last three years.

      Southern: Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether she has made an estimate of the number of dual-voltage trains that would be needed to operate both the Watford to Brighton service and the...

      Speed Limits: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimates her Department has made of the changes in carbon dioxide emissions attributed to the variable speed limits in force on the M25 in each...

      Speed Limits: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what account the advanced motorway signalling and traffic management feasibility study took of the impact of carbon dioxide emissions of active...

      Thameslink: Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many dual-voltage trains will be available to run on Thameslink following the decision to order 11 new trains; and how many trains will remain on...

      Thameslink: Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what her policy is on the proposal to transfer trains from the West London Line to Thameslink since the order of 11 new trains for Thameslink.

      Train Operating Companies: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what requests have been received from train operating companies for extra rolling stock which have been (a) agreed to and (b) rejected since 1...

      Transport: Higher Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport to which (a) private companies, (b) other organisations and (c) lobbying organisations in the transport sector former senior officials from her...

      Tyne and Wear : Metro:

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much capital funding from the public purse the Tyne and Wear Metro received in each year since 1997; (2) how many people were prosecuted for...

      Vehicle and Operator Services Agency: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent by Vehicle and Operator Services Agency on consultants in each of the last five financial years.

      Vehicle and Operator Services Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total Vehicle and Operator Services Agency staff salary bill was in each of the last five financial years.

      Vehicle and Operator Services Agency: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason laptops and hand-held devices issued within the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency have been recalled; what effect this recall is...

      Vehicle and Operator Services Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans she has for (a) future numbers of Vehicle and Operator Services Agency inspection staff and (b) their terms of employment.

      Vehicle and Operator Services Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether there are plans to alter the (a) number and (b) terms of employment of Vehicle and Operator Services Agency staff who will issue fixed...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on trends in opium production in Afghanistan.

    • Armenia: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the (a) conduct and (b) outcome of the election in Armenia on 19 February 2008; and...

      Bombs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government has made to ensure that civil society organisations will have a strong voice during the...

      Central African Republic: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has received reports of Lord's Resistance Army troop movements into the Central African Republic; and if he will make...

      Chad: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of recent claims by the Government of Chad of Sudanese support of rebel forces active in...

      Chad: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment his Department has made of the (a) political and (b) security situation in Chad; and if he will make a...

      Chad: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) he, (b) members of his Department and (c) UK representatives in (i) N'Djamena and (ii) Yaounde have had...

      Chad: Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the accord signed between the Governments of Chad and Sudan at the Dakar summit on 14 March; and...

      Chad: Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance his Department (a) offered and (b) provided to the Government of Senegal in reaching the Dakar agreement...

      Chad: Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of peace accords reached between the Governments of Sudan and Chad in the last five...

      Chad: Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment his Department has made of relations between Sudan and Chad; and if he will make a statement.

      Colombia: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the evidential basis is for the statement that Justice for Colombia supports the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia...

      Colombia: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the government of Colombia on the (a) protection of trade unionists in that country...

      Credit Cards: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government has taken to encourage UK citizens to minimise the risk of credit card fraud whilst abroad.

      Departmental Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 13 March 2008, Official Report, columns 642-3W, on departmental databases, which US-registered...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff in his Department and its agencies have attended the (a) Influencing with Integrity, (b) Emotional...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many ancestral visas were issued in the last five years for which figures are available; and what the countries of origin...

      International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) he, (b) members of his Department and (c) UK representatives in (i) Zagreb and (ii) Belgrade have had...

      Kenya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the vote in Kenya's parliament on 18 March, unanimously approving the power-sharing agreement...

      Kosovo: Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the civil unrest in Mitrovica on 18 March; and if he will make a statement.

      Nagorno Karabakh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with the government of (i) Azerbaijan, (ii) Armenia, (iii) Russia, (iv)...

      Nagorno Karabakh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the recent statements by Azeri President Ilham Aliev on the status of Nagorno-Karabakh; and if...

      Natural Gas: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the likely political effects of the decision announced on 11 March 2008 by...

      Organisation of the Islamic Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the achievements of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference since its...

      Organisation of the Islamic Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the (a) possibility and (b) merits of having a European Union observer at the...

      Russia: Oppression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) he, (b) members of his Department and (c) UK representatives overseas have had with (i) members and (ii)...

      Serbia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the proposed resolution by the Serb parliament abandoning Serbia's pursuit of membership of the...

      Serbia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) he, (b) members of his Department and (c) the UK representative in (i) Belgrade, (ii) Pristina and (iii)...

      Serbia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) he, (b) members of his Department and (c) the UK representative in (i) Brussels, (ii) Berlin, (iii)...

      Somalia: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) he, (b) members of his Department and (c) UK representatives overseas have had with (i) members and (ii)...

      Somalia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of progress on (a) establishing security, (b) establishing the rule of law and (c)...

      Somalia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the (a) political and (b) security situation in Somalia since January; and if he...

      Sri Lanka: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) he, (b) members of his Department and (c) UK representatives in Colombo have had with (i) members and...

      Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the viability of introducing a no-fly zone in regions of the Sudan; and if he will...

      Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the implications of fighting in southern Sudan between the armed forces of Southern...

      Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the willingness of (a) the government of Sudan, (b) the Sudanese Liberation Army, (c) the...

      Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) he, (b) members of his Department and (c) UK representatives have had with (i) members and (ii)...

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the time needed to deploy the remaining 17,000 United Nations and African Union troops...

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) he, (b) members of his Department and (c) UK representatives have had with (i) members and (ii)...

      Sudan: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to encourage the Chinese government to support UN sanctions against Sudan; and if he will make a statement.

      Uganda: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) he, (b) members of his Department and (c) UK representatives have had with the governments of (i) the...

      Uganda: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has had discussions with President Yoweri Museveni on (a) government negotiations with the Lord's Resistance Army...

      Uganda: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to President Yoweri Museveni's statement in London on 11 March 2008 and the answer on 13 March 2008, Official Report,...

      UN Peacebuilding Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what funding the UK has provided for the UN Peacebuilding Fund; what commitments the UK has entered into for further such...

      United Nations Peacebuilding Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support is provided by the United Kingdom to the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission.

      USA: North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) he, (b) members of his Department and (c) UK representatives in Washington DC have had with (i) members...

      Uzbekistan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of (a) the human rights situation and (b) the transparency of (i) law enforcement...

  • Justice

    • Bail: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many units and what proportion of prison officers' accommodation will be used to provide accommodation under the bail accommodation support scheme,...

    • ClearSprings Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 11 March 2008, Official Report, columns 376-77W, on ClearSprings Management, in which towns accommodation for remand prisoners...

      ClearSprings: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many hostels managed by ClearSprings have been opened in Wales in the last 12 months; (2) whether there is a duty on ClearSprings to consult...

      Convictions: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department plans to bring forward proposals to reform the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 on the disclosure of...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation: EC Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many citizens of other EU countries have (a) made and (b) received compensation in respect of criminal injuries compensation claims in each...

      Deportation: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress has been made in securing agreements with third countries on the return of prisoners held in the UK.

      Domestic Violence: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the delivery of domestic violence programmes in probation areas in Wales against delivery timetables in (a) 2006-07 and...

      Driving Offences: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were charged with a speeding offence in each London borough in each of the last five years.

      Driving Offences: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many drivers have been (a) cautioned for and (b) convicted of speeding in (i) St Ives constituency, (ii) Cornwall, (iii) the South West Region,...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of (a) prisons, ( b) community rehabilitation orders and (c) drug treatment and testing orders in...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the delivery of drug and alcohol abuse programmes in probation areas in Wales against delivery timetables in (a) 2006-07...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent steps the Government has taken to make voter registration more accessible.

      Fireworks: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions there were for firework-related offences in (a) 2003, (b) 2004, (c) 2005 and (d) 2006.

      Foreign Workers: Domestic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many employers of migrant domestic workers were (a) prosecuted for and (b) convicted of psychological abuse, physical abuse or sexual abuse of...

      Juries: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment his Department has made of the cost of providing bilingual juries in Wales.

      Labour Party: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2008, Official Report, column 2303W, on Labour Party: marketing, if he will place in the Library a copy of the...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will estimate expenditure on legal aid for defendants with drug addictions in 2007.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he will answer the letter of 15 January 2008 from the right hon. Member for Manchester Gorton with regard to Miss E. A. Price.

      National Identity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what assessment he has made of the likely effect of devolving further powers to local communities on attitudes towards British citizenship and...

      Prison Officers: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether prison officers' accommodation will be sold in order to avoid the costs that would be incurred in upgrading properties to meet the 2010 Decent...

      Prison Service: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department has conducted a sustainability appraisal in the light of the recent relocation announcements regarding the Prison Service.

      Prisons: MRSA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases of (a) MRSA and (b) clostridium difficile were recorded in each prison in each of the last five years.

      Probation: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether there are any restrictions on the ability of probation service staff to recommend supervision of foreign nationals in Wales where interpreters...

      Probation: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many qualified probation officers were employed in Wales on (a) 31 December 1997 and (b) 31 December 2007.

      Probation: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many probation staff managers were employed in Wales on (a) 31 December 1997 and (b) 31 December 1998.

      Rackspace

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the value was of each contract awarded to Rackspace by (a) his Department and its predecessor and (b) its agencies in each of the last nine years.

      Residence Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many residence orders were awarded to (a) men and (b) women in each year for which figures are available.

      Secure Training Centres: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) when he will publish the Government's action plan on the recommendations from the inquests into Gareth Myatt and Adam Rickwood; (2) what...

      Voting Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent steps the Government has taken to address negative voting trends.

      Young Offender Institutions: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many times restrictive physical interventions were used in each (a) young offender institution and (b) secure children's home in each year since...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the sum of the Export Credits Guarantee Department's exposure in respect of the al-Yamamah arms deal with Saudi...

    • Business: Bermuda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assistance his Department provides to Bermudan businesses wishing to (a) invest in the United Kingdom and (b)...

      Business: Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assistance his Department provides to Cypriot businesses wishing to (a) invest in the United Kingdom and (b)...

      Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will provide a geographical breakdown of the 46,000 claims identified by Capita to his Department's Yorkshire...

      Coal Fired Power Stations: Kingsnorth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the annual carbon dioxide emissions from the proposed coal-fired power station in...

      Coal Fired Power Stations: Kingsnorth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the environmental...

      Coal: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many residents in Bassetlaw constituency are in receipt of concessionary coal.

      Coal: Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will place in the Library a copy of the note taken of the meeting of 20 March 2008 between Ministers, officials...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will publish the report he commissioned from Mott McDonald on smart meters; with which organisations he has...

      Global Nuclear Energy Partnership: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what (a) funding and (b) other resources his Department plans to commit to the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership.

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much has been paid in compensation for (a) hearing loss, (b) vibration white finger and (c) chronic obstructive...

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many claims for (a) vibration white finger and (b) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease have not been fully...

      Lighting: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the role of the unmetered supply operator (UMSO) is in calculating local authority bills for street lighting; and...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the budget for the low carbon building programme was in 2007-08; and what proportion of this budget has been spent.

      Metering: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the provision of smart meters on a national basis, broken...

      Metering: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent representations he has received from companies associated with smart-meter production or sales.

      Mining: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the timetable is for the transfer of information to the Law Society on claimants under the Miners' Compensation...

      Mining: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many requests from the Serious Fraud Office he has acceded to for information on mining compensation.

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 11 March 2008, Official Report, column 251W, on Nuclear Decommissioning Authority: foreign...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2008, to the hon. Member for Tamworth (Mr. Jenkins), Official Report, columns...

      Nuclear Power: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how the Government plans to strengthen the capacities of the International Atomic Energy Agency's Nuclear Security...

      Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment the Government has made of the likely year of peak global oil production; what contingency plans the...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to his answer of 19 March 2008, Official Report, column 972, that in certain circumstances the Chairman of...

      Renewable Energy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much his Department has spent on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources in (a) 2004-05, (b)...

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many new businesses were registered in (a) St. Albans and (b) England in each of the last five years.

      Unfair Practices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many investigations the Office of Fair Trading is conducting into UK markets.

      Utilities: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what plans he has to prevent utility providers charging those who do not pay charges by direct debit more than those...

      Wind Power: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the Answer of 19 February 2008, Official Report, columns 559-60W, on wind power: noise, when he expects...

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people attended hospital accident and emergency departments in (a) Essex, (b) Basildon Hospital NHS Trust and (c) Southend Hospital NHS Trust...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration he has given to reviewing the Food Labelling Regulations 1984 to require the listing of all ingredients in drinks with alcohol.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what regulations govern the labelling of alcohol to display suitability for vegans and vegetarians.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the expenditure by the NHS on treatment of illnesses related to alcohol abuse in each of the last five years; and if he will...

      Baby Care Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many new-born babies required specialist cots and incubators in each of the last 10 years.

      Bone Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what representations he has received on behalf of people with ankylosing spondylitis in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      Brain Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in increasing survival rates for (a) children and (b) adults with brain cancer in the last five years.

      Caesarean Sections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the reasons for elective births by Caesarean-section in the last 12 months.

      Cancer: Queen's Hospital Romford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were treated for cancer at the Queen's Hospital, Romford in 2007.

      Cancer: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research and development schemes into new cancer treatments his Department sponsors; and if he will make a statement.

      Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women in the London borough of Havering received (a) breast, (b) cervical and (c) bowel screenings in each of the last five years.

      Cancer: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on treating (a) men and (b) women with cancer in hospitals in the west midlands in each of the last five years for which...

      Care Homes: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he intends to repeal the liable relatives rules in respect of care home financing for elderly patients; and if he will make a statement.

      Childbirth: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many non-UK residents from (a) other EU and (b) other countries gave birth in hospitals in England in each of the last five years, broken down by trust.

      Chiropody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the merits of the development of a national service framework for podiatry services; (2) what podiatry services are...

      Chlamydia: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 11 March 2008, Official Report, column 259W, on chlamydia screening, when his Department expects to announce which primary care...

      Community Care: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much a district nurse home visit costs on average, exclusive of the cost of any treatment being administered.

      Dental Services: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on NHS dentistry in each Staffordshire constituency in each year since 1997.

      Dental Services: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general dental practitioners providing NHS services there were in the City of York (a) at the latest date for which figures are available and...

      Dental Services: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of (a) adults and (b) children in (i) the City of York, (ii) Yorkshire and the Humber and (iii) England were registered with an NHS...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what contracts were awarded by his Department to (a) KPMG, (b) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (c) Ernst and Young, (d) McKinsey, (e) Deloitte and (f) other...

      Dermatology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress is being made in increasing the numbers of dermatologists working in the NHS.

      Dermatology: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding his Department provided for dermatology care in the NHS in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were diagnosed with (a) type 1 and (b) type 2 diabetes in (i) Tyne and Wear, (ii) the North East and (iii) England in each of the last...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in the commitment in the 2008 drug strategy, "Tackling drugs, changing lives", to achieve better outcomes for those entering...

      Eyesight: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the percentage of (a) children under 16-years-old and (b) adults entitled to free eye tests who have regular eye examinations.

      Folic Acid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will meet representatives of (a) Folic Acid Action and (b) the Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus to discuss the proposals of the Food...

      General Practitioners: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hours of training relating to substance misuse those preparing to become GPs receive.

      Genetics: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to regulate the sale by biotechnology companies of genetic testing kits which determine susceptibility to psychiatric disorders; and if...

      Health Centres: Railway Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the use by UK nationals of drop-in health centres at London's mainline stations in the last two years.

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many health visitors there were in each (a) region and (b) primary care trust in each of the last five years for which figures are available in...

      Heart Diseases: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many men under the age of 35 years in (a) Romford constituency, (b) the London borough of Havering and (c) Greater London had heart attacks in each...

      Heart Diseases: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the evaluation report on pilot sites for the provision of primary angioplasty will be published.

      Hereditary Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether (a) he, (b) his Ministers and (c) his officials have had meetings in relation to birth defects in consanguineous marriages in the last six months.

      Hospitals: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding his Department has allocated to hospitals in the west midlands for deep cleaning to date, broken down by hospital.

      Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he issues to NHS bodies on the level of charges levied at hospital car parks; whether such guidance permits the setting of charges at levels...

      Hospitals: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department monitors the (a) level of emissions from hospital incinerators and (b) effects on health of dioxins produced from burning...

      Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with representatives of deaf communities on provisions in the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill.

      Injuries: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people attended accident and emergency departments as a result of sports injuries in the last two years.

      Junior Doctors: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many junior doctors left the NHS in each of the last five years for which figures are available; what estimate he has made of the number likely to...

      Kidney Patients: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people received dialysis treatment in each of the last five years, broken down by trust; (2) what the average waiting time for the...

      Macular Degeneration: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects clinical trials for the use of avastin in the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration to commence.

      Maternal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of UK (a) maternal and (b) infant mortality rates against EU benchmarks; and if he will make a statement.

      Maternity Services: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many maternity units in England have closed since May 2005.

      Maternity Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on maternity services in each of the last five financial years for which figures are available, broken down by (a) region and (b) NHS...

      Maternity Services: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many claims under Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts there have been relating to maternity services since 1995; and what the value has been of such...

      Maternity Services: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patient safety incidents relating to maternity services were reported to the National Patient Safety Agency in each of the last five years for...

      Medicine: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of medical graduates from overseas medical schools who applied for speciality training in 2007 had indefinite leave to remain.

      Mental Health Services: MRSA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of (a) MRSA and (b) clostridium difficile were recorded in mental health units in each of the last five years.

      Methadone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many methadone prescriptions were issued by primary care trusts in each of the last five years.

      Midwives: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health by what date he estimates midwife numbers will have risen sufficiently to provide 36 midwives per 1,000 deliveries.

      NHS Cleaning Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will place in the Library copies of the (a) agenda, (b) minutes and (c) summary of feedback from delegates at his Department's cleaning...

      NHS Counter Fraud Squad: Manpower and Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many staff were assigned to the NHS Counter Fraud Squad in each of the last five financial years; (2) how many (a) full-time and (b)...

      NHS Questionnaires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 7 March 2008, Official Report, column 2860W, on NHS questionnaires, what businesses were contracted by the Department to...

      NHS: Ancillary Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 28 February 2008, Official Report, columns 1897-903W, on NHS: ancillary staff, what proportion of staff at each acute hospital...

      NHS: Violent Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were registered on the violent patient register of each London primary care trust in each of the last three years.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what surplus or deficit he expects (a) York NHS foundation trust, (b) North Yorkshire and York primary care trust and (c) Yorkshire and the Humber...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how funds from NHS underspends in the last five years have been re-allocated; and how he plans to allocate any underspends in the next 12 months.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS budgets will be amended in the years from 2008-09 to 2010-11 to take into account changes in planned expenditure in those years.

      NHS: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people were (a) found guilty and (b) acquitted of charges relating to fraud against the NHS in each of the last five years; (2) how many...

      NHS: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) front line and (b) other staff were employed by the NHS in each of the last 10 years.

      NHS: Radiography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) radiologists and (b) radiographers are employed by the NHS.

      Non-British EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many (a) non-British EU nationals and (b) non-EU nationals worked in the East Midlands Strategic Health Authority (i) at the latest date for...

      Nurses: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are in place to prevent someone from re-entering nursing in the NHS when they have previously been deemed unsatisfactory for the nursing...

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the levels of bursaries for student nurses.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the proportion of the population of (a) England and (b) Romford constituency that is clinically obese.

      Patient Choice Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what percentage of general practitioner referrals to first consultant-led outpatient services were made through the choose and book system in each...

      Physiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of physiotherapists qualifying in 2007 who have not been employed by the NHS.

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people were prosecuted for illegally claiming exemption from NHS prescription charges in each of the last five years; (2) what estimate he...

      Pressure Sores

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to introduce a preventative programme to reduce the incidence of leg ulcers; (2) how many people were treated for leg ulcers in...

      Rackspace

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total value was of each contract awarded to Rackspace by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies in each of the last nine years.

      Radiography: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many junior doctors trained as (a) radiologists and (b) radiographers in each of the last five years.

      Redcar and Cleveland NHS Primary Care Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much from the public purse has been spent on the part financing of the development of New Skelton Health, in the Redcar and Cleveland NHS Primary Care...

      Sanitary Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what (a) statutory and (b) other guidelines apply to the disposal of sanitary waste in private care homes; and which body is responsible for...

      Skin: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department has taken to (a) raise public awareness and (b) provide information to health providers and general practitioners...

      Smoking: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people called the NHS smoking helpline in 2007.

      Surgery: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many surgical procedures were carried out by NHS hospitals in each year since 2000; and how many of these were followed by an episode of (a) MRSA,...

      Surgery: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many surgical procedures were carried out in GP surgeries or other non-hospital patient centres since 2000; and how many resulted in episodes of (a)...

      York NHS Hospital: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much capital funding was spent by York NHS Hospital in each year since 1996-97; what capital projects have been implemented at the hospital...

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Bluetongue

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What funding has been provided by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council or other...

    • Airports: Heathrow

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, following the Environment Agency's comments on air pollution, they will cancel the third runway at Heathrow airport.

      Armed Forces: Future Rapid Effects System

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made in (a) defining the framework for the Systems of Systems Integrator (SOSI) role for the Future Rapid Effects System (FRES); and (b)...

      Armed Forces: Future Rapid Effects System

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to launch competitions to select the reconnaissance, direct fire and engineering support variants of the Future Rapid Effects System.

      Autism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 19 March (WA 41), with which "autism stakeholder organisations" the department will be taking forward...

      British Overseas Territories

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations have been made by the Department of Health about the current quota system for secondary healthcare in the Overseas Territories.

      Climate Change: Carbon Offsetting

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will bring in the voluntary code of practice for companies offering carbon-offsetting projects.

      Coroners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they propose to take to uphold the independence of coroners conducting military and non-military inquests.

      Crime: Sex Offenders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the fact that Raymond Horne served his prison sentence for sexual offences abroad means that he is not subject to a prison licence in Britain.

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Staff

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Jonathan Shaw, on 8 January...

      Elections: National Database

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress they are making with proposals for a national database of the electoral register.

      Elections: Postal Voting

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What instructions are being given to the returning officers in the local elections on 1 May on action to be taken in the event of a large number of (a) last-minute...

      Elections: Postal Voting

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What instructions are being given to the police in areas where there is a history of actual and alleged postal vote fraud on action to be taken if a large number...

      Elections: Slough

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the light of the ruling at the special elections court at Slough in relation to the election in the Central ward last year, whether they will consider the early...

      Employment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House a list of all local employment partnerships operating across the United Kingdom, indicating the number of...

      Energy: Appliances on Standby

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures are in place to encourage users to switch off electrical and electronic appliances rather than leaving them on standby; what progress has been made...

      Energy: Biofuels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much government funding is being allocated to the development of second-generation biofuels, including cellulosic ethanol, biobutanol and synthetic fuels from...

      Environment Agency Wales

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Environment Agency formally advised the Rhondda Cynon Taf Borough Council that they have returned all Mr Douglas Gowan's original documents to him;...

      Flooding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Baroness Andrews on 13 March (WA 251—2) and 17 March (WA 9—10), whether any statutory accountability is required by...

      Food: Animal Welfare

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the National Audit Office takes into account the animal welfare aspects of food production in its consideration of the public procurement of food.

      Freedom of Information

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any proposals to refund to Members of Parliament and Peers costs incurred in obtaining information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on...

      Health: Immunisation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to encourage mothers to use preventive health services such as immunisation.

      Health: Immunisation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of children are immunised against childhood diseases.

      Houses of Parliament: Renewable Energy

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Further to the Written Answer by the Chairman of Committees on 20 March (WA 60) concerning the carbon footprint of the House of Lords, whether he will describe...

      Iraq: British Special Forces

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will withdraw British special forces personnel operating in Iraq.

      Iraq: Inquiry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to preserve and collect material which will be required as evidence for the inquiry in the Iraq war.

      Iraq: UK Personnel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether all British personnel inside the Iraqi green zone are safe, in view of recent incidents.

      National Parks: South Downs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the reopened public inquiry into the South Downs National Park Designation Order is expected to close on 23 May; and how soon after its closure they expect...

      Occupational Health

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the availability of the professionally trained staff required to support the rollout of the Improving Access to Psychological...

      Official Transport: Electronic Countermeasures

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether electronic countermeasures in ministerial cars can interfere with airborne aircraft.

      Questions for Written Answer: Late Answers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Leader of the House of Lords on 17 March (WA 1), why the Question tabled by Baroness Valentine was not answered until 17 March.

      Questions for Written Answer: Unanswered Questions

      asked the Leader of the House: What explanations have been given to her by the Home Office to justify the Written Question by Baroness Valentine tabled on 8 November 2007 remaining unanswered on...

      Railways: Carriages

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many carriages are required to meet the present franchise commitments of First Great Western; and how this number will change throughout the life of the...

      Railways: Engineering

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will commission external business consultants to reform Network Rail's engineering works procedures.

      Smoking: Television and Cinema

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to ban or reduce the use of smoking on television and in cinema films as a method of discouraging smoking.

      Toxic Chemicals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 10 March (WA 217), upon what basis Lovells were expected to advise the Environment Agency Wales in their claim for...

      Toxic Chemicals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in the negotiations between Monsanto and the Environment Agency Wales, Monsanto accepted possible United Kingdom liability for Brofiscin Quarry only,...

      Toxic Chemicals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment has been made of the quantity of polychlorinated biphenyls and dioxins and other toxic chemicals that have leached into the Cardiff aquifer from...

      Toxic Chemicals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: At what levels and under what circumstances they consider dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls, especially those typed as aroclors 1242, 1248, 1254 and 1260, to...

      Transport: Appraisal

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How an allowance is made for the total carbon effect of a scheme in the new approach to transport appraisal.

      Transport: Freight Carbon Emissions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they will take to reduce the carbon emissions of the United Kingdom freight industry.

      Wages

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of United Kingdom workers are engaged in low-waged work; and how this compares to other European Union countries.

      Waste Management: Brofiscin Quarry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Evans of Temple Guiting on 1 May 2007 (WA 202), when they will make available the response of the National Assembly for Wales...

      Waste Management: Brofiscin Quarry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are aware of the presence of dioxins and dibenzofurans in the Brofiscin landfill site; whether Monsanto confirmed this in 2007; and why the...

      Waste Management: Brofiscin Quarry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect the Environment Agency Wales (EAW) to publish a list of appropriate persons in respect of the surface and groundwater pollution in the locality of...

      Waste Management: Brofiscin Quarry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Environment Agency Wales is aware of the admission of shared liability at Brofiscin and two other Welsh landfill sites made by the former Monsanto...

      Waste Management: Brofiscin Quarry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why Brofiscin Farm, to the north of the Brofiscin landfill site, has not been designated contaminated land despite the presence of polychlorinated biphenyls in the...

      Waste Management: Brofiscin Quarry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: At what level the cost of remediation for Brofiscin Quarry would be unreasonable.

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