Written answers

Tuesday, 22 April 2008

  • Olympics

    • Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what assessment she has made of the likely effects of the 2012 Olympics on public health.

  • Wales

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what steps he is taking to facilitate the cross-border application of concessionary bus passes; and if he will make a statement.

    • Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many public consultations were held by his Department in the last three years; and how many respondents took part in the process for each consultation.

  • Transport

    • Foreign-registered Lorries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will bring forward a proposal for a scheme under which foreign-registered lorries pay to use the network.

    • Rail Services: Chelmsford to Liverpool Street Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the quality of service on the Chelmsford to Liverpool Street railway line.

      Railways: Capacity Enhancement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment she has made of the merits of capacity enhancement on the rail network.

      Rail Fares: Effects on Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the effects of levels of rail fares on levels of carbon dioxide emissions from transport.

      Integrated Transport: Northern England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department has taken to improve the integrated transport infrastructure in the North West and other Northern regions.

      European Mobility Week

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans her Department has to mark European Mobility Week 2008.

      Road Congestion: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department is taking to reduce road congestion in West Yorkshire.

      Terminal 5

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent reports she has received on the operation of Heathrow Terminal 5.

      A417

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions she has had with the Highways Agency on improvements to the A417 in the Nettleton Bottom and Crickley Hill areas of...

      Aircraft Engine Lubricants: Risks to Passengers and Crew

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment she has made of potential health risks to airline passengers and crew from vapour emanating from engine lubricants.

      Airport Expansion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations she has received on the expansion of Heathrow airport and London City airport.

      Concessionary Bus Travel: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations she has received on the implementation of the national concessionary bus fare scheme in North Yorkshire.

      Left-hand Drive Heavy Goods Vehicles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Government are taking to improve the safety record of left-hand drive heavy goods vehicles.

      Bus Services Operators' Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans she has to consult interested parties as part of the review of the Bus Services Operators' Grant.

      Facilities for Cyclists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department has taken to encourage the provision of facilities for cyclists by local authorities and other employers.

      Pricing Mechanisms: Modes of Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what her policy is on the use of pricing mechanisms to influence mode of travel.

      Cars: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether her Department has (a) conducted and (b) evaluated research on the most economical average speed for cars.

      Railways: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent progress has been made on plans for a high-speed rail link between Scotland and England.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the primary route network in England was last fully reviewed; when she next intends to review it to reflect the effects of changes in places of...

      Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 25 March 2008, Official Report, column 97W, on trains, in what specific ways her Department plans to be involved in the...

      Transport: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the likely volume of carbon dioxide emissions from (a) road traffic and (b) domestic aviation in (i) 2010, (ii) 2015...

      West Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will review her policy on the provision of additional carriages for services on the West Coast Main Line.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Carbon Monoxide: Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the guidance issued by (a) her Department and (b) the Housing Corporation to (i)...

    • Construction: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Government has taken to reduce illegal construction since 1997.

      Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what targets her Department has set in relation to its employment of people with disabilities over the next five years.

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what energy efficiency increases she has required to be achieved by the Bridging Newcastle Gateshead Housing Market Renewal...

      Homelessness: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans her Department has to assess (a) levels of and (b) trends in homelessness among immigrants from (i) A8 countries...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effect of the introduction of Lifetime Homes on the plot size of new homes; and what...

      Housing: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance she has issued to local authorities on (a) setting local development frameworks on the use of (i) Green Belt...

      Housing: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what definition of (a) off-site and (b) on-site her Department uses for the purposes of requiring a set amount of renewable...

      Planning: Tendring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of total planning applications in Tendring district were for development on garden sites classified as...

      Planning: Travelling People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what planning aid funding has been given to Traveller groups by her Department in each of the last three years.

      Property: Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill) of 18 February 2008, Official Report,...

      Squatting: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her Department and its agencies have provided funding to organisations which give advice on squatting in the last three...

      Supporting People Programme: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much and what proportion of the Supporting People budget was spent on people with a learning disability in each of the last...

      Travelling People: Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance has been given to local authorities on whether Traveller camps which occupy land which they do not own or have...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Angling: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will provide a detailed breakdown of his Department's expenditure on fisheries improvements for anglers in the last...

    • Angling: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his Department's expenditure was on angling in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) region and (b) local...

      Angling: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will provide a detailed breakdown of the (a) administration and (b) enforcement costs of the freshwater angling...

      Angling: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was raised by angling licences in each year since 1997.

      Animal Welfare: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to (a) publish and (b) put out to public consultation proposed regulations on greyhound welfare under the...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many badgers found dead on roads were tested for tuberculosis in the last 12 months.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his most recent estimate is of the proportion of the badger population carrying bovine tuberculosis in England.

      Cetaceans: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the UK has taken to reduce cetacean by-catch; and what representations he has made to the EU on common arrangements.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on publicity and advertising in 2007-08.

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many working days were lost by his Department due to stress-related illness in each of the last 24 months.

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many days sick leave were taken on average by staff in his Department in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many of his Department's staff took more than (a) five, (b) 10, (c) 15, (d) 20, (e) 25, (f) 30, (g) 35 and (h) 40...

      Departmental Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when his Department plans to publish its sustainable operations policy statement.

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) 0800, (b) 0845 and (c) 0870 telephone numbers for the public are in use by (i) his Department and (ii) agencies...

      Departmental Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many hours (a) in total and (b) on average per employee were worked by civil servants in his Department in the last...

      Discrimination

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

      Farms: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 25 March 2008, Official Report, columns 123-4W, on farms: inspections, what proportion of the...

      Fisheries: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information his Department holds on (a) European Union grants made to national fisheries committees of each member...

      Food: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to attend the Intergovernmental Plenary of the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and...

      Inland Waterways: Repairs and maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent on the repair and maintenance of inland waterways in 2005-06; and how much is planned to be spent in 2008-09.

      Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to increase the proportion of beef, pork and lamb meat consumed in England which has been produced in...

      Pet Travel Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many animals were part of the Pet Travel scheme in each year since its inception, broken down by species; and what plans...

      Pet Travel Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which countries have (a) multilateral and (b) bilateral arrangements with the UK with regard to the Pet Travel scheme.

      Pig Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of pig-meat products bought in England was (a) produced in England, (b) produced outside England and (i)...

      Rackspace

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total value was of each contract awarded to Rackspace by (a) his Department and its predecessors and (b) its...

      Recreation Spaces: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many pieces of land have been designated as a town green under the Commons Act 2006.

      Rural Areas: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment has been made of the likely effects of ending central Government funding for the rural housing enablers on...

      Veterinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to introduce changes to the Veterinary Medicines Directive.

      Whales: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations his Department has made to the government of (a) Angola, (b) the Republic of Congo, (c) Equatorial...

      Whales: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Government's aims for the outcome of the forthcoming annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission are; at...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent on (a) the married quarters estate and (b) single living accommodation in England and Wales in each year since 1997; and how much...

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many homes his Department sold in each local authority area of Scotland in each year since 1997; and what proportion of those homes were sold or...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether it is his policy to allow unmarried members of HM armed forces to live with a permanent partner in service family accommodation.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what average price was paid for his Department's dwellings by Annington Estates.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many residential properties his Department owns; and how many it owned at the time Annington Estates acquired them.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's most recent estimate is of (a) the number of empty domestic dwellings owned by his Department and the armed forces and (b) the...

      Army: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the cut and sew contract for army uniforms runs out; and when the tender process for the future cut and sew contract begins.

      Departmental Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what items of his Department's (a) revenue and (b) expenditure are uprated using (i) the consumer prices index, (ii) the retail prices index and (iii)...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 17 March 2008, Official Report, column 814W, on the departmental internet, whether Wikipedia entries have been created or...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on publicity and advertising in 2007-08.

      Departmental Pensions

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

      Departmental Training

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

      Helicopters: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many training exercises were conducted by Apache and Chinook helicopter crews in each of the last five years; and what the (a) location and (b)...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he plans to reply to the letter of 25 February 2008 from the hon. Member for Walsall North on a constituent, reference MC01269/2008.

      Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the running costs of Ministers' private offices in his Department were in each year since 1997.

      National Army Museum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will request the National Army Museum (NAM) to give to all of the Regimental and Corps Museums funded by his Department (a) all reasonable...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland at how many events held by his Department (a) wine and (b) Fairtrade wine were served in the last three years; and what assessment his...

    • Departmental Consultants

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

  • Scotland

    • JP Morgan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department and its predecessors paid to JP Morgan in each year since 1997; and what the purpose of each payment was.

    • Karian and Box

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the value was of each contract awarded by his Department and its predecessors to Karian and Box since 1997.

      Zurich Financial Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department and its predecessors paid to Zurich Financial Services in each year since 1997; and what the purpose of the payment was in each case.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Performing Right Society

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how much was paid in Performing Right Society licence fees from the parliamentary estate in each of the last...

  • Home Department

    • Alcohol Control Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many areas have been designated as alcohol control zones, broken down by local authority area.

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of alcohol-related disorder have been reported in Kent in each of the last five years.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were arrested for offences involving drunk and disorderly behaviour in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c)...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Public Order Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many alcohol consumption designated public place orders have been introduced, broken down by (a) location and (b) date of commencement.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many licensees have been (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted under section 147A of the Licensing Act 2003 for persistently selling alcohol...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many young people aged (a) 12 to 14, (b) 15 to 16 and (c) 17 years were cautioned for purchasing alcohol in the Peterborough City...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to meet local authority representatives to discuss grant payments for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions took place of individuals found to be supplying cannabis seeds via internet websites in each of the last five years for...

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the links between home-grown cannabis and organised crime; and whether these links have changed since January...

      Cocaine: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the prevalence of cocaine abuse in the 15 to 25 year age group in each of the last five years for which figures...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will assess research on the principal variables which affect levels of crime in order to assess their relative significance.

      Crime: Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes were committed on buses in each year since 1997.

      Crime: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of those arrested for robbery in (a) the East of England and (b) Suffolk in 2006 were aged 17 and under.

      Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of incidents of violence against the person involved a (a) knife, (b) hitting implement, (c) glass or bottle,...

      Departmental Video Conferencing

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

      Detention Centres: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prescriptions were dispensed to persons held in (a) immigration detention centres and (b) immigration removal centres for (i)...

      Detention Centres: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prescriptions for anti-retroviral drugs were dispensed to persons detained in (a) immigration detention centres and (b)...

      Detention Centres: MRSA

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of (a) MRSA and (b) clostridium difficile were recorded in each (i) immigration detention centre and (ii) immigration...

      Drugs: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children were (a) arrested, (b) prosecuted and (c) imprisoned for drugs offences in each of the last five years.

      Entry Clearances: Thailand

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for visitor visas were made by Thai nationals in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what...

      Firearms: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were subject to legal proceedings arising from being in possession of a loaded firearm while under the influence of alcohol...

      Foreign Workers: Domestic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the consultation period on migrant domestic workers visas ends; and if she will meet abused or trafficked migrant domestic workers to...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the written ministerial statement of 27 June 2007, Official Report, column 31WS, on the Justice and Home Affairs Council,...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the two teams announced in paragraph 13 of her Department's Green Paper "The Path to Citizenship: Next Steps in Reforming the...

      Immigration: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the provisions of the Treaty of Lisbon in respect of (a) uniform standards for asylum and (b) the rights of...

      Metropolitan Police: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of carbon offsetting through the Government Carbon Offsetting Fund by the Metropolitan Police Service for travel in 2006-07...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the reply of the Chief Executive of the Border and Immigration Agency to question 18 of the evidence session before the Home...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance her Department has issued to the police on dealing with people who voluntarily present themselves at police stations to help...

      Police: Public Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will assess the findings of opinion polls on changes in public attitudes towards the police.

      Pornography: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions have been brought under the Communications Act 2003 for using the internet to upload offensive or indecent images.

      Public Order Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether people arrested for public order offences when drunk are routinely tested for illegal drugs; (2) what estimate she has made of...

      Racial Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many racially motivated violent attacks took place in (a) England and Wales, (b) the North East, (c) the Tees Valley and (d)...

      Security: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many licence applications were not determined by the Security Industry Authority within (a) three months, (b) six months and (c) 12...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of staff are employed by her Department (a) full-time and (b) part-time on the Prevent strand of Project Contest.

  • Treasury

    • Disabled People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what targets his Department has set in relation to its employment of people with disabilities over the next five years.

    • Energy: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the effects on the economy of recent changes in energy prices.

      Excise Duties: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assumption he has made of the number of new cars paying the first year charge vehicle excise duty in (a) Band E, (b) Band F, (c) Band G, (d)...

      Income Tax: Bexley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people in Bexley paid income tax at the 10 pence basic rate in 2007-08; (2) what assessment he has made of the effects on residents of...

      Northern Rock

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of the EU capital requirements directive on the liquidity of Northern Rock in the last 12 months.

      VAT: Sunscreens

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to make suntan lotions for children zero-rated for VAT.

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Apprentices: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many construction apprenticeship (a) starts and (b) completions there were in each region in each of the last five years.

    • Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which external consultants have been contracted by his Department since it was established for contracts in excess of...

      Departmental Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much his Department spent on electricity in each month in the latest 12 month period for which figures are available; and...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much was spent on the most recent redesign and implementation of his Departmental website.

      Departmental Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what criminal offences have been created by primary legislation sponsored by his Department since July 2007.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) permanent civil service posts, (b) permanent non-civil service posts and (c) temporary or agency workers in...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the 10 highest salaries paid by his Department to non-civil servants are.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the 10 highest items of expenditure on purchases by his Department were in the last 12 months for which are available.

      Departmental Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much translation of documents produced by his Department in the last 12 months has cost, broken down by language.

      Departmental Written Questions

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

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what progress his Department has made on its parliamentary question tracking system to record whether named day questions are...

      Learning and Skills Councils: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what plans he has to increase the revenue budget of the Learning and Skills Council for the North West to meet objectives to...

      Official Gifts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what use his Department makes of items from the Donated Asset Reserve; and if he will make a statement.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Capita

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many employees of Capita plc have been (a) seconded to his Department and (b) appointed to his Department's non departmental public bodies...

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many (a) permanent civil service posts, (b) permanent non-civil service posts and (c) temporary or agency workers in employment there were...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the cost of (a) salaries for permanent Civil Service posts, (b) salaries for permanent non-Civil Service posts and (c) payments to...

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what (a) surveys, (b) questionnaires and (c) other services were provided by polling companies for his Department in financial year 2007-08,...

      Migration: Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether the workplan published by the Interdepartmental Task Force laying out the actions needed to improve the estimates of migration is...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts Council of England: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much of Arts Council England's annual budget, as announced in his Department's press release 117/07, dated 12 October 2007, has been...

    • Conference Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether his Department provides (a) capital and (b) revenue support to any conference or exhibition centre; and if he will make a...

      Departmental Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what criminal offences have been abolished by primary legislation sponsored by his Department since May 1997.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much of his Department's budget as allocated in the Comprehensive Spending Review is yet to be assigned.

      English Sports Council: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much of Sport England's annual budget for 2008-09 has been reserved for future partnership schemes with his Department.

      Euclid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what services his Department obtained from Euclid in each of the last three years; and what the cost of these services was in each year.

      Internet: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost of the Byron Review has been.

      Mobile Phones: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what is being done to promote better mobile telephone coverage in rural areas of the country.

      Museum, Libraries and Archives Council: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much of the Museum, Libraries and Archives Council's budget for 2008-09 has been reserved for future partnership schemes with his...

      Tourism: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department has taken to promote tourism in Essex since 1997.

      Tourism: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps the Government has taken to promote tourism in the North East since 1997.

  • International Development

    • Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government have taken to reduce child poverty globally in the last year.

    • Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many working days were lost by his Department due to stress-related illness in each of the last 24 months.

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many days sick leave were taken on average by staff in his Department in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many of his Department's staff took more than (a) five, (b) 10, (c) 15, (d) 20, (e) 25, (f) 30, (g) 35 and (h) 40 days...

      Global Fund to Fight AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which countries have committed funding for the Global Fund to fight AIDS; and how much each has committed.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department provides health or social care services out of public funds, with reference to the Statement by the Minister of...

      Karian and Box

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the value was of each contract awarded by his Department to Karian and Box since 1997.

      Somalia: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with the World Food Programme on the situation in Somalia.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Admiralty House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2008, Official Report, column 2564W, on Admiralty House, (1) what the (a) make, (b) model...

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what discussions he has had with the (a) UN High Commissioner for Refugees and (b) government of (i) India and (ii)...

      Commonwealth: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what arrangements he has made to ensure continued scholarship opportunities for high quality doctoral students from developed...

      Departmental Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what criminal offences have been abolished by primary legislation sponsored by his Department since May 1997.

      Departmental Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what criminal offences have been created by primary legislation sponsored by his Department since July 2007.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 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...

      Departmental Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when his Department plans to publish its sustainable operations policy statement.

      Gaza: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions on the political situation in Gaza he has had with (a) Cabinet colleagues, (b) the Israeli...

      Iran: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government will be encouraging the European Union to take in light of the agreement on UN Security Council...

      Iran: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects additional EU sanctions on Iran to be agreed; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what mechanisms are in place to ensure that Iraqi prisoners who are handed over to the Iraqi government by coalition forces are...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the use of Iranian-made rockets in attacks against Iraqi targets and coalition forces in Iraq;...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had on the Israel-Palestine conflict and its humanitarian implications with the United States administration.

      Nuclear Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 6 March 2008, Official Report, column 2791W, on nuclear fuels, what the UK's objectives are for the...

      Tibet: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on (a) independence and (b) greater political autonomy for Tibet.

      Western Sahara: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will meet representatives of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to discuss the formal...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Business: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much he has allocated to business support, promotion of enterprise and economic development in (a) 2007-08 and...

    • Business: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what recent steps the Government has taken to minimise the burden of regulation for businesses; (2) what recent...

      Centre for Alternative Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will consider providing financial support to the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales.

      Civil Service Appeal Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many and what percentage of appeals by employees of (a) his Department and (b) its agencies were (i) heard and...

      Coal Fired Power Stations: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if his Department will carry out a strategic environmental assessment of energy policy with regard to the...

      Conference Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether his Department provides any (a) capital and (b) revenue support to any conference or exhibition centre; and...

      Consumers, Estate Agents and Redress Act 2007

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what timetable his Department plans for the (a) commencement and (b) implementation of each of the provisions of the...

      Cosmetics: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what submissions he has received from manufacturers of cosmetic products on data on animal testing required under...

      Cosmetics: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department requires manufacturers to take in notifying new cosmetics products under the Cosmetics...

      Cosmetics: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how his Department has implemented (a) Regulations 5 (7) to 5 (16) of the Cosmetics Products (Safety) Regulations...

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether it is his policy that Ministers should sign all letters responding to hon. Members' correspondence; and if he...

      Departmental Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what visits he made to (a) Harrogate International Centre, (b) International Conference Centre, Birmingham, (c)...

      Departmental Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 27 March 2008, Official Report, column 328W, on departmental ICT, how many missing or...

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many and what percentage of staff in his Department were making additional voluntary contributions to their...

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what guidance is issued to members of his Department on the authorship and publication on the internet of material...

      Departmental Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when his Department plans to publish its sustainable operations policy statement.

      Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many claims for discrimination based on (a) sex, (b) race and (c) sexual orientation were brought by members of...

      Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what provision is made for deaf people to access services provided by his Department through call centres.

      JP Morgan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much his Department and its predecessors paid to JP Morgan in each year since 1997; and what the purpose of the...

      Karian and Box

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the value was of each contract awarded by his Department and its predecessors to Karian and Box since 1997.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many people were recorded to be receiving less than the minimum wage in each year since its introduction.

      Morgan Stanley Dean Witter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much his Department and its predecessors paid to Morgan Stanley in each year since 1997; and what the purpose of...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what guidance (a) his Department and (b) the Certification Officer has issued on those ineligible to donate to UK...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what guidance (a) his Department and (b) the Certification Officer has issued on the use of paid leave for trade...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will take steps to ensure that Post Office Ltd. does not prevent sub-postmasters, whose post offices are...

      Regional Development Agencies: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much Government funding has been spent in Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency by the regional development agency...

      Small Businesses: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department is taking to reduce the burden of regulation for small and medium-sized businesses in West...

      Telephone Contact Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he will answer (a) question 173134, tabled on 6 December 2007 and (b) Question 175767, on telephone contact...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what plans he has to amend the regulatory regime to permit the use of remote electronic voting in trade union ballots.

      Trade Unions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will instruct (a) his Department and (b) the Certification Officer to raise public awareness of the right of...

      Trade Unions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what guidance (a) his Department and (b) the Certification Officer has issued on the application of cooling-off...

      Ubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the effect on suitability of UBS AG to continue work for his Department on the...

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the merits of proposals to raise the legal age for buying alcohol from 18 to 21 years.

    • Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps the Government plans to take to improve the treatment of older people in care homes; (2) what steps the Government have taken to improve...

      Care Homes: Inspectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the average period of employment for a Commission for Social Care Inspection inspector was at the most recent date for which information is...

      Chlamydia: Information Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in what ways his Department is increasing (a) public and (b) professional awareness of the risks of Chlamydia infection.

      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, (1) what steps his Department plans to take against...

      Chlamydia: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 7 March 2008, Official Report, columns 2853-54W, on Chlamydia screening, which areas the National Support Team for Sexual...

      Departmental Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has awarded in section 64 grants to the charitable and public sectors since 1978.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on rationalisation of his Department's processes for the procurement of goods and services in the last 12 months.

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were admitted to hospital for eating disorders in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) region, (b) sex and (c) those aged...

      Health Innovation Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Health Innovation Council first met; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the (a) agenda, (b) remit and (c) minutes.

      Health Services: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of each notifiable disease were diagnosed in each of Her Majesty's Prisons in each of the last five years.

      JP Morgan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department paid to JP Morgan in each year since 1997; and what the purpose of each payment was.

      Macular Degeneration: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects Avastin to be available on NHS prescription for the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration.

      Medical Records: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether patients will be able to opt out of having (a) their detailed patient information, (b) their basic patient information including prescription...

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many 16 and 17-year-olds were treated by adult mental health services (a) at the most recent date and (b) in each year for which figures are available.

      Mentally Ill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how the NHS measures the capability of patients with a history of violent behaviour induced by mental illness to be reintegrated into society; (2)...

      Mentally Ill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many hospital admissions related to episodes of psychosis there were in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; (2) how many...

      Mentally Ill: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children in England and Wales have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder.

      Myofascial Pain Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will commission research into the treatment of (a) myofascial pain syndrome and (b) fibromyalgia; and if he will make a statement.

      Myofascial Pain Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of evidence on a potential link between the use of hydrocortisone injections and (a) myofascial pain syndrome and (b)...

      NHS Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a list of NHS organisations in England, broken down by local authority area.

      NHS: Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of the guidance his Department has issued to NHS organisations on the use of carbon monoxide alarms; (2) how...

      NHS: Belgium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was allocated to the running of the NHS office in Brussels in each of the last three years.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 25 March 2008, Official Report, columns 23-4W, on NHS: drugs, (1) what the basis was of his calculation of the target...

      NHS: Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) with reference to the Answer of 29 June 2005, Official Report, column 1608W on identity cards, to the hon. and learned Member for Harborough, what...

      Schizophrenia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of changes in the incidence of schizophrenia in 15 to 25 year olds in the last 30 years; (2) what assessment he has...

      Self-Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of self harm were diagnosed in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) region, (b) sex and (c) those aged (i) under 10, (ii) 10...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has allocated to (a) Eastern and Coastal Kent Primary Care Trust (PCT) and its predecessor PCTs and (b) PCTs with a similar...

      Westminster Primary Care Trust: General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 1 April 2008, Official Report, column 883W, on Westminster Primary Care Trust: general practitioners, what the (a) names and...

      Zurich Financial Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department paid to Zurich Financial Services in each year since 1997; and what the purpose of the payment was in each case.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of (a) employed, (b) self-employed and (c) unemployed parents with care not claiming income support or jobseeker's allowance...

    • Departmental Domestic Visits

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

      Employment: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many unfilled job vacancies there were (a) nationally and (b) at York Jobcentre on (i) the most recent date for which figures are...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy to publish information on the level of shortfalls experienced by (a) existing housing benefit claimants and (b)...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will issue guidance to local authorities on identifying claimants who may be able to make a backdated claim for housing benefit or...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 2 April 2008, Official Report, column 780W, on social security benefits, how many people were claiming incapacity...

      Incapacity Benefit: Inverness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claimed incapacity benefit in Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey constituency in each year since 1997, broken down by...

      Incapacity Benefit: Myofascial Pain Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many incapacity benefit claimants cited (a) myofascial pain syndrome and (b) fibromyalgia as a main cause of their medical problem in...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many jobseeker's allowance claimants were sanctioned or disallowed in each month in 2006-07; what the main reasons for these...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the Answer of 13 March 2008, Official Report, column 576W, on jobseeker's allowance, how many jobseeker's allowance claimants went...

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of those participants leaving the (a) New Deal for Young People, (b) New Deal 25 Plus, (c) New Deal 50 Plus, (d) New Deal for Lone...

      Social Security Benefits: Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what forms individuals seeking (a) jobseekers allowance, (b) incapacity benefit, (c) housing benefit and (d) council tax benefit are...

      Social Security Benefits: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the error rate in the Accuracy of Payments System database is.

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the proportion of (a) men and (b) women who drew their state retirement pension when they reached state pension...

      Tribunals: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance is issued to employment tribunals on procedures to follow in cases where a claimant has a learning disability; and if he will...

  • Justice

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) permanent Civil Service posts, (b) permanent non-Civil Service posts and (c) temporary or agency workers in employment in his Department...

    • Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what (a) surveys, (b) questionnaires and (c) other services were provided by polling companies for his Department in financial year 2007-08, broken...

      Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what targets his Department has set in relation to its employment of people with disabilities over the next five years.

      Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many of each category of fixed penalty notices were (a) issued and (b) paid in each month since their introduction in each police force area;...

      Gloucester Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make a statement on the recent report of the Independent Monitoring Board on Gloucester Prison; and what the implications of its...

      JP Morgan and Zurich Financial Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how much his Department and its predecessors paid to JP Morgan in each year since 1997; and what the purpose of each payment was; (2) how much his...

      Personal Injury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects to publish his conclusions in relation to his Department's consultation Case Track Limits and the Claims Process.

      Police Custody: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many juveniles were held overnight in custody in police cells in (a) Tamworth and (b) Staffordshire in each of the last five years.

      Young Offender Institutions: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many injuries sustained by juvenile and young adult offenders held in (a) young offender institutions and (b) secure children's homes during...

      Young Offenders: Mentally Ill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many young people in custody have been diagnosed with mental health problems.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Children in Care: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what targets his Department has set to improve the educational outcomes of children in care; and if he will make a statement.

    • Children in Care: Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) children and (b) asylum-seeking children went missing from local authority care in each of the last five years.

      Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much the ContactPoint database has cost to date; and how much has been budgeted to complete the project.

      Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what (a) linkages and (b) cross checks are proposed between data records of individuals on (i) the ContactPoint database and...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recommendations from the Laming report into the death of Victoria Climbie have yet to be implemented.

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department spent on publicity and advertising in 2007-08.

      Departmental Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families at how many events held by his Department (a) wine and (b) Fairtrade wine were served in the last three years; and what...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether his Department has adopted the Carbon Trust's Carbon Management Programme or plans to do so in the next 12 months.

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether his Department met the target in the Sustainable Operations on the Government Estate initiative to reverse the upward...

      Departmental Cost-effectiveness

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

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent on the most recent redesign and implementation of his Departmental website.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) permanent Civil Service posts, (b) permanent non-Civil Service posts and (c) temporary or agency workers in...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the cost of (a) salaries for permanent Civil Service posts, (b) salaries for permanent non-Civil Service posts and (c)...

      Departmental Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many residential properties his Department owns; how many of these are vacant; and how many of these have been vacant for...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many days sick leave were taken on average by staff in his Department and its predecessor in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many of his Department's staff took more than (a) five, (b) 10, (c) 15, (d) 20, (e) 25, (f) 30, (g) 35 and (h) 40 days...

      Departmental Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when his Department plans to publish its sustainable operations policy statement.

      Departmental Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether his Department is on course to meet Sustainable Operations on the Government Estate targets (a) to source at least 10 per...

      Departmental Training

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

      Departmental Working Hours

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

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many written Questions to his Department had not received an Answer as at 25 February 2008 for (a) between two and four, (b)...

      Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what targets his Department has set in relation to its employment of people with disabilities over the next five years.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department has taken on (a) domestic violence and (b) forced marriage since the coming into force of the Domestic...

      Domestic Violence: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department has spent on work on (a) domestic violence and (b) forced marriage since 2003; and what budget...

      Fairtrade Initiative

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

      Forced Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what monitoring and evaluation his Department carries out on the implementation of its guidance on forced marriages; and if he...

      Health Education: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will hold discussions with Alcoholics Anonymous on educating school children on alcoholism and alcohol abuse.

      Inclusive Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the Answer of 31 March 2008, Official Report, column 692W, what payments his Department and its predecessor made to...

      Karian and Box

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the value was of each contract awarded by his Department and its predecessors to Karian and Box since 1997.

      Primary Education: School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to increase access to healthy school meals in primary schools in (a) West Lancashire...

      Pupils: Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many children with epilepsy were educated in mainstream primary and secondary schools in England in each of the last...

      Pupils: Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of children with epilepsy who have special educational needs; and if his Department will...

      Schools: Playgrounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what funding his Department provided to the School Playgrounds Scheme in each of the last five years; and what plans he has...

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Flood Control

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Minister for the Environment, Mr Phil Woolas, on 5 February (Official Report, Commons 976W), whether ditch and watercourse...

    • Agriculture: Sheep

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What additional safeguards against the transfer of foot and mouth disease through vectors such as wind, wild animals and humans would be provided by the electronic...

      Arts Council

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Arts Council is required to provide information to them about the sexuality of members of the management committee, boards, governing bodies or...

      British Overseas Territories

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord McKenzie of Luton on 1 April (WA 145), when the uprating arrangements for United Kingdom state pensions paid to recipients in...

      Charities: Interim Managers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What control the Charity Commission exercises on the conduct and activities of interim managers, including receivers and managers, who the commission appoints to...

      Computer Systems: Cabinet Office

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In respect of the Cabinet Office, on how many occasions in the past year malicious programs have compromised its computer systems; for each occasion, how many...

      Computer Systems: DfT

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In respect of the Department for Transport, on how many occasions in the past year malicious programs have compromised departmental computer systems; for each...

      Cycling: Offences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they propose to prohibit cyclists from cycling on footpaths for safety reasons.

      Cyprus

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 1 April (WA 147—8), whether the statement that a solution lies only in the context of a United...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Staff

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the ministerial correction by the Minister for Disabled People, Anne McGuire, on 5 February (Official Report, Commons, 5—6MC), what were the...

      Driving Standards Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Driving Standards Agency has given a contract for the delivery of the driving theory test to an American company and allowed the processing and storing of...

      Energy: Biofuels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the forthcoming review of biofuels production by the Renewable Fuels Agency will include examination of greenhouse gas emissions directly and indirectly...

      Energy: Green Homes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the light of the press release by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 2 April, how many one-stop advice centres will be established by the...

      Environmental Transformation Fund

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of a bid for funding from the Environmental Transformation Fund will need to be funded from a local alliance of organisations wishing to help...

      EU: Eastern Border States

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What further plans they have to assist states on the eastern boundary of the European Union through the European Union Neighbourhood Policy.

      EU: Lisbon Treaty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they intend to submit to the committee chaired by Felipe Gonzalez which is considering the future of Europe after the Lisbon treaty.

      Flags

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they know what the legal status of the European Union flag is in the United Kingdom and in the rest of the European Union.

      Forced Marriage

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What their response is to the evidence provided by Philip Balmforth concerning the disappearance of Asian girls from schools and his concerns that they have been...

      Freedom of Information

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 3 December 2007 (WA 170) and 25 March (WA 80), whether in negotiating the draft European Convention...

      Health: Spending

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much they spend on (a) primary mental health care, and (b) secondary mental health care; and How much is spent on talking therapies in primary and secondary...

      House of Lords: Pork and Bacon

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Further to his Written Answer on 3 April (WA 188), why the bacon served in the River Restaurant and the cafeteria in 2 Millbank is not British.

      Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they support the member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council seeking to protect the terms of reference of the social rapporteur on the...

      Identity Cards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the national identity card will contain information on, or directions to information on, (a) prison records, (b) entries on the sex offenders register, (c)...

      Northern Ireland: Murder Prosecutions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many members of (a) the Ulster Defence Regiment and (b) the Royal Irish Regiment were murdered in Northern Ireland from 1970 to 1998; and in each case how many...

      Olympic Games 2012: Carbon Emissions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they will take to ensure that the 2012 Olympic Games are sustainable and produce low carbon emissions.

      Olympic Games: International Press

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they are making to the Government of China about international press access during the Beijing Olympics.

      Pollution: Sulphur Dioxide

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Minister for the Environment, Mr Phil Woolas, on 5 February (Official Report, Commons, 983W), why data on sulphur dioxide...

      Prisons: Deaths in Custody

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the cost to them of all the procedures associated with a death in custody, including the investigation by the Prison and Probation Ombudsman, the inquest...

      Public Appointments: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 1 April (WA 162) concerning appointments made by the Northern Ireland Office, which Ministers were involved in...

      Railways: East Coast Main Line

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the cost of oil used in the east Coast Main Line route utilisation strategy.

      Railways: Light Rail

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 3 April (HL2703), when appraising a light rail scheme what values of time are ascribed to a car driver...

      Roads: Speed Limits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of the local highway authority road network in England and Wales is currently subject to a 20-miles-per-hour speed limit.

      Roads: Speed Limits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the number of lives potentially saved by more widespread use of 20-miles-per-hour speed limit.

      Schools: Milk

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they are making to the European Commission regarding their proposals to make all subsidised school milk packaging carry the European Union flag.

      St Andrews Agreement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is meant in their statement entitled Agreement at St Andrews of 2006, in Annex D, last paragraph, by "new partnership arrangements on the basis previously...

      St Andrews Agreement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In their statement entitled Agreement at St Andrews of 2006, Annex D, in the section marked "March", in what way they intend that the electorate should endorse the...

      Taxation: Unauthorised Disclosure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On how many occasions since 1997 HM Revenue and Customs or the Inland Revenue have either compensated or come to a tax settlement with an individual taxpayer in...

      Taxation: Unauthorised Disclosure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On how many occasions unauthorised disclosures of tax information by its officers or former officers have been reported to HM Revenue and Customs or the Inland...

      Taxation: Unauthorised Disclosure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether an officer or a former officer of HM Revenue and Customs or the Inland Revenue disclosed information to an unauthorised person in the case of Mr Allitt of...

      Taxation: Unauthorised Disclosure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what date the general intervention team of HM Revenue and Customs received evidence of malfeasance in public office by Inland Revenue officers; and what action...

      Transport: Appraisal

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 2 April (WA 185), whether the measurement of the carbon effect of a scheme being evaluated under the...

      Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, Jim Fitzpatrick, on 18 February (Official Report, Commons col. 150W),...

      Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they anticipate that the arrangements will be in place for imposing "on the spot" penalties for drivers of lorries registered outside the United Kingdom who...

      Transport: Rural Areas

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much was spent by each regional development agency on rural transport in their respective regions in each of the years 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.

      Transport: Traffic Enforcement Cameras

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 31 March (WA 140), what steps they have taken to ensure that mobile speed cameras are only located in...

      Ulster-Scots

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they have supported the enhancement and development of Ulster-Scots language, heritage and culture as promised in Annex B, point six of their statement...

      Waste Management: Brofiscin Quarry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Secretary of State for Wales, Paul Murphy, on 20 March (Official Report, Commons, 1298W), how Brabners Chaffe Street LLP was...

      Waste Management: Brofiscin Quarry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Secretary of State for Wales, Paul Murphy, on 20 March (Official Report, Commons, 1298W), whether proofs of admission of...

      Waste Management: Plastic Packaging

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What disincentives they propose for use of plastic packaging.

      Water Supply: Nitrates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Minister for the Environment, Mr Phil Woolas MP, on 18 February (Official Report, Commons, 275W), whether the impact...

      Women: Personal Violence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking following the recent report by Women for Women International on the incidence of domestic abuse during the past five years in Iraq.

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