Written answers

Thursday, 24 April 2008

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bluetongue Disease: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will hold discussions with the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe on the Government's bluetongue vaccination strategy.

    • Coastal Areas: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consideration he has given to the extension of the right to roam to encompass the foreshore; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Flood Control: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the value of assets at risk from flooding in Selsey over the next 20 years; and what probability...

      Geographical Information Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 25 March 2008, Official Report, column 126W, on geographical information systems, which Government...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department provides health or social care services out of public funds, with reference to the Statement by the...

      Natural England: Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many employees of Natural England have (a) been offered and (b) accepted early retirement in the last 12 months; and if...

      Rabies: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he has taken to prevent incidents of rabies in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

  • Health

    • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evaluation he has made of research on the effects of genetics on people with myalgic encephalomyelitis.

    • Dental Services: Stroud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to increase access to NHS dentistry in Stroud constituency.

      Disabled: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on the provision of short breaks for disabled...

      Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward proposals to fund the work of specialised pre-hospital doctors outside London.

      Drugs: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate his Department has made of the costs associated with running a further consultation on Part IX of the Drug Tariff; (2) when his...

      Eyes: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people had a diagnosis of keratoconus at the latest date for which figures are available, broken down by primary care trust.

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) males and (b) females aged (i) under 21, (ii) 22 to 35, (iii) 36 to 50 and (iv) over 50 years were diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in each of the...

      Macular Degeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what reports his Department has received on the efficacy of essential fatty acids and lutein in slowing the progress of age-related macular degeneration.

      Mental Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding was allocated to each mental health trust in London by his Department in each year since 1997.

      Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will appoint a national director for multiple sclerosis; (2) what assessment he has made of the effects of the National Service Framework for...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to paragraph 5.33 of the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review, how much growth funding has been included in each primary care trust's baseline...

      NHS: Leaflets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on producing NHS leaflets in languages other than English in 2006-07.

      Nurses: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has issued to nurses and other medical staff on wearing uniforms beyond hospital premises; and what assessment his Department...

      Patient Choice Schemes: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS Choose and Book IT project has cost to date.

      Patients: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people in the Mid-Essex Primary Care Trust area were receiving continuing care using Q4 2006-07 and Q3 2007-08 figures to compare the start...

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether medication reviews undertaken in respect of residents of care homes count towards the general medical services contract quality and outcomes...

      Psychiatry: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what timetable has been set for the consultation on defining national occupational standards for the regulation of counsellors and psychotherapists under...

      Psychiatry: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Prime Minister on the Prime Minister's response of 11th March to the petition on the national occupational standards...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to publish the equality impact assessment relating to the proposed reduction in backdating facilities for housing benefit; and...

    • Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to amend the income support for mortgage interest regime.

  • Leader of the House

    • Ministers: Official Residences

      To ask the Leader of the House how much was spent on the refurbishment of the Leader of the House's office in 26 Whitehall following the departure of the former Deputy Prime Minister.

  • Olympics

    • Olympic Games 2012: Contracts

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics which Welsh companies or organisations have obtained contracts through the Olympic Delivery Authority; what the value of each contract is; and what work is...

    • Olympic Games 2012: Contracts

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics which contracts have been let by the Olympic Delivery Authority; and what (a) value and (b) percentage of contracts have been let to companies based in (i)...

  • Prime Minister

    • Tibet

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his oral answer of 19 March 2008, Official Report, column 915, on Tibet, what plans he has to report to the House following his proposed meeting with the...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the competence of non-registered/qualified health care assistants operating the triage system for the telephone assessment...

    • Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effect on the retention of staff of the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) of the change of...

      Armed Forces: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of (a) robustness and (b) appropriateness of the clinical interventions and health care provided for servicemen and their...

      Bombs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how the Government classify and define CRV-7 weapons.

      European Security and Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with his French counterpart on (a) European Security and Defence Policy, (b) NATO and (c) France's EU presidency...

      HMS Argyll

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence where HMS Argyll has been deployed in 2008 to date; what plans he has for further deployments prior to its decommissioning; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether individuals captured by British forces during the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have at a subsequent time been held at the United States...

      Members: Correspondence

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

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the percentage shortfall requirement for a (a) Hercules, (b) Tornado and (c) Typhoon aircraft was at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Military Exercises: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what dates the last joint US-UK nuclear weapon accident exercise was held; where it was held; on what dates the next joint US-UK nuclear weapon...

      Military Exercises: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) names, (b) dates and (c) locations will be of the nuclear weapons emergency exercises being organised by his Department in 2008.

      Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to publish confidence-building verification methodologies for monitoring nuclear disarmament; and if he will make a statement.

      Somalia: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons no British naval vessels intervened to prevent the hijacking of the ice tug Svitzer Korsakov off the coast of Somalia on 1 February...

  • Wales

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the answer of 20 March 2008, Official Report, column 1329W, on council tax, what assessment has been made of the change in average council tax...

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the answer of 20 March 2008, Official Report, column 1329W, on council tax, whether the revaluation and rebanding exercise after the end of...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average time was to process correctly completed application forms for firearms certificates in Northern Ireland in (a) 2005, (b) 2006...

    • Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what representations he has received on the time taken to process correctly completed application forms for firearms certificates in Northern...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland pursuant to the answer of 26th March 2008, Official Report, column 157W, on departmental data protection, if he will include information assurance data...

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much was spent on the most recent redesign and implementation of his departmental website.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) permanent civil service posts, (b) permanent non-civil service posts and (c) temporary or agency workers there were in his Department in...

      Departmental Marketing

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

      Departmental Public Participation

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

  • Treasury

    • Fuel Taxes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to reduce fuel taxes for those living in rural areas.

    • Energy Prices

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

      Government Borrowing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the level of Government borrowing benchmarked against other major economies.

      Government Borrowing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the level of Government borrowing benchmarked against other major economies.

      Government Borrowing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer What assessment he has made of the level of Government borrowing benchmarked against other major economies.

      Government Borrowing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the level of Government borrowing benchmarked against other major economies.

      Alcohol Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received on the increases in alcohol duties announced in Budget 2008.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what inquiries are made into the immigration status and eligibility to receive public funds of a second-named person on a joint application for tax credits.

      Banking Sector: Bad Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the banking sector on its exposure to bad debt.

      Higher Education: Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the effects on the economy of expenditure on higher education.

      Average Earnings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of (a) the rate of inflation and (b) the annual change in average earnings.

      Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations his Department has received from overseas Governments on the legality of the proposed aviation duty.

      Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimates he has made of the likely receipts to the Exchequer from setting capital gains tax rates at the taxpayer's marginal rate of tax in 2008-09.

      Excise Duties: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the percentage change in vehicle excise duty for a Nissan Micra will be as a result of the changes to vehicle excise duty announced in Budget 2008.

      Income Tax: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) by how much the personal allowance would need to be increased in order to remove an additional (a) 500,000, (b) 1,000,000 and (c) 1,500,000 people...

      Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were paying income tax at the 10 pence rate on the entirety of their taxable income in (a) Thurrock, (b) Essex and (c) Scotland on the...

      Personal Income: Peterborough

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many individuals in Peterborough constituency classified as being without children for tax credits purposes who are employed (a) full-time and (b)...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much additional public spending under the Barnett formula is expected to be received by (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland in (i)...

      Public Sector Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the accuracy of his Department's forecasts for public sector debt and public borrowing over the last five years.

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Inland Revenue assessments were held in abeyance pending the outcome of Jones v. Garnett; what proportion of those assessments have been abandoned...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Electronic Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether mechanisms are in place to monitor the extent to which his Department's (a) internal and (b) external (i)...

    • Higher Education: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much of the budget allocated for spending on higher education in prisons was used to fund the tutorial costs of those...

      Overseas Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of students from EU member states other than the UK received financial assistance from the public purse (a)...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of 18 to 30-year-olds received a student loan in each year since 1997, broken down by local government area.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Abkhazia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what criteria the Government use in determining its policy on whether Abkhazia should be recognised as an independent country.

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will provide a line-item breakdown of contracts with private military and security companies in Afghanistan for 2006-07...

      Chevening Scholarships Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many applications there were for (a) Chevening and (b) Commonwealth scholarships in each of the last five years.

      Chile: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports his Department has received of (a) bomb threats in Santiago, Chile since 17 March 2008, (b) the explosion of an...

      China: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports his Department has received of the policies (a) proposed and (b) implemented by Zhang Qingli in his capacity as...

      China: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports his Department has received of the activities of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps in China; and if he...

      China: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports his Department has received of the policies (a) proposed and (b) implemented by Zhang Qingli since his election...

      Colombia: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports his Department has received of claims by the government of Colombia concerning financial support of the...

      Colombia: Uranium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what reports his Department has received of claims that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia were planning to be...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the (a) nature and (b) activity of the Bundu dia Kongo in the Bas-Congo province of...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the level of activity by United Nations peacekeeping personnel in the Bas-Congo...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports his Department has received of political action in the Bas-Congo region in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on...

      Departmental Marketing

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

      Departmental Sick Leave

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

      Disabled

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

      Fragile States

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which countries are classified by his Department as (a) fragile and (b) failing states; and if he will make a statement.

      Hamas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government have had discussions or other contact with Hamas in the last 12 months.

      Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government have had discussions or other contact with Hezbollah in the last 12 months.

      Iran: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the UK has taken to comply with the new sanctions provisions of UN Security Council Resolution 1803 on Iran.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether UK forces have been engaged in active operations with US forces in Task Force 6-26.

      Kenya: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights' report on Kenya, with specific reference...

      Kosovo: Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government consider Serbs living in Kosovo to be of Serbian or Kosovan nationality.

      Middle East: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment the Government have made of the viability of a two-state solution in the Middle East without involvement of (a)...

      Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on the steps towards nuclear disarmament agreed at the 2000 review conference on the nuclear...

      Peacekeeping Operations: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to introduce legislation to regulate private military and security companies.

      Russia: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last held discussions with his Russian counterpart; what was discussed; and if he will make a statement.

      Russia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of Russian policy towards independence of (a) South Ossetia, (b) Abkhazia and (c) Kosovo.

      Russia: TNK-BP

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the recent (a) accusations and (b) investigations against TNK-BP (i) employees and...

      Somalia: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports his Department has received of the fighting in Mogadishu on 19 March 2008; what assessment he has made of such...

      Somalia: Peacekeeping Operations

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

      South Ossetia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what criteria the Government use in determining its policy on whether South Ossetia should be recognised as an independent country.

      Taiwan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what criteria the Government use in determining their policy on whether Taiwan should be recognised as an independent country.

      Timor Leste: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will discuss the New South Wales coroner's findings on the death of the British journalist Brian Peters in Balibo, East...

      Yemen: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the activity by rebels under the command of Abdul-Malik al Houthi (a) since the...

      Yemen: Politics and Government

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

      Yemen: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the action taken by the government of Yemen in the north of the country since January...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Charities: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 3 April 2008, Official Report, column 1140W, on charities: fraud, what steps he plans to take to ensure that copies of...

    • Charity Commission: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many people were employed by the Charity Commission in each of the last 30 years; (2) how many people (a) resigned and (b) retired...

      Charity Commission: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the cash equivalent transfer value is of the public sector pension of the Chief Executive of the Charity Commission.

      Charity Commission: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what pension scheme is offered to staff joining the Charity Commission; and if he will place in the Library details of the terms and benefits of...

      Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate he has made of the proportion of children brought up in (a) two parent families and (b) single parent families in each ethnic group...

      Police

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will ask the Cabinet Secretary to make a formal statement on the appropriateness of the Home Office announcement of 16 April on police during...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in each of the last five years.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many and what proportion of households included no one in full-time employment in the latest 12-month period for which figures are...

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many (a) UK and (b) non-UK born 16 to 24 year olds were unemployed in each quarter since 1997; and what the employment rate in each category...

  • Transport

    • A14: Lorries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 2 April 2008, Official Report, column 1005W, on the A14: lorries, how many lorry movements there were on average per day on...

    • Airports: Baggage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) regulations and (b) guidance govern the carrying of hand luggage on aeroplanes leaving (i) Heathrow and (ii) Gatwick; and who is responsible...

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the consultation on the bus services operation grant and fuel duty rebate is expected to end.

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2008, Official Report, columns 1154-55W, on departmental information officers, if she will break down the figures...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) permanent civil service posts, (b) permanent non-civil service posts and (c) temporary or agency workers there were in her Department...

      Departmental Marketing

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total cost was of (a) salaries for permanent civil service posts, (b) salaries for permanent non-civil service posts and (c) payments to...

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 7 February 2008, Official Report, columns 1414-16W, on departmental public relations, which (a) lead public relations...

      Disabled

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

      Galileo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she has had about the potential uses of the Galileo European satellite navigation system for all Government Departments.

      Lorries: Safety Belts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many heavy goods vehicles not fitted with seat belts were registered in each of the last 10 years; (2) what assessment she has made of the...

      Lorries: Safety Belts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) fatalities and (b) injuries there were involving drivers of heavy goods vehicles which were not fitted with seat belts in each of the...

      Motor Vehicles: Petrol Alternatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Government are taking to promote alternatives to petrol powered vehicles.

      Personal Location Beacons: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consideration her Department has given to the merits of a licensing regime for personal location beacons for land-based use.

      Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the cost of the press offices of (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies each year was in...

  • International Development

    • Africa: AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent progress has been made on the educational programme in Africa to combat the spread of AIDS; and if he will make a statement.

    • Corruption: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much UK aid was spent on tackling corruption in (a) India, (b) Tanzania, (c) Sudan, (d) Bangladesh, (e) Pakistan, (f)...

      Departmental Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what progress has been made on his Department's new research strategy; and whether it will commence in April 2008; (2) whether...

      Developing Countries: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what responses his Department received from private companies on development of new treatments, vaccines and technologies for (a)...

      Developing Countries: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government have taken to provide assistance to developing countries following terrorist attacks in the last 12 months.

      Developing Countries: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with the World Bank on research into low-cost transport options for poorer communities.

      Ipsos MORI

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 26 March 2008, Official Report, column 149W, on Ipsos MORI, what the estimated value of the contract is...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the level of fiduciary risk for UK bilateral aid to (a) India, (b) Tanzania, (c) Sudan, (d)...

      Overseas Aid: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much the Government have spent on foreign aid since 1997.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many children were (a) adopted and (b) taken into care in each year from 1978 to 2008; and if he will make a...

    • Child Poverty Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will publish the minutes of each meeting of the Child Poverty Unit since its establishment; and if he will make a statement.

      Children: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what statutory requirements there are on (a) independent and (b) maintained schools to report allegations of child abuse to a...

      Children: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his most recent estimate is of the number of children in each local authority area who are the children of parents seeking...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what contribution his Department is making to meeting the Government's 2010 child poverty target; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his Department's budget for publicity and advertising (a) was in 2007-08 and (b) is for 2008-09; and if he will make a...

      Dyslexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the provision of specialist dyslexia teaching in the light of the report of the No to Failure...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of providing school dinners free of charge to all pupils in (a)...

      Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many times the Parents Panel has met since it was established; what conclusions it has reached; if he will publish the minutes...

      Parents: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many calls there have been to the Parent Know How helpline in each month since it was established; what the cost of the...

      Pre-School Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what discussions he has had with representatives of the (a) Steiner and (b) Waldorf Foundation on the early years framework.

      Pupil Exclusions: Deviance and Behaviour Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many pupils with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties were given a fixed period exclusion in each year for...

      Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what research he has commissioned on the impact of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 on the number of under 16...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many notifications have been sent out by his Department to the Schools Inspectorate under automatic transfer arrangements in...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of (a) primary and (b) secondary school children engaged in less than (i) two hours, (ii) three hours and (iii)...

      Secondary Education: Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which local authorities have more than five per cent. of secondary school pupils as persistent absentees; how many and what...

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average salary of (a) new entrants, (b) classroom teachers, (c) deputy heads and (d) heads in (i) the primary sector...

      Youth Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding has been allocated by his Department to improve youth facilities in each year from 2008-09 to 2011-12; what...

  • Justice

    • Approved Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will list the approved premises for persons on bail in England and Wales; and how many suspects are held in each premises.

    • Courts: Cells

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many times court cells have been used to house prisoners overnight in 2008 to date, broken down by court; and if he will make a statement.

      Courts: Limavady

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has for the future of Limavady Courthouse; and what complaints have been received from users of the courthouse in the last 12 months.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the 10 most common (a) offences and (b) motoring offences were for which (i) men and (ii) women of each age group were (A) prosecuted, (B)...

      Crimes of Violence: Home Detention Curfews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners released on home detention curfew were serving sentences for (a) violence against the person and (b) sexual offences, in the last...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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 Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what (a) 0800, (b) 0845 and (c) 0870 telephone numbers for the public are in use by (i) his Department and (ii) agencies which report to his Department.

      Departmental Working Hours

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

      Euthanasia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what consideration he has given to the Law Commission's recommendations relating to recognition in law of mercy killing as (a) an offence and (b) a...

      Fines: Surcharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what value of victim surcharge monies has been (a) imposed and (b) collected since the introduction of the victim surcharge in criminal courts in the...

      Freedom of Information: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress he has made in his assessment of the desirability of extending the remit of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to private companies deemed...

      Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what his timetable is for the introduction of legislative proposals to amend the law of homicide; (2) what his timetable is for launching a...

      Karian and Box

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

      Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what three offender characteristics are given the greatest weight when calculating the predicted rate of adult re-offending; and what assessment he has...

      Police Custody: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were held in custody in police cells in Essex in each of the last three years.

      Prisoners: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to fund the implementation of the integrated drug treatment system across all prisons in England and Wales.

      Prosecutions: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted of a third (i) Class A drug trafficking and (ii) domestic burglary offence in each of the last...

      Terrorism: Prisoner Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many persons awaiting trial for, or convicted of, terrorism offences have been released on home detention curfew since 1997.

      Young Offenders Institutions: Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many young offender institutions provide counselling services for inmates who have previously experienced sexual abuse or violence.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Aerials: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent guidance she has issued to local authorities on checking that appropriate certificates of compliance are (a) in...

    • Bellwin Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she plans to review the efficacy of the Bellwin Scheme; and if she will make a statement.

      Council Tax: Parish Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average Band D parish council precept is in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09.

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cash equivalent transfer value is of the public sector pensions of the 10 highest paid members of staff in her...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many days it took on average to answer written parliamentary questions tabled by each hon. Member for answer by her in the...

      Disability Essex: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations she has received on the construction of a new headquarters and training centre for Disability Essex; and if...

      Eco-Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to her Written Ministerial Statement of 3 April 2008, Official Report, columns 70-72WS, on eco-towns, if she will list...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many control staff in each fire and rescue authority have agreed to transfer to the South West Regional Control Centre in...

      Fire Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many retained firefighters there were in each fire and rescue authority in each of the last five years.

      Fire Services: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the current establishment is in each fire control room for every South West Fire and Rescue Authority; and what the...

      FireBuy Limited

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make a statement on the operation of FireBuy Limited.

      Housing Associations: Borrowing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment (a) her Department and (b) the Housing Corporation has made of the effect of instability in the credit markets...

      Local Government Finance: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the estimated revenue from local authority planning fees was in each year since 1997.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she plans to answer the letter of 12 March 2008 from the right hon. Member for Hitchin and Harpenden on the meeting between...

      Planning: Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) on what grounds developments may take place against the advice of the Environment Agency on the grounds of flood risk; (2)...

      Preventing Violent Extremism Pathfinder Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local councils in receipt of Preventing Violent Extremism funding for the year 2008-09 have (a) signed up and (b) not...

  • Home Department

    • Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many crimes involving violence against a person were recorded in Kettering constituency in each of the last five years; (2) how...

    • Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in Ludlow constituency in each of the last five years; (2) how many...

      Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in Elmet constituency in each of the last five years; (2) how many crimes...

      Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in North Norfolk constituency in each of the last five years; (2) how...

      Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in Banbury constituency in each of the last five years; (2) how many...

      Crimes of Violence: Aldridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in Aldridge-Brownhills constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Altrincham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in Altrincham and Sale West constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Beaconsfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in Beaconsfield constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Billericay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in Billericay constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Bournemouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in Bournemouth west constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Bromsgrove

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in Bromsgrove constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Bury

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes involving violence against a person were recorded in (a) Bury North and (b) Bury South constituencies in each of the last...

      Crimes of Violence: Cambridgeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in South East Cambridgeshire constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Cambridgeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes involving violence against a person were recorded in South Cambridgeshire constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Charnwood

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes involving violence against a person were recorded in Charnwood constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Chichester

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes involving violence against the person were recorded in Chichester constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: City of Westminster

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes involving violence against the person were recorded in the Cities of London and Westminster constituency in each of the last...

      Crimes of Violence: Cotswold Hills

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in Cotswold constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Croydon

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes involving violence against the person were recorded in Croydon South constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Daventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in Daventry constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Devizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in Devizes constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in North Dorset constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Eastbourne

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in Eastbourne constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Epping Forest

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes involving violence against the person were recorded in Epping Forest constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in West Chelmsford constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in North Essex constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Faversham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in Faversham and Mid Kent constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Folkestone

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in Folkestone and Hythe constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in (a) Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush and (b) Hammersmith and Fulham...

      Crimes of Violence: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in (a) Wimbledon constituency, (b) Tooting constituency and (c) Eastleigh...

      Crimes of Violence: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in North West Hampshire constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in East Hampshire constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Harwich

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in Harwich constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Hastings and Rye

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in Hastings and Rye constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Hemel Hempstead

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in Hemel Hempstead constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Hertford

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in Hertford and Stortford constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Hitchin

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in Hitchin and Harpenden constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Isle of Wight

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in the Isle of Wight in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Macclesfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in Macclesfield constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Maidenhead

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in Maidenhead constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Meriden

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in Meriden constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in North East Milton Keynes constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Monmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in Monmouth constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: New Forest

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes involving violence against a person were recorded in New Forest West constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: New Forest

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in New Forest East constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Newbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in Newbury constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Norfolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in North West Norfolk constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Norfolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in Mid Norfolk constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Norfolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in South West Norfolk constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Northampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in Northampton South constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Orpington

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in Orpington constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Poole

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in Poole constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Preseli

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in Preseli Pembrokeshire constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Rayleigh

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in Rayleigh constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Reading

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes involving violence against the person were recorded in (a) Reading West and (b) Bracknell constituencies in each of the...

      Crimes of Violence: Romsey

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in (a) Romsey and (b) Salisbury constituencies in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Sevenoaks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in Sevenoaks constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Shipley

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in Shipley constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Skegness

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in Boston and Skegness constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes involving violence against a person were recorded in Woodspring constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Southend

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in Southend, West constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Spelthorne

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes involving violence against a person were recorded in Spelthorne constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Stratford-on-Avon

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in Stratford-on-Avon constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Sutton

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in (a) Sutton and Cheam and (b) Reigate constituencies in each of the last...

      Crimes of Violence: Tunbridge Wells

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in Tunbridge Wells constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Upminster

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in Upminster constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Wantage

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in Wantage constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Wiltshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes involving violence against a person were recorded in North Wiltshire constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Windsor

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in Windsor constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Witney

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in Witney constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Woking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in Woking constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Worcestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes involving violence against the person were recorded in West Worcestershire constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Worthing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in East Worthing and Shoreham constituency in each of the last five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Wycombe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in (a) Wycombe and (b) Harrow East constituency in each of the last five years.

  • House of Lords

    • British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total amount of costs repaid by solicitors in the British Coal vibration white finger litigation; which solicitors have yet to repay in full the...

    • British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which 10 firms of solicitors have been paid most in the British Coal respiratory disease litigation; and how much has been paid to date to each such firm.

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which 10 firms of solicitors have been paid most in the British Coal vibration white finger litigation; and how much has been paid to date to each such firm.

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the average cost of processing each successful claim, including legal, administrative, logistical and contractual costs, in (a) the British Coal...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will instigate a judicial public inquiry to examine the operation and funding of the British Coal respiratory disease litigation and British Coal...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to ensure that solicitors do not receive excessive remuneration from publicly funded schemes; and what lessons they have learnt from the...

      Computer Systems: Scotland Office

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

      Computer Systems: Wales Office

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

      Crime: Offences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many new imprisonable offences have been created since May 1997.

      Energy: Prices

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to adjust their estimates of future energy prices.

      Ira

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they have had with Sinn Fein about disbanding the IRA's Army Council.

      Northern Ireland: Bill of Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 19 March (WA 29), how the transport and subsistence cost in the forecast budget for the Northern Ireland Bill of...

      Northern Ireland: Bill of Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 19 March (WA 30) concerning the appointment process for the chairmanship of the Northern Ireland Bill of Rights...

      Northern Ireland: Bill of Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 19 March (WA 29), whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the chairman of the Northern...

      Northern Ireland: Bill of Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 25 March (WA 97) concerning the expenses of the chairman of the Northern Ireland Bill of Rights Forum, what are the...

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What additional powers have been given to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission since its creation; when; by what means; and for what purpose.

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When and in what form they agreed to fund the work of a joint committee with the Irish Human Rights Commission and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission reflects the principles of mutual respect for the identity and ethos of both communities and parity of esteem...

      Northern Ireland: Youth Justice Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the cost per year since its creation of the Northern Ireland Youth Justice Agency.

      Northern Rock

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the announcement by HM Treasury on 18 December 2007 that the Government's Northern Rock guarantee arrangements were being extended to "all obligations...

      Older People: Training

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are proposing action to secure adequate levels of workplace training and life-long learning for workers aged over 55.

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they have had with the government of the Republic of Ireland about the problem for police serving in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland...

      Republic of Ireland: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 12 March (WA 243—4) concerning human rights in the Republic of Ireland, whether the requirement on the...

      Security Forces: Londonderry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many members of the security forces have been murdered in Londonderry since 1969; on what dates; how many of the culprits have been convicted; and what are...

      Transport: Car Usage

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will introduce robust advertising and publicity programmes by central, regional and local government to persuade motorists to reduce their car usage.

      Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: With regard to "on the spot" penalties for drivers of lorries registered outside the United Kingdom, what levels of penalty will be available for (a) serious...

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