Written answers

Friday, 25 April 2008

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people completed apprenticeships in (a) the first year for which data are available and (b) the most recent year...

  • Transport

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the effects of imports of subsidised biodiesel on domestic production.

    • Departmental Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criminal offences have been created by primary legislation sponsored by her Department since July 2007.

      Departmental Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criminal offences have been abolished by primary legislation sponsored by her Department and its predecessors since May 1997.

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many full-time posts were filled on a temporary basis for a period in excess of six months in her Department in each of the last three years.

      Midland Main Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance she has given to Network Rail on the priority to be given to track infrastructure improvements to facilitate faster train speeds on the...

      Motor Vehicles: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicles re-licensing applications were not processed by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency within two months of expiry of the last...

      Motor Vehicles: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the UK will be required to implement the provisions of European legislation requiring vehicles to have their lights on throughout daylight.

      Shipping: EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether emissions from shipping will be included in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will put in place a procedure by which right hon. and hon. Members would be able to find out the names and addresses of service personnel from...

    • Afghanistan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Afghanistan.

      Aircraft Carriers: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what procurement process will be used to determine which contractors will be awarded the contract to build the new aircraft carriers; and if he will make...

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will ask the Armed Forces Pay Review Body to examine (a) entitlements to and (b) payment of service pensions; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date his officials first discussed with Essex local authority schooling for the children of Colchester Garrison; on what subsequent dates...

      Departmental Legislation

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

      European Fighter Aircraft: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to the public purse of the Typhoon Eurofighter (a) has been to date and (b) is estimated to be in total.

      Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) financial and (b) in kind contributions the Atomic Weapons Establishment has made to the (i) International Atomic Energy Agency and (ii)...

      Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contribution Atomic Weapons Establishment verification researchers made to the Royal Society's report on Detecting Nuclear and Radiological...

      Television

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

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Legislation

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

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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 Participation

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

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Advocate-General on devolution arrangements.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what allocation of funding Scotland will receive under the Barnett formula for 2008-09; and if he will make a statement.

  • Leader of the House

    • Members: Pensions

      To ask the Leader of the House (1) what forecasts she has made of spending on the parliamentary contributory Pension Fund in each year between 2008-09 and 2050-51; and how many members of the...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable is for capping decisions and implementation for 2008-09.

    • Eco-Towns: Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what account will be taken of community cohesion in the development of eco-towns.

      Eco-Towns: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what account is being taken of the provision of employment opportunities in each of the locations shortlisted to become eco-towns.

      Eco-Towns: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much public funding would be required to establish an eco-town at each of the 15 shortlisted locations.

      Eco-Towns: Green Belt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much greenfield land would be developed in respect of each of the 15 shortlisted eco-town proposals.

      Energy Performance Certificate: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many inspectors she estimates will be qualified to assess a property for an energy performance certificate by 1 April 2008.

      English Partnerships: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will break down by (a) sex, (b) ethnicity and (c) age, senior managers and staff of English Partnerships engaged in...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the cost of implementing the Lifetime Homes Standard, with particular regard to (a) additional...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes were revalued for council tax purposes following (a) the request of the homeowner and (b) sale of the property...

      Local Authorities: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what regulations cover the provision of (a) information and (b) documents by local authorities on their actions to (i) hon....

      Local Authorities: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what incentives her Department offers to local authorities to encourage higher standards of performance as measured under the...

      Local Authority Business Growth Incentives Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to ring-fence Local Authority Business Growth Incentives scheme funding to business development opportunities.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire, dated 4 March 2008, transferred from the...

      Parish Councils: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether parish councils will be able to apply to the fund created under the Community Infrastructure Levy proposed in the...

      Regional Planning and Development: Eco-Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether proposals for eco-towns will be included in relevant (a) local development framework plans, (b) regional spatial...

  • Treasury

    • Attendance Allowance: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the annual cost to the public purse of exempting those who are in receipt of attendance allowance from vehicle excise duty.

    • Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the value of child benefit support as a percentage of forecast (a) mean and (b) median earnings in each year until 2012.

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many full-time posts were filled on a temporary basis for a period in excess of six months in his Department in each of the last three years.

      Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of (a) individuals and (b) families claiming (i) working and (ii) child tax credits have incomes of (A) 60 per cent., (B) 70...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people in each constituency in Wales were paying income tax at the 10 pence rate on the entirety of their taxable income on the latest date...

      Income Tax: Low Incomes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many households in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) England, (c) Greater Manchester, (d) Stockport borough and (e) Cheadle constituency were paying only...

      Income Tax: Low Incomes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of people in Pendle who paid income tax at the 10p rate on all their taxable income on the latest date for which...

      Invest to Save Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much funding has been allocated to each local authority under the Invest to Save budget.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to answer the letter to him dated 10 March 2008 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on Mrs N Hussain.

      Pay: Public Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate of the effect on inflation of the provision of an overall public sector pay rise of (a) 2, (b) 3 and (c) 4 per cent. in 2008-09; and...

      Revenue and Customs: Audit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library copies of all internal audit recommendations made in the last five years in relation to (a) the Tax Credit Office and (b)...

      Revenue and Customs: Surveys

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how staff are surveyed at (a) HM Revenue and Customs and (b) his Department; and on what dates the next survey's results will be made public.

      Taxation: Agriculture

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to produce a regulatory impact assessment on the withdrawal of the agricultural building allowances; and if he will make a statement.

      Taxation: Climate Change

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on the use of taxation to assist adaptation to climate change.

      VAT: Bingo

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what powers he has to exempt bingo games organised by commercial operators from value added tax.

      VAT: Houseboats

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons HM Revenue and Customs has changed its guidance on the value added tax liability of non-powered houseboats.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 17 March 2008, Official Report, columns 890-1W, on income, what estimate he has made of expenditure on (a) tax credits and (b)...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the effect on receipts to the Exchequer of increasing the taper rate on tax credits to (a) 46 per cent., (b) 45 per cent., (c) 44...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what changes have been made to tax credit system procedures following the convictions of David Wilshaw and Nancy Stevenson; (2) what changes have...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Administration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost of administering (a) tax and (b) working family tax credits was in each year since 1997.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many appeals there were by tax credit claimants in Northern Ireland in relation to (a) overpayments and (b) repayments in 2007; and of those how many...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will answer Question 196462, on household income tabled on 19th March.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadcasting Programmes: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effects of long-term changes in the amount of children's programming provided by public service...

    • Broadcasting Programmes: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether free to air broadcasters are required to provide a minimum level of dedicated children's programming.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent on the most recent redesign and implementation of his Departmental website.

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many full-time posts in his Department were filled on a temporary basis for a period in excess of six months in each of the last...

      Digital Broadcasting: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the likely benefits of digital terrestrial television technology upgrades for viewers.

      English Sports Council: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he place in the Library a copy of Sport England's Investing in Our Sporting Future: Sport England Lottery Fund Strategy 1999-2009.

      Licensing Act 2003

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the evidential basis is for his evaluation of the effects of the Licensing Act 2003 as a mixed picture.

      Motorsport Development UK: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 31 March 2008, Official Report, column 540W, on Motorsport Development UK, what estimate was made in 2003 of...

      S4C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people watched S4C on average in each week in the latest period for which figures are available.

      S4C: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding his Department provided to S4C in each year since 1997.

      Sports: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans he has to increase the number of young people engaging in sporting activities.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the extent of corruption in the Afghanistan government; and if he will make a statement.

    • British Council: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to encourage the British Council to increase the number of its offices in China.

      China: Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the British Council on the improvement of scientific links between China and Britain.

      China: Tibet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to his recent comments on the Today programme, what the special position is of China with regard to Tibet.

      Departmental Internet

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

      Departmental Telephone Services

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

      Diplomatic Service: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what guidance his Department has issued on the liability of diplomats covered by the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations...

      Foreign Press Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received concerning the operation of the Foreign Press Association; and if he will make a statement.

      Foreign Press Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reasons his Department has discontinued its funding of the Foreign Press Association; and if he will make a statement.

      Foreign Press Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will consider restoring funding to the Foreign Press Association; and if he will make a statement.

      Gaza: Borders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in securing the return of EU monitors to the Rafah border crossing with Gaza; and if he will make a...

      Health Services

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

      JP Morgan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department 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 Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the value was of each contract awarded by his Department to Karian and Box since 1997.

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of progress in Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations since the Conference in Annapolis; and what...

      Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 13 March 2008, Official Report, columns 591-2W, on departmental official residences, what guidance he...

      Pakistan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of steps taken by the new government in Pakistan on improving human rights and democratic governance.

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether all the funding pledges made at the 2007 Paris Donor Conference for aid to the Palestinians have been disbursed to the...

      Western Sahara: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the British ambassador in Rabat is monitoring the human rights situation in the occupied Western Sahara; and when the...

      Yemen: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in southern Yemen.

      Zimbabwe: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of British nationals resident in Zimbabwe.

      Zurich Financial Services

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

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Biofuels: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2007, Official Report, column 2112W, on biofuels, what steps he has taken to ensure...

    • Heating: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his assessment is of the suitability of the criteria used in the Energy-using Products Directive for the measurement of...

      New Forest Official Verderer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) for what reason the appointment of the next Official Verderer of the New Forest has not been announced; and when the...

      Packaging: Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will introduce a national deposit system for drinks containers to encourage the public to return used drinks containers...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what tonnage of material leaving materials recovery facilities was sent to another materials recovery facility for further...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what tonnage of materials collected for recycling from households was delivered to the gates of materials recovery facilities...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what tonnage of materials collected for recycling from households was rejected at the gate of a (a) materials recovery...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to maximise the proportion of recovered materials that reach end reprocessors in a clean...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many tonnes of materials were sent from materials recovery facilities to (a) landfill sites and (b) energy from waste...

      Tree Preservation Orders: Guildford

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

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children were (a) cautioned, (b) prosecuted and (c) given a penalty notice for disorder for knowingly consuming alcohol on...

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of asylum applications received but not yet determined at the latest date for which figures are...

      Bail

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) for what duration a non-terrorist suspect may be held on continuous bail without being charged; how many times during that period bail...

      Community Calls to Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons the provisions relating to community calls to action introduced under the Police and Justice Act 2006 have not been implemented.

      Community Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to extend the initiative of distributing in areas of high crime key fobs bearing the name, photograph and contact details...

      Community Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent requests she has received from foreign (a) governments and (b) police forces for information on community policing methods in...

      Community Support Officers: Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to review the powers of police community support officers in different parts of the country.

      Crimes of Violence: Maldon

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

      Crimes of Violence: Wandsworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person have been recorded in (a) Putney constituency and (b) the London borough of Wandsworth in...

      Criminal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of the population had a criminal record in each year since 1980.

      Demonstrations: Parliament Square

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what representations she has received on the removal of banners and other materials from Parliament Square; and if she will make a...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent by her Department and its agencies on (a) alcohol and (b) entertaining in the last 12 month period for which information...

      Detention Centres: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children were held in immigration removal centres at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many motorists were (a) charged with and (b) convicted of (i) failure to accord precedence at pedestrian crossings, (ii) failure to...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of those brought into a police station tested positively for Class A drugs in each year since 1997; and what proportion of...

      Entry Clearances: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Answer of 17 March 2008, Official Report, column 796W, on entry clearances: employment, how many dependants of work permit...

      Entry Clearances: Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures are in place for checking for tuberculosis in people seeking to enter the UK from (a) Kenya and (b) South Africa.

      Institute for Animal Health: Pirbright

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether there are any on-going police investigations relating to the escape of foot and mouth virus from Pirbright Laboratory which are not...

      Metropolitan Police: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home (1) Department how many (a) new recruits, (b) graduate recruits and (c) graduate recruits with first or upper second class degrees there were to...

      Metropolitan Police: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were recruited to the Metropolitan Police in each year since 1997; and what proportion were recruited directly from...

      Metropolitan Police: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers in (a) Essex, (b) Thames Valley, (c) Hertfordshire, (d) Bedfordshire, (e) Kent, (f) Suffolk, (g) Sussex, (h)...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the replies of the Chief Executive of the Border and Immigration Agency to questions 36 to 38 of her evidence session before the...

      Police National Computer: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations she has received from the Data Protection Commissioner on the accuracy of criminal records held on the Police National...

      Police Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many police stations there were per 1,000 head of population in (a) non-rural and (b) rural areas in each year since 1997; and if...

      Police Stations: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police stations in the Metropolitan Police force area (a) closed and (b) opened in each of the last 10 years.

      Police: Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful cases were brought by members of the public against the police force for (i) malicious...

      Police: Dismissal

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what statutory power the Government have to require the dismissal of chief constables.

      Police: Evidence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers are trained to handle digital evidence; and how many police officers are (a) serving with computer crime units and...

      Police: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of police officers in each police force area were women in each of the last five years.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much and what proportion of (a) Government spending and (b) gross domestic product was spent on policing in each year since 1997.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the average Band D council tax police precept is in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) England and Wales for 2008-09; (2) what the...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average (a) total direct staff cost, (b) total operational support cost, (c) total business support cost, (d) total cost...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to the police of (a) protecting (i) the British Royal Family, (ii) foreign royals and Heads of State, (iii) Ministers, (iv)...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average (a) total direct staff cost, (b) total operational support cost, (c) total business support cost and (d) total cost...

      Police: Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were found guilty of unlawful killing using firearms in each of the last 20 years.

      Police: Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were (a) shot at, (b) injured by shootings and (c) killed in shootings in each police force area in each of the...

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her most recent projection is of total police service strength in England and Wales from 31 March 2007 to 31 March 2011.

      Police: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on performance related pay for police officers; and if she will make a statement.

      Police: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she last met the (a) Chancellor of the Exchequer and (b) Prime Minister to discuss police pay arrangements; and if she will make a...

      Police: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will commission a research study similar to that which resulted in the publication of the 2001 study A Diary of a Police Officer.

      Police: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many sick days were taken by police officers taken as a result of assault in each police force in England and Wales in each year since...

      Police: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what way the Office for National Statistics is involved in the planning, production and presentation of statistical information relating...

      Police: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance she issues to chief constables on (a) the provision of health and safety training for police officers and (b) the risks of...

      Police: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what training is given to police officers to ensure that suspects are charged appropriately.

      Police: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidelines her Department provides to chief constables on the purchasing of (a) police vehicles and (b) environmentally-friendly...

      Police: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police authorities have converted their fleets, in whole or in part, to run on compressed natural gas, liquid petroleum gas or...

      Police: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance she gives to police (a) forces and (b) authorities on the (i) purchase and (ii) lease of vehicles manufactured in the United...

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was recovered under the Confiscation of Criminal Assets Act 2003 (a) in total and (b) in each police authority area in descending...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will remove the proscription of Hamas under terrorism legislation to enable discussions between the Government and Hamas...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Office of the Third Sector: Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will provide a breakdown by main budget heading of the expenditure of the Office of the Third Sector in 2006-07.

    • Voluntary Organisations: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will provide a breakdown by main budget heading of the £515 million funding announced as part of the publication of the conclusions of...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when he plans to provide a substantive answer to Question 187174, on correspondence in relation to freedom of information requests to Government...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Council Tax Benefit: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of claimants were underpaid council tax benefit in 2006-07.

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) linkages and (b) cross checks (i) exist and (ii) are planned between the data records of individuals whose data is stored on...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent on IT projects since 2005; and what estimate he has made of its total expenditure on IT projects between 2005...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was claimed in reimbursable expenses by Senior Civil Service staff in his Department and its agencies in the last 12 month period for...

      Departmental Risk Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what risk management measures his Department has put in place in the last three years.

      Disability Living Allowance: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the maximum time is which has elapsed between a claim being made for disability living allowance and a claimant's appeal against a...

      Health Services

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

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what guidance he has given to the Rent Service on determining the extent of broad rental market areas for the purposes of local housing...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether there will be any differences in the amount paid to people in receipt of incapacity benefit and those to receive employment support...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Public Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) regulatory framework and (b) accreditation system is for those offering third party advice on health and safety issues in...

      Jobseekers Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) average and (b) target times were for processing (i) on-line and (ii) paper applications for jobseekers allowance in each of the...

      Jobseekers Allowance: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications for jobseekers allowance were made using the on line application form in each of the last five years.

      Jobseekers Allowance: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent assessment is of the efficiency of the on line application option for jobseekers allowance; and with what regularity such...

      Maternity Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the take-up rate of maternity allowance was in each year since it was introduced.

      New Deal Schemes

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

      Osteopathy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will bring forward proposals to encourage the use of osteopathy to assist people in becoming fit to work.

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) disabled and (b) non-disabled employees of closed Remploy factories have (i) been placed in sheltered employment, (ii) been...

      Remploy: Wisbech

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the decision to close the Wisbech Remploy factory was taken; who took the decision; what effect on his Department's expenditure there will...

      Social Security Benefits: Polygamy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals in recognised polygamous marriages were claiming state benefits in the latest period for which figures are available,...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of children lived in workless households in each year since 2005.

  • Justice

    • Departmental Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what criminal offences have been created by primary legislation sponsored by his Department since July 2007; (2) what criminal offences have been...

    • Driving Under Influence: Drugs or Alcohol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people were convicted of driving while impaired through drugs or other substances, excluding alcohol, in (a) Chorley borough and (b)...

      Drugs: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 1 April 2008, Official Report, columns 890-2W, on drugs, what the average custodial sentence given to those convicted of...

      Health Services

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

      High Court: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many High Court Judge sitting days there were in Birmingham for (a) criminal cases, (b) the Family Division, (c) the Chancery Division, (d) the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to answer the letter to him dated 7 March 2008 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on Mr. D. Carroll.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) when the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire, dated 4 March 2008, on the...

      Powers of Attorney

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many times the Court of Protection suspended an individual's power of attorney over another in each year for which figures are available.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison officers left each prison due to (a) retirement, (b) resignation, (c) transfer to another prison and (d) other reasons in each year...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) at what average distance from their homes (a) all male offenders, (b) adult male offenders, (c) young adult male offenders and (d) juvenile...

      Prisoners: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of female offenders were placed in prison on remand in (a) each of the last 10 years and (b) in 2008 to date; and if he...

      Prisoners: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of women released from prison were reconvicted within two years in each of the last five years, broken down by the length of...

      Prisoners: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of women prisoners had dependent children in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisoners: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many hours a week of vocational training was provided on average to prisoners and juvenile offenders in each of the last five years, broken down by...

      Prisons: Capacity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) on how many occasions the prison population exceeded its operational capacity in each of the last five years, broken down by prison; and if he will...

      Prisons: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many new prison places were built in each of the last 10 years; at what average cost in each year; and if he will make a statement.

      Probation Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many probation officers left each area probation service (a) upon retirement, (b) upon resignation, (c) upon transfer to another probation service...

      Witness Service: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will review the adequacy of the security checks which members of the Witness Service are obliged to undergo on entering court buildings; and if he...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many persistent young offenders were sentenced in courts in each criminal justice area in (a) 1997 and (b) 2007;

      Young Offenders: Custodial Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many children assessed as vulnerable by the Youth Justice Board were in (a) young offender institutions and (b) secure training centres at the...

      Young Offenders: Custodial Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of those in custody (a) between 10 and 13 years old, (b) between 14 and 16 years old and (c) aged 17 or 18 years old were being held (i) less...

      Young Offenders: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders in Greater London aged 10 to 17 years were sentenced for (a) robbery and (b) violence against the person in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2007.

      Young Offenders: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many persistent young offenders were sentenced in courts in Greater London in each year since 1997.

  • Health

    • Abortion: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 20 March 2008, Official Report, column 1312, how many deaths attributed to adverse reactions to RU486 other than those reported...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were referred to alcohol counselling services in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) region, (b) sex and (c) those aged (i)...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital admissions there were where the primary or secondary diagnosis was drug-related, in each of the last five years, broken down by age of...

      Food Standards Agency: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cash equivalent transfer value is of the public sector pension of the Chief Executive of the Food Standards Agency.

      Injuries: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will direct Hospital Episode Statistics to start collecting data on the number of people attending accident and emergency departments as a result of...

      Malnutrition: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many deaths from malnutrition occurred in (a) residences, (b) private care homes, (c) state care homes and (d) hospitals in London in each of the...

      Multiple Births: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many multiple births there were in (a) Basingstoke constituency and (b) Hampshire to mothers aged (i) below 18, (ii) between 18 and 24, (iii)...

      Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost of management consultancy to the Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was arising from activities relating to the...

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2007, Official Report, column 662W, on prescriptions, (1) what progress the information centre has made in...

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations (a) his Department and (b) his Department's arm's length bodies have received concerning possible (i) positive and (ii) negative...

  • House of Lords

    • Airports: Heathrow

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the maximum waiting times for passengers arriving at London Heathrow Airport, and what are the requirements for the provision of immigration officers for...

    • Aviation: Flight Stacking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What involvement the Department for Transport will have in decisions taken by the Civil Aviation Authority regarding airspace allocated for flight stacking; and...

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What cost is incurred in registering for naturalisation as a British citizen.

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many applications for registration for naturalisation as a British citizen have been received from individuals in Northern Ireland in each of the past five years.

      EU: Flag and Anthem

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the legal status of the European Union flag and anthem (a) in the United Kingdom; and (b) in the rest of the European Union.

      Flags

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they first became aware of the status of the European Union flag in the United Kingdom and the rest of the European Union.

      Immigration: Georgia

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 19 February (WA 40), on how many occasions entry clearance officers in Tbilisi, Georgia, have reviewed...

      Immigration: Georgia

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What reports have been received of irregularities in the handling of visa applicants to visit the United Kingdom from United Kingdom or Georgian citizens in each...

      Immigration: Georgia

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 4 March (WA 169), on what date were the three entry clearance officers, the deputy head of Mission, the...

      Immigration: Georgia

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 4 March (WA 169), whether that Answer is consistent with the employment records of the department in...

      Iraq and Iran: Territorial Waters

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the procedure for securing international recognition of the boundary line between potentially overlapping territorial waters.

      Race Relations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they intend to respond to the findings of the recent MORI poll commissioned by the BBC to mark the 40th anniversary of Enoch Powell's "rivers of blood" speech...

      Visas

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What monitoring takes place of the handling of visa applications from overseas nationals by entry clearance officers and the Immigration Tribunal Service.

      West Papua

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What further consideration they have given to self-determination for West Papua since the Question for Short Debate on 26 February (Official Report, House of...

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