Written answers

Monday, 28 April 2008

  • Solicitor-General

    • Administration of Justice: Appeals

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many appeals on the grounds of undue leniency were made in each of the last five years.

    • Administration of Justice: Appeals

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many appeals on the grounds of undue leniency against the minimum tariff applied in cases of indeterminate sentences for public protection were made in each of...

      Corruption: Bosnia

      To ask the Solicitor-General whether the Attorney General has sought views from other Government Departments about providing consent for the Serious Fraud Office to pursue a prosecution relating...

      Corruption: Bosnia

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the reasons are for the time taken by the Attorney General's Office to decide the application for consent for the Serious Fraud Office to pursue an overseas...

      Sexual Offences: Appeals

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many appeals on the grounds of undue leniency against sentences for rape were made in each of the last five years.

      Teachers: Misconduct

      To ask the Solicitor-General (1) how many allegations of assault or professional misconduct brought against teachers by pupils were referred to the Crown Prosecution Service in each year since...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much expenditure his Department has incurred in conducting (a) equality screening exercises and (b) equality impact assessments in each of...

    • Departmental Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) equality screening exercises and (b) equality impact assessments his Department conducted in each of the last three years; and...

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many public consultations have been held by his Department since March 2007; and how many respondents took part in each consultation carried...

      Departmental Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 6 March 2008, Official Report, column 2689W, on departmental translation services, how much his Department,...

      Driving under Influence: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people convicted of drink-driving related offences in Northern Ireland where a custodial sentence was not given were subsequently...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the percentage of 18 year olds in Northern Ireland on the electoral register.

      Emergency Calls: Hoaxes and False Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many 999 calls turned out to be hoaxes in 2007; and how many such callers then involved a genuine 999 call in the same general vicinity.

      Police Service of Northern Ireland: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what criteria are used for the recruitment process to the Police Service of Northern Ireland of those who respond to advertisements in (a)...

      Prisoner Escapes: Causeway Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects the review into the escape from custody of the prisoner attending the Causeway hospital on Tuesday 15 April 2008 to be concluded.

  • Olympics

    • Olympic Games 2012: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics (1) how much and what proportion of the finance for the cost of the construction of the athletes' village for the 2012 Olympic Games is planned to be raised...

  • Scotland

    • Festivals and Special Occasions: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether his Department played a role in (a) Tartan Day and (b) other Scotland Week events in the United States in April 2008.

  • Leader of the House

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Energy: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when his officials will next meet the European Commission to discuss the Energy-using Products Directive.

    • Lighting: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consideration he has given to the safe disposal of compact fluorescent lamps.

      Plastics: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he plans to take to facilitate development of plastics recycling facilities.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much waste was recycled by each local authority in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) Lincolnshire in the latest...

      Waste Disposal: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what applications his Department has received from Gloucestershire county council in respect of private finance initiative...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he plans to take to achieve the 50 per cent. target for women on the boards of arts organisations; what funding his...

    • Arts: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what consultation process his Department undertook to inform the process by which 50 per cent. was agreed as the target for women's...

      Culture: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether (a) arts and crafts and (b) museums and heritage initiatives will be prioritised under the Find Your Talent campaign.

      Culture: Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in which 10 areas the Find Your Talent programme will be piloted.

      Digital Broadcasting: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he has taken to assist older people in realising the benefits to be derived from the switchover to digital television.

      Fossils: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make a statement on the outcome of consultations on protection of fossils following the recommendations of the Quinquennial...

      Health Services

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

      Internet: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to act against internet sites which encourage (a) suicide or (b) anorexia.

      Libraries: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the budget is for each public library in Wirral, West constituency for 2008-09.

      Regional Cultural Consortiums: Audit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what arrangements are in place for auditing the accounts of regional cultural consortia (RCCs) accounts; and what audits have been...

      Tourism: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the UK's national tourism deficit benchmarked against (a) France, (b) Germany, (c) the United States,...

  • Prime Minister

    • 10 Downing Street Policy Unit

      To ask the Prime Minister who the head of the Number 10 Downing Street Policy Unit is.

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Prime Minister how much was spent on the most recent redesign and implementation of his office's website.

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what (a) procedures were followed and (b) steps were taken in (i) advertising and (ii) interviewing for the appointment to post in No. 10 Downing Street of (A)...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister who in his office has the status of special adviser; and how much each such staff member is paid.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Prime Minister what the (a) salary, (b) status and (c) contract terms are of each member of staff at No. 10 Downing Street; when each was appointed; and what the purpose is of each...

      Official Visits: USA

      To ask the Prime Minister which (a) Senators and (b) Members of Congress he met during his recent visit to the United States; where the meetings took place in each case; which Government...

      Schools: Essex

      To ask the Prime Minister which (a) schools and (b) hospitals in Essex he visited in each month since January 2007; on what dates and for what purpose in each case; and if he will make a statement.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: United Nations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the term of appointment of the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative in Afghanistan is.

    • Airports: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times VIP facilities at (a) Heathrow, (b) Gatwick, (c) Luton and (d) Stansted Airport were hired by Her Majesty's...

      Burma: Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to mitigate the challenges arising from the volume of internally displaced people in Karenni state and...

      Burma: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to invoke the UN Security Council principle of the responsibility to protect in relation to Burma.

      Commonwealth: Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people received funding under the Commonwealth Scholarships Programme in 2006-07, broken down by country of origin.

      Cuba

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to visit Cuba.

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Developing Countries: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps the Government have taken to promote human rights in developing countries.

      Ethiopia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the recent UN report on the humanitarian situation in the Somali region of Ethiopia.

      Ethiopia: Qatar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Ethiopia about that country's relationship with Qatar.

      Gaza: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations his Department has made to the government of Egypt on the trafficking of people and weapons into...

      Kenya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department's advice to UK citizens living in or travelling to Kenya has changed in the last month.

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects of the use of longer-range Katyusha rockets in attacks on Israel on the political...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects of the recent increase in rocket attacks by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad on the...

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) allowances, (b) travel costs and (c) accommodation have been provided to staff seconded from his Department to...

      Papua: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he (a) has taken in the last 12 months and (b) plans to take to promote effective dialogue between the Government...

      Simon Mann

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he plans to take in the week beginning 28th April to monitor the (a) treatment and (b) risk of torture of Mr. Simon...

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with Governments in Southern Africa following the elections in Zimbabwe on political and economic...

  • International Development

    • Bangladesh: Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what reports he has received on the effects of Global Coal Management Resources plc's open cast mining at Phulbari in north-west...

    • Constella Group: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of Constella's compliance with the UN Aids guidelines on criminalisation, disclosure and testing in...

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) 0800, (b) 0845 and (c) 0870 telephone numbers for the public are used by his Department.

      Ethiopia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to improve (a) the availability of therapeutic foods and medical supplies and (b) the capacity to...

      Ethiopia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking in co-operation with (a) Ethiopian authorities and (b) non-governmental organisations to provide...

      Ethiopia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what response he has made to the recent UN humanitarian assessment of the Somali region in Ethiopia.

      Genetically Modified Organisms: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what financial support his Department has provided to (a) projects and (b) institutions involved in research into genetically...

      Genetically Modified Organisms: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's policy is on providing support for research into the development and use of genetically modified species variations.

      HIV Infection: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made on achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services; and if he will make...

      JP Morgan

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

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire, dated 5 March 2008, on economic partnership agreements.

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether the Government's grant to the United Nations Development Trust Fund to support the work of Quartet Representative Tony Blair is...

      Sudan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many people are being given food and other humanitarian assistance in Sudan by (a) the World Food Programme and (b) other...

      Zimbabwe: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what percentage of children under 11 years of age in Zimbabwe were estimated to be enrolled in full-time education in (a) 1997 and...

  • Transport

    • Biofuel: Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will assess the effect of the addition of a five per cent. blend of biodiesel in fuel tanks to fuel on commercial bus operations on fungus...

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the adequacy of information contained in the sustainability reports of suppliers of biofuels.

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many senior citizen bus passes were delayed on account of her Department's failure to give the necessary information to the contractors Euclid in...

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether a taxi operating as a bus service under the Transport Act 1985 and licensed as a restricted PSV operator under Part II of the Public Passenger...

      Departmental Public Participation

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

      Health Services

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

      Lorries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what estimate she has made of the number of lorries which will be required to comply with European legislation on the retro-fitting of safety...

      Lorries: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents involving (a) British and (b) foreign-registered lorries on roads in the UK resulted in (i) fatalities and (ii) injuries in each...

      M180

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason the M180 was closed on 31 March 2008; on whose authority the closure took place; and what guidance she issues on the appropriate action...

      Public Transport: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will take steps to provide free local travel to those with long-term mental health conditions.

      Radio: Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the Highways Agency will spend on radio broadcasting in 2008-09; for what reason such allocations have been made; and if she will make a statement.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people aged (a) under 16, (b) between 16 and 25 and (c) over 25 years died in road accidents in (i) Lancashire and (ii) England in each of...

      Roads: Yorkshire and Humberside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the damage caused to the highway network in the East Riding of Yorkshire as a result of flooding in 2007; and what...

      Schools: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will extend the requirement to wear seat belts to include buses used to transport pupils to school in vehicles hired from or operated by bus...

      Severn Bridge: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will bring forward legislative proposals to amend the Severn Bridges Act 1992 to allow tolls for Severn Bridge crossings to be paid by credit...

      Traffic Commissioners: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many traffic commissioners were dismissed in each of the last 30 years.

      Transport: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the Trans-European transport networks will cost; and what the UK's contribution will be.

      Transport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to ensure that regional transport funding is distributed on an equitable basis.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Access to Work Scheme: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department is doing to publicise Access to Work.

    • Apprentices: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of applications for apprenticeships in the construction industry in each year since 1997; and how many...

      Departmental Leaflets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of his Department's public information leaflets are available online on (a) his Department's and (b) the...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of his Department's work force were employed in each region in each year since 2004.

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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.

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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 three years.

      Disability Discrimination Act 1995

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the levels of public awareness of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 as measured by the disability module of...

      Disabled

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

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions staff employed by his Department defrauded his Department in the last 10 years. [Official Report, 3 June 2008, Vol. 476,...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of (a) workless couples and (b) workless lone parents claiming housing benefit in the...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the proportion of those removed from incapacity benefit by 2015 who will (a) return to work, (b) retire and (c)...

      Incapacity Benefit

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

      Incapacity Benefit: Medical Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of the contract signed with ATOS Origin to provide medical assessments for incapacity benefit claimants.

      Incapacity Benefit: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether those claiming employment and support allowance will be included in incapacity benefit figures when assessing performance against the...

      Incapacity Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to ensure that employment and support allowance assessments take account of the characteristics of different health...

      Industrial Injuries: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many work-related (a) deaths and (b) injuries occurred in the construction industry in (i) 2005-06, (ii) 2006-07 and (iii) 2007-08.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what Jobcentre Plus offices there are in each region; (2) how many Jobcentre and Jobcentre Plus offices there were in each year since 1997.

      Poverty: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment his Department has made of the contribution of efforts to tackle disability poverty to meeting child poverty reduction targets.

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress has been made towards meeting his Department's Public Service Agreement on reducing fraud and error in income support,...

  • Defence

    • Military Medical Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what mechanisms his Department has in place to use lessons learned from operational theatres in the development of military medical policy.

    • Military Medical Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to maintain the level of medical care provided to armed forces personnel in theatres of operation.

      Injured Service Personnel: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on levels of compensation payments to injured service personnel.

      Military Inquests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he has taken to assist the families of service personnel killed on active service to be represented at inquests.

      Military Inquests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Justice on reducing the number of pending military inquests.

      Service Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the standards of service accommodation; and if he will make a statement.

      Patrol and Reconnaissance Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the use of mine and explosive protective patrol and reconnaissance vehicles in theatre.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what additional commitments were made by NATO members to the mission in Afghanistan at the recent NATO summit; and if he will make a statement.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effects of the application of UN Security Council resolution 1325 in Afghanistan.

      Ballistic Missile Defence System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with NATO counterparts on the ballistic missile defence system.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future role of British forces in Iraq.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Woodspring (Dr. Fox) of 30 January 2008, Official Report, column 364W, on Afghanistan: peacekeeping...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the command relationship between British Forces and elements of the US 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit operating in Helmand Province will be.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of attacks made by (a) Taliban and (b) Al-Qaeda forces in Afghanistan occurred in Helmand province in 2007.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many weapons caches have been found in Helmand province in each year since 2006.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 12 March 2008, Official Report, column 450W, on Afghanistan: peacekeeping operations, whether the balance of the UK helicopter...

      Air Force: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) required and (b) actual number of pilots in the RAF is for each type of aircraft.

      Armed Forces: Divorce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the divorce rate among service personnel was in each year since 1997, broken down by service; and how many divorces involving a member of the armed...

      Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel returning to the UK from action abroad have required medical treatment in each of the last 60 months.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has paid in each year for improvements and modernisation of residential dwellings since Annington Homes acquired the former...

      Armed Forces: Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to paragraph four of the Defence Medical Services Department's policy letter of 20 January 2006 entitled "The use of influenza vaccines...

      Armed Forces: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) target and (b) actual voluntary outflow rate for (i) officers and (ii) other ranks in each service was in the latest period for which...

      Armed Forces: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel were employed by each of the armed forces in the last year for which records are available.

      Armed Forces: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) required and (b) actual number of unit welfare officers is.

      Armed Forces: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on his Department's policy on visits by armed forces personnel to schools.

      Armed Forces: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time teachers were employed by Service Children's Education at the latest date for which figures are available; and...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what specialist training in the immediate management of traumatic injuries and Major Incident Medical Management and Support medical officers on the...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of Role 1 medical officers deployed on operations had received refresher training in the management of trauma at the latest date for...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many hours of pre-deployment training personnel are required to complete before deployment to (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what training personnel serving in the Queen's Colour Squadron received prior to their deployment to Afghanistan in spring 2008.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what training in Arctic flying conditions was provided to armed forces helicopter pilots in 2007.

      Army: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) shortest and (b) average number of months between the completion of Phase 2 training and the deployment of personnel in the Army was for...

      Departmental Credit Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions a government procurement card was used by his departmental officials and by service personnel in each of the last five years; how...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's financial (a) losses and (b) special payments for 2007-08 were.

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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.

      Devonport Dockyard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to make final decisions on the baseporting of frigates and submarines at Devonport Naval Base.

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Typhoon Eurofighters are fully operational and in service with the Royal Air Force.

      Fleet Air Arm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Fleet Air Arm personnel were (a) qualified and (b) serving as fighter pilots at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Future Large Aircraft: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the A400M aircraft ordered by his Department will have an explosive suppressive foam capability to respond to fuel tank explosions.

      Iran: Territorial Waters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will (a) prepare and (b) place in the Library a commentary on the documents released to The Times newspaper under the Freedom of Information Act...

      Iraq: Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much it costs to transport one (a) Mastiff and (b) Bulldog armoured vehicle from the UK to (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of those (a) captured and (b) killed by British forces in (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan since November 2007 were of Iranian nationality.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of service casualties on current operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have been killed and injured in incidents involving roadside bombs...

      Joint Rapid Reaction Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the UK's military commitment to (a) the European Union Battlegroup, (b) NATO Response Force, (c) NATO Operational Reserve Force, (d) the...

      Lynx Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what operational roles are planned for the Future Lynx helicopter.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire dated 19 March 2008 on...

      NATO Response Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence by what mechanisms the NATO Response Force is funded; and if he will make a statement.

      NATO Response Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much the Government spent on the NATO Response Force in each year since 2005.

      NATO Response Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what units will form the British commitment to the NATO Response Force in the second half of 2008.

      Navy: Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many ice breakers the Royal Navy had in each year since 1997.

      Woolwich Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made in the redevelopment of Woolwich Barracks; and if he will make a statement.

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Coal Mining: Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what support his Department has provided to promote the proposal by the UK company Global Coal Management...

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much was spent on the most recent redesign and implementation of his departmental website.

      Electricity Generation: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what proportion of UK electricity supply was generated from renewable sources in each year between 1998 and 2007.

      Energy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 27 March 2008, Official Report, column 334W, on renewable energy: finance, what funds are...

      Gas and Electricity Markets Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what financial contributions energy suppliers make to Ofgem.

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform who the members are of the co-ordinating group for the solicitors representing former mineworkers.

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the reduction in maximum grant levels under the domestic...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate his Department has made of the number of micro-generation installations to be delivered by the domestic...

      Nuclear Reactors: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment has been made of the risk of flooding of existing and proposed nuclear reactors on coastal sites over...

      Personal Savings: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what plans his Department has for the further regulation of the operation of Christmas savings clubs.

      Radioactive Wastes: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether exchanges of expertise and technology for the disposal of highly radioactive nuclear waste take place between...

      Renewable Energy: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what plans he has to address the skills gap in the renewables sector identified in the Government's White Paper...

      Renewable Energy: Water Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what proportion of renewable energy supply came from hydro-generation in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and...

      Renewable Energy: Water Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what proportion of renewable energy supply generated in the United Kingdom is derived from rivers; and what that...

      Supermarkets: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will commission research on the effect of supermarket chains on the convenience shop sector, with particular...

      Wind Power: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what discount rate has been assumed in carrying out the cost benefit analysis for wind farms (a) at current levels of...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Community Relations: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been allocated to the preventing violent extremism community leadership fund for (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and...

    • Construction: Price Fixing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions she has had with the Local Government Association on alleged price fixing in the construction industry...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the reasons are for the different figures given in the answer of 28 January 2008, Official Report, column 112W, on council...

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what her most recent estimate is of the unfunded liability in present value terms of each public sector pension scheme for...

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many public consultations were held by her Department and its predecessor in each of the last three years; and how many...

      Fire Services: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether exit interviews are conducted with retained firefighters when leaving the Fire and Rescue Service.

      Fire Services: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost of initial training for (a) a full-time firefighter and (b) a retained firefighter was in each fire and rescue...

      Floods: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much Government funding has been provided to help repair properties which were damaged in the floods of 2007.

      Floods: Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have raised a ring-fenced sum by precept to deal with problems arising from flooding.

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what target has been set for house building in (a) Stroud constituency and (b) Stroud district over the next planning period;...

      Local Authorities: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether a local authority is permitted to relocate a housing allocation published in its local plan or local development...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much central government grant per head was paid to each (a) county council and (b) unitary authority in England excluding...

      Minister for the East of England: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make a statement on the (a) activities and (b) performance the Minister for the East of England since her...

      National Muslim Women's Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which members of the National Muslim Women's Advisory Group have attended each meeting held with members of her Department since...

      National Muslim Women's Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many meetings she has attended with the National Muslim Women's Advisory Group since January 2008.

      Regional Planning and Development: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her changes to the draft South East Plan will be published before the summer 2008 Parliamentary adjournment.

      Regional Planning and Development: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how long the consultation period will be on her proposed changes to the draft South East Plan.

      Regional Planning and Development: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she plans to permit changes to the South East Plan which involve the removal of green belt protection in whole or in part.

  • Home Department

    • Asylum: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department to which countries there is currently no safe route of return for failed asylum seekers.

    • Asylum: Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers have been returned to Zimbabwe (a) voluntarily and (b) compulsorily during the last 12 months; and if she...

      Border and Immigration Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for indefinite leave to remain have been lost by the Border and Immigration Agency's (a) Security Casework Unit, (b)...

      Border and Immigration Agency: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints were made to the Border and Immigration Agency in each year since establishment, broken down by the nature of complaint;...

      Case Resolution Directorate: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has spent to date on the Case Resolution Directorate, broken down by (a) wages and salaries, (b) IT costs, (c)...

      Community Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps the Government has taken to improve links between the police and community.

      Community Policing: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent on (a) newspaper advertising and (b) other forms of advertising for the launch of the Neighbourhood Policing programme.

      Community Support Officers: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of (a) police community support officers and (b) police officers are in each ethnic category in each London borough.

      Crime Prevention: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent on the website www.crimereduction.gov.uk in each month since its inception; what the budget for the website is for...

      Crime: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 19 March 2008, Official Report, column 1251W, on crime: statistics, whether a perceived lack of response on...

      Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in (a) Eddisbury, (b) Crewe and Nantwich, (c) City of Chester, (d) Wallasey...

      Departmental Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Answer of 25 February 2008, Official Report, column 1252W, on departmental accountancy, what general rate of inflation is...

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will include the name of the relevant constituent on her Department's cards acknowledgement of correspondence from hon. Members about...

      Departmental Domestic Visits

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

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what websites her Department operates.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were employed by her Department on 1st January in each of the last five years; and how many of these staff were (a)...

      Departmental Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was of overnight accommodation for (a) civil servants, (b) special advisers and (c) Ministers in her Department staying...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for which losses her Department was granted Treasury approval in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many written parliamentary questions her Department took longer than 10 days to answer in each of the last three years.

      Discrimination

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

      Entry Clearances: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to facilitate attendance of overseas visitors to the 2012 Olympic Games through the visa system.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate her Department has made of the number of foreign nationals on student visas who worked more than the permitted 20 hours during...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether any checks on the Dutch disk containing DNA samples of criminals remain to be completed; (2) how many matches have been found...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what estimate she has made of the number of adventitious matches expected to arise between crime scene DNA profiles submitted by law...

      Heathrow Airport: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she held with BAA in advance of the introduction of universal fingerprinting at Heathrow Terminal 5; and if she will make a...

      HM Inspectorate of Constabulary: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times the contract of the Chief Inspector of Constabulary has been extended without a competitive process since the inception of the...

      HM Inspectorate of Constabulary: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average length of service of Chief Inspectors of Constabulary has been since the inception of the post.

      Identity Cards: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what characteristics distinguish the identity cards to be issued to foreign nationals from the visas that are currently issued to them.

      Identity Cards: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which categories of foreign nationals require visas; which categories will be issued with identity cards in future and from what date; and...

      Illegal Immigrants: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department's advertising campaign concerning the employment of illegal labour cost.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) illegal immigrants and (b) failed asylum seekers detained by the police have been sent unaccompanied to immigration detention...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the proportion of immigrants who will be affected by the introduction of the proposed points-based system.

      Immigration Controls: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what process is used to admit UK service personnel who are nationals of Commonwealth countries through UK airport immigration; and what...

      Immigration Controls: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will introduce an expedited immigration service for UK service personnel who are nationals of Commonwealth countries entering the UK...

      Immigration Controls: Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to prevent the entry to the UK of those with (a) tuberculosis and (b) extreme drug resistant tuberculosis.

      Immigration Officers: Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the offences are for which an immigration officer can (a) detain and (b) arrest an individual at a UK port.

      Immigration Officers: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many self-certified days of sick leave were taken per head by (a) immigration officers, (b) other Border and Immigration Agency staff,...

      Immigration: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the outcomes for the UK of the European Return Preparatory Actions 2005-06; and if she will make a statement.

      Immigration: Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what scale of fees was payable to interpreters by (a) the Immigration Service and (b) each other police force in respect of (i) illegal...

      Immigration: Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Iraqi nationals living in (a) Jordan, (b) Syria and (c) Iran who have worked under contract with British forces under Operation...

      Immigration: Local Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 31 March 2008, Official Report, column 611W, on immigration: local authorities, how much is available under the...

      Internet: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the cost of cybercrime to the economy in 2007-08.

      JP Morgan

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

      Lorries: Foreign Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the adequacy of police resources for ensuring that operators and drivers of non-UK lorries comply with...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects the Minister of State for Borders and Immigration, the hon. Member for Birmingham Hodge Hill, to reply to the letter from...

      Migration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with G6 member states on the European Pact on Migration; and if she will make a statement.

      Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what support is available to relatives or friends of missing persons; and if she will make a statement.

      Morgan Stanley

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department paid to Morgan Stanley in each year since 1997; and what the purpose of each such payment was.

      National Refugee Integration Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason the National Refugee Integration Forum was dissolved; and if she will make a statement.

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much (a) was spent on the facilitated returns scheme in 2006-07 and (b) has been spent in 2007-08.

      Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 17 March 2008, Official Report, column 807W, on official residences, on what date the property was valued at...

      Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 17 March 2008, Official Report, column 807W, on official residences, if she will provide a breakdown of the...

      Police Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what information she holds on the number of police stations per 1,000 people in (a) non-rural and (b) rural areas in each year since...

      Police Stations: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) which police stations in the Metropolitan Police force area are planned to be closed; (2) which police stations in the Metropolitan...

      Police: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the average time taken by a police officer in England to complete the administrative requirements relating to...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect of crime reduction on the police funding formula in each of the last 10 years.

      Police: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much her Department has spent on the website www.policecouldyou.co.uk in each month since its inception; what the budget for the...

      Police: Public Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with the Association of Chief Police Officers on improving the visibility of the police in public places.

      Police: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many job applications were received by each police force in each year since 1997; and how many people each recruited in each year;...

      Police: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations she has received on the practice of requiring parish councils to pay for police patrols in rural areas.

      Police: Stun Guns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures govern the use of Taser-style electric shock weapons by police; and what training police officers are required to receive...

      Ports: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) detained and (b) arrested at UK ports in the last five years.

      Prisoners: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many sentence-expired foreign prisoners are held in detention under immigration powers; and how many have been held in such detention in...

      South Yorkshire Police: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many South Yorkshire police vehicles have been involved in an accident while attending an emergency call in each of the last five years.

      Terrorism Act 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been (a) charged and (b) convicted of offences under the Terrorism Act 2000 since it came into force.

      Terrorism: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times she has met home affairs front-bench spokespersons from other political parties to discuss her counter-terrorism proposals...

      Translation Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 15 January 2007, Official Report, column 785W, on translation costs, how much was spent on translating Home...

      UK Border Agency: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff of the new UK Border Agency will be based in (a) Pembroke Dock, (b) Fishguard, (c) Swansea, (d) Holyhead and (e) Wales.

      Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will set a target to increase the use of video conferencing by her Department's officials as an alternative to staff travelling to...

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate she has made of the number of illegal migrants employed in the UK without a valid work permit.

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many employers in the residential and care home industries were (a) prosecuted and (b) fined for employing workers without valid...

      Workers Registration Scheme: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have registered on the Workers Registration Scheme in each London borough in each year since the scheme was introduced.

      Workers Registration Scheme: Southwark

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people registered on the Workers Registration Scheme in the London Borough of Southwark since the scheme was introduced.

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Astronomy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much full economic costing funding the Science and Technology Facility Council's Grant Review Panel recommended to...

    • Astronomy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the effects of recent changes in funding for Jodrell Bank on UK capacity in astronomy and...

      Counselling: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the answer of 4 March 2008, Official Report, column 2431W, on counselling: finance, if he will bring forward the...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many freedom of information requests made to his Department were (a) answered (i) within 20 days, (ii) within 40 days,...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will make an estimate of the cost to the public purse of making the support available to part-time first degree...

      Languages: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which English universities require a foreign language GCSE or equivalent qualification as a condition of admission for...

      Learning and Skills Council: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much was spent on administering the Learning and Skills Council in the latest 12 months for which figures are available.

      Overseas Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of students from other EU member states received financial assistance from his Department for (a) tuition...

      Physics: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what discussions he has had with the Science and Technology Facilities Council on the level of funding for research in...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will include current undergraduate students in plans for increased maintenance grants under the Government's new...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what mechanisms his Department plans to introduce to ensure EU-domiciled students are subject to the new funding arrangements...

      Students: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how many undergraduates (a) qualified for maintenance grants of (i) £2,835, (ii) £2,2002, (iii) £998,...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people making repayments of a student loan are yet to receive an updated statement, including details of repayments...

  • Justice

    • Absent Voting: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many postal ballot papers were issued to UK citizens residing overseas during the last (a) local elections in England and (b) general election.

    • Absent Voting: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many postal ballot papers issued to UK citizens residing overseas in the last (a) local elections in England and (b) general election were (i)...

      Absent Voting: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what period of time was provided for postal ballot papers to be (a) issued and (b) delivered to the address of UK citizens residing overseas during the...

      Absent Voting: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the period of time given for UK citizens residing abroad to (a) receive and (b) return completed postal...

      Absent Voting: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will increase the period of time given to UK citizens residing abroad to (a) receive and (b) return completed postal ballot papers during (i)...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects the European Union to ratify the Hague Maintenance Convention.

      Coroners: Mesothelioma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidance is issued on the procedure to be followed in coroners' inquiries following a death from mesothelioma.

      Coroners: Mesothelioma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward legislative proposals to require (a) a specific authority to train police staff in areas where inquiries are conducted by...

      Crimes of Violence: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people aged (a) under 16 and (b) between 16 and 25 years were convicted of a violent crime in each of the last five years.

      Criminal Proceedings: Genetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) in how many criminal prosecutions low template DNA has been used as evidence; and how many of those prosecutions resulted in conviction; (2) in...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 27 March 2008, Official Report, columns 356-7W, on departmental data protection, if he will include information assurance data...

      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, how many of those sentenced to immediate custody for dealing in (a)...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he last met the Electoral Commission to discuss its proposals for individual voter registration.

      Internet: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effects of widespread up-take of internet technologies on the capacity of the provisions of the Data Protection Act...

      Legal Advice and Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what changes he plans to make the civil legal aid system as a result of the resolution of the dispute between the Law Society and the Legal Services...

      Prisons: Paganism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to Prison Service Instruction 2005/33, on the practice of paganism in prison, how many wards are available in prisons in (a) England,...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to answer Question 196558, on the home detention curfew, tabled on 19th March 2008.

      Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) operational and (b) certified normal capacity is of each (i) young offender institution and (ii) secure training centre.

      Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the staff to inmate ratio of each (a) young offender institution and (b) secure training centre was at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Young Offender Institutions: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of those in each (a) young offender institution and (b) secure training centre were in education at the latest date for which figures...

      Young Offender Institutions: Telephones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of inmates in each (a) young offender institution and (b) secure training centre has daily access to a telephone to communicate with family.

      Young Offender Institutions: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many incidents of (a) inmate on inmate and (b) inmate on staff violence were reported in each (i) young offender institution and (ii) secure...

      Young Offenders: Custodial Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) 15, (b) 16 and (c) 17-year-olds were given custodial sentences in each police force area since 1997; and what the average length of...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • 10 Downing Street: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what refurbishments and renovations of 10 Downing Street, including the Prime Minister's flat above Downing Street, have taken place since the...

    • Cinemas: Conservation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps have been taken to prevent further deterioration of Churchill's Cinema, part of the 26 Whitehall estate, as stated in English Heritage's...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which works, renovations and refurbishments originally considered by Project George are to be taken forward.

      Departmental Intranet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 19 February 2008, Official Report, column 687W, on the departmental intranet, whether his Department's IT system is able...

      Departmental Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham of 13 December 2007, Official Report, column 826W, on departmental records, which...

      Government Departments: Charities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the rules govern the provision of office accommodation by Government Departments to charitable organisations; and if he will make a statement.

      Official Residences: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 20 March 2008, Official Report, column 1307W, on Official Residences: Repairs and Maintenance, what the infrastructure...

      Planning Permission: Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what initial estimate was made of the costs associated with planning application 08/00696 prior to the grant of authorisation for the project; and...

      Public Sector: Priory Healthcare

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many public-sector staff, including military personnel, have been treated at cost to the public purse at branches of the Priory chain of...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what discussions he has had with trades union representatives on diversity among public service deliverers; and if he will make a statement.

  • Treasury

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the change in UK carbon dioxide emissions between 2006 and 2007; what proportion of this was attributable to the Government's...

    • Coinage: Design

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost was of organising the public competition to design the new set of British coins; and what the overall cost of the introduction of the new...

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 22nd February 2008, Official Report, column 1107W, on publication supplements, if he will place in the Library copies of the...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many days it took on average to answer written parliamentary questions tabled by each hon. Member for answer by him in the last six months.

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects of the change in fuel duty rates announced in Budget 2008 on those living in remote areas.

      Financial Services: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what conditions govern the payment of (a) dividends and (b) bonuses by banks and financial institutions which have received financial support from the...

      Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his announcement on 23 April of measures to alleviate the impact of removing the 10p tax rate, what the estimated cost to the public purse is of...

      Inflation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment has been made of the likely effects on inflation of the provision by the Bank of England to banks of arrangements for enhanced liquidity.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire dated 18 March 2008 on tax on Land Rovers used by farmers.

      Minimum Wage: Prosecutions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many employers has been prosecuted for paying employees at a rate below the minimum wage in each year since the minimum wage was introduced, broken down...

      Sovereign Wealth Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received on sovereign wealth funds; and if he will make a statement.

      Sovereign Wealth Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether sovereign wealth funds are exempt from taxation in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement; (2) how much was raised by sovereign...

      Sustainable Development: Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Government spent on incentivising low-carbon technologies and lifestyles in the form of (a) capital grants, (b) research and development...

      Taxation: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will increase the level of milage for which tax-free expenses may be paid to volunteer drivers of voluntary and charitable organisations.

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government plans to take to address health problems associated with consumption of super-strength lager.

    • Blood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his most recent estimate is of the (a) daily, (b) weekly and (c) monthly clinical requirement for blood units to meet demand in the NHS.

      Blood Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many registered blood donors there were in England and Wales in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05, (c) 2005-06, (d) 2006-07 and (e) 2007-08, broken down...

      Blood: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the change in capacity in processing and testing of blood resulting from the consolidation by the National Blood Service of...

      Blood: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate has been made of the financial effects on the National Blood Service of the consolidation of testing and processing facilities.

      Cardiovascular System: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the modelling work on vascular risk assessment referred to in his Department's document Putting Prevention First.

      Care Homes: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what progress has been made on the implementation of a performance indicator to measure the effectiveness of protection processes for vulnerable...

      Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of people who die alone.

      Fibromyalgia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the clinical causes of fibromyalgia.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were registered with a general practitioner in each region in England in the latest period for which figures are available.

      General Practitioners: Buckingham Palace

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether the closed-list GP practice at Buckingham Palace provides for (a) Royal Household staff based outside the area of Westminster Primary Care...

      General Practitioners: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many responses his Department received to the GP patient access survey, "Your doctor, your experience, your say" in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05, (c)...

      General Practitioners: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners failed to achieve the (a) minimum and (b) maximum percentage response of "yes" to access questions as part of the GP...

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government have taken to reduce the incidence of heart attacks.

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria are used to appoint authorised persons to inspect (a) central sterile stores and (b) management of infection control.

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 9 January 2008, Official Report, column 596W, on influenza, to which organisations providing essential services the National...

      Mentally Ill People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of people were diagnosed with mental health problems before the age of (a) five, (b) 10, (c) 15 and (d) 20 years in the latest period...

      NHS Blood and Transplant: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the budget was for the NHS Blood and Transplant Special Health Authority in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05, (c) 2005-06, (d) 2006-07 and (e)...

      NHS Blood and Transplant: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what changes in headcount in the National Blood Service and UK Transplant and Bio Products Laboratory are planned as part of the implementation of...

      Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much South Central Strategic Health Authority has spent on the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre's (a) foundation trust diagnostic exercise, (b) strategic...

      Polyclinics: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultation has been undertaken with local stakeholders on the proposed establishment of a polyclinic facility in the Peterborough primary care...

      Sight Impairment: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to support the continuation of research into gene therapy for inherited blindness conducted at Moorfields Eye Hospital and...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people of working age were assessed for social care needs in each local authority in 2007-08; and how many people so assessed were found to...

      Trauma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will meet representatives of the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death to discuss its report Trauma: Who Cares?

      Tuberculosis: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in what percentage of recent tuberculosis cases those diagnosed were not born in the UK.

      Westminster Primary Care Trust: General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Thurrock of 1 April 2008, Official Report, column 884W, on Westminster Primary Care Trust: General...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what evaluations of the academies programme have been commissioned by his Department for publication in (a) 2008 and (b) 2009;...

    • Academies: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether academies are permitted to select by aptitude in subject areas other than their specialism; and if he will make a statement.

      Academies: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many academies have refused to admit children after direction by local authorities since their establishment; how many such...

      Academies: Head Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2008, Official Report, column 823W, on academies: head teachers, for what reasons the...

      Academies: Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of rates of exclusions at academies; and if he will make a statement.

      Academies: Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what rights of appeal are available to pupils permanently excluded from academies; and if he will make a statement.

      Academies: Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether academies are required to provide parents of excluded pupils with a right of appeal to an independent exclusions appeal...

      Academies: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families who the (a) sponsors and (b) co-sponsors are of academies whose funding agreements were approved by his Department between 28...

      Academies: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what freedoms have been granted to academies over the pay and conditions of their staff; and if he will make a statement.

      Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many copies of his Department's Children's Plan Toolkit have been produced; and what the cost was of the production of those...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many children in care were parents in each of the last 10 years; (2) how many children in care committed suicide in...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many young people in the care of a local authority went on to enter (a) further and (b) higher education in each local...

      Children in Care: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which maintained schools did not give priority to children in care in their 2007-08 admission arrangements; and if he will make a...

      Children: Dyslexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what assessment his Department has made of the efficacy of the reading recovery initiative for dyslexic children; (2) what...

      Departmental Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2008, Official Report, column 183W, on operating costs, what the administrative costs of his...

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many guidance notes to (a) schools and (b) local authorities have been issued by his Department, its predecessors and its...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many working days were lost by his Department owing to stress-related illness in each of the last 24 months.

      Departmental Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what targets apply to his Department's performance in 2008; which targets have been (a) dropped and (b) amended since January...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether the education maintenance allowance is available to children aged younger than 16 who have taken their GCSEs early and are...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what forecast he has made of his Department's expenditure on education maintenance allowance over the next 10 years.

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much schools spent on re-marking (a) GCSE, (b) A and AS level and (c) key stage 3 SAT papers in (i) 2005, (ii) 2006 and...

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the average annual cost to schools of delivering (a) Key Stage 1, 2 and 3 national tests, (b) GCSEs...

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of children attained (a) Level 1, (b) Level 2, (c) Level 3, (d) Level 4 and (e) Level 5 in (i)...

      Education: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his most recent estimate is of education spending in England as a proportion of gross domestic product, expressed to two...

      Educational Psychology: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many full-time equivalent educational psychologists each children's services local authority in England employed at the...

      Electronic Government

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

      Extended Schools: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of delivering the extended schools programme in each year from 2007-08 to...

      Faith Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) primary and (b) secondary faith schools there were in England in each year from 1997, broken down by faith; and if...

      Folkestone Academy: Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils were (a) permanently and (b) temporarily excluded from Folkestone Academy in each month since September 2007;...

      Foundation Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools have (a) applied for and (b) been granted (i) trust and (ii) foundation status in each (A) month and (B)...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the proportion of pupils entitled to free school meals who do not take up their entitlement; and if...

      GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of eligible pupils were entered for an A-level examination in 2007, broken down by (a) local...

      GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the performance of (a) school sixth forms and (b) sixth form colleges in relation to A-levels;...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what proportion of pupils gaining five A* to C GCSEs, including English and mathematics, were awarded five C grades in 2007;...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many otherwise eligible pupils were not entered for any GCSE examinations in the last year for which figures are available.

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many year 11 children did not achieve (a) five A* to C GCSEs and (b) five A* to C GCSEs, including English and mathematics,...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what targets he has set for the proportion of pupils achieving (a) five A* to C GCSEs and (b) five A* to C GCSEs including...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what assessment he has made of the likely effect on pupils' average GCSE grades of moving to modular GCSEs from September...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of eligible pupils were not entered for an English, mathematics, science nor foreign language GCSE in...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of Key Stage 4 pupils achieved no GCSEs at grade C or higher in each year from 1997 to 2007.

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) in which local authority areas more than 80 per cent. of secondary schools did not have over 50 per cent. of pupils...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of white British boys eligible for free school meals achieved (a) no GCSE passes and (b) fewer than five GCSE...

      Gifted Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether schools are required to inform parents when their children are identified as gifted and talented; and if he will make a...

      Gifted Children: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what his most recent estimate is of spending by his Department on the gifted and talented programme in each year from...

      Gifted Children: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether the funding awarded to schools to support children identified as gifted and talented is ring-fenced; and if he will make a...

      Grammar Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children attended grammar schools in each year since 1996; what proportion of the secondary school population this...

      Grammar Schools: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what proportion of pupils are entitled to free school meals at each grammar school; (2) what his most recent estimate is of...

      History: General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of Key Stage 4 pupils took a GCSE course in history in each year from 1988 to 2007.

      Languages: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children aged (a) under 11, (b) between 11 and 16 and (c) between 17 and 18 years studied a foreign language in each...

      Languages: GCE A-Level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of those taking an A-level in a modern language were pupils in state-funded schools in each year since 1997; and...

      Languages: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what minimum level of foreign language qualification is required for a teacher to teach foreign languages to (a) GCSE and (b)...

      Pre-School Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department has spent in developing the early years foundation stage profile.

      Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he expects to publish the Rose review of the primary curriculum; and if he will make a statement.

      Pupil Referral Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils have been educated for longer than three years in a pupil referral unit.

      Pupil Referral Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent assessment he has made of the suitability of facilities at pupil referral units; and if he will make a statement.

      Pupil Referral Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils were educated in pupil referral units in each year since 1996-97.

      Pupil Referral Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children were being educated in pupil referral units in each local authority area in England in the latest period for...

      Pupil Referral Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the ratio of all pupils to pupil referral units is in each local authority.

      Pupil Referral Units: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils in pupil referral units were arrested in each of the last 10 years.

      Pupils: Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many fixed penalty notices have been issued in each local authority in relation to condoned absenteeism of pupils in each year...

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his most recent estimate is of the proportion of pupils entitled to free school meals in (a) all secondary schools, (b) the...

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in which schools more than 50 per cent. of pupils were entitled to free school meals in the latest period for which figures are...

      Pupils: Dyslexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what estimate he has made of the proportion of children of school age with dyslexia; and what assessment he has made of the...

      Pupils: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in how many schools more than 50 per cent. of pupils spoke English as a second language at the latest date for which figures are...

      Pupils: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools have more than 50 per cent. of pupils with English as an additional language, broken down by local authority...

      Runaway Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to improve the collection of data on child runaways.

      School Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of (a) primary and (b) secondary schools have lunch breaks of less than 60 minutes; and if he will make a statement.

      School Leaving: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the annual cost to his Department of compulsory education to the age of 18 years.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) whether his Department met its target to increase the uptake of school meals by March 2008; and if he will make a statement;...

      School Meals: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to prevent increases in the prices of school meals; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effects of selection by ability in local authority areas with grammar schools on educational...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans his Department has to collect information on oversubscription criteria used by schools admissions authorities; and if...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will place in the Library a copy of the legal advice his Department received on the publication of the school admissions...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) for what reasons specialist schools are allowed to select up to 10 per cent. of pupils by aptitude; and if he will make a...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what proportion of secondary schools are fully or partially selective by ability; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will require admissions forums to publish an annual report on the extent to which admissions arrangements in their areas are...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the role of the schools adjudicator is in monitoring and enforcing the code of admissions; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) which local authorities use a system of authority-wide fair banding for school admissions; (2) which 10 local authorities...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what research he has commissioned on schools admission arrangements; and if he will make a statement; (2) what research his...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what estimate he has made of the proportion of (a) primary and (b) secondary schools using faith-based criteria for...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the level of intra-year pupil turnover at the 50 schools in England with the highest levels of...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of fully subscribed schools which have not been approved for expansion on the grounds of...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many parental representations made to local authorities have been referred to his Department since the publication of...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools have more than 1,500 pupils, broken down by index of multiple deprivation decile.

      Schools: Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each local authority area had (i) no kitchen facilities for...

      Schools: Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the average (a) primary and (b) secondary class sizes in the 20 (i) highest and (ii) lowest...

      Schools: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what guidance his Department provides to schools on the proportion of teaching time which should be allocated to (a)...

      Schools: Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what guidance his Department has issued to (a) local authorities, (b) head teachers and (c) school governors on hygiene...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what resources from standards funds have been allocated by his Department in the last 12 months, broken down by source fund.

      Schools: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many former school sites have been sold since 1997.

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools played inter-school sport in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which publicly funded agencies and departmental bodies are responsible for raising standards in schools; and if he will make a...

      Schools: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much (a) water and (b) electricity was used by schools in (i) 2001, (ii) 2002, (iii) 2003, (iv) 2004, (v) 2005, (vi) 2006...

      Science: General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many school pupils were studying for (a) biology, (b) chemistry and (c) physics GCSEs at the latest date for which figures...

      Secondary Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the attainment gap at Key Stage 4 between children in (a) the 10 per cent. most deprived and (b)...

      Secondary Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many eligible pupils did not obtain level 4 in a combination of reading, writing and mathematics tests in Key Stage 2 tests in...

      Sixth Form Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to publish the research conducted by KPMG on the funding gap between school sixth forms and further education...

      Specialised Diplomas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils had registered to study for diplomas from September 2008 at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Specialised Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many maintained schools have specialist status, broken down by specialism.

      Specialist Schools and Academic Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what financial contribution his Department and its predecessors made (a) directly and (b) indirectly to the Specialist Schools...

      Supplementary Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding his Department provided for supplementary schools in each of the last five years; what funding it plans to...

      Supply Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his most recent estimate is of spending on supply teachers in maintained schools in each year from 1997-98.

      Teachers: Career Structure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to enhance continuing professional development opportunities for teachers; and if he will make a statement.

      Teachers: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of teachers in each local authority area in London are not British nationals; and what the equivalent figures are...

      Teachers: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of teachers left the profession within (a) one year, (b) two years and (c) five years of joining in the latest...

      Teachers: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many full-time teachers entering the profession left the profession within (a) three and (b) five years in the latest period...

      Teachers: Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the average time taken to complete the steps necessary to dismiss a persistently underperforming...

      Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what proportion of new teachers had (a) a first class, (b) an upper second class, (c) a lower second class, (d) a third...

      Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of teachers in each local authority area was classed as unqualified in the latest period for which figures are...

      Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many places there were on the Teach First programme in each year since its establishment; how many places there will be on the...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of those entering teacher training schemes had no qualifications at (a) degree and (b) advanced level in each...

      National Strategies Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent estimate he has made of the annual cost of the National Strategies programme managed by Capita for his Department; and...

      Teaching Methods: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department plans to spend on each scheme for personalised learning in schools in each year from 2008-09 to 2011-12;...

  • House of Lords

    • Airports: Heathrow

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will provide a clerk to the Independent Monitoring Board at Heathrow Airport.

    • Bees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will carry out a comprehensive review of the regulatory status of chemical control agents for varroa control as part of bee health management practice.

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made in the criminal investigation into the British Coal litigation by the Serious Fraud Office and South Yorkshire Police, which commenced...

      Civil Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the average age of civil servants employed by HM Treasury in each year since 1997.

      Civil Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many civil servants have been employed by the press office of HM Treasury in each year since 1997; and what was their average age in each of those years.

      Civil Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many civil servants currently employed by HM Treasury have worked there for at least (a) one, (b) three, (c) five, (d) seven, and (e) 15 years; and what...

      Computer Systems: Home Office

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In respect of (a) the Home Office, (b) the Border and Immigration Service, (c) the Identity and Passport Service, and (d) the Criminal Records Bureau, on how many...

      Computer Systems: NIO

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

      Economy: Growth Forecasts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider the International Monetary Fund's estimation of United Kingdom growth of 1.6 per cent in 2008 and 2009 is correct.

      Economy: Growth Forecasts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the economy is growing or falling into recession.

      Electrical Personal Assistive Mobility Devices

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they plan to meet representatives of the Police Federation to discuss the introduction of electric personal assistive mobility devices into the United...

      Energy: Renewables

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Mr Iain Wright MP, on 7 February (Official...

      EU: Applicant States

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the guarantor powers of the Dayton agreement or its Peace Implementation Council can intervene concerning any application by Bosnia and Herzegovina to join...

      Money

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the depiction of Britannia has been removed from the new 50 pence coin.

      National Insurance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What the estimated cost and numbers would be in 2010, 2020, 2030, 2040 and 2050 for United Kingdom and for non-United Kingdom residents respectively, who already...

      Northern Ireland Office: Dress Code

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the dress code for those working in the Northern Ireland Office while at work; when it was introduced; how it was devised; by whom; and how it is monitored.

      Northern Ireland Office: Website

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much the Northern Ireland Office's website cost in 2007; how often is it updated; and by whom.

      Northern Ireland: Bill of Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 12 March (WA 240) concerning the chairmanship of the Northern Ireland Bill of Rights Forum, for how many days the...

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What events in the Republic of Ireland were funded in part or whole by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission in 2007.

      Planning: Shops

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to introduce legislation to enforce the impact assessment procedure under PPS 6 planning guidelines to assist local planning authorities in...

      Plastic Bags

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the recent decline in usage of plastic bags is adequate.

      Police: Stop and Search

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What guidance they have given to the Metropolitan Police and other forces concerning meeting target proportions of ethnic groups under stop-and-search rules.

      Questions for Written Answer

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many House of Lords Questions for Written Answer were received by each department in the last parliamentary Session; and How many House of Lords Questions for...

      Questions for Written Answer

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Drayson on 29 March 2006 (WA 112), how they define "disproportionate effort"; and how this differs from their definition of...

      Questions for Written Answer: Costs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What grade of civil servant salary they use to calculate the marginal cost of answering Questions for Written Answer; and what is the cost per hour of civil...

      Security Forces: Lurgan, County Armagh

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

      St Andrews Agreement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 22 April (WA 291), whether it was their intention that the electorate should endorse the St Andrews Agreement in an...

      Transport: Exceptional Loads

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any person has been accredited with powers under paragraph 12 of Schedule 4 or paragraph 9 of Schedule 5 (Powers to control traffic for purposes of...

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