Written answers

Tuesday, 29 April 2008

  • Health

    • Allergies: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many consultant allergists there are in England per head of population; (2) how many consultants specialising in allergies there are in England.

    • Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people with autistic spectrum disorder have been detained under mental health legislation since the relevant provisions came into force.

      Autism: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the frequency with which autistic spectrum disorder was misdiagnosed as a mental health condition, in the latest period...

      Children: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what role health visitors will play in delivering the Child Health Promotion Programme; and what estimate he has made of the number of health visitors...

      Chlamydia: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to have developed a national template for service specification for chlamydia screening through the Community Pharmacy Contractual...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that recommendations for research into myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome set out in the...

      Departmental Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has adopted the Carbon Trust's Carbon Management Programme.

      Doctors: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of the NHS pension abatement rules on doctors who have been obliged to retire on the grounds of disability and...

      Eyes: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what requirements his Department places on ophthamologists to maintain statistics to monitor the incidence of keratoconus.

      Hospitals: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which hospitals in (a) Southend and (b) Essex had not been deep cleaned by the target date; and if he will make a statement; (2) how much was...

      Maternity Services: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many perinatologists are employed in each hospital trust on Merseyside.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what representations the Government has received on the likely effects of implementing the provisions of the Mental Health Act 2007 on independent...

      NHS (Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2005

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had on the possible suspension of regulation 13 of the National Health Service...

      NHS European Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what work has been conducted by the NHS European Office since it was set up in 2007.

      NHS: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many consultants with clinical excellence awards, who have been obliged to retire on the grounds of disability and have been re-employed on a...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether there are circumstances under which unused prescription medicines returned by patients may be re-allocated to other patients; and if he will make...

      NHS: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the Answer of 18 July 2007, Official Report, column 470W, on NHS: land, what progress has been made by his Department in examining how...

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects of the market forces factor on hospital trusts that employ staff at nationally agreed pay rates in areas where...

      NHS: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health at how many sites (a) Safe Estates Ltd and (b) Camelot have been commissioned by the NHS to provide site security for existing or former hospital or...

      Nurses: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many school nurses were employed by each primary care trust in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Plastic Surgery: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on funding for orbicularis oculi muscle strips.

      Radiography: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) part-trained and (b) fully-trained radiographers were employed by the Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Foundation Trust in each year...

      Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Disease: Out of Area Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients resident in Wales (a) received rehabilitation treatment at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Disease, Bath and (b) were...

      Smoking: Public Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects of the smoking ban on (a) public health and (b) his Department's expenditure; and what mechanisms he has put...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Carers' Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will review the level of the carer premium in the preparation of the national carer strategy.

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what mechanisms for redress are available to people in circumstances where maintenance orders made by the High Court are not fully implemented...

      Departmental Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to report on his Department's performance against public service agreements with deadlines of March 2008.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was allocated to each (a) London local authority and (b) region of the UK under the discretionary payment scheme in each of the last...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have issued on the maximum distance a tenant in receipt of housing benefit in the...

      Housing Benefit: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time taken to process a housing benefit application was in each year since 2002-03.

      Housing Benefit: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time taken to process a housing benefit application in the worst performing 15 per cent. of local authorities was as at March 2008.

      Jobcentre Plus: Leaflets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance his Department issues to Jobcentre Plus offices about their (a) stock, (b) display and (c) use of public information leaflets.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will answer Question 185261, tabled by the hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire on 4 February 2008, on children in workless households.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pension traces were carried out by the Pension Tracing Service in each year since 2005.

      Winter Fuel Payments: Swansea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in Swansea East constituency are eligible for winter fuel payments.

  • Women and Equality

    • Departmental Video Conferencing

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality if she will set a target to increase the use of video-conferencing by the Government Equalities Office to reduce the need to travel to meetings.

    • Females: Marriage

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what assessment she has made of the financial effect on women of changing their surnames on marriage, with particular reference to charges for amending...

  • Olympics

    • Consultants

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what payments the (a) London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and (b) the Olympic Delivery Authority have made to (i) Mandate Communications and...

    • Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many days it took on average to answer written parliamentary questions tabled by each hon. Member for answer by her in the last six months.

      Olympic Games 2012: Construction

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what her latest estimate is of the cost to construct the Olympic Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Olympic Games; and for what reasons this estimate differs from...

  • Scotland

    • Electronic Government

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

  • Northern Ireland

    • Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many persons on average were eligible for pension credit in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 18 February 2008, Official Report, column 56W, on Afghanistan: drugs, what steps (a) UK and (b) US troops are taking to...

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the decision was made to put armour on the Jackal M-WMIK vehicle; whether all the M-WMIK vehicles have been armoured; whether any M-WMIK vehicles...

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many aircraft lifts have been ordered; and how many will be required for each future aircraft carrier.

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel were deployed on operations, broken down by location, in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date the Queen's Colour Squadron will cease ceremonial duties prior to its deployment to Afghanistan.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people who applied to join the armed services in 2006-07 were rejected because they did not meet fitness criteria.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what specific training in tropical medicine medical officers undertaking the Army's Entry Officers course receive.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 1 April 2008, Official Report, column 791W, on armoured fighting vehicles, how many individual shipments were required to...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 1 April 2008, Official Report, column 791W, on armoured fighting vehicles, how many individual shipments were required to...

      Defence: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the UK's contribution is to NATO's Cyber Defence Management Authority; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Publications

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

      HMS Southampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence where (a) HMS Southampton and (b) HMS Exeter have been deployed in 2008; what plans he has for further deployments prior to their decommissioning; and...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many Land Rovers have been lost due to damage sustained from an improvised explosive device or landmine in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan; (2)...

      Iraq: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which projects his Department (a) initiated, (b) oversaw, (c) directed and (d) funded in connection with the modernisation of the port of Umm Qasr;...

      Karian and Box

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

      War Graves: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps the Government have taken to protect military shipwrecks as final resting places.

  • Wales

    • Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many freedom of information requests made to his Department were (a) answered (i) within 20 days, (ii) within 40 days, (iii) within 60 days, (iv)...

    • Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parking

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission whether provision is planned in the House of Commons car park for installing facilities for re-charging...

  • Transport

    • A12

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many representations she has received from Essex county council on the adequacy of the A12 since 2005; (2) if she will allocate funds to the...

    • A46: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will amend the proposals for the dualling of the A46 between Newark and Widmerpool to keep the project within budget.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what payments Network Rail made to (a) Mandate Communications and (b) AS Biss in each of the last five years; and on what date and for what purpose...

      Heathrow Airport: BAA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what meetings took place in 2007 between her Department's (a) officials and (b) Ministers and representatives of BAA to discuss the project for...

      Heathrow Airport: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much her Department paid to WS Atkins for its work on the Project for the Sustainable Development of Heathrow resulting in the October 2007...

      Kemble to Swindon Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will publish the Network Rail evaluation of proposals to re-double the Kemble to Swindon line, including any cost predictions.

      Kemble to Swindon Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which (a) hon. Members and (b) local authorities have made representations to (i) her and (ii) Network Rail on the re-doubling of (A) the Kemble to...

      Lorries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) foreign and (b) British-registered lorries made at least one journey on UK roads in each year since 1997.

      M5

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made on proposals to modify junction 12 of the M5; and what plans she has for consultation prior to the introduction of any...

      North Cotswold Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria were used to (a) accept the North Cotswolds line and (b) reject the Stroud Valleys line for future re-doubling.

      Ports: Automatic Number Plate Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will take steps to install number plate recognition systems at all major British ports.

      Public Transport: Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the tram trains for use on the Penistone line will be built in the UK.

      Railway Stations: Halifax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will estimate the number of passengers who used Halifax railway station in each of the last five years.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment her Department has made of the feasibility and cost of a maglev rail system.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the division of responsibilities is between (a) her Department and (b) Network Rail on (i) the safeguarding of lines for possible future...

      Railways: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many deaths of (a) railway workers and (b) others occurred as a result of electrocution by the third rail in each year since 1997.

      Railways: Electric Cables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many railway overhead lines fell down in each year since 1997.

      Railways: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much copper from signalling cables on the railways has been stolen in each of the last five years; how many thefts there were in (a) England and...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects the Nichols costs review of Highways Agency road schemes to be completed; and whether the review will be published on her Department's...

      Roads: Tax Evasion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road tax evaders there were in (a) 2000-01 and (b) 2005-06; what proportion of these were prosecuted in 2005-06; and what the loss was of...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 2 April 2008 , Official Report, columns 1034-35W, on rolling stock, what requests received from train operating companies for...

      Rolling Stock: Northampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans she has for the improvement of the rolling stock on the London to Northampton train service.

      Rolling Stock: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she takes to ensure that passengers' seating comfort is taken into account in train design; and if she will make a statement.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Hemp

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) estimate his Department has made of the costs and (b) assessment he has made of the merits of growing industrial...

    • Agriculture: Hemp

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the merits of a licensing regime for farmers wishing to grow industrial hemp.

      Agriculture: Nitrate Vulnerable Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he has made an assessment of the likely environmental impacts arising from the application of slurry and poultry...

      Air Pollution: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent consideration the Government have given to lowering the maximum permissible levels of air pollution; and what...

      Angling: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) full and (b) concessionary cost of a (i) coarse and trout and (ii) salmon and sea trout rod licence was in...

      Biofuels: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to raise awareness of the effects of more widespread use of biofuels.

      Climate Change: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research he has conducted into the impact of the melting of ice-sheets; and what estimates his Department has made of...

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cash equivalent transfer value is of the public sector pensions of the 10 highest paid members of staff in his...

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many respondents took part in each consultation held by his Department in each of the last three years.

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will ensure that compensation is provided to under-10 metre fishing fleets when new catch limits are in place.

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the timetable is for discussions between his Department and the Marine and Fisheries Agency with regard to changes to...

      Fisheries: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consideration has been given to the situation of under-10 metre fleets that use sustainable rod and line fishing methods...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the capacity of internal drainage boards to undertake responsibility for flood prevention...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which local authority areas fall within the catchment of an internal drainage board.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will encourage local authorities in areas where two tiers of local government exist to form joint bodies to oversee...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will encourage localised measurement of rainfall to present more accurate information on potential flooding.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what powers are available to a person who is appointed as a flood warden by a parish or town council.

      Floods: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on how many occasions the Environment Agency has objected to a development on the basis of flood risk in the last five years,...

      Livestock: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) cattle or calves, (b) sheep and (c) other livestock species were exported from the UK for (i) further...

      Local Food Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria he has established to determine eligibility for the local food scheme; and whether such criteria vary between...

      Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research he has commissioned or funded into gas use in households which have introduced energy efficiency measures.

      Packaging: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to encourage the introduction of a standardised labelling system indicating the...

      Pet Travel Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cases of failure of microchips used to obtain pet passports there were in each of the last five years.

      Plastic Bags: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to exempt plastic bags made from biodegradable film from the proposed plastic bag tax.

      Plastic Bags: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether plastic bags manufactured before the start date for any plastic bag tax will be subject to the tax.

      Recreation Spaces: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs under what circumstances the public may be excluded from land designated as a town green under section 15(1) of the Commons...

      Tobacco: Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will estimate the percentage of waste accounted for by tobacco-related products.

      Water: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to encourage the manufacture and sale of water efficient toilets that have a flush volume...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment he has made of the effects of expenditure on the 2012 London Olympics on arts funding.

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 22 February 2008, Official Report, column 1049W, on departmental ICT, how many missing or stolen (a) laptops...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost of (a) salaries for permanent Civil Service posts, (b) salaries for permanent non-Civil Service posts and (c) payments...

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the effect on his Department's expenditure would be of increasing the employee contribution to each pension scheme for which his...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 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...

      Fossils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether he proposes to take steps to bring fossils within the remit of the Waverly system; and if he will make a statement.

      Gaming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many adult gaming centres have closed in the last 12 months.

      Sports: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he expects the new independent anti-doping agency to be established; and if he will make a statement.

      Strategic, Necessary and Proportionate Test

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent on developing his Department's Strategic, Necessary and Proportionate test.

      Theatres: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many regional theatres closed in each year since 1997.

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • ConstructionSkills: Stratagem

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what payments ConstructionSkills made to (a) Fishburn Hedges, (b) Stratagem and (c) Grayling Political strategy in each of...

    • Apprentices: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect on family incomes of young people taking on work-based apprenticeships with day...

      Business: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how many (a) British nationals, (b) EU citizens, (c) non-EU citizens and (d) individuals in total with a Masters...

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps his Department has taken to reduce its energy consumption in the last 12 months; and what his Department's...

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what his most recent estimate is of the unfunded liability in present value terms of each public sector pension scheme for...

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the unfunded liability in present value terms was of each public sector pension scheme for which his Department is...

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the (a) rate and (b) cost was of employer contributions for each public sector pension scheme for which his Department...

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the effect on his Department's expenditure would be from increasing the employee contribution to each pension scheme for...

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the cash equivalent transfer value is of the public sector pensions of the 10 highest paid members of staff in his...

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many public consultations have been held by his Department since its establishment; and how many respondents took part in...

      Financial Services Skills Council: Cicero Consulting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what payments the Financial Services Skills Council made to Cicero Consulting in each of the last five years; and on what...

      Part-Time Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of making the support available to part-time 19 to 25-year-olds enrolled on...

      Student Loans Company: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how much money was retained by the Student Loans Company for eventual repayment to graduates in each month of the last...

      Students: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how many and what proportion of part-time undergraduates in England studying (a) between 50 per cent. and 59 per...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for North Devon of 18 March 2008, Official Report, columns 84-6WS, on Education...

      Students: Part-Time Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what proportion of undergraduate part-time students in England are studying between 30 and 49 per cent. of a...

      Training: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of the foundation learning tier under the (a) adult learner response strand and (b) employer response...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Aerials: Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make it her policy to ensure that local authorities apply business rates to phone masts at a single uniform rate.

    • Allotments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent guidance her Department has issued to local authorities on the provision of allotments; and what role her Department...

      Career Structure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what plans she has for the training and development of finance staff in her Department's headquarters under the Finance...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make it a requirement for local authorities to check households appearing in the electoral register against the...

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department has taken to reduce its energy consumption in the last 12 months; and what her Department's...

      Departmental Legislation

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

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what budget each Minister in her Department has for entertainment in 2008-09.

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the effect on her Department's expenditure would be of increasing the employee contribution to each pension scheme for...

      Domestic Wastes: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 3 April 2008, Official Report, column 1248W, on carbon dioxide emissions, what role household waste...

      East of England Regional Assembly: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations she has received on direct elections to the East of England Regional Assembly; and if she will make a statement.

      Farms: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will bring forward proposals to amend planning legislation to enable farmers to build on-farm accommodation for their...

      Fire Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) whole-time firefighters, (b) retained firefighters and (c) non-uniformed fire and rescue service staff were...

      Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what role her Department plays in (a) the process by which counties may establish their own flags and (b) the planning...

      Floods: Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what powers parish and town councils have to levy a precept in order to deal with flooding issues.

      Greenbelt: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 3 April 2008, Official Report, column 1275W, on regional planning...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her Department provides health or social care services out of public funds, with reference to the Statement by the...

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what plans the Government have to establish a standard definition for zero-carbon with regards to housing; and if she will...

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what representations her Department has received on the comparative carbon dioxide emission reductions potentially...

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of properties in England unsuitable for cavity wall insulation; what proportion of the...

      Housing: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department is taking to increase the supply of affordable housing in (a) Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency and...

      Housing: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will consider giving local authorities greater powers within the planning process on decisions to convert family dwelling...

      Housing: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in respect of how many new dwellings Bournemouth borough council has granted planning permission in each of the last three years.

      Housing: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average purchase price of a domestic dwelling was for a first-time buyer in (a) England and (b) the United Kingdom in...

      Housing: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information her Department holds on the average purchase price of a domestic dwelling paid by first time buyers.

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many (a) local authority, (b) private rented, (c) owner-occupier and (d) housing association homes did not reach the...

      Index of Deprivation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) if she will place in the Library copies of the original datasets used to calculate the geographical barriers sub-domain in...

      Index of Deprivation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what changes were made to the methodology of the Index of Deprivation in (a) 2000, (b) 2004 and (c) 2007 in relation to the...

      Infrastructure Planning Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what advice her Department has received from the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) on the number of cases which would have been...

      Infrastructure Planning Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the average number of planning applications which will be considered by the Infrastructure...

      Local Authorities: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her Department has given local authorities guidance on carbon offsetting.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what changes have been made to the equalisation formula for local government funding in England since May 1997.

      Local Government: Consent Regimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 31 January 2008, Official Report, column...

      Mayor of London: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance (a) her Department and (b) the Government Office for London has issued on the Mayor of London's new powers to...

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the function and purpose is of business rates buoyancy factor allowance.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will introduce in England a scheme with similar structure and objectives to the Northern Ireland scheme of business rate...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what planning requirements and processes apply to proposals for (a) new urban development and (b) eco-towns.

      Planning Permission: Consultation Papers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she plans to publish the consultation on revisions to Planning Policy Statement 6.

      Planning: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department provides to planning authorities on the potential for excess water to flood neighbouring properties...

      Quarrying: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer of 18 February 2008, Official Report, columns 49-50W, on quarrying: public participation, which local...

      Regional Development Agencies: Local Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authorities will be represented on the proposed leaders' fora for scrutiny of regional development agencies.

      Regional Planning and Development: Local Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether new integrated regional strategies will require the agreement of local authorities to be adopted.

      Regional Planning and Development: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations she has received from the Environment Agency about the South West Regional Spatial Strategy; which parts of...

      Regional Planning and Development: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has produced on the (a) minimum and (b) maximum length of the consultation period for each stage...

      Regional Planning and Development: Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the proposed development in the Thames Gateway area entails building on green belt land.

      Small Businesses: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what estimate she has made of the number of businesses eligible for small business rate relief in each financial year...

      Stamp Duty: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 19 March 2008, Official Report, column 1223W, on stamp duties: tax allowances, how many...

      Valuation Tribunal Service: Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the Valuation Tribunal Service's business rates manual.

  • International Development

    • Bangladesh: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department has offered to Bangladesh to (a) promote the development of greener technologies, (b) counter the...

    • Bangladesh: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the potential for greener energy generation in Bangladesh.

      Burma: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to (a) provide humanitarian assistance to internally-displaced people and (b) alleviate the humanitarian...

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his most recent estimate is of the unfunded liability in present value terms of each public sector pension scheme for which his...

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the unfunded liability in present value terms was of each public sector pension scheme for which his Department is responsible in...

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the effect on his Department's expenditure would be from increasing the employee contribution to each pension scheme for which his...

      Departmental Public Opinion

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

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department plans to ask other countries to increase funding to combat HIV/AIDS in developing countries.

      Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development in which countries the head of his Department's field office acts as the senior UK representative for diplomatic purposes.

      Gaza: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of unplanned financial expenditure incurred by his Department and its implementing agencies in providing...

      Gaza: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether the Government or their implementing agencies have faced delays in importing humanitarian items into Gaza in the last 12 months.

      River Nile: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) funded on (i) the likely effects of climate change on water levels in the...

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Public Order Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) cautioned, (b) prosecuted and (c) given a penalty notice for disorder for failing to comply with a request from...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) on premises and (b) off premises licences were (i) suspended and (ii) revoked for selling alcohol to people under the age of...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria are used to determine which of the four categories of suffering set out in the Animal (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 specific...

      Anti-terrorism Control Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals who absconded while subject to a control order under the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005 have since been located.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate she has made of the number of failed asylum seekers in the UK.

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the report of the Children's Commissioner, published on 3 March 2008, insofar as it relates to unaccompanied...

      BAE Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what requests the Government have received from the US Department of Justice to assist in its investigation into BAe Systems; and if...

      Border and Immigration Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the budget of the UK Border Agency is for each of the next three years; how much has been spent on its establishment; and what criteria...

      Border and Immigration Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) staff and (b) immigration officers are to be employed in the UK Border Agency in 2008-09.

      British Nationality: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many non-British citizens who served with British services in (a) Iraq, (b) Afghanistan and (c) other military campaigns have...

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what types of cannabis were seized by police in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and what estimate she has made...

      Community Policing: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations she has received on neighbourhood policing in North Yorkshire.

      Crimes of Violence

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

      Crimes of Violence: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many disability hate crimes were recorded in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007.

      Crimes of Violence: Mentally Ill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many violent crimes were committed by people undergoing treatment by out-patient psychiatric services in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent on the most recent redesign and implementation of her Departmental website.

      Departmental Legislation

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

      Departmental Legislation

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

      Departmental Marketing

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officials in her Department were paid gross remuneration of (a) between £50,000 and £75,000, (b) between £75,001...

      Departmental Pensions

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

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which programmes funded by her Department have experienced a real terms reduction in their annual budget for the 2007-08 financial year; and...

      Departmental Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much energy in kilowatt hours was purchased by her Department from renewable sources in each year between 1997-98 and 2005-06.

      Departmental Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when her Department plans to publish its sustainable operations policy statement.

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of memoranda of understanding signed with (a) Libya, (b) Algeria and (c) Jordan.

      Detection Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the crime detection rate in (a) each police force and (b) England and Wales was in each year since 1997.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria are applied in determining a visa application from an individual accused of promoting race hate.

      Forced Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what steps the Government has taken to reduce the number of forced marriages; (2) what steps the Government has taken to assist those...

      Genetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the advantages and disadvantages of taking mandatory DNA samples from all UK citizens as part of her policy...

      Genetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Forensic Science Service has taken to ensure compliance with the Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods' standards.

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the average annual cost is of storing a DNA sample with a company or organisation that analyses such samples for the purposes of...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people (a) without a criminal conviction and (b) in total had their profiles recorded on the national DNA database in each of the...

      Hemp

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the licensing regime for industrial hemp cultivation in preventing illegal drug production.

      Illegal Immigrants: Restaurants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many immigration raids have taken place on eating establishments in each month since 1 January.

      Illegal Immigrants: Restaurants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were found to be working illegally in the restaurant industry in (a) 2007 and (b) each month in 2008.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the evidential basis is of her estimate that the annual inflow of immigrants contributes £6 billion to the economy; and what...

      Immigration Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance she has given on the distance a designated officer may pursue an individual they have detained or attempted to detain at a port...

      Immigration: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 26 March 2008, Official Report, column 276W, on immigration: housing, how much funding is available for local...

      Immigration: Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Iraqi nationals were granted asylum in the UK in each of the last five years.

      Immigration: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of immigration applications from Pakistan claiming Afghan refugee status in each of the last 10 years.

      Immigration: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps will be taken to reduce queuing and waiting times at ports and borders, as referred to in the UK Borders Agency Business Plan; and...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to answer the letter of 26 February 2008 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on Naima Alam Manzura.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to answer the letter of 24 January 2008 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on Mr. S. Kadha Hassan Ahmad.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire, dated 19 March 2008, on the proposed abolition of the...

      Missing Persons: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police forces are using computerised data systems for management and recording of missing persons reports.

      Missing Persons: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people under the age of 18 years were reported missing to the police in each police force area in the latest period for which...

      Motorcycles: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the police record the occasions on which they request evidence that a rider of a motorcycle with an engine capacity under 50cc has...

      Police Interrogation: Speech Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what instructions are issued on the procedure and protocol which a police officer must follow in (a) questioning and (b) physically taking...

      Police Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 3 April 2008, Official Report, column 1320W, on police stations, how many (a) police kiosks, (b) mobile police...

      Police: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many accidents involving police (a) pursuit and (b) patrol cars and drivers and members of the public resulting in serious...

      Police: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 11 March 2008, Official Report, columns 11-12WS, on policing (UK borders), how much each...

      Police: Internet

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

      Police: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers left each police force due to (a) retirement, (b) resignation, (c) transfer to another force and (d) other...

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were per notifiable offence in England in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.

      Police: Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the costs of providing translation services in each police authority area of England and Wales were in each of the last two years.

      Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people have been (a) proceeded against for and (b) convicted of failing to disclose information in encrypted form under...

      Robbery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many robberies there were in each police force area in each year since 1997.

      Runaway Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reports police forces received of children missing from home in each of the last three years, broken down by (a) age and (b) sex.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to Appendix A of the Joint Committee on Human Rights' Nineteenth Report of Session 2006-07, how many of the individuals...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the evidential basis was for the figures quoted in the National Security Strategy, and her interview in the News of the World newspaper...

      Terrorism: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been detained on suspicion of terrorist or related offences but were released by the police or security services because...

      Theft: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the five most common makes and models of vehicles stolen in each police authority area were in each of the last five years.

      Tourists: Fingerprints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance she has (a) issued and (b) published on the fingerprinting of UK citizens arriving at British airports from overseas; and if...

      UK Border Agency: Logos

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent on the design and introduction of a logo for the UK Border Agency, broken down by category of expenditure.

      UK Border Agency: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent on the design and introduction of uniforms for the UK Border Agency to date; how much the total projected spend is on...

      Violence: Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will place in the Library the full Home Office research report entitled The effects of video violence on young offenders (1998).

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • British Nationality: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what records he keeps of consular visits to prisoners abroad.

    • Burma: Constitutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessments he has made of the likelihood that the planned referendum on the Burmese draft constitution will be free...

      Chevening Scholarships Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he had with (a) the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, (b) the Department for International...

      Chevening Scholarships Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the recent decision to reduce funding for the Chevening Scholarship programme will affect people who have applied to the...

      China: Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Chinese authorities on the conditions placed on British athletes participating in the...

      China: Oppression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the arrest of human rights lawyer Ms Ni Yulan in China; and if he will make a statement.

      Commonwealth: Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the change in the number of Commonwealth scholarships as a result of the reduction in funding...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 19 March 2008, Official Report, column 1187W, on departmental data protection, if he will include...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost of introducing his Department's new website was; for what reasons his Department's website was changed; and if he...

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many public consultations his Department has held in the last three years; and how many respondents there were to each.

      Developing Countries: Human Rights

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

      Embassies: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what date consultation with the Unite trade union on the possible need to reduce the level of locally-engaged staffing in the...

      Gaza: Borders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to encourage the opening of all border crossings into Gaza.

      International Seabed Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the UK's role is in the International Seabed Authority; and if he will make a statement.

      Kosovo: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Russian Federation counterpart on the UK's recognition of the unilateral declaration...

      Malaysia: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions officials from his Department or members of the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals...

      Malaysia: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions officials from his Department or members of the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals,...

      Malaysia: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will publish the correspondence between the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals, Ministerial...

      Malaysia: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 31 March 2008, Official Report, column 526W, on Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and...

      Morocco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 31 March 2008, Official Report, column 533W, on Morocco, what account he takes of the position taken...

      President of the European Council: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 20 February 2008, Official Report, column 710W, on President of the European Council: pay, what the...

      Promoting Prosperity: Progressive Governance Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost to the public purse was of the Promoting Prosperity: Progressive Governance Summit.

      Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of reports of increased Sudanese government military presence in the Abyei region; and if he will...

      Sudan: Chad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of Chadian involvement in Darfur; and what representations he has made to President Deby on this issue.

      Sudan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the government of Sudan on its obligations under the Abyei Protocol.

      Sudan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the terms of appointment are of Sir Derek Plumbly as the head of the Assessment and Evaluation Commission in Khartoum in...

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what countries have made commitments to the UNAMID force for Darfur.

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether UNAMID the joint AU/UN force for Darfur has a Chapter 7 mandate from the UN; and if he will make a statement.

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what countries have made definite commitments of helicopters to UNAMID in Darfur.

      Uganda: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of reports of divisions within the Lord's Resistance Army over the content of the draft peace...

      UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the process is for nominating members of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women;...

      Zimbabwe: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions the Government has had with other governments on the non-publication of the results of the recent presidential...

      Zimbabwe: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government has taken to establish the extent of human rights violations in Zimbabwe.

  • Treasury

    • Adjudicator's Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cases the Adjudicators Office dealt with in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

    • Adjudicator's Office: Complaints

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints have been received about the Adjudicators Office in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Adjudicator's Office: Complaints

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how long on average the Adjudicators Office took to (a) respond to a complaint and (b) successfully deal with a complaint in the latest period for which...

      Adjudicator's Office: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the annual budget of the Adjudicators Office is; and if he will make a statement.

      Adjudicator's Office: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time workers are employed by the Adjudicators Office; and if he will make a statement.

      Bird and Bird

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what contracts were awarded by his Department to Bird and Bird solicitors in each year since 2005; and what the (a) value and (b) duration of each such...

      Car Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether HM Revenue and Customs plans to review the authorised mileage allowances for tax purposes to take account of rising fuel costs.

      Crown Estate: Weber Shandwick Public Affairs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what payments the Crown Estate made to Weber Shandwick Public Affairs in each of the last five years; and on what date and for what purpose the payments...

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department has taken to reduce its energy consumption in the last 12 months; and what his Department's expenditure on energy was in (a) the...

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what his most recent estimate is of the unfunded liability in present value terms of each public sector pension scheme for which his Department is...

      Equitable Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent producing the report of the Equitable Life inquiry.

      Fuels: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much (a) the Assets Recovery Agency and (b) HM Revenue and Customs recovered from those involved in fuel laundering in Northern Ireland in each of the...

      Fuels: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many prosecutions for offences relating to fuel laundering there were in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years; (2) how many people...

      Government Departments: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what price his Department requires Government Departments to use for one tonne of carbon dioxide when calculating their budgets.

      Health Services

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

      Income Tax: Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) cases of and (b) prosecutions for income tax evasion there have been since 2001.

      Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of people who will be worse off in Beverley and Holderness constituency following the abolition of the 10 pence tax...

      Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the effects on financial intermediaries of financial lenders withdrawing products and lending directly to end...

      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 10 March 2008, transferred from the Department for Children,...

      Northern Rock

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what forecast he has made of the size of Northern Rock's mortgage book at the end of (a) 2008 and (b) 2009.

      Northern Rock: Nationalisation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received since nationalisation on the operations of Northern Rock bank in (a) Denmark, (b) the Republic of Ireland and (c)...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he has taken to provide greater flexibility for Government Departments, with reference to the use of capital expenditure and operational...

      Tobacco: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward proposals for a levy on cigarette manufacturers to pay for the removal of discarded cigarette butts.

  • Justice

    • Offenders: Cost of Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will give consideration to charging offenders for the cost of their punishment.

    • Reoffending Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking through the youth justice system to reduce reoffending rates.

      Postal Voting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of the integrity of the postal voting system.

      ClearSprings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions he has had with ClearSprings on property in Basildon district.

      RAF Coltishall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make a statement on the development of plans for a prison in the former RAF Coltishall.

      "Governance of Britain"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has for electronic consultation on the proposals in the Governance of Britain Green Paper.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent estimate he has made of the time taken to bring young offenders' cases to court; and what targets he has set for this process.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of the operation of youth referral orders.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people under the age of 21 years were serving sentences for public protection offences at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress is being made in conjunction with the Home Department in securing agreements with other countries to transfer foreign national prisoners to...

      Prison Building

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent progress has been made on the prisons building programme.

      Prisons: Illegal Commodities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to reduce the supply of illegal drugs and mobile telephones in prisons.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress he has made on reform of legal aid.

      Youth Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the priorities of the Youth Justice Unit and other youth justice initiatives.

      Belmarsh Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether there is a regime at HMP Belmarsh whereby prisoners are granted access to amenities in recognition of good conduct; (2) what amenities are...

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what his most recent estimate is of the unfunded liability in present value terms of each public sector pension scheme for which his Department is...

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the effect on his Department's expenditure would be from increasing the employee contribution to each pension scheme for which his Department...

      Domestic Violence: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prosecutions for offences relating to domestic violence there were in each year since 2003; (2) what proportion of prosecutions for...

      Electronic Government

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

      Limitation of Actions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 18 February 2008, Official Report, column 186W, on A v. Hoare, what progress has been made by the Government in their...

      Miscarriages of Justice: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what provision there is for appeal against refusal of compensation for wrongful conviction, following the abolition of the discretionary scheme in...

      Office of the Public Guardian: Powers of Attorney

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what information he has on the time taken to administer the registration of lasting powers of attorney by the Public Guardian Office (PGO); and what...

      Open Prisons: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether prisoners in open prisons employed by outside companies are subject to prison rules.

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners have been released in April 2008 as a result of early release schemes.

      Prisoners: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of the prison population was in local authority care at some point when under the age of 16 years at the latest date for which figures...

      Prisoners: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many incidents of self-mutilation by women were recorded in each prison in the last five years.

      Prisoners: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to reduce suicides in prison.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what consultative meetings Lord Carter has held as part of his prisons review; (2) what written submissions Lord Carter has received as part of...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many visitors to prisons were found to be in possession of illegal drugs in each year since 1997; how many were referred to the police; and what...

      Prisons: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what rules are in place governing the employment of prisoners by external companies.

      Prisons: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether any prisoners in contracted out prisons are employed by outside companies.

      Prisons: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison residential quarters are occupied by prison officers; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison residential quarters occupied by prison officers are planned to be let to avoid the costs that would be incurred in upgrading properties...

      Secure Training Centres: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff in each secure training centre are educated to degree level; and how many have postgraduate qualifications in child care or education.

      Secure Training Centres: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average sickness rate was for staff in each secure training centre in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department has conducted a race impact assessment of indeterminate sentencing for public protection.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many black and minority ethnic (a) men and (b) women have received an indeterminate sentence for public protection in each month since sentencing...

      Young Offenders: Custodial Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) males and (b) females aged (i) under 18 and (ii) 18 to 21 years old were held in the adult prison estate on the latest date for which...

      Young Offenders: Custodial Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many children under 18 years were placed in young offender institutions in each of the last 10 years.

      Young Offenders: Self-Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many incidents of self-mutilation by juveniles were recorded in each prison in the last five years.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Bell Pottinger Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what payments his Department and its predecessor made to the Bell Pottinger Group in each of the last five years; and on what...

    • Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many new schools have been commissioned under the Building Schools for the Future programme; and how many of them were...

      Cadets: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what funding his Department has provided to cadet forces in schools in the last three years.

      Children in Care: Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in care were reported missing in each of the last 10 years.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of child care (a) places and (b) providers were (i) maintained, (ii) private, (iii) voluntary and...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of paid childcare staff in those settings for which his Department has responsibility were dismissed...

      Children: Daycare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many childcare places there are in each local authority; what estimate he has made of the level of demand for places in each...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of his Department's budget was allocated directly by his Department and not devolved to schools or local...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the (a) most recent annual budget, (b) purpose and (c) staff complement is of each of his Department's (i) advisory...

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what (a) surveys, (b) questionnaires and (c) other services were provided by polling companies for his Department in financial...

      Departmental Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what (a) internal and (b) external reviews his Department is conducting; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the principal objectives and targets of each directorate within his Department are; and if he will make a statement.

      Dyslexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what representations his Department has received on the proposal that at least one teacher in every school should have the...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of those in post-16 education were in receipt of the education maintenance allowance in the latest period for...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of eligible pupils gained no A* to C graded GCSEs in 2007, broken down by (a) multiple deprivation...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of pupils in Suffolk were entered for fewer than five GCSEs in each of the last five years.

      Grammar Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his policy is on selection by ability in grammar schools; and if he will make a statement.

      Higher Education: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals went on to higher education upon leaving school in each of...

      Mandate Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what payments his Department made to (a) Mandate Communications and (b) AS Biss & Co in each of the last five years; on what...

      Midwives: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what training in nutrition (a) midwives and (b) health visitors are required to undertake.

      Playgrounds: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding his Department plans to allocate to improving playgrounds in each year from 2008-09 to 2011-12; what cost/benefit...

      Pre-School Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the occupancy rate of nursery places provided in children's centres in each local authority; and if...

      Pupils: Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his policy is on arrangements for free bus transport to and from schools for pupils aged (a) under nine, (b) nine to 11 and...

      Pupils: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his most recent estimate is of the number of school pupils who are (a) hearing impaired and (b) have a special educational...

      School Improvement and Targets Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the annual cost of the School Improvement and Targets Unit was in the latest period for which figures are available; and if...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which non-grammar schools have special dispensation to operate a partial system of selection by ability based on grandfathered...

      Schools: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools have been commissioned outside the Building Schools for the Future programme in each of the last three years; and...

      Schools: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many new schools went over their construction budget in each of the last five years.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what public spending on schools in England (a) was in (i) 2006-07 and (ii) 2007-08 and (b) is planned to be in (A) 2008-09, (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 at Key Stage 2 in 2007,...

      Specialised Diplomas: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his latest estimate is of the cost to his Department of delivering the new diplomas in each year from 2008-09 to 2015-16; and...

      Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of (a) primary and (b) secondary school teachers had the equivalent of at least three A levels at grade B or...

      Teachers: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what mechanisms are in place for the removal of teachers deemed to be incompetent in the classroom; and what role the General...

      Teachers: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what payments the Teachers' TV Board of Governors has made to (a) Hanover Communications and (b) Open Road in each of the last...

      Teachers: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teachers aged under 60 years left the profession in Yorkshire and the Humber in each of the last 10 years; and if he will...

      Teachers: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) teachers and (b) teaching assistants there were in each local authority area in Yorkshire and the Humber in each of...

      Teaching Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of lessons in each school year were set in the latest period for which figures are available. [Official Report, 10...

      Young Offenders: Police Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children aged (a) 13, (b) 14, (c) 15, (d) 16, (e) 17 and (f) under 18 years have been held in police cells under...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Rented Housing: Private Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many households were living in private rented accommodation during each of the last three years.

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Water Charges: Churches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) for what reasons exemptions and reliefs on water charges for churches and charities will be removed in 2010; and...

  • House of Lords

    • Airports: Heathrow

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the first report of the Independent Monitoring Board on the short-term holding facilities at Heathrow Airport; and whether reports have...

    • Apprenticeships

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many apprenticeships were awarded under apprenticeship schemes in Wales, Scotland and England in 2004—06; 2005—06; and 2006—07.

      Apprenticeships

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many apprenticeships were awarded to females in 2004—05 and 2005—06.

      Apprenticeships

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many apprenticeships were awarded in 2004—05 in each of the United Kingdom's principal industries.

      Benefits: Employment and Support Allowance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether claimants of employment and support allowance who have sufficient national insurance contributions to receive the benefit, or who have been disabled since...

      Benefits: Employment and Support Allowance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What will be the basic weekly rate of employment and support allowance paid to (a) claimants of income-based employment and support allowance and (b) claimants of...

      Consultation: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 25 March (WA 97) concerning the use of words which are related to Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998, when...

      Energy: Fuel Poverty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people in the United Kingdom are affected by fuel poverty; and what initiatives are proposed to enable vulnerable households to meet the cost of gas and...

      European Space Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many United Kingdom scientific or other personnel will be directly involved in assisting the launch of the European Space Agency's satellite for the Earth...

      Extradition: Spain

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What information they have received from the authorities in Spain about the extradition of Mr Farid Hilali in February; in particular, whether he has been or will...

      Farriers' Qualification (European Recognition) Regulations 2008

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they made to members of the European Parliament during the passage of Directive 2005/36/EC, as implemented by the Farriers' Qualification...

      House of Lords: British Food

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Further to his Written Answer of 22 April (WA 284), whether the Refreshment Department has a policy of sourcing ingredients from within the United Kingdom; and...

      House of Lords: Pork and Bacon

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Further to his Written Answer of 22 April (WA 284), what price is paid by the House of Lords Refreshment Department for English back bacon; what price is paid...

      House of Lords: Pork and Bacon

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Further to his Written Answers of 3 and 22 April (WA 188 and WA 284), whether a similar price differential to that applying in the case of bacon applies to other...

      Iraq and Iran: Territorial Waters

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What procedure was followed in (a) delineating, and (b) publishing the boundary line between Iraqi and Iranian territorial waters in the North Arabian Gulf.

      National Centre for Earth Observation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they plan to increase financial support for the Natural Environment Research Council to develop the new National Centre for Earth Observation.

      Prisoners: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 31 March (WA 140) concerning remission for prisoners in Northern Ireland, what were the circumstances in which 6...

      Questions for Written Answer: MoD

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people are employed by the Ministry of Defence to answer Parliamentary Questions; and what is the annual cost.

      Terrorism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 18 March (WA 37), what is their current policy towards the celebration of terrorists who committed...

      Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 22 April, when the new cross border enforcement of traffic offences will come into effect for lorries.

      Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 22 April, what penalties will be imposed on lorries in respect of: (a) on the spot fines, and (b) impounding of...

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