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Written answers

Thursday, 1 May 2008

  • Solicitor-General

    • BAE Systems

      To ask the Solicitor-General what investigations the Serious Fraud Office has conducted into BAE Systems since 2003; and on what date each (a) began and (b) ended.

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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)...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • East of England Development Agency: Fishburn Hedges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what payments the East of England Development Agency made to Fishburn Hedges in each of the last five years; on what...

    • Salmon: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department is taking to maintain the minimum import price for farmed salmon.

  • Leader of the House

    • Early Day Motions

      To ask the Leader of the House what assessment she has made of the use of early day motions by hon. Members.

    • Members: PICT

      To ask the Leader of the House how many computers in hon. Members' offices provided by PICT are marked with the instruction that they are not to be used after 8 May 2008; and if she will make a...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Retail Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government plan to take to reduce the use of packaging by retailers.

    • Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if the Government will provide compensation to swill-feeders in connection with foot and mouth disease.

      Pitt Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how he plans to allocate the £34.5 million to implement the Pitt review's recommendations on flooding.

      Newt Populations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what has been spent on relocating newt populations in the last 12 months.

      Imported Biomass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the sustainability of imported biomass.

      Imported Biomass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the sustainability of imported biomass.

      Nitrate Vulnerable Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has received on proposals to protect nitrate vulnerable zones.

      Chewing Gum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will hold discussions with ministerial colleagues in HM Treasury on the use of tax incentives for manufacturers of...

      Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues at the Department for Transport on the effect on climate...

      Ofwat Price Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations he has received on the 2009 Ofwat price review.

      Ofwat Price Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has received on the 2009 Ofwat price review.

      Post-Kyoto Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made on an agreement on climate change since the Bali summit.

      National Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure the security of the national food supply.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the revenue raised through modulation of the single farm payment was spent on in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the value of the modulation element of the single farm payment in England was in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08.

      Beekeeping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department plans to spend on research into bee diseases in the next three years.

      Beekeeping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on the incidence of disease in the honeybee population.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will hold discussions on the new bovine tuberculosis strategy with the RSPCA.

      British Waterways: Weber Shandwick Public Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what payments British Waterways made to Weber Shandwick Public Affairs in each of the last five years; and on what date and...

      Carbon Emissions: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made in meeting the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan target of reducing emissions from the UK's...

      Carbon Trust: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what payments the Carbon Trust made to (a) Citigate Public Affairs, (b) Weber Shandwick Public Affairs and (c) Grayling...

      English Nature: Citigate Public Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what payments English Nature made to Citigate Public Affairs in each of the last five years; and on what date and for what...

      Farms: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farms he has visited since taking up his position, in each Government region; and if he will make a statement.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will review the powers and responsibilities of internal drainage boards (IDBs) including the opportunity for areas...

      Food: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will consider the merits of introducing in England grants for farmers with similar purposes to those of the food...

      Food: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will consider the merits of introducing in England a scheme designed to promote the food production industry similar to...

      Hunting: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will introduce measures under the cross-compliance rules governing the common agricultural policy to deduct payments...

      Meat and Livestock Commission: Weber Shandwick Public Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what payments the Meat and Livestock Commission made to Weber Shandwick Public Affairs in each of the last five years; and on...

      Natural England: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of (a) the adequacy of the Government's funding of Natural England and (b) the effect of...

      Natural England: Grayling Political Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what payments Natural England made to Grayling Political Strategy in each of the last five years; and on what date and for...

      Nature Conservation: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps the Government has taken to assess the extent of damage to wildlife resulting from the effects of climate...

      Radioactive Wastes: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria were used to determine the membership of (a) the Criteria Proposals Group and (b) the Criteria Review Panel...

      Rights of Way

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which Minister authorised the establishment of the Discovering Lost Ways project; and if he will instigate an investigation...

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether (a) the Waste and Resources Action Programme and (b) his Department has purchased the Handbook on the...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Children: Daycare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of children in lower-income working families accessing child care through extended...

    • Disability Living Allowance: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average length of time for an appeal against refusal of disability living allowance to be determined was in the latest period for...

      Disability Living Allowance: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of disability living allowance (a) payments and (b) administration was in each of the last five years.

      Disability Living Allowance: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to review the (a) effectiveness and (b) administration of the disability living allowance.

      Disability Living Allowance: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress his Department has made towards improving the accuracy of estimates for the take-up of disability living allowance amongst...

      Incapacity Benefits: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will review the process by which assessments are made of whether people with myalgic encephalopathy may receive benefits; what account...

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of work-related major and fatal injuries per 100,000 employees in each year since 2004; and what...

      JP Morgan

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

      Pension, Disability and Carers Service: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what expenditure his Department incurred in recruiting the chief executive of the Pension, Disability and Carers Service.

      Pensioners: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures the Government has implemented to help pensioners out of poverty since 1997.

      Poverty: Inverness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) children and (b) pensioners were living in poverty in Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey constituency in each year since 1997.

      Remploy: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions who made the decision to close the Remploy factory in York.

      Remploy: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals were working at Remploy in York at the time of its closure.

      Winter Fuel Payments: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost of extending the winter fuel payment scheme to disabled people under 60 years who are in receipt of (a) the...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to answer question 162349, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6 November, on national insurance numbers.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to answer question 162690, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6 November, on national insurance registrations.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to answer question 162348, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6 November, on national insurance and non-UK citizens.

  • Olympics

    • Olympic Games 2012: Education

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on ensuring that the 2012 Olympic Games delivers a lasting...

    • Olympic Games 2012: Land

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what proportion of sites in the post-2012 Olympic Park has been sold off; and if she will make a statement.

      Olympic Games 2012: Wales

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics which Welsh companies have registered for the CompeteFor service for the Olympics.

  • Defence

    • Aircraft Carriers: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has been given of the time it will take to complete the construction of each aircraft carrier once the physical process of construction...

    • Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what British units in the Joint Rapid Reaction Force (JRRF) will be deployed in (a) a JRRF capacity and (b) another capacity between July to December 2008.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many training exercises have been cancelled because of equipment shortages in each year since 2005.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) name, (b) location and (c) purpose was of each military exercise held in (i) Canada, (ii) Alaska, (iii) Norway, (iv) Iceland, (v)...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 14 March 2008, Official Report, column 714W, on armoured fighting vehicles, if he will publish additional figures on (a) time...

      Defence Estates: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been paid to his Department by charity organisations for the use of its property in each year since 1997.

      Defence: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much in near cash terms his Department spent on urgent operational requirements in each year from 2001-02 to 2006-07; (2) how much has been...

      European Fighter Aircraft: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the effect on the public purse of halting further development of the Typhoon Eurofighter.

      Fleet Air Arm: Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Fleet Air Arm aircraft were operational at the latest date for which figures are available, broken down by aircraft type.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what estimate he has made of strength of the (a) 10th and (b) 14th divisions of the Iraqi Army; (2) what assessment he has made of the...

      Lynx Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when a decision will be made on whether to proceed with the future Lynx project.

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration was given to the role of helicopter engineering as a part of the UK's key technologies and capabilities during the production of the...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Cricket: Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has had on the broadcasting of Test match cricket for the period from 2010 with representatives of the English...

    • Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps the Government is taking to ensure that households (a) nationally and (b) in West Lancashire constituency will be able to...

      Digital Switchover Help Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what estimate he has made of the cost of adding the return path function to the set-top box as part of the digital switchover help...

      Pubwatch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what support his Department provides for the Pubwatch scheme.

      Pubwatch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Pubwatch scheme in reducing the number of occasions when licensing laws are breached.

  • Transport

    • A1: Tree Planting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the number of trees planted in Elmet constituency as a result of the upgrading of the A1 and associated works.

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what meetings she or her Ministers have had with Members of the Welsh Assembly Government on cross-border concessionary bus travel since January...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

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

      Departmental Pensions

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

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cash equivalent transfer value is of the public sector pensions of the 10 highest paid members of staff in her Department and its executive...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the Answer of 28 January 2008, Official Report, columns 43-44W, on departmental telephone services, how much money (a) her Department and...

      Freight: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proposals are being discussed at an EU level on liberalisation of the haulage industry.

      Heavy Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) UK and (b) non-UK registered vehicles between 41 and 44 tonnes (i) entered and (ii) exited the UK in each year since 2004.

      Hire and Reward Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many UK international hire and reward licences were awarded for (a) 2004, (b) 2005, (c) 2006, (d) 2007 and (e) 2008.

      Lorries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made in implementing the Government's proposal to charge foreign-registered lorries which use British roads a contribution...

      Motor Vehicles: Petrol Alternatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 24 April 2008, Official Report, column 2212W, on motor vehicles: petrol alternatives, what her estimate is of the number of...

      Motor Vehicles: Petrol Alternatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 24 April 2008, Official Report, column 2212W, on motor vehicles: petrol alternatives, how many infrastructure grants have...

      Parking: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will take steps to ensure that car park management companies which are not members of the British Parking Association, and are therefore not...

      Railways: Bicycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to encourage train operating companies to allow greater accommodation for cyclists and their bicycles on trains.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road traffic accidents resulting in (a) injury and (b) death occurred in each year since 2001.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much money was spent on road (a) maintenance and (b) construction in each of the last five years.

      Roads: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans she has to involve local authorities in her Department's plans for (a) a national road pricing scheme and (b) technology pilots for a...

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of commercially available speed camera detection systems.

      Transport: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the per capita spending was from the public purse on (a) roads, (b) buses, (c) railways, (d) cycling, (e) walking and (e) air travel in each...

      Wheelchairs: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people were (a) killed, (b) seriously injured and (c) slightly injured in accidents involving powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters in...

  • Health

    • Continuing Care: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people received continuing care in Suffolk in each of the last five years.

    • Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists have been issued with negative schedule letters as a result of negative schedule audits in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2006-07; how much...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 26 March 2008, Official Report, column 200W, on departmental data protection, if he will include information assurance data on...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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.

      Dietary Supplements: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects of the Food Supplements Directive on the availability of high potency supplements in the UK.

      Electronic Government

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

      Fluoxetine: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in Suffolk have been prescribed fluoxetine in each of the last five years.

      Folic Acid: Flour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has received representations from low-volume millers on the application of mandatory fortification with folic acid of bread and flour; and if...

      Food Standards Agency: Edelman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what payments the Food Standards Agency made to (a) Edelman and (b) Strategem in each of the last five years; and on what date and for what purpose the...

      Hospitals: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many new hospitals were commissioned in each of the last five years; and how many of them were commissioned under the private finance initiative...

      Meat Hygiene Service: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much public funding the Meat Hygiene Service has received in each of the last three years; and how much funding it is proposed to receive in 2008-09.

      Meat Hygiene Services: Veterinary Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what private companies provided official veterinary services to the Meat Hygiene Service (MHS) in 2007-08; and what the cost to the MHS of the services of...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how often data records registered on the National Health Application Infrastructure Service (Exeter) are updated.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) surveys and (b) consultations used contact details from the National Health Application Infrastructure Service (Exeter) in (i) 2003-04,...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how data are gathered by primary care trusts for inclusion on the National Health Application Infrastructure Service (Exeter) system.

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are taken to ensure that hospital consultants are aware of National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence decisions on use of specific...

      Medicine: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding has been provided for research into (a) heart disease, (b) stroke and (c) dementia in each of the last five years; and what percentage of...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress is being made in the review by the Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation of the formula used for revenue allocations; and if he will...

      Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the adequacy of training given to staff in residential care homes on dealing with residents with Parkinson's disease.

      Salt: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the scientific basis is for the Food Standards Agency's campaign to reduce hypertension by lowering salt intake; and how much the campaign has cost.

      Salt: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the health effects of reducing salt intake for (a) those who take strenuous exercise, (b) pregnant women and (c) the...

      Slaughterhouses: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which abattoirs (a) were prosecuted by and (b) received written warnings from the Food Standards Agency in each of the last three years.

      Slaughterhouses: Veterinary Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many licensed (a) abattoirs and (b) meat processing plants require official veterinary attendance.

  • Prime Minister

    • Conferences: Poverty

      To ask the Prime Minister who (a) was invited to and (b) attended the Promoting Prosperity: Progressive Governance Summit.

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Prime Minister how many people are employed by (a) the Press Office, (b) the Policy Unit, (c) the Speech Writing Unit, (d) the Research and Information Unit, (e) the Private...

      Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (HL) 2007-08

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will place in the Library a copy of the letter he sent to hon. Members about the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill; who drafted the letter; whom he consulted...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether his Department provides (a) tax-free benefits and (b) other allowances for their staff to purchase bicycles under the Cycle to Work...

    • Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many working days were lost by his Department due to stress-related illness in each of the last 24 months; (2) how many of his...

      Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many documents have been passed by (a) the Royal Ulster Constabulary and (b) the army to official inquiries into their respective...

      Police: Riot Control Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Taser guns have been purchased by the police in Northern Ireland; and whether there have been any instances of their use.

      Public Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost of (a) each public inquiry under way in Northern Ireland and (b) each Historic Enquiries Team investigation has been in each...

  • International Development

    • Bangladesh: Storms

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance is being provided to the remaining victims of Cyclone Sidr in Bangladesh.

    • Developing Countries: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what response he has made to the World Bank and International Monetary Fund assessment that food insecurity could lead to mass...

      Malawi: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department has taken to combat HIV/AIDS in (a) Malawi and (b) Thailand.

      Pakistan: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government is taking to encourage the involvement of women at all levels in the democratic process in Pakistan.

      Rwanda: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent steps the Government has taken to assist sustainable development in Rwanda.

      Sudan: Food Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the safety of those delivering World Food Programme supplies in Southern Sudan.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Admiralty House

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2008, Official Report, column 2564W, on Admiralty House, what guidance his Department issues on the liability of...

    • Buildings: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what minor works have been undertaken in Downing street (a) offices and (b) ministerial residences since the Prime Minister took office.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what information Departments are required to hold on whether their employees are married to other employees.

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the effect on his Department's expenditure would be of increasing the employee contribution to each pension scheme for which his Department is...

  • Treasury

    • Banks

      To ask the Chancellor of theExchequer if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of the board members of the Financial Services Authority in undertaking regulation of the banking sector.

    • Child Trust Fund: Credit Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what provisions apply to the utilisation of child trust funds by parents through credit unions in (a) England and Wales, (b) Scotland and (c) Northern...

      Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal Implementation Project

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assistance the Office of Government Commerce provided to, and what contact it has had with (a) the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency,...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was claimed in reimbursable expenses by Senior Civil Service staff in his Department and its agencies in the last 12 month period for which figures...

      Electronic Government

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

      Employment: EU Nationals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the average duration of employment of EU A8 nationals working in the UK since 2004.

      Endowment Mortgages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether HM Treasury has investigated the role played by the Financial Services Authority in the regulation of the sale of endowment mortgages.

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 24 April 2008, Official Report, column 2212W, on motor vehicles: petrol alternatives, what the differentials in fuel duty are for...

      Excise Duties: Motorcycles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what factors are considered when determining the level of road tax applicable to 125cc motorbikes; and if he will make a statement.

      Population: Bridgend

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely effects of migration on population density in Bridgend constituency over the next 10 years.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what steps his Department has taken to monitor the effect of its private finance initiative policies on (a) value for money and (b) staff terms and...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will extend the remit of the Audit Commission to central government spending.

      Revenue and Customs: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many HM Revenue and Customs staff are employed (a) full-time and (b) part-time in Northern Ireland.

      Stamp Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when the scheme for stamp duty tax relief on new zero-carbon homes will expire; (2) what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a)...

      Taxation: Aviation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 24 April 2008, Official Report, column 2184, on air passenger duty, what representations his Department has received from...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many complaints about tax credits HM Revenue and Customs received from (a) hon. Members and (b) members of the public by (i) telephone, (ii)...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many calls were (a) received, (b) handled and (c) unanswered by (i) the claimants' and (ii) hon. Members' tax credit hotline in each year since 2003.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Warrington

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in Warrington are in receipt of each category of tax credit.

      Wine: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the evidential basis was for his statement on 12 March 2008, Official Report, column 298, that the average bottle of wine costs £4.00.

  • Justice

    • Compensation: Industrial Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer by the Prime Minister of 12 March 2008, Official Report, column 276, on compensation for those with pleural plaque, when he...

    • Custodial Treatment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much and what proportion of the Youth Justice Board's budget was spent on (a) purchasing remand and custodial places for offenders, (b) grants to...

      Departmental Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 18 February 2008, Official Report, column 187W, on departmental ICT, how many of the missing or stolen (a) laptops and (b)...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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.

      Dogs: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions there were for dog fighting in the last 12 months.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent representations he has received on the system of electoral registration; and if he will make a statement.

      Non-molestation Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have applied for a non-molestation order since 1 July 2007.

      Prison: Paganism

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

      Prisoners: Early Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many early release offenders who have been recalled since June 2007 are still at large; what steps are being taken to apprehend them; and what...

      Prisoners: Early Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effects on prisoners of being released early.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many new prison blocks have been commissioned in each of the last five years; and how many of them were commissioned under the private finance...

      Prostitution: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many men aged (a) 40 to 49, (b) 50 to 59, (c) 60 to 69, (d) 70 to 79 and (e) 80 years and above were prosecuted for offences relating to...

      Protection of Badgers Act 1992: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of those prosecuted under the provisions of the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 received custodial sentences, excluding suspended sentences, in...

      Young Offenders: Remand in Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) 15, (b) 16 and (c) 17-year-olds were on remand in each police authority area in each year since 1997; and how many went on to serve a...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Building Research Establishment: Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the role of the Building Research Establishment was in the home information pack area trials.

    • Connect Public Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what payments the (a) Core Cities Group, (b) Thames Gateway London Partnership and (c) Housing Corporation made to Connect...

      Conservation Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many conservation areas there are in England.

      Eco-Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her Department owns land in any of the 15 locations short-listed as possible eco-towns.

      Eco-Towns: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many representations (a) for and (b) against each of the 15 locations shortlisted as potential eco-towns have been...

      Gardens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Government are considering to end the practice of automatically classifying gardens as brownfield sites; and if...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what date a home information pack will be required for a home placed on the market before a home information pack became...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the impact stand-alone home condition report without home information packs had on transactions...

      Homes and Communities Agency: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what criteria the Homes and Communities Agency will use in deciding whether to invoke its powers to rule on development...

      Housing Associations: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what statutory obligations housing associations have to accommodate the needs of disabled tenants; (2) what statutory...

      Housing: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many houses were built in high flood risk areas between 1997 and 2005; and how many houses indicated in plans scheduled for...

      Housing: Affordable Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment she has made of the impact of equity leaseback schemes.

      Housing: Affordable Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average public subsidy per dwelling for a property was under the (a) Social Market Homebuy, (b) New Build Homebuy and...

      Housing: Affordable Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many affordable homes have been built in Romsey constituency in each year since 1997.

      Housing: Affordable Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will take steps to ensure that new residential developments in housing hotspots reflect local housing need, with...

      Housing: Affordable Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will take steps to ensure that local authorities use appropriate mechanisms to require that homes for sale which were...

      Housing: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new homes were built in each West Yorkshire constituency in each year since 1992.

      Land Use: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Government plan to review Planning Policy Statement 7 (2004) on developments on agricultural land; and if she will...

      Local Authorities: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what requirements there are upon a local authority to advertise the sale of a property of which it is disposing.

      London Thames Gateway Development Corporation: Euro RSCG Apex Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what payments the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation made to Euro RSCG Apex Communications in each of the last five...

      National Interest Mapping Services Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what changes in (a) service and (b) data provision Ordnance Survey has made to the Mapping for Emergencies service since the...

      Ordnance Survey: Mandate Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what payments Ordnance Survey made to Mandate Communications/AS Biss and Co in each of the last five years; on what dates; and...

      Planning Permission: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many prosecutions have been brought under building control regulations against people who have opened up access through the...

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Peterborough (Mr. Jackson) of 3 April 2008, Official Report, column...

      Social Rented Housing: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the statement of 25 February 2008, Official Report, column 66-67WS, on the national strategy for housing in an...

      Valuation Office: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information from local authority (a) planning and (b) building control departments is passed to the Valuation Office...

  • Home Department

    • Arrests: Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) arrests, (b) prosecutions and (c) convictions of supporters of each team were made at Premier League football matches in each...

    • Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her estimate is of the percentage of funds repaid by Government to Kent county council in respect of expenditure making provision for...

      Case Resolution Directorate: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff are employed (a) full-time and (b) part-time in the Case Resolution Directorate; and if she will make a statement.

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what contracts her Department signed on a consultancy basis with a net value of more than £20,000 in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what opinion research companies her Department has employed in each of the last five years; and what the cost was of each contract.

      Disabled

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

      Firearms: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2007, Official Report, columns 657-58W, on Firearms: Crime, how many (a) gun crimes and (b) arrests...

      Foreign Workers: Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits were issued for (a) nurses and (b) doctors from African countries in each year since 2005.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much each police force (a) requested in recharge payments and (b) received in recharge payments from the Immigration Service where...

      Omar Ali Namo

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to be able to determine the immigration status of Omar Ali Namo (Ref N1063103).

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 5 February 2007, Official Report, columns 670-1W, on Iraq, how many Iraqi nationals have been allowed entry...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to reply to the letter dated 8 February 2008 from the right hon. Member for Banff and Buchan on Mr. Kisuka.

      Press

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

      Public Order Offences: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police forces she has (a) received representations from and (b) had discussions with on concerns surrounding threats to public order...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Cogent Sector Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps the Cogent Sector Skills Council is taking to ensure that there is an adequate supply of people with the skills...

    • Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether his Department provides health or social care services out of public funds, with reference to the statement by the...

      Learning and Skills Council: Weber Shandwick Public Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what payments the Learning and Skills Council made to Weber Shandwick Public Affairs in each of the last five years; on what...

      Mature Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what proportion of (a) part-time and (b) mature students are in receipt of Government-funded support for the...

      Overseas Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many students from other EU member states other than the UK had a loan from the Student Loans Company at the latest date...

      Quality Improvement Agency: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the cost of the Quality Improvement Agency has been; and if he will make a statement.

      Student Loans Company: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of the level of debt which will be owed to the Student Loans Company in each of the next five years.

      Students: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what proportion of undergraduate part-time students in England were ineligible for a fee grant solely because...

      Training: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether responsibility for funding the 14 to 19 foundation learning tier will be transferred to local authorities in 2010-11.

      United Kingdom Accreditation Service: Grayling Political Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what payments (a) the United Kingdom Accreditation Service and (b) UFi made to Grayling Political Strategy in each of the...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of childcare staff in England had childcare qualifications which were obtained overseas in each of...

    • Children: Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of children aged between (a) two and 15 and (b) 10 and 15 were estimated to be obese in each year from 1990 to...

      Food: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teachers are qualified to teach food technology.

      Gifted and Talented Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools are not taking part in the gifted and talented programme.

      Head teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average age of (a) primary school and (b) secondary school head teachers was in each year since 1997.

      Music: Wider Opportunities Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what steps his Department has taken to build on the Wider Opportunities programme; (2) how many pilot schemes were set up...

      Pre-School Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 26 March 2008, Official Report, column 315W, what the findings were from the June 2007 School Funding...

      Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many primary schools there were in each local authority area in England in each year since 1996-97.

      Primary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his most recent estimate is of the proportion of children who completed Key Stage 2 with adequate levels of literacy and...

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what the average expenditure from the public purse was per pupil on (a) primary, (b) secondary and (c) pre-school...

      Schools: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the current Ofsted inspection cycle is for schools; how this varies for high and low performing schools; what plans there are...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much (a) National Lottery funding and (b) Government funding school sport received in each year since 2003-04 for which...

      Sure Start Programme: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of the Sure Start budget was spent on updating the Sure Start website in each year for which figures are available.

      Sure Start Programme: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department and its predecessors spent on updating the Sure Start website in each of the last five years.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Caleb McCarry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which representatives of his Department met Mr Caleb McCarry on his recent visit to the UK; and what subjects were discussed at...

    • Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost to his Department has been of appealing against freedom of information requests submitted by Nicholas Gilby...

      European Union: Festivals and Special Occasions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what events his Department has planned to mark Schuman Day on 9 May 2008.

      Iran: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent (a) assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Iran and (b) discussions he has had with the...

      Iran: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on investments in Iranian oil and gas; and if he will make a statement.

      Iran: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what decisions were reached at the 16 April meeting of the diplomatic political directors of China, the United States, Russia,...

      Kosovo: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received consequent upon the Government's recognition of the unilateral declaration of independence...

      Malaysia: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received from the Government of Malaysia on the right of British veterans to wear the Pingat Jasa...

      Malaysia: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what opportunity the Malaysian authorities were given to express their opinion in consultation before the Committee on the Grant...

      Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals has ruled that a medal awarded by a foreign...

      Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many countries award medals to British service (a) personnel and (b) veterans; and whether their recipients in each...

      Overseas Students: Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the 2006 review of Chevening scholarships which he has placed in the Library was the same review of scholarship funding...

      Overseas Students: Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his written ministerial statement of 13 March 2008, Official Report, columns 22-4WS, on Foreign and Commonwealth...

      Overseas Students: Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the written Ministerial statement of 13 March 2008, Official Report, columns 22-24WS, on Foreign and Commonwealth...

      Overseas Students: Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the written Ministerial statement of 13 March 2008, Official Report, columns 22-24WS, on Foreign and Commonwealth...

      Overseas Students: Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his statement of 13 March 2008, Official Report, columns 22-4WS, on FCO scholarships and fellowships, that his...

      Overseas Students: Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has assessed the steps taken by the (a) Commonwealth scholarship, (b) Chevening scholarship and (c) Marshall...

      Pakistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to monitor the treatment of (a) Christians, (b) Ahmadiyyas and (c) other religious minorities in...

      Simon Mann

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs under what circumstances the Government have been refused consular access to Simon Mann in Black Beach Prison, Equatorial...

      Simon Mann

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will request his US counterpart to seek regular access to Simon Mann in Black Beach Prison, Equatorial Guinea, on behalf...

      Simon Mann

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what provisions of international law apply to the granting by Equatorial Guinea to another country of consular access to one of...

      Tibet: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his most recent assessment is of the situation in Tibet; and what steps he has taken to express the Government's concerns...

      USA: Cuba

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contacts his Department has had with the United States Cuba Transition Co-ordinator in each of the last five years.

      USA: Cuba

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the purpose was of the recent visit to his Department by Caleb McCarry; whom Mr McCarry met; what was (a) discussed and...

  • House of Lords

    • Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Statement by Lord McKenzie of Luton on 22 April (WS 150), under what legal authority the Department for Work and Pensions is spending...

    • Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many more repayable cash advances from the Department for Work and Pensions' contingencies fund are likely to be required to pay for setting up the Child...

      Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will conduct an urgent review of the financial planning for the establishment of the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission.

      Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether consultations have been held with the National Audit Office on the decision to spend £2,400,000 from the Department for Work and Pensions'...

      Civil Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) how many civil servants have been employed by HM Treasury in each year since 1997; (b) how many civil servants joined HM Treasury in each of those years; and...

      Crime: Victims

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether rape victims and persons leaving prostitution will benefit from (a) the follow-up to the Tackling Violence Action Plan, and (b) social inclusion policies;...

      Energy: Renewables

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made in the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform's programme to develop the renewable obligation certificate for...

      Fluoridation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 1 April (WA 155), whether they will answer the three parts of the Question.

      Fluoridation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Lord Darzi of Denham on 1 April (WA 155) and Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 30 January 2001 (WA 55) in which they accepted the...

      Fluoridation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 1 April (WA 155), what steps they will take to ensure that the new research project therein referred to...

      Freedom of Information

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which public bodies have exemption provisions in the Freedom of Information Act.

      Health: Diabetes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What evidence is available to support the use of home testing of blood sugar for type 2 diabetes.

      Health: Multiple Births

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to reduce the neo-natal morbidity rate among multiple birth pregnancies.

      Housing: Prices

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their reaction to the estimate that house prices may drop by 30 per cent over the next three years.

      Ministry of Justice: Annual Reports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which annual reports the Ministry of Justice is required by Acts of Parliament to produce; and, in each case, what is the authorising Act.

      Prisoners: Sentences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people are currently serving indefinite sentences of imprisonment for the protection of the public; and at what rate this number is increasing each year;...

      Tax Credits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the latest estimate of the take-up of child tax credit among households eligible for such benefit, giving the estimated number of (a) households and (b)...

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