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Written answers

Tuesday, 6 May 2008

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Voting Behaviour

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what assessment the Electoral Commission has made of the effect of weekend voting on turnout...

  • Leader of the House

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Angling: Licenses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the fees for (a) non-migratory coarse and trout and (b) salmon and sea trout rod licences were in each year since...

    • Angling: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the percentage increase was in the cost of a fishing licence for an (a) adult and (b) old age pensioner in 2007-08;...

      Departmental Civil Service Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many civil service posts are to be transferred to the private sector as part of his Department's plans to outsource...

      Departmental Civil Service Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consultation with trade unions his Department has held in relation to plans to privatise the Department's facilities...

      Departmental Civil Service Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on the framework approach used in his plans to privatise his Department's facilities management...

      Departmental Civil Service Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to adopt a 15-year contract to cover the outsourcing of facilities management functions in his Department.

      Departmental Civil Service Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what savings are expected as part of his Department's outsourcing of its facilities management functions; and if he will...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 25 March 2008, Official Report, columns 120-21W, on departmental data protection, if he will...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

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

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Northavon of 28 February 2008, Official Report, column 1855W, on departmental...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost of (a) salaries for permanent Civil Service posts, (b) salaries for permanent non-Civil Service posts and...

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people were made redundant in his Department in each of the last three years; and how much was paid in redundancy...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff in his Department and its agencies have attended the (a) Influencing with Integrity, (b) Emotional...

      Electronic Government

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

      Horseracing: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether racecourse administrators are required to report the deaths of racehorses on the racecourse to his Department; and if...

      Land: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to issue guidance to local authorities on the management of contaminated land.

      Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost of the press offices of (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies was...

      Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many press office staff were employed by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public...

  • Transport

    • A12

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the current programme of A12 improvements will be completed in Essex; and what plans there are for a further programme of improvements to the A12...

    • A12: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many incidents there have been on the A12 and at junctions on the A12 in Essex which have resulted in serious injury or death over the most recent...

      Asphalt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) quantity and (b) type is of fossil fuels used to extract, refine and manufacture each metric tonne of road-quality asphalt used on roads.

      Asphalt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the level of carbon dioxide emissions per metric tonne of road-quality asphalt from (a) all stages of its manufacture...

      Brussels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what visits to Brussels were made by each Minister in her Department by (a) Eurostar, (b) commercial flights, (c) other flights and (d) other means...

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will introduce another Kickstart initiative to help the commercial bus industry to introduce new and enhanced services.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she has taken to prevent bus companies changing their services to create more journeys within the national concessionary bus fare scheme...

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many journey changes to bus routes were notified by bus companies to the traffic commissioners in each of the last 48 months for which figures are...

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of national concessionary bus fares scheme passes applied for have been issued; and what percentage of the eligible population have...

      Bus Services: Pendle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding has been given to Pendle council to pay for the implementation of the free nationwide bus travel scheme for the elderly; and if she...

      Cycling: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Government have taken to encourage children to practise safe cycling.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 3 April 2008, Official Report, column 1195W, on departmental internet: Wikipedia, whether former Ministers and special...

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people were serving on the boards of the non-departmental public bodies which her Department sponsors at the latest date for which figures are...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many working days were lost by her Department due to stress-related illness in each of the last 24 months.

      Local Authorities: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether local authorities have recruited additional staff to take account of the change in April in their responsibilities under parking regulations.

      M1: Road Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects the roadworks between junctions 6 and 10 of the M1 motorway to be completed; and when she expects all lanes on this part of the road...

      M1: Whipsnade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) cameras and (b) other equipment are installed on the gantries recently erected in the vicinity of junction 9 of the M1 motorway; what...

      Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance her Department issues to UK-registered ships operating in or passing through areas where there is a risk of piracy on (a) intervention...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what her Department's definition is of a pothole with reference to roads maintained by (a) the Highways Agency and (b) local authorities; (2)...

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many speed cameras there were in each local authority area in each year since 2001.

      Tintwistle Hollingworth and Mottram Bypass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for how many days the Mottram bypass public inquiry has sat since June 2007.

      Tintwistle Hollingworth and Mottram Bypass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost to (a) her Department and (b) the Highways Agency of the Mottram bypass public inquiry has been.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Allotments: Local Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she is taking to ensure that local authorities make provision for allotment sites.

    • Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the advertising and marketing budget of her Department and each of its agencies is for (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09.

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people were serving on the boards of the non-departmental public bodies which her Department sponsors at the latest...

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 21 April 2008, Official Report, column 1393-4W, on departmental publications, if she will place in...

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many full-time posts were filled on a temporary basis for a period in excess of six months in her Department in each of the...

      Digital Mapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham of 21 April 2008, Official Report, column 1397W, on digital...

      Digital Mapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham of 21 April 2008, Official Report, column 1397W, on digital...

      Fire Services: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what insurance protection for injury or death is provided for firefighters in relation to (a) standard fire and rescue work and...

      Floods: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer of 21 April 2008, Official Report, column 1405W, on floods: repairs and maintenance, if she will break...

      Housing: Derelict Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the figures referred to in the answer of 22 May 2006, Official Report, columns 1387-88W, on brownfield development are for...

      Land Use: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Wirral South of 3 April 2008, Official Report, column 1274W, on allotments,...

      Local Authorities: Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authority assets have been transferred to community control since the publication of the Communities in Control...

      Local Authorities: Closed Circuit Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) guidance has been produced and (b) amendments are planned on the use of CCTV by local authorities.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when her Department will respond to the letter of 21 December 2007 from South Cambridgeshire district council on the Formula...

      Property: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how frequently the National Land and Property Gazetteer is updated; (2) what the cost to (a) the public purse and (b)...

      Thames Gateway Delivery Corporation: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the remit of the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation has been amended following the award of the 2012 Olympic...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Census

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what changes in (a) presentation and (b) questions are planned for the 2011 census in Northern Ireland.

    • Departmental Freedom of Information

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

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether any telephone numbers for use by the general public in Northern Ireland to contact offices under his Department's control are premium rate.

      Sexual Offences: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many foreign nationals were (a) arrested and (b) convicted of sex-related crimes in Northern Ireland in the last year for which figures...

      Stratagem

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what payments the (a) Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and (b) Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland made to Stratagem in each...

  • Health

    • Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis C.

    • Infection Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to improve infection control in the NHS.

      Premature Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent changes there have been in the survival rate of premature babies born before 24 weeks.

      Primary Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he next expects to meet GPs from East Anglia to discuss primary care.

      MP3 Players

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will commission research into the effects on hearing of the use of personal MP3 players.

      Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department issues on the recommended daily intake of water.

      GP-led Health Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultation is being carried out at the local level on the introduction of GP-led health centres.

      Pharmacy White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on the Pharmacy White Paper.

      Preventive Health Check-ups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to implement the preventive health check-up policy announced by the Prime Minister.

      Health Inequalities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent progress his Department has made in tackling health inequalities.

      Acute Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many delayed transfers of care from acute beds there have been in each NHS trust in the last 12 months; and what proportion of all transfers of care...

      Ambulance Services: Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many medical 999 calls were made in each year since 1997, broken down by region; and what percentage of these resulted in ambulance dispatch in each...

      Ambulance Services: Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many ambulance calls were made to ambulance call or control centres in (a) Middlesbrough and (b) Tyneside in 2007-08 or the most recent year...

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to identify possible economies of scale in the procurement of digital mammography services.

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to improve support services for cancer patients.

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the National Cancer Intelligence Network to complete its framework enabling accurate comparisons of England's cancer services with other...

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which costs associated with implementation of the cancer reform strategy will be met by his Department in each of the next five years; and what additional...

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to monitor how (a) commissioners and (b) providers implement (i) advice, (ii) support and (iii) examples of best practice on (A) how...

      Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much funding his Department has allocated to the development of photodynamic therapy in the treatment of cancer in the next three financial...

      Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will commission research on the efficacy of photodynamic therapy; and if he will make a statement.

      Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans there are to increase levels of cancer screening in (a) Enfield and (b) England.

      Cancer: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the NHS's radiotherapy capacity to meet the 31-day waiting time target for cancer patients; and what...

      Cardiovascular System: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the potential of telemedicine as an effective and affordable tool for carrying out vascular checks for those aged...

      Colorectal Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people have been contacted about bowel cancer screening by the bowel cancer screening system in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05, (c) 2005-06,...

      Colorectal Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) from where the NHS Connecting for Health: bowel cancer screening system draws its contact data; (2) how often the dataset used by the NHS...

      Colorectal Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to broaden the age range of the bowel cancer screening programme; (2) what steps he plans to take to maximise up-take of bowel...

      Drugs: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the sources of the planned efficiency savings in the Pooled Drug Treatment Budget 2010-11 are; and if he will make a statement.

      General Practioners: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioner surgeries there were in the Peterborough city council area in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration he has given to the personal relationship between general practitioners and patients in formulating primary care policy.

      Health Services: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the public expenditure per capita on (a) primary care, (b) emergency care and (c) NHS dental provision in each constituency in the North West was...

      Healthcare Commission: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health from what date the time taken by the Healthcare Commission to deal with a complaint is measured.

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for (a) in-patient, (b) day and (c) out-patient appointments at (i) Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and (ii) Cheltenham...

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in each primary care trust in London waited for (a) three, (b) six, (c) nine, (d) 12, (e) 15, (f) 18, (g) 21 and (h) 24 weeks...

      Incontinence: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what his Department's policy is on provision of aids and appliances for stoma patients; and if he will make a statement; (2) what representations...

      Ipsos MORI

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 1 April 2008, Official Report, column 873W, on Ipsos MORI, which policy teams commissioned work from Ipsos MORI.

      Medical Records: Databases

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

      Methadone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 2 April 2008, Official Report, column 1105W, on methadone, what the cost to primary care trusts of dispensing methadone...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the difference was between the weighted caption formula calculation and the final allocation for each primary care trust in each of the last three...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the public purse was of (a) legal costs and (b) damages awarded in respect of clinical negligence cases involving the NHS in each of...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many clinical negligence cases the NHS (a) won and (b) lost in each of the last three financial years.

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of clinical negligence litigation involving the NHS there were in each of the last three financial years; and how many of those cases were...

      NHS: Questionnaires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 26 March 2008, Official Report, column 207W, on NHS questionnaires, how many responses were received for each of the four...

      Nursery Nurses: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many qualified community nursery nurses were employed in each primary care trust in each year for which figures are available.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish the first annual review on progress towards meeting targets under the New Ambition on Healthy Weight initiative.

      Osteoporosis: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to provide women with accurate information on how to prevent osteoporotic fractures post-menopause; and if he will make a statement.

      Osteoporosis: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost of treating fractures resulting from osteoporosis in London, broken down by primary care trust area in the most...

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will review the procedure for considering applications to open pharmacies within the areas of dispensing GP practices.

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the Information Centre to publish proposals for the use of practice-level prescribing data, as announced in the Information Centre's...

      Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the actions of the Human Tissue Authority in the case of Laura Ashworth and Rachel Leake; and if he will make a statement.

      Tuberculosis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what support his Department has allocated to developing more effective treatments for drug-resistant tuberculosis.

      Urology: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will list each of the consultations undertaken on the provision of stoma and incontinence appliances, giving in each case the dates of...

  • International Development

    • Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what payments his Department made to AS Biss and Company in each of the last five years; and on what date and for what purpose the...

    • Departmental Freedom of Information

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

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 7 February 2008, Official Report, column 1381W, on departmental ICT, how many of the lost or stolen (a)...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 19 March 2008, Official Report, column 1182W, on the Departmental internet, whether Wikipedia entries have...

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the (a) rate and (b) cost was of employer contributions for each public sector pension scheme for which his Department has...

      Developing Countries: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the findings and options of the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for...

      Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent steps the Government have taken to encourage developing countries to provide education to girls as well as boys.

      Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent steps the Government have taken to assist developing countries in the funding of education.

      Gaza: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of (a) the humanitarian situation in Gaza and (b) the effectiveness of the international community's...

      Gaza: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether funding for public sector salaries and the maintenance of basic services in Gaza is being provided by the Palestinian Authority...

      India: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funds his Department provided to the (a) Food and Drug Capacity Building Project, (b) Orissa Health Systems Development Project,...

      Kenya: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent in Kenya on HIV/AIDS control in each year from 2001-02 to 2007-08; and on what projects.

      Latin America: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when his Department's regional assistance plan (2008-11) for Latin America will be published.

      Palestinians: EU Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the (a) budget, (b) objectives and (c) mechanisms for disbursement of aid to the Palestinians from the European Union's PEGASE...

      Sri Lanka: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of whether UNICEF funds donated to educational projects in Sri Lanka are being properly spent on those...

      Sudan: Food Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what reports he has received on the effect of increased levels of banditry in Darfur on the delivery of food supplies, and in...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what arrangements exist for UK-based law enforcement agencies to investigate allegations of misconduct by (a) British nationals and...

  • Justice

    • Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much (a) has been spent by the Information Commissioner's Office and (b) paid to the Commissioner's counsel in relation to the appeals to the...

    • Departmental Temporary Employment

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

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what evidence there is that a move to individual registration would increase under-registration of those who are legally entitled to vote.

      Electoral Register: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the technical specifications of the Co-ordinated Online Record of Electors' database will allow the introduction of individual electoral registration.

      Fraud: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions were brought against Commonwealth citizens for voting in UK elections when they did not have indefinite leave to remain in the UK...

      Land Registry Board: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what change in pay each member of the Land Registry Board received in each of the last five years, giving the percentage change in each case.

      Legal Opinion: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what mechanisms are in place to improve the transparency of law firms' no-win no-fee offers.

      Members

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to prevent hon. Members from also being (a) members of a devolved legislature and (b) local...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he will reply to the letter, dated 28 March 2008, transferred from the Cabinet Office, on parliamentary elections.

      Mortgages: Repossesion Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many mortgage possession orders were made in each county court in England in each year since 1997.

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign national prisoners were (a) released from prison and (b) removed from the UK in each of the last five years.

      Police Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which police authorities or chief constables have notified his Department that they will not provide it with police cells after a specified date; what...

      Prison Service: Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what operational emergencies were declared by each prison in each of the last 12 months; and what the date of each was.

      Prison Service: Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his Department's definition of operational emergency is in relation to prisons and young offender institutions; and what such operational...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of the prison population was born in (a) Britain, (b) EU-15 countries, (c) EU A8 countries, (d) other EEA countries, (e) Africa,...

      Prisoners Release: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners released before the end of their sentence returned to an address in Wales in each of the last 12 months.

      Voting Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what pilots of weekend voting have taken place to date; in which local authority areas; and on which dates.

      Young Offender Institutions: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many injuries were sustained by juvenile and young adult offenders held in (a) young offender institutions and (b) secure children's homes during...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent representations he has received on the prevention of violence against children in the penal system.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Charities: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which charities receive funding from the public purse to increase the numbers of young volunteers.

    • Official Residences: Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 13 March 2008, Official Report, column 592W, on departmental official residences, what guidance has been issued on the...

      Peers: Official Residences

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what guidance has been issued by the Cabinet Office on the eligibility of Ministers who are peers and who reside in an official ministerial...

      V

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what mechanisms are in place to ensure that the charity v does not replicate the work of other charities when carrying out work at the expense of...

      V: Educational Institutions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which charities work in partnership with v in schools and colleges on activities funded by the public purse.

      V: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what funding from the public purse is being provided for the charity v in 2008-09; and how much was provided in 2007-08.

      V: Standards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what objectives have been set for v involved teams which are working at the expense of the public purse; and what protocols govern such teams'...

  • Olympics

    • Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what representations the Department for Culture, Media and Sport received in connection with the Olympic Legacy Masterplan in each of the last three years.

    • Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what criteria have been set for projects and developments in the Olympic Park post 2012; and if she will make a statement.

      Olympic Games 2012: National Lottery

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics (1) how much has been raised to date from all dedicated London 2012 Olympic Lottery games; (2) how much was raised in 2007-08 from all dedicated London...

      Olympic Games 2012: National Lottery

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics (1) how much has been raised to date from the Dream Number Lottery game to support the London 2012 Olympic Games; (2) how much was raised in 2007-08 from...

      Olympic Games 2012: Schools

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics whether local schools have been consulted as part of the preparation of the Olympic Legacy Action Plan; and if she will make a statement.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to tackle opium poppy cultivation in the provinces of Afghanistan where it is taking place;...

    • Cuba: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reasons the Government supports EU sanctions against Cuba; and what representations he has received on the Government's...

      Food: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received on rising food prices internationally, with particular reference to staples such as rice;...

      Iran: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has received recent reports on British arms dealers trading with the government of Iran.

      Iran: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Iran; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what arrangements exist for any UK-based law enforcement agency to investigate allegations of misconduct by (a) British...

      Pakistan: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) HM Ambassador in Kabul and (b) the High Commissioner in Islamabad on UK immigration...

      Pakistan: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has had discussions with the government of Pakistan on the repatriation of Afghan refugees in that country.

      Pakistan: Blasphemy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made in the case of Qamar David on trial in Karachi, Pakistan.

      Pakistan: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Government of Pakistan on the situation of the human rights lawyer Parvez Aslam...

      Pakistan: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Government of Pakistan on A. Q. Khan.

      Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Ministry of Defence on tackling piracy on the high seas, with particular reference to the...

      Simon Mann

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he plans to take in the week beginning 5 May to monitor the (a) treatment and (b) risk of torture of Mr. Simon Mann...

      Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to support the execution of the warrants from the International Criminal Court in relation to Darfur in...

      Taliban

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to his recent comments in Pakistan, whether his officials are currently conducting talks with members of the...

      USA: Lebanon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the United States government on the deployment of US Navy warships along the coast of...

  • Women and Equality

    • Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what work has been conducted by the Government Equalities Office on the Single Equalities Bill, excluding work conducted by the Equality and Human...

    • Equal Opportunities: EU Law

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what the timetable is for the implementation of the EU Gender Directive; and if she will make a statement.

      Equal Opportunities: EU Law

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps the Government have taken to implement the EU Gender Directive.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Bird and Bird

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

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of (a) pre-school age and (b) school-aged children in lower-income working families in England using...

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on what date his Department published the Households Below Average Income annual statistics in each of the last six years; and on what date he...

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the employment rate of (a) lone parents, (b) ethnic minorities, (c) people aged over 50, (d) the 15 per cent. of the population with...

      Incapacity Benefits: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the impact of (a) the Welfare Reform Act 2007 and (b) new guidance on the disability living allowance on the...

      Legal Profession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the value of the contracts awarded by his Department to (a) Christine Lee and Co. solicitors, (b) Ward Hadaway solicitors, (c) Dean and...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the incremental cost would be of allowing all those entitled to national insurance pensions to receive the annual increase in those...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Departmental Public Participation

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

    • Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills with reference to the letter of 14 April 2008 to the hon. Member for Portsmouth South from his Department's Parliamentary...

      Energy and Utility Skills Sector Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps the Energy and Utility Sector Skills Council is taking to ensure that the UK has an adequate supply of people with...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether he plans to make intervention funding available to the Learning and Skills Council to support (a) further education...

      Ipsos MORI

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the answer of 2 April 2008, Offi cial Report, columns 998-9W, on Ipsos MORI, what proportion of his Department's...

      Land Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether the Foresight Land Use Futures project will review (a) Green Belt protection, (b) other land use designations and...

      Land Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what (a) processes and (b) criteria will be used to select the (i) high level stakeholder group and (ii) expert advisory...

      Learning and Skills Council for England: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much intervention funding he plans to make available to each regional and sub-regional learning and skills council to...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Academies: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many academies use selection by (a) aptitude, (b) local banding and (c) area banding in admissions; and if he will make a...

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of children aged (a) three and (b) four years old were in daycare settings for more than 12.5 hours...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which local authorities have not completed a sufficiency assessment of childcare provision; and if he will make a statement.

      Children: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when the Government plans to publish new guidance on child employment.

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many children aged (a) under one, (b) one year old, (c) two years old, (d) three years old, (e) four years old,...

      Children's Centres: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the provision of children's centres in Bexley borough; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people were serving on the boards of the non-departmental public bodies which his Department sponsors at the latest date...

      Nurseries: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of (a) maintained and (b) independent nurseries were rated by Ofsted as (i) outstanding, (ii) good,...

      Nursery Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many nursery schools (a) opened and (b) closed in each of the last 10 years.

      Olympic Games 2012: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what discussions he has had with the Minister for the Olympics on the educational legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games.

  • Treasury

    • Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what arrangements exist for the Valuation Office Agency to make the council tax list for England and Wales available to third parties for value-added use;...

    • Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many dwellings in each local authority area in Wales have moved up one or more bands as a result of council tax band amendments subsequent to the 2005...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plot size attribute information the Valuation Office Agency's TENET mapping software provides for council tax valuations and revaluations.

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consultancy contracts his Department issued in each year since 2005; what the (a) value, (b) purpose and (c) contractor was in each case; and...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2008, Official Report, column 2579W, on departmental ICT, how many of the missing or stolen (a) laptops, (b) mobile...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he has taken to ensure that counterfeit routers and other counterfeit hardware are not utilised in his Department's computer networks.

      Enterprise Investment Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to review the (a) Enterprise Investment Scheme and (b) Enterprise Management Incentive to (i) meet the needs of entrepreneurial...

      Gift Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect on charities of the change in the Gift Aid rate which entered into force on 6 April 2008.

      Government Departments: Land

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what requirements there are on Government departments to include a development uplift clause when they sell land which might be developed to provide for...

      Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of household income came from (a) tax credits, (b) means-tested benefits, (c) other benefits, (d) earned income excluding tax credits...

      Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what mechanisms he is considering for compensating people who are (a) carers and (b) retirees between the ages of 50 and 59 years who are paying more tax...

      Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what compensation is planned for retired people over the age of 65 years who are adversely affected by the abolition of the 10 pence income tax rate.

      Insurance: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what value of VAT receipts have been received by his Department from insurance claims from the flooding in summer 2007.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letter dated 19 March 2008, regarding VAT paid by Mercia Inshore Search and Rescue on equipment and services (PO Ref: 1/55630/2008).

      Members: Correspondence

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

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been raised by the introduction of the premium rate 0845 telephone number at HM Revenue and Customs; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Yields: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what forecast he has made of the revenue which will accrue to his Department as a result of the (a) Carbon Emissions Reduction Target, (b) Renewables...

      Taxation: Land

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent research his Department has conducted into land value taxation.

      Valuation Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 17 March 2008, Official Report, column 898W, on the Valuation Office, on what date the automated valuation model was last calibrated.

      Valuation Office: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Valuation Office Agency's Valuebill interface applies to (a) England or (b) England and Wales.

      Valuation Office: Northern Ireland Land and Property Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what meetings representatives of the Valuation Office Agency have had with Northern Ireland Land and Property Services in the last 12 months.

      Valuation Office: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Valuation Office Agency's purchase orders are recorded in an electronic database.

      Valuation Office: Standards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the Valuation Office Agency's customer services manual.

      VAT: Home Information Packs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has accrued to the Exchequer from value added tax receipts on (a) home information packs and (b) energy performance certificates to date.

      VAT: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the revenue to the Exchequer from value added tax charged on repairs to flood-damaged property in 2007.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will break down the prepared total managed expenditure 2006 to 2011 as included in Budget 2008 Table C9, for tax credits, by funding allocated for...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 21 April 2008, Official Report, column 1691W, on welfare tax credits: telephone services, whether the staffing cost for 2006-07...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many and what proportion of people claimed working tax credit in (a) Basingstoke constituency, (b) Hampshire and (c) England in each year for...

      Working Tax Credit: Enfield

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Enfield North constituency receive working tax credit.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which items are prohibited from being (a) posted, (b) shipped in military transport and (c) individually carried from (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan by...

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of airbridge flights for personnel serving in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan have been delayed, broken down by number of...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) fully-armed and (b) partially-armed personnel carriers have been lost due to (i) enemy fire and (ii) accidents in (A) Afghanistan and (B)...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of Taliban insurgents killed by British forces in Afghanistan since 2001.

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he last reduced specifications on the new aircraft carriers.

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the latest Chief of the General Staff Briefing Team Report.

      Armed Forces: Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many university graduates joined (a) the Army, (b) the Royal Navy and (c) the Royal Air Force in each of the last five years.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) rules, (b) procedures and (c) standards set up by his Department are for (i) quality evaluation, (ii) maintenance and (iii) allocation of...

      Armed Forces: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British service personnel were serving as part of (a) UN and (b) NATO forces at the latest date for which figures are available; and where...

      Armed Forces: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in which country each part of the Combat Soldier 95 uniform is manufactured.

      Armed Forces: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many school leavers joined the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force in each of the last five years.

      AWE Burghfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will propose changes to the (a) management and (b) procedures and systems at Atomic Weapons Establishment Burghfield to reduce the likelihood of...

      Defence Estates: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's policy on charging charities to host fundraising events on Ministry of Defence property is.

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which companies have been given strategic partner status by his Department.

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent by his Department on the appeal to the Information Tribunal in Campaign Against Arms Trade vs The Information Commissioner and...

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 1 April 2008, Official Report, columns 796W, on what pay bands are applied to press officers in (a) his Department and (b)...

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (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 Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (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 Department's...

      Eco-Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department owns land in any of the 15 locations short-listed as possible eco-towns.

      HMS Endurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of time HMS Endurance was (a) at sea and (b) undergoing maintenance in each year since 1997.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of medical personnel serving in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan were reservists in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what competencies and powers the Royal Military Police have to investigate allegations of misconduct by (a) British nationals and (b) nationals of...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the most recent tour intervals are of those units serving in the next roulement for Operation Telic.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) required and (b) actual number of units serving in the next roulement for Operation Telic is.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 28 April 2008, Official Report, column 58W, on Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations, for what reasons his Department does not keep...

      Military Bands: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in what circumstances bandsmen are being trained with live ammunition for active front-line service.

      Navy: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the Royal Navy (a) arresting pirates at sea and (b) rendering arrested pirates for justice before (i) United Kingdom and (ii)...

      Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what guidance his Department issues to Royal Navy ships operating in or passing through areas where there is a risk of piracy on (a) intervention...

      Royal Military Academy: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many overseas cadets were trained at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in each of the last five years.

      Saudi Arabia: Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the memorandum of understanding with Saudi Arabia on the Saudi British Defence Cooperation Programme was signed; what the scope of the memorandum...

      Territorial Army: Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many potential Territorial Army officers are undergoing training.

      Territorial Army: Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many Territorial Army (TA) officers were commissioned into the TA in each year since 1997; (2) how many Territorial Army officers left the...

      Veterans: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on the development of the community-based mental health programme for veterans announced on 23 November 2007; and if he will...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Archaeology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the (a) terms of reference and (b) timetable of the review of the portable antiquities scheme are; who is to undertake the...

    • Archaeology: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effect on the operation of the portable antiquities scheme of the decision to maintain funding for...

      Architecture: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been paid to Culture 24 for services relating to the Engaging Places project.

      Architecture: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding he has allocated for the Engaging Places project; and how much of this has been allocated to the provision of online...

      Arts Council England: Art Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the value of works of art owned by Arts Council England was in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08.

      Arts Council England: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Arts Council England awarded in grants in each year since 1997.

      Betting Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 3 April 2008, Official Report, column 1137W, on betting shops, how much and what percentage of the Tote's...

      Casinos: Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what restrictions are placed on the number of slot machines in land-based casinos established under the Gaming Act 1968; and if he will...

      Coastal Areas: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will provide a break down of the sources of funding for the Sea Change programme.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what payments VisitLondon made to (a) Mandate Communications and (b) AS Biss and Co in each of the last five years; and on what dates...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent estimate has been made of the value of those parts of Oceanic house for which his Department is responsible; and what...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost of building services was to his Department in each of the last three years; and how much he expects them to cost in each...

      Departmental Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what savings his Department has identified as part of the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review value for money programme; and when he...

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department has taken to reduce its energy consumption in the last 12 months; and what his Department's expenditure on...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

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

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the Answer of 21 April 2008, Official Report, column 1744W, on departmental public participation, what the (a) cost and...

      Departmental Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his Department's joint research budget will be in each of the next three years; and what projects have been commissioned from the...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many working days were lost by his Department due to stress-related illness in each of the last 24 months.

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many days sick leave were taken on average by staff in his Department in each of the last five years.

      Engaging Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he expects to publish the Engaging Places research into heritage and built environment education; and how much this research has...

      English Sports Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will place in the Library a copy of the new Sport England Strategy and Business Plan.

      English Sports Council: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been raised by UK Sport towards the target of £100 million of private sector funding for elite sport programmes ahead...

      Fast Track

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what contracts his Department has with the marketing agency Fast Track; what the value of these contracts is; and what services are...

      Gambling: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether gambling licences issued under the Gaming Act 1968 can be transferred to different premises within the designated local...

      Lacrosse: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the Youth Sport Trust spent on the development of lacrosse in the last 12 months.

      Ministerial Steering Board on the Creative Economy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport who sits on the Ministerial Steering Board on the Creative Economy; when it will first meet; and how often he expects it to meet.

      National Lottery: Brass Bands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been given to brass bands from national lottery funds in each of the last five years. [Official Report, 20 May 2008, Vol....

      National Lottery: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many projects received lottery funding in (a) Wirral South constituency, (b) Merseyside and (c) the North West in (i) 2006 and...

      National Lottery: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much lottery funding was made available in (a) Wirral South constituency, (b) Merseyside and (c) the North West in (i) 2006 and...

      Playgrounds: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding his Department provided to the Department for Children, Schools and Families-led Sporting Playgrounds scheme in each of the...

      Recreation Spaces: Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on parks and green spaces in the London Borough of Enfield in real terms in each year since 1997.

      S4C: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding his Department plans to provide for S4C in each of the next three years.

      Strategic, Necessary and Proportionate Test

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many of his Department's staff were involved in developing the strategic, necessary and proportionate test; and if he will provide a...

      Tourism Strategy Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans he has to continue funding the Tourism Strategy Fund.

      Tourism: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his latest estimate is of the tourism deficit; and how this figure compares to the equivalent for 1997.

  • Home Department

    • Alcohol Disorder Zones: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has spent on planning the national implementation of alcohol disorder zones.

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the contribution of the Pubwatch scheme to reducing alcohol-related crime and disorder; and if she will make...

      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 being drunk and disorderly in a public...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how alcohol confiscated during the two-week enforcement campaign against underage drinking in February 2008 was disposed of.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the hon. Member for Hornchurch (James Brokenshire) of 12 December 2007, Official Report, columns...

      Borders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passenger movements there were across UK borders in each of the last five years.

      Burglary

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of burglaries that go unreported in England and Wales each year; and if she will make a statement.

      Burglary

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate her Department has made of the number of unreported burglaries and break-ins in the last year for which figures are available;...

      Burglary: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many burglaries were reported in each London borough in each of the last five years; and how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions...

      Crime: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many websites were closed down by the Serious and Organised Crime Agency's e-crime unit in 2006-07.

      Crime: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans her Department has to include children under 16 years of age in future British Crime Survey statistics; and if she will make a...

      Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are being taken by her Department to encourage the public to report a greater proportion of knife crime to the police.

      Crimes of Violence

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

      Crimes of Violence: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of children under 16 years of age who were the victims of (a) gun, (b) knife and (c) all violent...

      Criminal Conviction Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) was of each criminal conviction certificate issued on an individual in each year since the...

      Departmental Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Answer of 31 March 2008, Official Report, column 602W, on departmental accountancy, what the (a) monthly, (b) year to date...

      Departmental Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Answer of 31 March 2008, Official Report, column 602W, on departmental accountancy, what the planned annual budget figures...

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has spent on agency staff in each of the last five years; and what the highest payment to a member of agency staff...

      Firearms: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many gun-related crimes were recorded by the Metropolitan police in (a) 2000-01 and (b) 2006-07.

      Frontex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to appeal against the judgments of the European Court of Justice in Case C-77/05 and Case C-137/05 on the UK's position on...

      Identity and Passport Service: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many breaches of data security there have been at the Identity and Passport Agency since its inception.

      Immigration: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 31 March 2008, Official Report, column 610W, on immigration: biometrics, when she plans to establish the National...

      Immigration: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the outcomes for the UK of the EC Preparatory Action Migration Management—Solidarity in Action 2007...

      Misconduct: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many allegations of assault or professional misconduct against teachers by pupils were reported to the police in each year since 1997.

      Mobile Phones: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information is required from people who report their mobile phones as stolen to the police before it is recorded as a crime and issued a...

      National Criminal Intelligence Service Annual Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the National Criminal Intelligence Service Annual Report for 2005-06 will be published.

      Offensive Weapons: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many knife-related violent crimes were committed in London in (a) 2000-01 and (b) 2006-07.

      Offensive Weapons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when data on serious violent offences involving the use of knives and sharp instruments will next be published.

      Olympic Games 2012: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when she (a) was first notified of and (b) approved the deployment of Chinese security personnel to accompany the Olympic torch...

      Olympic Games 2012: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons Chinese security personnel accompanied the Olympic torch during its London relay on 6 April; and if she will make a statement.

      Olympic Games: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations she has made to the Chinese authorities about the deployment of members of China's security forces during the Olympic...

      Organised Crime: EC Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions have taken place between her Department and authorities in (a) Poland, (b) Romania and (c) Bulgaria on the sharing of...

      Passports: Interviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of face-to-face passport interviews since their introduction.

      Personal Records: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what legal or other constraints are imposed on private companies, including airport operators, in taking and storing fingerprints and other...

      Police: Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers are trained in the use of arms; and how many are available in the Metropolitan police area.

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department to what uses the £125 million of criminal assets recovered in 2006-07 was put.

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what amount of assets recovered in 2006-07 has been paid back to (a) the Serious and Organised Crime Agency, (b) HM Revenue and Customs,...

      Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many recorded instances of (a) rape and (b) domestic violence there were in (i) England and Wales and (ii) each police force area in...

      Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) males and (b) females aged (i) under 10, (ii) 11 to 15, (iii) 16 to 19, (iv) 20 to 25, (v) 26 to 30, (vi) 31 to 40, (vii) 41...

      Wildlife: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many wildlife crime officers there were in each year since 1997 for which figures are available, broken down by region.

      Wildlife: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many wildlife crimes were committed in each year since 1997 for which figures are available, broken down by region; and how many...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to answer Question 182354, on the National Identity Register, tabled by the right hon. Member for Haltemprice and Howden on...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Business: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many of the 3,000 business support schemes which the Government pledged in the 2006 Budget to reduce to 100 by...

    • Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what plans he has to review coal policy with particular reference to (a) employment, (b) carbon dioxide emission...

      Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many construction industry businesses there were in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North...

      Departmental Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 27 March 2008, Official Report, column 328W, on departmental ICT, what advice he has given...

      Departmental Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what criminal offences have been created by primary legislation sponsored by his Department since July 2007.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many (a) permanent civil service posts, (b) permanent non-civil service post and (c) posts filled by temporary...

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his most recent estimate is of the unfunded liability in present value terms of each public sector pension scheme...

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the unfunded liability in present value terms was of each public sector pension scheme for which his Department...

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the (a) rate and (b) cost was of employer contributions for each public sector pension scheme for which his...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what role the relevant shareholder executive has in determining the definition of the public tasks of his Department's...

      Energy: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what steps the Government are taking to assist pensioners and vulnerable adults with rising energy costs; (2)...

      Energy: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment the Government have made of current and future skills needs in the (a) nuclear waste industries and...

      Export Credits Guarantee Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what arrangements his Department has in place to monitor the extent to which support for carbon-intensive projects...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 7 February 2008, Official Report, column 1447W, on fuel poverty, when he expects (a) fuel...

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much and what proportion of the total administrative cost of the coal health compensation schemes had been spent...

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the average settlement has been for (a) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and (b) vibration white finger...

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which (a) contractors and (b) external law firms his Department has used in connection with the administration of...

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many (a) law firms and (b) claims companies have submitted claims under the Coalminers' Compensation Scheme.

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many people in Warrington, North constituency have had coal health claims settled since the scheme was introduced;...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many grant awards have been made under the domestic stream of the Low Carbon Buildings programme in each month...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether trustees appointed to oversee the implementation of a funding arrangement plan for the approved funded...

      Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the Government's estimate is on when global oil production will peak; and what information has been used to...

      Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent assessment he has made of the financial viability of public houses.

      Public Houses: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will commission research to determine whether there is a relationship between tied lease agreements and the...

      Renewable Energy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the reasons for the level of applications for the UK Export Credits Guarantee...

      Shares: Sales Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the role of Companies House is in combating illegal share sale boiler room operations.

      Small Businesses: Beer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what support his Department makes available to micro-breweries, with specific reference to (a) new businesses and...

      Sustainable Development: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what reports he has received of the Centre for Alternative Technology's Wales Institute for Sustainable Education...

      Sustainable Development: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will provide £1.2 million of funding to the Centre for Alternative Technology to support completion of the...

      Veterinary Services: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether he plans to extend the prohibition on veterinary surgeons charging for prescriptions when it expires in...

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will make a statement on progress of the Doha round of talks at the World Trade Organisation.

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Bluetongue

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Mr Jonathan Shaw, on 19 March (Official...

    • Agriculture: Cross-compliance Rules

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to introduce legislation to assist farmers in ensuring that new occupants of land disposed of after 15 May in any year maintain it for the rest...

      Airports: Heathrow

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether bedding, beds and showers are available for those held for longer than 12 hours in the short-term holding facilities at Heathrow Airport.

      Airports: Heathrow

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the implementation of Operating Standard No 2, "Holding Room Care", by the contractor in the short-term holding facilities at Heathrow airport is satisfactory.

      Alcohol

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 1 April (WA 145), whether their policy of imposing excise duty on strong cider (7 per cent alcohol by...

      Armed Forces: Surveillance and Reconnaissance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much they have contributed to the cost of the Multi-sensor Aerospace-ground Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Interoperability Coalition in...

      Armed Forces: Surveillance and Reconnaissance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of the total cost of the Multi-sensor Aerospace-ground Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Interoperability Coalition they provide.

      Armed Forces: Surveillance and Reconnaissance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to ensure that the output of the Multi-sensor Aerospace-ground Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Interoperability...

      Armed Forces: Surveillance and Reconnaissance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the link between United Kingdom assets, such as the ASTOR aircraft and the work of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratories, and the Multi-sensor...

      Armed Forces: Surveillance and Reconnaissance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they have taken to ensure that the equipment of the United Kingdom Armed Forces is fully compatible with the findings and recommendations of the...

      Carers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they plan to make it compulsory for those in receipt of direct payments for care to have potential carers checked by the Criminal Records Bureau.

      Climate Change

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For each year from 1988 to 2007 inclusive, (a) how much was paid by the United Kingdom to or for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) or any...

      Climate Change: Emissions Trading

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they propose to spend the proceeds derived from the auctioning of the emission allowances under phases II and III of the European Union Emissions Trading...

      Climate Change: Rainforests

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they have recently taken to persuade other Governments to conserve rainforest habitats for the benefit of indigenous plants, animals and people; and in...

      Crime: Sentencing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they most recently issued guidance to the judiciary in Northern Ireland concerning sentencing; what the guidance was; and whether they propose to issue...

      Cycling: Offences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 22 April (WA 277—8), whether cycling on footpaths is on the increase; and what steps they will...

      EU: Applicant States

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the European Union can require internal constitutional changes by applicant states, in particular for federal countries such as Bosnia and Herzegovina;...

      EU: Eastern Border States

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What further plans they have to assist stability in south-east Europe.

      EU: Parliamentary Scrutiny

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 10 March (WA 200), whether they can give 10 further examples of the incorporation into European Union...

      EU: Parliamentary Scrutiny

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 12 March (WA 231) concerning European Union legislative competence, whether the example they gave is the...

      Farriers' Qualification (European Recognition) Regulations 2008

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have carried out an assessment of the affect on animal welfare of the Farriers' Qualification (European Recognition) Regulations 2008 (SI 2008/646);...

      Food

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In light of recent price increases of many basic foods and global shortages of certain commodities, what proactive steps they are taking.

      Government: Cabinet Meetings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the average length of full Cabinet meetings since Mr Gordon Brown became Prime Minister; and What was the average length of full Cabinet meetings in...

      Health: Alzheimer's

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much the Department of Health has allocated for research into Alzheimer's disease in each year since 1997.

      Health: Medical Devices and Medicinal Products Directive

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to seek amendment of the Medical Devices and medicinal products directives, which control the classifications of products licensed for...

      Housing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many new residential dwelling starts were made in the first quarter of each year from 1997 to 2008 inclusive.

      Immigration: Detention

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they have withheld from publication since September 2006 details of the length of detentions under Immigration Act powers.

      Israel and Palestine: Physicians for Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have received representations directly from Physicians for Human Rights—Israel; if so, whether they have responded; and whether the quartet and...

      Marine Environment: Bay of Biscay

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made by United Kingdom scientists, working with their counterparts in France, the Republic of Ireland and Spain, to secure the Bay of Biscay...

      Northern Ireland Office

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 1 April (WA 159) concerning the number of employees in the Northern Ireland Office, what is the meaning of "the...

      Northern Ireland: Bill of Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they gave an undertaking to the chief commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission that parliamentary time would be made available for a...

      Northern Ireland: Bill of Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it was the role of the Northern Ireland Bill of Rights Forum to advise the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission on a potential Bill of Rights; and...

      Official Transport: Speed Limits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether escort cars for VIPs in Northern Ireland are subject to the national speed limits; and if so, whether drivers of such cars have been informed.

      Official Visits: Irish President

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many official visits the President of the Republic of Ireland has made to Northern Ireland in each of the past five years; and what they estimate to be the...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals there are to restart the police service in County Fermanagh, including providing accommodation for its employees; whether any decision has been...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals there are to reshape the police service in County Tyrone including reducing the number of police stations; whether any decisions have been taken; if...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals there are to reshape the police service in County Londonderry including the number of police stations; whether any decisions have been taken; if so,...

      Pollution: Airborne Particles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to promote further scientific research into the quantities of pollutant airborne particles per cubic centimetre of air in different parts of...

      Prisoners: Voting Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What information they have provided to the Committee of Ministers on the implementation of the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in Hirst v United...

      Prisoners: Voting Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the reasons for the delay in publishing the responses to the Government's consultation process on the implementation of the judgment of the European Court...

      Qualifications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they plan to review their policy on equivalent or lower qualifications.

      Russia: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the 19,300 cases outstanding against Russia before the European Court of Human Rights on 1 January 2007 will be dealt with; and whether new procedures are...

      Russia: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any British citizens are charged in Russia with offences in connection with the Yukos oil company; whether any have been found guilty; and whether the...

      Taxation: Flights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the consultation period ends for the changes to air taxation to charge aircraft rather than passengers; and when a decision is expected.

      Taxation: Income Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have estimated what the cost will be of the measures related to the removal of the 10p starting rate of income tax announced by the Chancellor of the...

      Waste Management

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 22 April (WA 296) concerning waste management, how they are making it easier for local authorities to plan for and...

      Young Offenders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many occasions was restraint or restraint involving pain distraction used between 1 January and 31 March in (a) Hassockfield, (b) Rainsbrook, (c) Medway, and...

      Young Offenders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Since 1 January how many (a) 14 year-olds, (b) 15 year-olds, (d) 16 year-olds, and (d) 17-year-olds have been transferred from secure training centres or local...

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