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Written answers

Wednesday, 7 May 2008

  • Prime Minister

    • Engagements

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will visit the UK Human Trafficking Centre in Sheffield to discuss trends in human trafficking into the UK from other EU member states.

    • Departmental Domestic Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister on how many occasions he visited (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland in an official capacity in the last 12 months.

      Speeches

      To ask the Prime Minister who his Office has employed as a speechwriter since he took up office as Prime Minister.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Community Assets Programme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what progress has been made on the community assets programme; and if he will make a statement.

    • Charities and Community Groups

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps he is taking to reduce the burden of administration on charities and community groups.

      Social Enterprise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps he is taking to promote social enterprise amongst young people.

      Social Change

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what guidance he provides to the third sector on campaigning for social change; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Change

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the Government's policy is on third sector organisations which campaign for social change.

      Social Inclusion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what recent steps he has taken to promote social inclusion in rural areas.

      Hospitality: Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what recent assessment he has made of compliance with the civil service management code's rules on the registration of hospitality received by...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what progress has been made in removing the two-tier workforce.

      Departmental Press

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what weekly publications the Prime Minister's office subscribes to or purchases each week; and at what cost.

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when the Government adopted the 57dBLeq contour as the threshold for problematic aircraft noise; (2) if she will review the effectiveness of the...

    • Aviation: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether training flight movements are included in data collected on air traffic management movements and consequential noise at UK airports.

      Biofuels: Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the likely effects on incidence and severity of asthma of increased use of biofuels.

      Dartford Tunnel: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what factors she took into account in deciding the level of discount to local residents for Dartford Crossing tolls.

      Dartford Tunnel: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what role her Department has in setting toll charges for (a) the Mersey Tunnel and (b) the Dartford Crossing.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2008, Official Report, column 2533-34W, on departmental ICT, how many of the missing or stolen (a) laptops, (b)...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will make it her policy to require the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) to release information to companies making manual requests...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many requests for information in respect of the registered keeper of a vehicle were made to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) in...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how risks 2.1, 4.1, 6.2, 7, 5.1, 1.1 and 4.3 referred to in Item 3: Risks section of the Heathrow Project Board Meeting Note of 17 October 2006...

      M20: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 21 April 2008, Official Report, column 1445W, on M20: noise, how many sites identified as being a high priority for...

      Mersey Tunnel: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations she has received on providing a discount for Mersey Tunnel tolls for local residents.

      Passengers: Borders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate she has made of the projected number of passenger movements across UK borders in (a) 2008 and (b) 2009.

      Railways: Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment her Department has made of the merits of reopening the MailRail postal transport system under central London for mail or other purposes.

      Railways: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of dismantled railway track bed have been sold by the British Railways Property Board since 2001; and if she will make a statement.

      Railways: Watford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passengers used the Watford-Gatwick service operated by Southern in each year since the service began; what the Government's plans are for the...

      Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will take steps to ensure that fuel counting towards the renewable transport fuel obligation is sourced only from sustainable and local supply...

      Roads: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) plans to commission on enabling technologies for road pricing schemes; and what timetable...

      Roads: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how her Department takes into account the average income of local residents when deciding on the level of tolls for river road crossings and tunnels...

      Roundabouts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will issue guidance on providing pedestrian crossings at roundabouts that at night can be decoupled from the traffic lights that control their...

      Traffic Management Act 2004

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects to issue guidance to local authorities in respect of the issuing of fixed penalty notices under the Traffic Management Act 2004.

  • Wales

    • Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what council tax band amendments in Wales were made subsequent to the 2005 council tax revaluation; and how many homes were moved into a higher band after...

    • Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department spent on carbon offsetting in each of the last three years; and to which companies payments for carbon offsetting have been made in...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which animal disease preventative measures the Government plans to include in cost-sharing arrangements with farmers.

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the devolved Administrations on a UK-wide animal health and welfare strategy.

      Badgers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cage traps for catching badgers his Department holds in store.

      Badgers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the estimated badger population was in England and Wales in each of the last 10 years.

      Badgers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice he has received on the potential effectiveness of a tuberculosis vaccine for badgers if given to an already...

      Badgers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information (a) is held by and (b) has been provided to each Divisional Veterinary Officer on the relocation of...

      Biofuels: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department is undertaking on the environmental impact of biofuels.

      Birds: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has received on the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds' plans for sites of special scientific...

      Bluetongue Disease: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what procedures are used to ensure that imported exotic livestock which are susceptible to or may be infected with bluetongue...

      Bluetongue Disease: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with manufacturers of Bt8 vaccine other than Intervet on supplying the UK market.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) from which individuals and organisations his Department has sought advice on modifications to the table valuation...

      Burbots: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he will reply to the request from the University of Southampton, London Zoo and the Environment Agency for an import...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) wildlife trusts and (b) gardening associations on their evaluation of the impact of...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which offices of (a) his Department and (b) its agencies are outside London; how many staff were employed in each pay grade...

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people were serving on the boards of the non-departmental public bodies which his Department sponsors at the latest...

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many full-time posts were filled on a temporary basis for a period in excess of six months in his Department in each of...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many days it took on average to answer written parliamentary questions tabled by each hon. Member for answer by him in...

      Energy Saving Trust: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what payments the Energy Savings Trust made to (a) Stratagem, (b) Weber Shandwick Public Affairs, (c) Consolidated...

      Environment Protection: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to his Department's press release of 2 April 2008 on initiatives on greener homes, by what criteria green...

      Fisheries: Trade Competitiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of the fuel subsidy given by Spain to its fishing industry on the competitiveness...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Environment Agency will publish its Strategy for Flood Risk Management for 2009 to 2014.

      Flood Control: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what analysis of critical infrastructure facilities has been undertaken in respect of Gloucestershire since July 2007; what...

      Fly Tipping: Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people were prosecuted for fly-tipping in the London borough of Enfield in each of the last five years.

      Food: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has received on the relationship between biofuels and rising food prices; and if he will make a statement.

      Horses: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when his officials last raised with the European Commission the ban on the import of UK thoroughbred bloodstock by the Indian...

      National Parks: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to protect national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty from the effects of...

      Nature Conservation: Wildlife

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps the Government has taken to increase the protection of endangered species.

      Office of Water Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what financial contributions water companies make to Ofwat.

      Packaging: Supermarkets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department has taken to encourage (a) supermarket shoppers to re-use plastic bags and (b) supermarkets to...

      Pest Control: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the proportion of local authorities charging for pest control services at the latest date for...

      Pests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what statistics his Department collects on (a) the size of the rodent population and (b) incidences of vermin infestation...

      Plastic Bags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of plastic bags used (a) by supermarket shoppers in the last 12 months and (b) in...

      Seals: Canada

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he last discussed the seal hunt in Canada with the Canadian Government; and if he will make a statement.

      Sheep: Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on the compulsory use of electronic identification for sheep; and if he will make a statement.

      Waste Disposal: Closed Circuit Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on the use of CCTV footage to monitor waste disposal.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps the Government has taken to improve local waste management.

      World War II: Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how long on average it took for a successful applicant for the Women's Land Army Award to receive their badge in the latest...

      World War II: Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many applications his Department had received for the Women's Land Army Award at the latest date for which figures are...

  • Treasury

    • Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 10 September 2007, Official Report, column 1969W, on council tax: valuation, if he will place in the Library a copy of the...

    • Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the Gate 4 review of the valuations project undertaken in relation to the Valuation Office Agency's planned...

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the amount of duty paid by consumers on vehicle fuel sold in the UK in each of the last five years.

      Housing: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield of 8 October 2007, Official Report, column 227W, on housing: valuation, what technical...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the amount of income tax which would otherwise have accrued to the Exchequer from those who have (a) taken early retirement and (b)...

      Taxation: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much VAT revenue was raised from the sale of road fuel in each of the last 60 months for which figures are available; (2) if he will estimate the...

      Valuation Office: Databases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what use the Valuation Office Agency's District Valuer Services makes of dwelling house coding for domestic properties.

      Valuation Office: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Valuation Office Agency is the custodian of Valuebill.

      Valuation Office: Rightmove

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what contracts have been awarded to Rightmove.co.uk plc by (a) the Valuation Office Agency and (b) HM Revenue and Customs and its predecessor on behalf of...

      Valuation: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2008, Official Report, column 508W, on valuation: ICT, how many localities are allocated to each billing authority area.

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of those claiming the child care element of working tax credit have been reported as not using formal child care in each year...

  • Defence

    • Air Force: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people have (a) joined and (b) left the Royal Air Force since 2005.

    • Air Force: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost of training a new Royal Air Force recruit to the level of a fully operational fighter pilot.

      Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many cadet forces were disbanded in each year since 1997.

      Armed Forces: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British service personnel were dishonourably discharged for drug abuse in each of the last five years.

      Armed Forces: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 21 April 2008, Official Report, column 1645W, on armed forces: insurance, for what reasons Territorial Army personnel are...

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) value of (i) under-payments and (ii) over-payments to service personnel in each month between...

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many forces widows were in receipt of a pension from the Armed Forces Pension Scheme at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Armed Forces: Personnel Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many hours of Joint Personnel Administration training are required before personnel become qualified; (2) how many people in his Department...

      Armed Forces: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British service personnel were serving sentences in military prisons, at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Armed Forces: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel left (a) the Army, (b) the Navy and (c) the Royal Air Force prematurely in each of the last 10 years.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 29 April 2008, Official Report, column 55W, on the armed forces: training, how many (a) crew personnel, (b) pilots and (c)...

      Army: Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the actual strength of Army officers of each rank is; and if he will make a statement on the position and retention of captains.

      Departmental Energy

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

      Departmental Written Questions

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

      Ex-servicemen: Unemployed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of former service personnel who were unemployed in each year since 1997.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel completed the Northern Ireland Surveillance Course as part of their predeployment training for deployment to (a) Iraq and...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British service personnel have been court martialled for offences relating to the treatment of civilians and prisoners in (a) Iraq and (b)...

      Kosovo: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the UK's commitment for NATO's Operational Reserve Force to arrive in Kosovo.

      Kosovo: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what vehicles he expects British forces to use while serving as NATO's Operational Reserve Force in Kosovo.

      Kosovo: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the oral answer of 28 April 2008, Official Report, column 16, on what date his Department (a) began and (b) completed pre-positioning...

      Kosovo: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the oral answer of 28 April 2008, Official Report, column 16, what equipment has been pre-positioned in Kosovo for the UK's commitment to...

      Kosovo: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the oral answer of 28 April 2008, Official Report, column 16, how many (a) C-17 Globemaster, (b) C-130K Hercules, (c) C-130J Hercules,...

      Kosovo: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the oral answer of 28 April 2008, Official Report, column 16, what estimate he has made of (a) the number of troops which can be sustained...

      Kosovo: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he was first informed that NATO would make a request for the UK to deploy a high readiness battalion to Kosovo; and when the request was formally...

      Meteorological Office: Politics International

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what payments the Met Office has made to Politics International Ltd. in each of the last five years; on what dates; and for what purpose the payments...

      Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to amend the criteria for the award of the General Service Medal; and if he will make a statement.

      Navy: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people have (a) joined and (b) left the Royal Navy since 2005.

      Prince William

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2008, Official Report, columns 887-88W, on His Royal Highness Prince William, if he will estimate the cost to the...

      Reserve Forces: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people there are in the Volunteer Reserve Forces; and what proportion of them have seen active service in either Iraq or Afghanistan.

      Royal Military Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to the public purse of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst was in each of the last three years.

      Territorial Army: Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Territorial Army officers there were in each year since 1997.

      Territorial Army: Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many officers in the Territorial Army qualified for their annual bounty in each year since 1997.

      Weather: Forecasts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the accuracy of weather forecasts provided by the Meteorological Office in respect of each region of the UK; and what...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many crimes of violence against a person there were in each constituency in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years; and what each...

    • Departmental Marketing

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

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what (a) surveys, (b) questionnaires and (c) other services were provided by polling companies for his Department in financial year 2007-08,...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliament: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what estimate the Commission has made of the Parliamentary Estate's carbon footprint in 2006-07.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Clarence Mitchell

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether Mr. Clarence Mitchell was seconded by his Department to act as an official spokesperson for the family of Madeleine McCann.

    • Departmental Pensions

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

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the unfunded liability in present value terms was of each public sector pension scheme for which his Department is...

      Departmental Pensions

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

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the effect on his Department's expenditure would be of increasing the employee contribution to each pension scheme for...

      Departmental Pensions

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

      Diego Garcia: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 19 March 2008, Official Report, column 1188W, on Diego Garcia: detainees, what steps he has taken in...

      Ethiopia: Qatar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the political implications of Ethiopia breaking off diplomatic relations with Qatar.

      Gaza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what international status the Government ascribes to the Gaza Strip.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans to respond to the letter of 25 March 2008 from the right hon. Member for Banff and Buchan regarding a constituent,...

      Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps have been taken by the Government towards nuclear disarmament under the terms of Article 6 of the Nuclear...

      Rendition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the permissions system that operates on rendition flights...

      Somalia: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Ethiopian counterparts on the recent violence in Mogadishu, Somalia.

      Somalia: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with Ethiopian counterparts about the conduct of Ethiopian troops in Somalia; and what steps he is...

      Somalia: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to uphold the rights of children in captivity in Somalia.

      South Africa: Chemical and Biological Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2008, Official Report, columns 1707-8W, on South Africa: chemical and biological warfare,...

      South Africa: Chemical and Biological Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2008, Official Report, columns 1707-8W, on South Africa: chemical and biological warfare,...

      Zimbabwe: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government has taken to prevent the Zimbabwean military increasing its arms capacity.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Conservation Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of conservation areas in England at the latest date for which figures are available.

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff were employed in his Department in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his Department spent on wages and salaries in each of the last three years, broken down by departmental division.

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of the funding provided to his Department by each of its non-departmental public bodies for (a) his Department's joint...

      Departmental Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the annual research budget for (a) his Department, (b) Arts Council England, (c) Sport England, (d) the Big Lottery Fund, (e)...

      Departmental Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost of conducting staff surveys was for (a) his Department, (b) Arts Council England, (c) Sport England, (d) the Big...

      English Sports Council: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the staff costs at each of Sport England's regional offices were in each of the last three year for which figures are available.

      Gambling Act, 2005

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the Scoping Study for a UK Gambling Act 2005 Impact Assessment Framework was (a) commissioned and (b) planned to be published at...

      Lacrosse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to encourage more young people to play lacrosse.

      Lacrosse: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was allocated to British elite lacrosse players in each of the last five years.

      Lacrosse: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Sport England spent on supporting the development of lacrosse in each of the last five years.

      Lacrosse: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when (a) he and (b) a Minister in his Department last met the English Lacrosse Association to discuss (i) funding of and (ii)...

      National Lottery: Wirral

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much lottery funding was awarded to projects in Wirral South constituency in 2007-08.

      National Lottery: Wirral

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Big Lottery Fund's outreach strategy in Wirral; and if he will make a statement.

      National Lottery: Wirral

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the ratio of lottery funding applications to grants in the last five years in Wirral South constituency;...

      Regional Cultural Consortiums: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of regional cultural consortia in meeting their objectives since establishment.

      Regional Development Agencies: Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding his Department provided to the (a) Eastern, (b) East Midlands, (c) West Midlands and (d) South West regional...

      Regional Sports Boards: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the administrative budget of each regional sports board in England was in each of the last three years.

      Taking Part Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what changes are planned for the next Taking Part survey; and what the reasons for each change are; (2) what changes he expects...

  • International Development

    • Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many people were serving on the boards of the non-departmental public bodies which his Department sponsors at the latest date for...

    • Developing Countries: Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government has taken to reduce the number of children who die from malaria in developing countries since 1997.

      Food: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government have taken to mitigate the effects of rising food prices on the populations of developing countries in the...

      International Assistance: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government have taken to involve private sector organisations in the facilitation of development in developing countries...

      Latin America: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he has discussed programmes which could be designed to reduce the flow of street children to Latin American cities with partner...

      Latin America: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what projects are funded by his Department to assist street children in Latin America.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of international aid requested from the UK by overseas countries was paid in each year between 1997 and 2007.

      St. Helena: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made on the provision of an airport on the island of St Helena.

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations he has made to the UNAMID force in Darfur on the numbers of women peacekeepers.

      Sudan: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what reports he has received of the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war in Darfur.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Antisocial Behaviour: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what authority police forces have to issue penalty notices for disorder to persons under 16 years of age.

    • Assessments: Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools had over 5 per cent. absence levels from Key Stage 3 tests in the years 2005 to 2008; and if he will make a statement.

      Cadets: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many cadet forces were operating in maintained schools in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his most recent estimate is of the number of children in care in each local authority area (a) in total and (b) as a...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many cases of self-harm were diagnosed in children in care in each of the last 10 years; (2) how many children in care...

      Children: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when the implementation guide for Aiming High for Disabled Children's core offer will be published.

      Children: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what support the Government offers for children of prisoners; and if he will make a statement.

      Children: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of children in (a) Basingstoke constituency, (b) Hampshire and (c) England had at least one parent...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what contracts were awarded by his Department to (a) KPMG, (b) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (c) Ernst and Young, (d) McKinsey, (e)...

      Departmental Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what Gershon savings his Department and its predecessor have made since 1 April 2005.

      Departmental Freedom of Information

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

      Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of permanent staff in his Department and its predecessors were female in each year since 1997.

      Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of female permanent staff in his Department and its predecessors worked (a) part-time and (b)...

      Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of female senior civil servants in his Department and its predecessors worked (a) part-time and (b)...

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to implement multi-dimensional treatment foster care across England; what assessment he has made of the pilot...

      Pre-school Education: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department spent on research related to the education of children under the age of five in each of the last five years.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what regulations govern the supply of (a) subsidised and (b) free lunches by schools; and if he will make a statement.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what estimate he has made of margins of error in the collection of statistics on the take-up of school meals in each of the...

      Schools: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Government has taken to reduce the administrative burden involved in the construction of new schools since 1997.

      SEEVIC College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what progress has been made on the development proposals for SEEVIC College in Castle Point; and if he will make a statement.

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the minimum starting rate of pay was for a newly qualified teacher in each year since 1996, expressed in 2006-07 prices.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Government is taking to provide training in dealing with bereaved children to teachers.

      Video Games: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent estimate he has made of the cost of implementing the recommendations of the Byron review.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he will reply to question 200315 on trust schools, tabled on 22 April 2008 by the hon. Member for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton.

      Young People: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to engage young people and members of the public in the preparation of the Youth Crime Action Plan.

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Departmental NDPBs

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

    • Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people aged (a) over 25 and (b) over 30 years enrolled on a first degree course in a higher education institution...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) if he will estimate the cost of raising the student loan repayment income threshold to £20,000 and introducing...

  • Olympics

    • Departmental Domestic Visits

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics on how many occasions she visited (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland in an official capacity in the last 12 months.

    • Olympic Delivery Authority: Manpower

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what proportion of staff working for the Olympic delivery authority are (a) women and (b) men.

      Olympic Games 2012: Red Arrows

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics whether she has invited the Red Arrows to perform at the 2012 Olympics.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consultancy contracts his Department issued in each year since 2005; what the (a) value, (b) purpose and (c) contractor was in each...

    • Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the performance has been of the City Strategy pilot programmes in improving employment and skills outcomes.

      Income Support: Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what proportion of recipients of income support mortgage interest (ISMI) were also (a) income support, (b) income-based jobseekers...

      Income Support: Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claimed income support mortgage interest in each year between 1990 and 1995; at what cost; what the average payment was; and...

      Income: Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average income of graduates was in each region of England in each year since 1997.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance is given to Job Centres on responding to those seeking to advertise vacancies for jobs in the so-called sex industry; and if he...

      Jobcentre Plus: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the performance of Jobcentre Plus in finding employment for those who had previously worked with salaries of...

      Personal Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average family income was in each region of England in each year since 1997.

      Social Security Benefits: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants of (a) the disability living allowance care component, (b) incapacity benefit, (c) the state pension and (d) bereavement...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost to the Exchequer, net of savings in means-tested benefits and additional tax revenues, of paying a full basic...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Business: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much funding his Department is providing to support women's enterprise in 2008-09; and if he will make a statement.

    • Carbon Emissions: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what proportion of national aggregate carbon dioxide emissions emitted were attributable to energy consumption within...

      Certification Officer: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many people employed by the Office of the Certification Officer had salaries between (a) £20,000 to...

      Export Credits Guarantee Department: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what account the Export Credits Guarantee Department takes of (a) the social and environmental impacts of proposed...

      Legal Profession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the value of the contracts awarded by his Department to (a) Christine Lee and Co. solicitors, (b) Ward Hadaway...

      London Development Agency: Mandate Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what payments the London Development Agency made to Mandate Communications and AS Biss in each of the last five years;...

      Migrant Workers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department takes against employers who offer housing to immigrant workers and deduct more than the...

      Motor Vehicles: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the number of litres, to the nearest million, of vehicle fuel sold in the UK in each of...

      OECD: Seoul

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which Ministers will attend the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's internet governance meeting...

      Ordnance Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the primary role of Ordnance Survey's Shareholder Executive is.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will place in the Library a copy of the datasets on road distance to a post office or sub-post office for lower...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many post office branches there were in each local authority area in England in each year since 1996-97.

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what proportion of post offices proposed for closure are run from (a) leasehold and (b) freehold properties.

      Renewable Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what maximum grant was available to individual households under the low carbon buildings programme for (A) solar...

      Renewable Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what maximum grant will be available to individual households under the low carbon buildings programme for (a) solar...

      Renewable Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his Department's expenditure on grants for households under the low carbon buildings programme for (a) solar...

      Renewable Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many grants were allocated to households by his Department under the low carbon buildings programme for (a) solar...

      Renewable Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his Department's budget for household grants under the low carbon buildings programme for (a) solar...

  • Justice

    • Convictions: Genetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will take steps to review the cases of those convicted of serious crimes on the basis of low template DNA evidence; and if he will make a statement.

    • Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will consider the merits of introducing a mechanism to measure levels of public confidence in the court system.

      Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 31 March 2008, Official Report, column 555W, on crime: victims, what form the recruitment exercise for a commissioner for...

      Criminal Proceedings: Genetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what research his Department (a) has commissioned and (b) plans to commission on the use of DNA mixtures evidence in court proceedings; (2) what...

      Departmental Closed Circuit Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of the extent to which closed circuit television cameras (CCTV) operated (a) by and (b) on behalf of his Department...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the Answer of 3 April 2008 to the hon. Member for Fareham, Official Report, columns 1170-74W, on departmental contracts, to which property...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

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

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 22 April 2008, Official Report, column 2012W, on departmental public participation, how many responses were received for each...

      Electoral Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the Government plans to change the voting system used to elect hon. Members.

      Electronic Voting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the Answer from the hon. Member representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission of 31 March 2008, Official Report, column...

      Emergency Workers (Obstruction) Act 2006

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions under the Emergency Workers (Obstruction) Act 2006 have been made since its introduction; and what the outcome of those...

      Peterborough Prison: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign nationals are detained at HMP Peterborough.

      Prison Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people are employed in HM prison service in England and Wales.

      Prisoners Transfer: Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidance has been issued by the Youth Justice Board to secure units on the transfer of 15 year old boys into prisons.

      Prisoners: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the recommendations to member states contained in paragraphs 19 to 29 of the European Parliament's resolution of 13th...

      Prisoners: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his Department's policy is on blogging by prisoners.

      Prisoners: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many suicides within (a) adult prisons and (b) young offender institutions in (i) 2006 and (ii) 2007 took place within the first seven days of...

      Prisons: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much the Government has budgeted for the construction of new Titan prisons.

      Prisons: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much prisons in England and Wales received for work done by prisoners from (a) private and (b) public sector organisations in each of the last five...

      Prisons: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking in response to the comments of HM Inspector of Prisons that four out of five mental health in-reach teams in prisons feel unable...

      Shoplifting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convictions there were for shoplifting in each of the last three years.

      Young Offender Institutions: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many young offender institutions provide discrete (a) personal, (b) social and (c) health education courses.

      Young Offenders: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what mechanisms are in place to reduce the number of people under the age of 21 years in prison for non-violent offences.

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

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

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how substantial suffering, as set out in the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 is measured; and what guidance her Department has...

      British Nationality: Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has received recent representations from the government of the Irish Republic on the grant of British passports and citizenship...

      Closed Circuit Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she has taken to implement the National CCTV Strategy; and if she will make a statement.

      Crime Prevention: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she was consulted in relation to the policy of Lancashire Police of giving free buttered toast to late night revellers to prevent...

      Crime: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) administration and (b) sanction detections there were in relation to crimes in London in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Closed Circuit Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the extent to which closed circuit television cameras (CCTV) operated (a) by and (b) on behalf of...

      Departmental NDPBs

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

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether consideration has been given to applying gender responsive budgeting to her Department's budget.

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department and its agencies paid to recruitment consultants in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Temporary Employment

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

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many new profiles have been added to the national DNA database since September 2007, broken down by police force; and if she will make a...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of DNA profiles added to the DNA database in each year since it became operational are from samples taken at...

      Identity and Passport Service: Fishburn Hedges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what payments the Identity and Passport Service made to Fishburn Hedges in each of the last five years; on what dates; and for what purpose...

      Identity Cards: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate she has made of the cost of introducing identity cards for foreign nationals in the UK.

      Immigration: Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are taken in relation to illegal immigrants detained in police or immigration custody in circumstances where there is a lack of...

      Internet: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions her Department has had with the European Commission on cyber-security; and what contribution the UK is making to...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Minister of State will reply to the letter, dated 25 March 2008, about visas for Chernobyl children.

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals are being held in prisons in Wales beyond the end of their sentence awaiting deportation, broken down by (a)...

      Peterborough Prison: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals held at HMP Peterborough were deported on completion of their sentence in each month since March 2005; and if she...

      Police: Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average (a) number of police officers and (b) proportion of each police force employed in speed enforcement on roads was in each...

      Security Guards: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what role her Department has in determining the fees charged by the Security Industry Authority (SIA) for licences; what plans she has to...

      Wildlife: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will instigate a joint review by the police and prosecution inspectorates into wildlife crime in England.

  • Health

    • Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will review the adequacy of the training undertaken by (a) medical students and (b) GPs in the diagnosis and treatment of allergies.

    • Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on the relative prevalence of breast cancer among (a) black and (b) white women; and if he will make a statement.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of the summary of the 2004 to 2007 national cancer peer review process.

      Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects of expansion in cancer screening programmes on demand for the services of pathology laboratories; and what...

      Cancer: Urinary System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2008, Official Report, column 1454W, on cancer: urinary system, whether the Kent Cancer Network has agreed an...

      Carbon Monoxide: Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many finished episodes of care relating to carbon monoxide poisoning were provided by the NHS in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Cardiovascular System: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms he plans to use to deliver free vascular checks to 40 to 74 year olds.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects on services for children and young people with myalgic encephalopathy of the closure of specialist units in...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to (a) ensure implementation of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's guidelines on the treatment of...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to ensure primary care trusts meet the recommendations of the new guidelines on myalgic...

      Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he expects to publish the National Service Framework for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease; and if he will make a statement; (2) whether...

      Colorectal Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to address the regional variations in the promotion of screening for bowel cancer.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of units of dental activity in England carried forward to 2008-09 from 2007-08.

      Dental Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of schoolchildren in England between the ages of six and nine who have received treatment as part of a screening...

      Dental Services: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the number of dental contracts allocating units of dental activity (UDAs) awarded in England since their introduction; and...

      Dental Services: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many actions for clinical negligence have been brought against dentists doing NHS work in each year since 2005.

      Dental Services: Stroud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to improve access to NHS dentistry in Stroud constituency; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental NDPBs

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

      Diabetes: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on implementing the NHS Diabetes National Service Framework in Peterborough constituency; and if he will make a statement.

      Eastern and Coastal Kent Primary Care Trust: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding has been allocated to (a) Eastern and Coastal Kent Primary Care Trust and (b) East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust for deep cleaning.

      Eating Disorders: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment has been made of the (a) need for and (b) (i) current and (ii) planned future provision of treatment of eating disorders in each primary...

      Embryonic Stem Cells

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many embryonic stem cells exist in the United Kingdom; and how much expenditure has been incurred in acquiring them.

      Eyesight: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the factors influencing the take-up rate of free sight tests for people aged 60 and over; and if he will take steps...

      General Practitioners: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether payments made by primary care trusts to general practitioners as part of the Access Directed Enhanced Services payments system are based on per...

      General Practitioners: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of those registered on the National Health Application Infrastructure Service (Exeter) were surveyed as part of the GP patient survey,...

      Genito-Urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons developing Payment by Results in the area of sexual health services was not chosen as a priority, as stated in his Department's document,...

      Health Services: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been allocated for public relations in the budgets of each primary care trust in Essex in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10.

      Health Services: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much funding was provided for support services for deaf people in each region in each of the last five years; (2) what steps he is taking to...

      Health Services: Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he expects the NHS Whole System Demonstrator pilots in (a) Newham, (b) Kent and (c) Cornwall to go live; (2) which parties are involved in...

      Health Visitors: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of health visitors needed to deliver the Child Health Promotion programme.

      HIV Infection: Tunbridge Wells

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many residents in Tunbridge Wells borough have been diagnosed with HIV and AIDS; and how many of those were diagnosed within the most recent 12-month...

      Human Embryo Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many human embryonic stem cell therapies have been developed in the UK; and how many clinical trials to develop such therapies are taking place;...

      Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budget of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority is for 2008-09; and how much of this is provided (a) by central Government...

      Mentally Ill: Community Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advocacy services will be made available for people subject to community treatment orders in the first six months of the operation of those orders.

      Mesothelioma: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what timetable he has set for the UK National Screening Committee to (a) review the proposed screening programme for (i) mesothelioma and (ii) other...

      NHS: Anniversary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to mark the 60(th) anniversary of the NHS (a) nationally and (b) locally; and how much this will cost (i) his Department...

      NHS: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to bring contracted-out NHS sterilisation services back in-house; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many organisations providing services to the NHS have direction employer status; and how many staff this covers.

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when officials in his Department were first informed of the NHS Pay Review Body's recommendations for 2008-09.

      Nurses: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many students (a) applied for and (b) enrolled in returning to (i) nursing and (ii) midwifery courses in each of the last five years; (2)...

      Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the number of people with Parkinson's disease in each of the last three years; and how many consulted a Parkinson's...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2008, Official Report, column 1475W, on prostate cancer, in which primary care trust areas (a) local and (b)...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2008, Official Report, column 1473W, on prostate cancer, what estimate he has made of the number of people who will...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) with reference to the answer of 23 March 2007, Official Report, columns 1203-4W, on prostate cancer, whether he has consulted on revised Prostate...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people he estimates will die from prostate cancer in (a) 2008, (b) 2011, (c) 2016 and (d) 2021.

      Psychiatric Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many psychiatric nurses there were in each primary care trust in each year between 1999 and 2007.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people of working age in each local authority area received state-funded social care support in each of the last 10 years.

      Surgery: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations were performed within (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four, (e) five, (f) six, (g) seven, (h) eight, (i) nine, (j) 10, (k)...

      Working Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government has taken to help employers provide healthy working environments.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Adoption: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities had performance targets in their local public service agreements or local area agreements on (a)...

    • Bus Services: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what level of local authority grant has been made to enable the subsidy of uneconomic bus routes for (a) 2007-08 and (b)...

      Caravan Sites: Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether Traveller caravans are liable for council tax where the pitch is not charged business rates.

      Connect Public Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what payments her Department has made to Connect Public Affairs since her Department was created; on what dates; and for...

      Construction Methods: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what guidance her Department has issued to local authorities on the fire resistance standards to be applied to materials...

      Construction: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she has taken to improve sustainability within local government procurement with regard to construction.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was raised in council tax for each precepting authority in 2006-07 in England.

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 19 February 2008, Official Report, column 613W, on Council Tax: Valuation, for what reasons the...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) pursuant to the answer of 19 February 2008, Official Report, column 613W, and 2 April 2008, Official Report, columns...

      Council Tax: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether joint waste authorities will levy a separate precept on council tax.

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Eco-Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which of the shortlisted eco-town proposals involve development on (a) green belt and (b) greenfield land.

      Eco-Towns: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to promote the restriction of car (a) ownership and (b) parking spaces in eco-town developments.

      Eco-Towns: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which bids to become eco-towns included plans for development on (a) green belt and (b) greenfield land.

      Eco-Towns: Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Infrastructure Planning Commission will consider planning applications for eco-towns or their associated infrastructure.

      Electronic Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether mechanisms are in place to monitor the extent to which her Department's (a) internal and (b) external (i)...

      Electronic Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her responsibilities in respect of the e-Government regional partnerships are.

      Floods: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much of the £110 million received from the EU for emergency flood relief will be put at the disposal of (a) central...

      Floods: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many times the Planning Inspectorate overruled decisions to refuse planning permission for new developments proposed to be...

      Gardens: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the presence of a roof garden is taken into account by the Valuation Office Agency during a council tax valuation.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her policy is on voluntary home condition reports; and if she will make a statement.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homeless households, where the household type was a (a) couple with dependent children and (b) lone- parent household...

      Homes and Communities Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what she estimates the running costs of the Homes and Communities Agency will be in its first year of operation.

      Housing: Bournemouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the proposal to build 1,500...

      Housing: Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of housing allocations made by housing associations in the Chelmsford local authority area were made to people...

      Housing: Conservation Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many domestic dwellings there are in conservation areas according to Valuation Office Agency property attribute records.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new houses were built in the Easington constituency in each of the last five years.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what powers are available to local authorities to apply conditions to ensure that homes granted planning consent as affordable...

      Housing: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the Valuation Office Agency's policy is on whether the addition of an extension to a property will normally be assumed to...

      Ipsos MORI: Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the full original dataset of polling information compiled by Ipsos MORI as part of...

      Local Authorities: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what research her Department has conducted on the mechanisms and processes by which local authorities respond to petitions from...

      Local Authorities: Satisfaction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average satisfaction rate with local councils according to (a) Audit Commission assessments and (b) performance...

      Local Authorities: Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding is provided by the Government for local authorities to provide translation and interpretation services, broken...

      Local Government Ombudsman: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of employees of the Local Government Ombudsman have formerly worked in local government.

      London Connects: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what central funding London Connects (a) has received and (b) is due to receive for the Valuebill project.

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the business rates multiplier is for (a) businesses eligible for the small business rate and (b) other businesses in 2008-09.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the value of small business rate relief was in each year since it was introduced.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the current rate of employer contribution is to each public sector pension scheme for which her Department has responsibility.

      Planning Permission: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations have been made by respondents to the Housing Green Paper in relation to planning appeals made by developers...

      Planning: Canvey Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations she has received on the East of England Development Agency's involvement in the bottling plant proposal for...

      Planning: Castle Point

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will call in a planning approval granted by councillors at the corner of Oak Road and London Road in Hadleigh to assess...

      Planning: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authorities were directed to rescind planning consents owing to flood risk in each of the last five years; when...

      Planning: Travelling People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer of 22 April 2008, Official Report, column 1902W, on Planning: Travelling People, what funding has been...

      Unitary Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what powers she has to impose a new unitary arrangement upon a two-tier area; what trial has to be observed; and what period of...

      Unpaid Taxes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much and what proportion of (a) council tax and (b) business rates was uncollected in each billing authority in the last...

      Valuation Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 19 March 2008, Official Report, column 121W, on the Valuation Office, if she will place in the...

      Valuation Office: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2008, Official Report, column 1033W, on Property: Databases, which local authorities...

      Valuation Office: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether local billing authorities are required to adopt the Valuebill interface; and what guidance her Department has issued to...

      Waste Disposal Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities had performance targets in their local public service agreements or local area agreements on household...

      Zennor Consulting Ltd

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what payments her Department has made to Zennor Consulting Ltd in the last 12 months; and on what dates and for what purpose in...

  • House of Lords

    • Belfast Agreement: Offences Against the State Acts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 3 April (WA 193—94), why they have not made representations to the Government of the Republic of Ireland...

    • Business: Government Support

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment has been made of the relative access to support programmes for businesses located in (a) rural, (b) urban and (c) inner-city areas.

      Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In what circumstances is the power to incur expenditure under Section 82 of the Welfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999 likely to be used by the Department for Work...

      Children: Public Care

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they will ensure that local authorities set aside sufficient funds for public care proceedings to take account of the rise in the proceedings' fees; and...

      Crime: Racist Incidents

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Goldsmith on 19 February 2007 (WA 175), whether they will identify the religion or belief of perpetrators as well as those of...

      Crime: Restorative Justice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish the results of the Ministry of Justice's research into adult restorative justice work.

      Energy: Nuclear Power Stations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they propose that the aim of improving the efficiency and effectiveness of nuclear development projects, including safety and pre-licensing, as agreed by the...

      Energy: Nuclear Power Stations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How it is intended that the United Kingdom will work more closely with France on civil nuclear issues, and in particular how the regulators in the two countries...

      EU-Latin America Summit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Prime Minister will not attend the fifth European Union-Latin America summit in Lima in May when the Heads of Government of France, Germany and Spain have...

      Families

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 21 April (WA 237) concerning population control, whether the population of the United Kingdom is limitless.

      Fishing: Scallops

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to preserve scallop stocks, in the interests of ensuring continuity of supply and of preventing damage to the biodiversity of the seabed.

      Health: Chronic Pain

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have received about an underresourcing of expertise in NHS services dedicated to the particular conditions of people living with chronic...

      Housing: Cold-related Deaths

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many fatalities occurred in 2006 and 2007 which were attributable to hypothermia, cold homes or inadequate living conditions.

      Learning Disability: Bullying

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Answer by Lord Adonis on 20 March (Official Report, House of Lords, col. 362), whether they will arrange for the response of the chief inspector of...

      Licensing: Music

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made on the public consultation concerning possible new exemptions to the Licensing Act 2003 for low-risk music events.

      Licensing: Music

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have considered using the power under paragraph 4 of Schedule 1 to the Licensing Act 2003 to amend the Act's descriptions of entertainment to make...

      Licensing: Music

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What meetings the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has held, or has scheduled, this year with representatives of musicians' organisations; and whether the...

      Marine Environment: Conservation Areas

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will increase the designation of United Kingdom waters as a marine conservation protection area to more than the present 2.25 per cent; and, if so, to...

      Marine Environment: Endangered Species

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What new measures they are considering to protect seriously endangered marine life species around the United Kingdom coastline and in offshore waters.

      Mental Health Act Tribunals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many appeals have been (a) made and (b) successful against decisions of Mental Health Act tribunals in each of the past five years for which figures are available.

      Mental Health Act Tribunals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On how many occasions the Secretary of State for Justice and his predecessors have appealed against decisions of Mental Health Act tribunals; and how many of these...

      Millennium Fund: Projects

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) which Northern Ireland projects were funded by the Millennium Fund; (b) how much was allocated in each case; (c) what were the names of projects which fully...

      Millennium Fund: Projects

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) how many projects were funded by the Millennium Fund in the United Kingdom; (b) how much funding was allocated in total; (c) how many projects fully achieved...

      Northern Ireland Office: Dress Code

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 28 April (WA 8) concerning the dress code for the Northern Ireland Office, what is meant by a formalised dress code.

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 24 April (WA 316) concerning the funding of a joint committee with the Irish Human Rights Commission and the...

      Northern Rock

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 21 April (WA 257), what is the (a) legal and (b) economic impact on Northern Rock plc of the Whinstone...

      Pensions: Maternity Allowance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why women who received maternity allowance in April 1979 have not had the year 1979-80 qualifying towards their final state pension; and For which years women who...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many members of the police force in County Fermanagh have (a) desk-based jobs, (b) partly desk-based jobs and (c) community-based jobs.

      Republic of Ireland: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 24 April (WA 319), when discussion on human rights in the Republic of Ireland took place, if not at the...

      Rural Payments Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Rural Payments Agency has been instructed not to penalise applicants who fill in the SP5 form as it was originally distributed before the European...

      Schools: Faith Schools

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their position on faith schools.

      Sport: Ticket Prices

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Lord Davies of Oldham on 12 December 2007 (WA 75) and 21 January 2008 (WA 23—24), what developments there have been...

      St Andrews Agreement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 22 April (WA 291) concerning the St Andrews agreement, what is meant by the Belfast agreement's "structure and...

      Transport: Motorcycle Speed Limits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they propose to restrict the maximum speed of motorcycles to the national limit.

      Ulster-Scots

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 22 April (WA 295) concerning the promotion of Ulster-Scots, how they propose to monitor the promise concerning...

      Unfair Commercial Practices Directive

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will lay out the process and criteria for a review in three years' time of the implementation of the unfair commercial practices directive.

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