Written answers

Thursday, 8 May 2008

  • Church Commissioners

    • Church of England Website

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, how often guidance provided by the Church of England on its website on prevention of theft from churches has been...

  • Women and Equality

    • Trafficked Women: Regional Refuge Centres

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality if the Government will bring forward proposals to establish regional centres to provide refuge, rehabilitation and support for women trafficked for the...

    • Single Equality Bill

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality when the Government plan to publish the Single Equality Bill.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what recent steps the Government have taken to support victims of domestic violence.

      Corston Report

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what progress the Government have made in implementing the recommendations of "The Corston report: A review of women with particular vulnerabilities in...

      Female Entrepreneurship

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality when she next expects to meet representatives of small businesses to discuss measures to encourage female entrepreneurs.

      Employment Discrimination: Pregnancy

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps the Government have taken to prevent employment discrimination against women on grounds related to pregnancy.

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many freedom of information requests made to the Government Equalities Office were (a) answered (i) within 20 days, (ii) within 40 days, (iii)...

  • Leader of the House

    • Post-Legislative Scrutiny

      To ask the Leader of the House what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of post-legislative scrutiny undertaken by the House and its Committees.

    • Early-Day Motions

      To ask the Leader of the House what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Early-Day Motions procedure.

      Members' Correspondence

      To ask the Leader of the House what recent representations she has received on the performance of Government Departments in dealing with correspondence from hon. Members in a timely manner.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Staff: Disabilities

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what percentage of staff employed by the House have a disability.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Shoplifting: Prosecutions

      To ask the Solicitor-General what representations she has received from small businesses on the rate of prosecutions brought by the Crown Prosecution Service for shoplifting offences.

    • Dangerous Driving

      To ask the Solicitor-General what steps the Crown Prosecution Service takes in prosecuting cases to seek longer sentences for people convicted of dangerous driving which results in serious injury.

      Anthony Leon Peart aka Anthony Leon Joseph

      To ask the Solicitor-General what progress has been made on implementing the recommendations of the report on Anthony Leon Peart, aka Anthony Leon Joseph.

      Expert Evidence

      To ask the Solicitor-General what progress has been made by the review of expert witnesses in criminal trials; and if she will make a statement.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent meetings his Department has held with farmers to discuss the impact of climate change on agriculture.

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice his Department's chief scientist has given on the sustainability of the Government's policy on biofuels; and if...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average recorded rise in (a) sea temperatures and (b) global surface temperatures has been since 2000.

      Departmental Energy

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

      Floods: Warnings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the take-up was for registration with the Environment Agency for flood warnings in each of the last five years; and...

      Weather Forecasts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs where the pilots on the joint work of the Environment Agency and Meteorological Office on the prediction of extreme weather...

  • Transport

    • Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many cars have been registered in Great Britain in the last 10 years.

    • Departmental Public Participation

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

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria she uses to determine whether driving centres should be approved for closure.

      First Great Western: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will publish the rail improvement plan for First Great Western.

      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 have been designated as high priority for...

      M25: Cost-Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will place in the Library a copy of the cost-benefit analysis which informed her decision on whether to include the M25 widening projects in the...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) men and (b) women died in car accidents in each year since 2000 where the driver was (i) male and (ii) female and aged 21 or under.

      Roads: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 7 February 2008, Official Report, column 1421W, on Roads: Construction, when she expects the information on carbon impacts...

      Transport: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what advice she has (a) sought and (b) received from the Chief Scientist at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on sustainability...

  • Olympics

    • London 2012: Manpower

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what proportion of staff working for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games are (a) women and (b) men.

    • Olympic Games 2012: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what consultations the Government have undertaken with financial institutions on financing the 2012 Olympics; and what the cost of such consultations was.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will place in the Library a copy of the Creative Economy Strategy.

    • Arts Council England: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 22 April 2008, Official Report, column 1959W, on Arts Council England: Finance, what (a) resource and (b)...

      Culture Leadership Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the performance of the cultural leadership programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Culture Leadership Programme: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what resources (a) his Department, (b) the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, (c) the Arts Council and (d) Creative and...

      Culture Leadership Programme: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) hits and (b) unique visitors the Cultural Leadership programme's website received in each of the last 12 months.

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on carbon offsetting in each of the last three years; and to which companies payments for carbon...

      Digital Broadcasting: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to address the digital divide in rural areas.

      Digital Switchover Help Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will place in the Library a copy of (a) the research on return path capability amongst the elderly and (b) the drafted return...

      Monuments: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of the VAT Relief on Memorials scheme in each of the next three years.

      Paralympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he expects the Playground to Podium Paralympics strategy paper to be published.

      Regional Sports Boards: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department paid to the chairmen and chairwomen of regional sports boards in England in respect of their board duties in the...

      Religious Buildings: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of the Listed Places of Worship scheme in each of the next three years.

      Royal Ballet and Opera: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the affordability of seats for performances by the (a) Royal Ballet and (b) Royal Opera; and if he will...

      Tourism Strategy Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department provided for the Tourism Strategy Fund in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Jobcentre Plus: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for how long an individual must claim unemployment benefits before becoming eligible to go on a training course offered by Jobcentre Plus.

    • Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many pensioners received pension credit in (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06, (c) 2006-07 and (d) 2007-08; (2) how many pensioners...

      Rented Housing: Cambridgeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of how much and what proportion of private rented accommodation in (a) Cambridge city council area, (b) the South...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what benefits administered by his Department are uprated in line with a measure of (a) prices and (b) earnings broken down by measure...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to answer Question 162350, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6 November, on incapacity benefit claimants.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Childbirth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many births there were in each year since 1978.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Building Research Establishment: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding she allocated to the Building Research Establishment in each of the last three years.

    • Council Tax: Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average Band D council tax precept was for fire authorities in England in 1998-99.

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer of 21 April 2008, Official Report, column 1411W, on property: valuation, whether the Valuation Office...

      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, when the Council Tax...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answers of 19 February 2008, Official Report, column 613W and of 21 April 2008, Official Report, column 1390W,...

      Councillors: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether complaints about breaches of the councillors' code of conduct can be made anonymously under the new scheme.

      Departmental Civil Service Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the role of the relevant Shareholder Executive is in determining the definition of the public tasks of her Department's...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department and its predecessor spent on entertaining in each of the last five years.

      EC Grants and Loans: Castle Point

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations she has received from Castle Point borough council on the use of European Union funding for the Charfleets...

      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: repair and maintenance, if she will...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her target is for the number of transactions under each of the (a) social market homebuy, (b) New Build HomeBuy and (c)...

      Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new homes have been built in each London (a) constituency and (b) local authority area since 1997.

      Housing: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new homes were built in each parliamentary constituency in the North West in each year since 1997.

      Housing: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable is for changes to permitted development rights with regards to household extensions; and how the proposed...

      Housing: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assumptions are made on the amount of waste and recycling produced each week in litres by family homes in determining the...

      INTERREG Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 19 March 2008, Official Report, column 1203W, on the France (Channel)-England Programme Managing...

      INTERREG Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans there are for the managing authority of the France (Manche)-England Operational Programme to be designated as a body...

      INTERREG Programme: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what projects are being considered in (a) Castle Point constituency and (b) Essex for funding under the (i) INTERREG and (ii)...

      INTERREG Programme: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding the Government will be providing in co-payments towards the EU INTERREG (a) IVA, (b) IVB and (c) IVC...

      Local Authorities: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what procurement advice her Department has given to best value authorities on the application of the Best Value Code of...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many parish and town councils there are in England; and what estimate her Department has made of the number which levy a...

      Local Government Finance: Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the ratio between central Government funding and council tax revenue received by the London borough of Enfield was in each...

      Local Government Finance Funding Changes Independent Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which recommendations of the Lyons Inquiry into local government finance the Government (a) has implemented and (b) plans to...

      Local Government: Electronic Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what citizen identification types are included in the Valuebill XML Schema.

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) which private contractors have been given admitted body status to the local government pension scheme; (2) how many third...

      Mobile Homes: Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate her Department has made of the number of park homes which are used as houses of multiple occupation.

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the equivalent percentage rise in average business rate bills will be in a local authority area which levies the maximum...

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what restrictions there are on how revenue from supplementary business rates can be spent by local authorities.

      Official Hospitality: Office of the Deputy Prime Minister

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost to the public purse was of the visit by the Chinese Ambassador and the right hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull to...

      Ordnance Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she has (a) received representations and (b) commissioned advice on whether separating raw data from value-added...

      Ordnance Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations she has received on the effects of applications of the Re-use of Public Sector Information Directive on...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Infrastructure Planning Commission will consider planning applications for (a) incinerators, (b) airports, (c)...

      Planning Permission: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many successful prosecutions for breaches of the Building Control Regulations there have been since 2000.

      Planning Permission: Strip Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many planning appeals the Planning Inspectorate has considered in relation to lap dancing clubs in the last 36 months.

      Property: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the cost to (a) her Department and (b) the public purse of meeting requests for private sector...

      Property: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 21 April 2008, Official Report, column 1410W, on property: valuation, how many dwellings are...

      Property: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) pursuant to the Answer of 21 April 2008, Official Report, column 1410W, on property: valuation, how many dwellings are...

      Social Rented Housing: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many households in England were on local authority waiting lists for social housing in 2007; (2) what the average...

      Travelling People: Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 22 April 2008, Official Report, column 1903W, on travelling people: council tax, whether traveller...

      Valuation Office: 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...

      Valuation: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local billing authorities in England communicate property amendments to the Valuation Office Agency through (a) the...

      Valuation: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the Valuation Office Agency's targets are for local authority take-up of (a) the Valuebill interface and (b) electronic...

      Waste Management: Audit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what account of joint waste authority status will be taken by the Audit Commission in conducting comprehensive area assessments.

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action the Government has taken to reduce crime related to drunkenness.

    • Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of cannabis users were classed as regular users (a) in each year since 1996 and (b) at the latest date for which figures...

      Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people arrested by officers of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre since establishment have been (a) charged, (b)...

      Cocaine

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of cocaine powder users were classed as regular users (a) in each year since 1996 and (b) at the latest date for which...

      Cocaine

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many 16 to 24-year-olds were reported to have taken any form of cocaine in each year since 1996; (2) what estimate she has made of...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persistent and prolific offenders have been identified in each police force area in each of the last three years for which figures...

      Shares: Sales Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance has been provided to police forces in England and Wales on dealing with fraud associated with boiler room operations.

      Shares: Sales Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were (a) arrested and (b) convicted for offences relating to fraud by boiler room operations in 2007.

      Wildlife: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will review the effectiveness of enforcement by police forces of measures against wildlife crime and illegal hunting.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she will answer Question 179094 on the national DNA database tabled on 9 January 2008 by the hon. Member for Cardiff Central; and if...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to reply to Question 191801, tabled on 29 February 2008, on test sales for video works.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • 1 Carlton Gardens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2008, Official Report, column 99W, on 1 Carlton Gardens, (1) what charges were made to the...

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's paper referring to critical military gaps in the NATO mission in...

      Afghanistan: United Nations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what changes to the mandate of the special representative of the UN Secretary-General in Afghanistan are envisaged following the...

      China: Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials have had with the Government of China since 2006...

      China: Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials have had with the Government of China since 2006...

      Commonwealth Scholarships: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which other Government Departments he consulted prior to his written ministerial statement of 13 March 2008, Official Report,...

      Cuba: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether Ministers in his Department have met Caleb McCarry since his appointment as Cuba Transition Co-ordinator for the Bush...

      Departmental Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps are being taken on food hygiene standards in the canteen at Admiralty Building, Whitehall, following the latest...

      EU Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much and what proportion of funding the UK contributed to the EU Budget in each of the last three years.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply to the letter, dated 26 March 2008, transferred from the Prime Minister, about meeting the Dalai Lama.

      Morocco: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the hunger strike by 60 Sahrawi political prisoners in Moroccan jails; and if he will make a...

      Overseas Students: Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the differences in performance of the Chevening, Commonwealth and Marshall...

      Pakistan: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British nationals have been detained in Pakistan on suspicion of terrorist offences since 2000.

      Simon Mann

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what dates consular officials have requested access to Simon Mann in Black Beach Prison since his abduction from Zimbabwe to...

      Somaliland: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on claims of independence by Somaliland.

      Somaliland: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on discussions between the Pentagon and the US State Department on the recognition of Somaliland as...

      Somaliland: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment has been made of the likely effect on the safety of shipping using the Gulf of Aden and the port of Berbera were...

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many troops each country has committed to the UNAMID force.

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

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

      Zimbabwe: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment has been made of the effects of recent political events in Zimbabwe on refugee flows from the country; and if he...

      Zimbabwe: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Chinese authorities on arms sales to Zimbabwe; and if he will make a statement.

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether an estimate has been made of the numbers killed and injured in Zimbabwe as a result of politically-motivated violence...

  • International Development

    • Actis

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the date was of the Actis business plan on which KPMG based its valuation update of 31 March 2004.

    • Actis

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will place in the Library a copy of the Actis business plan of 19 March 2004, including the detailed breakdown of Actis'...

      Food: Prices

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

      Kosovo: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid his Department has allocated to Kosovo for each of the next three financial years; and if he will make a statement.

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

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

      Rice: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the rising cost of rice on the poorest developing countries.

      Sri Lanka: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has spent on aid for Sri Lanka in each year since 1997; and to what Sri Lankan (a) governmental body, (b)...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Shares: Sales Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) which agencies of the Government are taking steps to counter the risk of illegal share sale boiler room...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Apprentices: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the effect of immigration on the availability of training opportunities and...

    • Civil Service Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will list each of his Department's (a) agencies and (b) non-departmental public bodies, setting out in each case...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of questions tabled to his Department for written answer on a named day have been answered on the day named...

      Mature Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps the Government has taken to increase support available to mature students since 1997.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills who took the decision to link the interest rate on student loans to the retail price index; and if he will make a statement.

      Students: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the average expenditure from the public purse was per student on (a) higher education and (b) training and skills in...

      UK Commission for Employment and Skills: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether Sector Skills Council board members or officers are able to serve on the board of the UK Commission for Employment...

      Vocational Training: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what vocational training and courses are available to provide the skills needed for the energy efficiency and renewable...

  • Treasury

    • Bingo

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues in the Department for Communities and Local Government on the impact of bingo club closures; and...

    • Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the revenue to the Exchequer which will accrue from taxation of petrol and diesel in 2008-09 if fuel prices remain at...

      Government Departments: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Government departments have (a) approached Salix for assistance and (b) received assistance (from whatever source) in response to the procedure...

      Minimum Wage: Prosecutions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 28 April 2008, Official Report, columns 143-4W, on minimum wage: prosecutions, how many employers have appealed against a minimum...

      Minimum Wage: Prosecutions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Answer of 28 April 2008, Official Report, columns 143-44W, on minimum wage: prosecutions, how many and what proportion of minimum wage...

      Minimum Wage: Prosecutions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Answer of 28 April 2008, Official Report, columns 143-44W, on minimum wage: prosecutions, what arrangements are in place to check that...

      Minimum Wage: Prosecutions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Answer of 28 April 2008, Official Report, columns 143-44W, on minimum wage: prosecutions, how many employers have had a case relating to...

      Minimum Wage: Prosecutions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 28 April 2008, Official Report, columns 143-44W, on minimum wage: prosecutions, how many employers have been recorded as having...

      Northern Rock

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the costs incurred by (a) Virgin, (b) Olivant and (c) Northern Rock's management team in connection with their bids for...

      Northern Rock

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of the totals for (a) other liabilities and (b) other assets listed in the Bank of England's consolidated statement of 20 February is...

      Northern Rock: Guernsey

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 31 March 2008, Official Report, column 660W, on Northern Rock: consultants, whether the management of Northern Rock has now...

      Northern Rock: Public Appointments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what process resulted in the appointment of (a) Ron Sandler as Executive Chair and (b) Ann Godbehere as Chief Financial Officer of Northern Rock.

      Royal Mint: Grayling Political Strategy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what payments the Royal Mint made to Grayling Political Strategy in each of the last five years; on what dates; and for what purpose the payments were made...

      Taxation: Pensioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the amount of tax overpaid by pensioners who opt for four weekly or quarterly pension payments but whose tax codes assume 52...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what critical military gaps remain to be filled in the NATO military requirement for Afghanistan.

    • Air Force: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel were stationed at permanent commitment Royal Air Force bases in (a) the Falkland Islands, (b) Cyprus, (c) Nevada, (d)...

      Armed Forces: Females

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

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to help (a) service personnel and (b) service leavers onto the property ladder.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of service accommodation units owned by Annington Homes have been sold since 1997.

      Armed Forces: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British members of the (a) Army, (b) Navy and (c) RAF left the service before their term of service was due to end in 2007.

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the annual cost to the public purse of increasing the pension entitlement of those forces' widows receiving one-third of...

      Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his most recent assessment is of the Army's capability to react to the unexpected.

      Army: Labour Turnover

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

      Ballistic Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the memorandum of agreement concerning the Ballistic Missile Early Warning Station at Fylingdales Moor of 1960.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of (a) salaries for permanent Civil Service posts, (b) salaries for permanent non-Civil Service posts and (c) payments to temporary or...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what allowances and bonuses civilian staff receive for being located to (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan.

      Departmental Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what property his Department owns (a) in London, (b) elsewhere in the UK and (c) overseas; and what the latest available valuation of the property was...

      Ex-servicemen: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of former service personnel is receiving a pension from his Department.

      Iraq: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 20 March 2008, Official Report, column 1310W, on Iraq: detainees, what monitoring and administration of individuals in...

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of the armed forces' helicopter fleet of the types (a) Apache, (b) Gazelle, (c) Lynx Mk3, (d) Lynx Mk7, (e) Lynx Mk8, (f) Lynx Mk9,...

      RAF Brize Norton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of (a) single living accommodation and (b) service family accommodation are in each standard for condition grade at RAF...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Children in Care: General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what percentage of eligible children in care were not entered for any GCSE in each of the last 10 years; (2)...

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of nursery children who travel to and from nursery (a) by car, (b) by public...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many child care staff left the profession within (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four and (e) five years of entering the...

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of children's centres to be located in the super output areas ranked in the (a) first to...

      Citizenship: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teachers of citizenship there were in secondary schools in Easington constituency at the most recent date for which...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what (a) 0800, (b) 0845 and (c) 0870 telephone numbers for the public are in use by (i) his Department and (ii) agencies which...

      Extended Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of secondary schools offering an extended school service (a) at least once...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to his Answer to the hon. Member for Surrey Heath, of 21 April 2008, Official Report, columns 1548-49W, on the general...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many eligible pupils did not obtain five GCSEs at any grade, excluding equivalents, in each year since 1997.

      Mathematics: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his policy is on the use of Reform mathematics in the teaching of mathematics in primary schools; and if he will make a statement.

      Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will place in the Library a copy of the datasets on road distance to a primary school for lower layer super output areas...

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average expenditure on each pupil in (a) primary and (b) secondary education in the County of Durham was in each year...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will estimate the proportion of the education budget which was (a) devolved directly to schools, (b) devolved directly to...

      Schools: Fire Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to raise awareness of fire hazards associated with certain types of composite building panels among those...

      Special Educational Needs: Dyslexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) if his Department will accredit a specialist qualification, recognised by the British Dyslexia Association, for teachers in...

      Specialised Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many secondary schools entitled to but which have not yet become specialist schools there are (a) in each local authority...

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the average annual change in earnings of teachers who were continuously employed in the teaching...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 28 April 2008, Official Report, column 250W, on teachers: training, how much has been allocated for...

  • Justice

    • Churches: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many churches in Wales have been listed in connection with the chancel repair liability provisions of the Land Registration Act 2002.

    • Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many warrants were issued against an individual for failure to appear in court in each of the last five years.

      Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many warrants issued for a failure to appear in court are outstanding.

      Electronic Voting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans the Government have to make further use of electronic (a) voting and (b) counting at elections.

      Prisoners Transfers: Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many youth offending team inspections found that young offenders were sharing transport with adult prisoners in each of the last three years, broken...

      Secure Training Centres: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many times physical interventions were used in secure training centres for the purposes of restraint (a) in total and (b) in each year since 2000,...

      Young Offender Institutions: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which young offender institutions do not provide child and adolescent mental health support.

      Young Offender Institutions: Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many youth offending team inspections expressed concern relating to pharmacy management and loss of medication in each of the last three years,...

      Young Offender Institutions: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which young offender institutions have been found by inspectors to be using health care beds for behaviour management purposes in the last five years;...

      Young Offender Institutions: Restraint Techniques

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

      Young Offender Institutions: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the need for teaching support for teachers in young offender institutions who work with groups of young people with acute...

      Young Offenders: Body Searches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which young offender institutions include strip searching in their routine admission procedures.

      Young Offenders: Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many inmates of young offender institutions were transferred to the secure adult prison estate in each of the last 10 years.

      Young Offenders: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what percentage of young offenders whose final custodial establishment was a secure children's home were reconvicted within two years of...

      Young Offenders: Self-mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many instances of prisoner self-harm were recorded in (a) secure training centres, (b) secure children's homes and (c) young offender institutions...

      Young Offenders: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will take steps to ensure that all young people resident in Wales (a) serving long custodial sentences and (b) with mental health needs serve...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health at which NHS institutions abortions were conducted at (a) 16 weeks, (b) 17 weeks, (c) 18 weeks, (d) 19 weeks, (e) 20 weeks, (f) 21 weeks, (g) 22...

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many abortions took place in NHS hospitals at (a) 16 weeks, (b) 17 weeks, (c) 18 weeks, (d) 19 weeks, (e) 20 weeks, (f) 21 weeks, (g) 22...

      Abortion: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many girls in England and Wales, aged (a) 12, (b) 13, (c) 14 and (d) 15 years of age had (i) one, (ii) two, (iii) three and (iv) four or more...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of accident and emergency department admissions (a) in England and (b) at Gloucestershire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust were seen,...

      AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people aged (a) 30 to 39, (b) 40 to 49, (c) 50 to 59, (d) 60 to 69, (e) 70 to 79 and (f) 80 years and over were diagnosed with AIDS in each...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Health Services

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

      Chronically Sick: Heywood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in implementing the targets in the National Service Framework for Long Term Conditions in Heywood and Middleton constituency.

      Chronically Sick: Heywood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidance on supportive and palliative care has been fully implemented in Heywood and...

      Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS beds were available for patients sectioned under mental health legislation in each of the last five years.

      Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were sectioned under mental health legislation in each of the last five years.

      Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people absconded from secure NHS units in each of the last five years.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of units of dental activity (UDA) in England expected to be the subject of a reclaim of UDA payments from activity...

      Departmental Pay

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

      Dietary Supplements: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment the Government has made of the effect of the implementation of the Food Supplements Regulations on the planting, development and import of...

      Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the number of junior doctors required to ensure that no junior doctor works more than 48 hours per week by August...

      Trans Fats: Restaurants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will consider the merits of banning trans fats in restaurants; what representations he has received on this issue; and if he will make a statement.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GP surgeries there were in each local authority in England in each year since 1996-97.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the maximum distance is which people should expect to have to travel to a GP surgery.

      General Practitioners: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GPs his Department estimates will be working in the NHS in (a) April 2009 and (b) April 2010; and how many NHS GPs there were at the latest...

      Hospitals: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he expects the deep clean of hospitals in England to take place; (2) what proportion of hospitals in England were (a) deep cleaned...

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when Ministers in his Department first knew that the NHS quarterly statistics for inpatient and outpatient waiting times did not meet each of the six...

      Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultation his Department had with interested parties to inform the drafting of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill in 2007; and what form...

      Human Umbilical Cord Blood Cells

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the terms of reference are of the umbilical cord blood review being undertaken by his Department; and which organisations and individuals have...

      Keep Warm, Keep Well

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost has been of the (a) publication and (b) distribution of his Department's Keep Warm, Keep Well information booklet; when the booklets were...

      Medical Equipment: Irradiation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what consideration his Department has given to the use of ultra-violet germicidal irradiation disinfection devices in the healthcare sector; (2)...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the reasons are for deciding that (a) individuals may not opt out of having their demographic data placed on the Spine and (b) not having...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who is undertaking the independent evaluation of the electronic patient records pilot; what their terms of reference are; and when the report will be...

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many training places were available to those seeking to work in child and adolescent mental health services in each year between 1999 and 2007; and if...

      Mental Health Services: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of prisoners received treatment for mental illness in the last five years for which figures are available.

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many mental health professionals entered further training for child and adolescent mental health services in each year between 1999 and 2007.

      NHS: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department monitors freedom of information (a) requests to and (b) responses from individual NHS trusts; and whether trusts are required to...

      NHS: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what qualifications and criteria were applied to (a) the selection of individuals to serve on the (i) strategy group, (ii) project executive group, (iii)...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the terms of reference of the joint Office of Government Commerce and NHS Purchasing supply review is; when the review is expected to be...

      Palliative Care: Heywood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what data are used by commissioners to determine the need for specialised palliative and neurological care in Heywood and Middleton constituency.

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the contribution independent pharmacies make to the provision of access to primary health care; and if he will make a...

      Psychiatric Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provision is made in the training of psychiatric nurses for the recognition and understanding of the mental health needs of those aged under 25 years.

      Psychiatry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons humanistic traditions are not accepted as a standard psychotherapy modality under his Department's Skills for Health project; and if he...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has collated the number of cases of illnesses caused by the effects of passive smoking since the implementation of the smoking ban...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 28 April 2008, Official Report, columns 154-61W, on social services, what outcomes of assessments for social care needs are...

      South Staffordshire PCT: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the effects of his Department's methodology for distributing revenue funding to primary care trusts on the funding...

      Strokes: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure the NHS provides effective care to people in the first hours following a stroke.

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations have been cancelled in each of the last five years, broken down by trust.

      Vaccination: Thiomersal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in what year the NHS ceased to use thiomersal in vaccine doses under the public vaccination programme; and in what year the last vaccine stocks containing...

      Wafarin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the provision of wafarin monitoring services by private providers; and what assessment he has made of the provision of such services...

  • House of Lords

    • Airports: Dungeness

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to proposals to construct a new airport on the Dungeness peninsula.

    • Armed Forces: Visiting Personnel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In what circumstances United States military personnel within or outside military bases on United Kingdom soil are not subject to United Kingdom laws.

      Armed Forces: Visiting Personnel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Visiting Forces Act 1952 was last reviewed; and whether there are any current plans to review it.

      Arts Council

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 22 April (HL3015), (a) what is the legal source of Arts Council England's duty or power to require...

      Aviation: Crash Landing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made in determining the cause of the crash landing of British Airways Boeing 777 aircraft G-YMMM at Heathrow Airport on 17 January.

      Belize: Military Base

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they plan to wind down or close the military base in Belize.

      British Overseas Territories

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will allow the Falkland Islands Museum in Stanley and other similar organisations in the British Overseas Territories to qualify for lottery funding...

      Business: Government Support

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What research has been conducted into the consequences of market distortion from government subsidies to failing businesses.

      Children: Poverty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 1 October 2007 (WA 242), what is the estimated total number of children who would have been in poverty in...

      Climate Change: Sea Level

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the United Kingdom is facing particular problems from the rise in world sea level, especially in low-lying and heavily populated areas, as outlined in the...

      Climate Change: Sea Level

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What role United Kingdom scientists are playing in the use of aerial photography to determine rises in sea level.

      Crime: Fuel Smuggling

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much revenue they estimate was lost to illegal handling of fuel in Northern Ireland in 2007.

      Crime: Restorative Justice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the outcomes of the consultation on improving restorative justice in referral order panels.

      Crime: Restorative Justice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What restorative justice targets are included in the key performance indicators for youth offending teams; whether these have increased or decreased in the last...

      Disabled People: Mencap Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration they have given to Mencap's new policy statement Making rights a reality; whether they will respond to the statement; and whether they are...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Lord Darzi of Denham on 21 April (WA 234—35), what the effect was on any decision by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Lord Darzi of Denham on 21 April (WA 235), what role Dr David Thorne played in preparing the information leaflet on egg sharing...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Lord Darzi of Denham on 21 April (WA 232—33) and (WA 235), what treatment offered to a patient would be considered the most...

      Energy: Long-term Supply

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to commission a forecast of the long-term energy supply and use for the United Kingdom from the UK Energy Research Centre, to assist the...

      Health: Long-term Neurological Conditions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish the terms and value of the contract for the study into support services for patients with long-term neurological conditions by a team at...

      Housing: Home Insulation Grants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to ensure that those in greatest social need are helped to understand and secure home insulation grants.

      Immigration: Failed Asylum Seekers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether some failed asylum-seekers subject to deportation orders are being kept in immigration detention during the period in which the Home Office obtains...

      Immigration: Oakington Removal Centre

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the light of the Chief Inspector's reports, whether they intend to replace the tannoy system at Oakington immigration removal centre.

      Immigration: Sri Lankan Tamils

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many Sri Lankan nationals of Tamil background in immigration detention in the United Kingdom have made applications to the European Court of Human Rights in...

      Kenya: Military Personnel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many military personnel are currently serving in Kenya; and whether there are any proposals to increase that number.

      Licensing: Music

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of schools in England and Wales hold a premises licence authorising performances of live music.

      Manufacturing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What level of support for manufacturing industry has been provided to each region of the United Kingdom (a) in aggregate and (b) as a proportion of gross domestic...

      Non-native Species

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Non-Native Species Programme Board was formed; who are its members; and on what dates it has held meetings.

      Packaging

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What mechanisms they will put in place to ensure that the Office of Fair Trading and Trading Standards actively pursue prosecutions in cases of misleading...

      Prisoners: Life Sentences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many life sentence and indeterminate public protection sentence prisoners were held in Leeds Prison on 23 April; and what arrangements they are making for...

      Prisoners: Mental Illness

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements they have in place to ensure that seriously mentally ill prisoners in the area covered by Lincolnshire's Health Authority who are not normally...

      Questions for Written Answers: Unanswered Questions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what date was each of the 25 House of Lords Questions for Written Answer that remained unanswered at the end of the last parliamentary Session tabled.

      Roads: Signs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to ensure that non-English-speaking road users can read road signs.

      Roads: Traffic Officers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What data are collected by Highways Agency traffic officers attending incidents; and what use is made of such data.

      Rural Payments Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why all payments by the Rural Payments Agency after 16 October 2008 will have to go directly into a claimant's bank account; which piece of European legislation...

      Taxation: Compensation Payments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What forms of notification they intend to employ to inform members of the public of their entitlement to the low tax rate abolition replacement compensation...

      Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What guidance they give to overseas truck drivers regarding United Kingdom road traffic regulations.

      Waste Management: Brofiscin Quarry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Where are the 34-page original witness statement and accompanying original documents connected with the investigation into Brofiscin Quarry, including originals of...

      Waste Management: Brofiscin Quarry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which original documents were returned to Mr Douglas Gowan by Brabners Chaffe Street on 13 December 2007, as stated by the Environment Agency Wales.

      Waste Management: Brofiscin Quarry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 10 March (WA 217), whether any copies of original documentation supplied by Mr Douglas Gowan were seen by Lovells.

      Waste Management: Brofiscin Quarry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Lord Rooker on 11 December 2007 (WA 49), 27 March (WA 124), 31 March (WA 141—2), 2 April (WA 183—4 and 186—8)...

      Young Offenders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What reviews are being carried out by the Youth Justice Board into the strip searching of juveniles in custody.

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