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Written answers

Monday, 12 May 2008

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliament: Renewable Energy

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how much electricity was (a) consumed on and (b) produced from onsite renewable sources on the Parliamentary...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Polling Stations: Disabled

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what guidance has been issued to returning officers on (a) access to polling stations for...

  • Wales

    • Departmental Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much was spent by his Department on translation and interpretation services in 2007-08, broken down by language.

    • Parc Prison: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what steps he is taking to ensure the provision of child and adolescent mental health services in Parc Prison, Bridgend; and if he will make a statement.

  • Transport

    • A4123

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she plans to complete the de-trunking of the A4123.

    • A4123: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many accidents took place on the A4123 involving (a) pedestrians and (b) cyclists in the last five years; (2) how many accidents resulting...

      A4123: Cycleways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment her Department has made of the feasibility of introducing improved provision for cyclists on the A4123.

      A4123: Pedestrians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans her Department has to improve facilities for (a) pedestrians and (b) cyclists on the A4123 in Dudley and Sandwell.

      A4123: Pedestrians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the risk of accident to (a) pedestrians and (b) cyclists on the A4123 in Dudley and Sandwell.

      A4123: Safety Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department has taken to improve safety for pedestrians crossing the A4123 between the Foxyard and Priory estates in Dudley.

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much her Department and its predecessors spent on carbon offsetting in each of the last three years; and to which companies payments for carbon...

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many of her Department's civil servants have been (a) suspended and (b) dismissed for accessing (i) obscene and (ii) other prohibited material on...

      Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 28 April 2008, Official Report, column 33W, on public transport: concessions, what representation of those with mental...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many requests from (a) private individuals, (b) car park enforcement companies and (c) other sources were submitted to the Driver and Vehicle...

      Felixstowe to Nuneaton Railway Line: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent on the Felixstowe to Nuneaton rail route in each year since 1997; how much her Department plans to spend in (a) 2009, (b) 2010,...

      GoVia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 19 March 2008, Official Report, column 1117W, on GoVia, by what date she expects to have made an announcement regarding the...

      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 having been designated as high priority for...

      Official Vehicles: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport in how many accidents (a) ministerial vehicles and (b) accompanying police vehicles have been involved in each of the last 10 years, broken down by...

      Oil: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 4 March 2008, Official Report, columns 2263-4W, on oil: prices, whether she plans to revise her projections for the future...

      Railways: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what preparatory steps she has taken in connection with the possible future construction of high-speed rail lines.

      Railways: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the Answer of 26 March 2008, Official Report, column 173W, on railways: consultants, (1) what work is being carried out by consultants...

      Roads: Canvey Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funds have been allocated by her Department at national and regional level to Essex county council's feasibility study into an additional access...

      Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will take steps to ensure that the electric version of the proposed Inter-City Express will be equipped with an automatic coupler to facilitate...

      Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what role her Department will have in the procurement process for the new Inter-City Express rolling stock.

      Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will take steps to ensure that rail vehicles intended for use on (a) Thameslink and (b) Crossrail routes will be compatible for use on either line.

      Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport by what date she expects to publish her Green Paper on transport challenges; and what topics will be covered by the Paper.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his statement of 16 January 2008, Official Report, column 944, that there was record employment under Labour, including record...

    • Employment: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what mechanisms are in place to help deaf people into employment.

      Housing Benefit: Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in each of the eight local authority pilot areas have (a) received written warnings for housing benefit sanction and (b) had...

      Housing Benefit: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much each local authority in Wales repaid to the Exchequer in respect of underspent funds allocated for discretionary housing payments in...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 20 March 2008, Official Report, column 1405W, if he will place in the Library a copy of the report on Jobcentre...

      Pensioners: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of pensioners that will have a weekly income below the minimum income guarantee in each year to 2050;...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will (a) undertake an impact assessment of the proposal to reduce the backdating period for pension credit, housing benefit and council...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 29 April 2008, Official Report, column 49W, on Afghanistan: peacekeeping operations, whether (a) elements of British forces...

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the number of (a) infantry battalions, (b) helicopters, (c) aircraft and (d) training teams available...

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK personnel are deployed on operations, broken down by location.

      Armed Forces: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the change in the budget of the armed forces in (a) cash, (b) real and (c) percentage terms will be in (i) 2008-09, (ii) 2009-10, (iii) 2010-11...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many homes for service personnel there are in (a) Northumberland and (b) County Durham.

      Armed Forces: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which unit will provide the Spearhead Land Element requirement for the UK during the service in Kosovo of the 2nd Battalion The Rifles.

      Armed Forces: Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the Ministry of Justice on employing the armed forces on training programmes with young offenders; how many armed forces...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on the procurement of Ridgeback armoured vehicles; and if he will make a statement.

      Army: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the average tour interval for each battalion in the (a) infantry and (b) Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers was in the latest period...

      Army: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what period has elapsed since personnel serving with 2nd Battalion The Rifles were last deployed on operations.

      BAE Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions his Department has had with BAE Systems.

      Bombs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with the Foreign Secretary on negotiations towards a legally binding treaty to prohibit cluster munitions.

      Defence Estates: Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assets were held by Defence Estates in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland at the latest date for which information is...

      Defence Estates: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what factors determine the distribution of receipts from the sale of Defence Estates' property between devolved administrations and Government budgets...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received from defence equipment suppliers on the effects on them of the separation of the emissions trading scheme; and if he...

      Departmental ICT

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

      Disabled

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

      Iraq: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated total cost has been of equipment gifted to the Iraqi forces in each year since 2003.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which units have served (a) one tour, (b) two tours and (c) three tours and more in (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many servicemen and women normally resident in East Dunbartonshire were serving in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan at the latest date for which...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the Territorial Army are on active service in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan.

      Joint Rapid Reaction Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 28 April 2008, Official Report, column 58W, on the Joint Rapid Reaction Force, which units will form the UK's commitment to...

      Kosovo: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with his European counterparts on providing the strategic airlift required to deploy the UK's commitment for NATO's...

      Kosovo: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what equipment will be made available to the UK operational reserve battalion for its deployment to Kosovo.

      Marchwood Sea Mounting Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons his Department has imposed a 65-tonne weight limit on commercial loads which can be handled on the Falklands Jetty at Marchwood Sea...

      Marchwood Sea Mounting Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the weight limit is for military loads which can be handled on the Falklands Jetty at Marchwood Sea Mounting Centre; (2) what the weight was...

      Marchwood Sea Mounting Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment was made of the (a) effect on traffic from the Port of Southampton to the Marchwood Power Station site and (b) cost of delivering...

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many serviceable helicopters are available to (a) the Army, (b) the Royal Navy and (c) the Royal Air Force; and how many were available to each in...

      Territorial Army: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of Territorial Army personnel are drawn from (a) small, (b) medium and (c) large businesses.

  • International Development

    • Africa: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much money was spent by his Department on aid programmes for Africa in each year since 2004, broken down by development objective.

    • Burma: Storms

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Burma following the recent cyclone; and what UK assistance has been...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

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

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the Answer of 19 March 2008, Official Report, column 1182W, on departmental data protection, if he will include...

      Developing Countries: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the significance of policies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions related to energy for the...

      Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support his Department has provided for education in recent humanitarian responses in (a) Kenya, (b) Mozambique, (c) Bangladesh...

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his policy is for tackling HIV/AIDS in the developing world in the next three years; and if he will make a statement.

      Developing Countries: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent steps the Government have taken to promote and protect human rights in developing countries.

      Drugs: Patents

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's policy is on patent pools for essential medicines.

      Gaza: UN Relief and Works Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department gives to the work of the UN Relief and Works Agency in Gaza.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of farmers in (a) Forest of Dean constituency and (b) England have not yet received their Single Farm...

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs at how many sites in England levels of (a) carbon monoxide, (b) sulphur dioxide and (c) nitrogen dioxide are monitored.

      Air Pollution: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had on the introduction of the EU Directive on Ambient Air Quality and Cleaner Air for Europe.

      Air Pollution: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made on changes to the UK automatic monitoring network in preparation for the introduction of the EU...

      Animals: MRSA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he has taken to reduce the incidence of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus in animals.

      Beekeeping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the contribution of beekeeping to the agriculture sector; and if he will make a statement.

      Beekeeping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the contribution of research to the formulation of policy on beekeeping.

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of recent trends in the bee population; and if he will make a statement.

      Bees: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research the Government is funding on (a) acaricide-resistant varroa destructor and its associated viral diseases, (b)...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons dairy non-pedigree calved females are valued more highly than pedigree calved females over 36 months in...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the level of reductions necessary for each household from 2002 to 2050 assuming the current...

      Cetaceans: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the extent to which the UK has met its obligations under the EU by-catch regulation (EC) No....

      Cetaceans: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many UK vessels are using acoustic deterrent devices to reduce cetacean by-catch .

      Cetaceans: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent research on cetacean by-catch in UK waters his Department has commissioned.

      Cetaceans: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will publish the most recent available data on cetacean strandings in Cornwall and Devon.

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department and its predecessors spent on carbon offsetting in each of the last three years; and to which...

      Departmental Public Participation

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

      Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what targets his Department has set in relation to its employment of people with disabilities over the next five years.

      Dogger Bank: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to protect the Dogger Bank as an offshore special area of conservation under the EU Habitats Directive.

      Elephants: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what initiatives the Government (a) funds directly and (b) otherwise supports for the protection and conservation of...

      Environment Protection: Canvey Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has received on the use of land owned by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds for...

      Fisheries: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what capacity his Department has to assess what fishing takes place in the proposed offshore special areas of conservation...

      Fisheries: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the (a) actual and (b) potential environmental damage or risk of environmental...

      Fisheries: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what ongoing monitoring of potential damage from fishing and related activities he plans to undertake in the proposed...

      Fisheries: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he plans to take to prevent fishing activity if the Joint Nature Conservation Committee advises that fishing...

      Fisheries: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will meet representatives of the fishing industry to discuss the effects of fuel prices on competitiveness in the industry.

      Fisheries: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will commission research on the effects of fuel prices on competitiveness in the fishing industries.

      Fisheries: Special Areas of Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what records his Department holds of fishing in marine waters at the proposed offshore special areas of conservation sites at...

      Fisheries: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy to subsidise fuel for British fishing fleets; and if he will make a statement.

      Floods: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether (a) homeowners, (b) tenants, (c) businesses and (d) farmers are eligible to apply for compensation for flood...

      Floods: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) research studies and (b) reviews have been commissioned by his Department into the flooding in summer 2007;...

      Floods: Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to promote the development of an integrated approach by local authorities, developers,...

      Genetically Modified Organisms: Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations he has received on genetically modified crops; and what recent discussions he has had with the...

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Energy Saving Trust on the launch of the Green Homes Service.

      Landfill Tax: Fly-tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect on fly-tipping of the landfill tax escalator.

      Leisure: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the levels of amenity available to the residents of the parishes of Lapley, Stretton and...

      Nature Reserves: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the plans of Natural England and the Environment Agency to flood areas of Medmerry; and if he...

      Nature Reserves: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the financial value of the palaeontological remains in the on-shore cliffs at the Medmerry frontage.

      Nitrate Vulnerable Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to publish a response to the consultation on nitrate vulnerable zones; what the next steps will be; and when...

      Nitrogen Oxides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the UK meets its targets for the reduction of nitrogen oxides by 2010...

      Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what factors were taken into account in setting the fee levels for pollution prevention and control permits; what the...

      Regional Development Agencies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what arrangements he has agreed with regional development agencies and Natural England to account for exchange rate variations.

      Rural Areas: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much EU funding was provided for the individual axes of the European Rural Development Programme for England, expressed...

      Rural Areas: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how often his Department draws down funding for the European Rural Development Programme from the EU; and what exchange rate...

      Rural Areas: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding he has allocated to the European Rural Development Programme from UK funds as matched funding; and what effect...

      Sea Mammal Research Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what role the Sea Mammal Research Unit at St Andrews University plays in UK marine policy.

      Sea Mammal Research Unit: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding he provides to the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) at St. Andrews University; what proportion of the work...

      Seas and Oceans: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the percentage of UK waters that would need to be turned into no-take marine reserves to (a)...

      Seas and Oceans: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how he plans to comply with the UK's mandatory obligations in relation to the marine environment under the EU Habitats Directive.

      Tobacco: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was paid in 2007 by the EU to subsidise tobacco production in member states.

      UK Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate has been made of the level of funds likely to be generated by the auctioning of allowances under the UK...

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations have been made to his Department on (a) charges for the collection of household waste and (b)...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance has been issued to waste collection authorities by (a) his Department and (b) the Waste and Resources Action...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the timetable is for the introduction and commencement of joint waste authorities.

      Waste Management: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of likely trends in the numbers of waste collection authorities operating commingled collections.

      Whales: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Prime Minister discussed possible legal action by Australia against Japan on whaling at his recent meeting with...

      White Fish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many vessels from (a) the UK and (b) other EU countries are involved in the pair trawling fishery for bass in the...

  • Prime Minister

    • Abortion

      To ask the Prime Minister on what occasions (a) he and (b) his special advisers have attended (i) conferences and (ii) meetings where (A) abortion and (B) euthanasia were discussed in each of...

    • Constitutions

      To ask the Prime Minister what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on referendums on the future of the constitution of the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.

  • Women and Equality

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Higher Education: Kettering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will meet the hon. Member for Kettering and local authority representatives to discuss the provision of a university in...

    • Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what proportion of those universities which offer a degree in teaching provide special educational needs teacher...

  • Olympics

    • Apprentices: Olympic Games Sites

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what additional training opportunities for apprentices will be available on London Olympic Games sites during the construction phase.

    • Contracts: Companies Outside London

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what percentage of contracts for the 2012 London Olympic Games have been awarded to companies based outside London.

      Nottingham

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what assessment she has made of the effects of the 2012 London Olympic Games on Nottingham.

      2012 Olympic Games: Housing

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what steps are being taken to ensure the housing built for the 2012 Olympic Games will be made available to local people for affordable rent or purchase after...

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) arrested for, (b) proceeded against for and (c) convicted of the offence of being drunk and disorderly in 2006.

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have received (a) a fine, (b) an antisocial behaviour order, (c) a community sentence and (d) another penalty after being...

      Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of A8 migrants registered on the Worker Registration Scheme who have returned to their home country.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of staff in her Department work on assessing the effects of migration on public services.

      Offensive Weapons: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of staff in her Department work on the formulation of policies to tackle (a) knife and (b) gun crime.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when the National Statistician and the Statistics Authority will next review the NHS quarterly waiting time statistics.

    • Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the Answer of 18 March 2008, Official Report, column 1061W, on non-domestic rates, if he will provide the information broken down by...

      Non-Profit Making Associations: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much social enterprise funding is being provided to voluntary sector bodies in 2008-09.

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Music: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps the Government is taking to protect the music industry from illegal downloading.

    • Working Hours: Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many claims about (a) working hours and (b) flexible working by employees in the (i) public sector and (ii)...

  • Health

    • Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he discussed policy to tackle Alzheimer's disease and the French Plan on Alzheimer at his recent meeting with the French Minister of Health; and...

    • Care Homes: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average residential care home fee in each local authority area for (a) local authority-funded residents and (b) privately-funded residents was...

      Care Homes: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that older people in care homes receive a minimum standard of care; and if he will make a statement.

      Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which local authorities were providing long-term care services to people with (a) low needs, (b) moderate needs, (c) substantial needs and (d)...

      Home Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people received local authority-funded, long-term care services in their own homes in each local authority area in each year since the Fair...

      Learning Disability: Day Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many day centres serving people with learning disabilities and their families have closed since March 2001; and what alternative services were...

      Learning Disability: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what consideration his Department has given to increasing the number of (a) health facilitators and (b) learning disability liaison nurses in the...

      Meat Hygiene Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will meet representatives of the Red Lion Abattoir, Nantwich, to discuss the effect on them of the changes in the Meat Hygiene Service referred to...

      NHS: Pfi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the effects will be on his Department's (a) resource and (b) capital budget for (i) 2009-10 and (ii) 2010-11 of bringing NHS private finance...

      Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in the Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Trust area in each year since 2001; and if he will make a...

      St. Luke's Hospital Market Harborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will investigate the rate of progress of the redevelopment of St Luke's Hospital in Market Harborough; and if he will make a statement.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Dance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to assist the development of dance.

    • Big Lottery Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he next expects to meet representatives of the Big Lottery Fund to discuss its administrative costs.

      Film

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he has taken to promote collaboration between British and other European film producers.

      Stonehenge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans he has for the future of Stonehenge; and if he will make a statement.

      National Museums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of recent trends in visits to national museums.

      Digital Switchover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made on digital switchover, with particular reference to assistance for vulnerable people.

      Women and Girls' Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to increase participation by women and girls in sport and fitness activities.

      Pistol Shooters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations he has received on arrangements for target pistol shooters to train and compete in the UK; and if he will...

      Amusement Arcades

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the provisions of the Gambling Act 2005 on the (a) seaside amusement arcade...

      Arts Council England: Finance

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

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what payments the Heritage Lottery Fund made to (a) Lexington Communications, (b) Morgan Allen Moore, (c) Stratagem and (d)...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what payments the Gambling Commission made to Grayling Political Strategy in each of the last five years; on what dates; and for what...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what payments English Heritage made to (a) Citigate Public Affairs and (b) Grayling Political Strategy in each of the last five years;...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what payments the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council made to Citigate Public Affairs in each of the last five years; on what dates;...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what payments the British Library made to Fishburn Hedges in each of the last five years; on what dates; and for what purpose in each case.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what payments Sport England made to Strategic Communications Consultancy FD-LLM in each of the last five years; on what dates; and for...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what payments the British Museum made to Weber Shandwick Public Affairs in each of the last five years; on what dates; and for what...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what payments the National Lottery Commission made to Hill & Knowlton in each of the last five years; and on what dates and for what...

      Cricket: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much (a) exchequer and (b) lottery funding was given to the Chance to Shine cricket programme in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many officials in (a) his Department and (b) the agencies of his Department were disciplined or dismissed for (i) alleged breaches...

      Departmental Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether his Department met the civil service diversity targets set out on page 51 of Cabinet Office Annual Report 2007 by April 2008.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff in his Department are engaged (a) full-time and (b) part-time in aspects of his Department's responsibilities relating...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many smoking shelters were built at each of his Department's London buildings in each of the last five years.

      Sports: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent steps the Government has taken to facilitate family attendance at sporting and cultural events.

      Sports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding his Department has allocated to sports and leisure governing bodies in each of the last three years, broken down by activity.

      Strip Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate his Department has made of the change in the number of lap-dancing clubs licensed by local authorities since the...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he expects to publish his Department's report on measuring elasticities of tourism demand.

      VisitBritain: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he expects to publish the VisitBritain Strategic Review of UK Tourism Support.

  • Justice

    • Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department and its predecessors spent on carbon offsetting in each of the last three years; and to which companies payments for carbon...

    • Departmental Domestic Visits

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

      Diamond Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will hold discussions with (a) Unlock, (b) other representatives of the third sector, (c) individuals and (d) companies on the Diamond Project.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been (a) proceeded against, (b) found guilty and (c) imprisoned for the offence of possessing (i) heroin, (ii) cocaine, (iii)...

      House of Lords: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent representations he has received on further reform of the House of Lords.

      Prison Governors' Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions he has had with the Prison Governors' Association on the introduction of prison councils.

      Prison Service: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans his Department has to encourage more women to become prison governors.

      Prison Service: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many female prison governors there are.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of category C prisoners are detained in category D prisons.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent estimate he has made of the average time taken to re-categorise prisoners.

      Prisoners: Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills on the impact of the churn of prisoners on further...

      Prisoners: Grendon Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of prisoners in (a) HMP Grendon and (b) HMP Springhill are from the Thames Valley area.

      Prisoners: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how his Department defines purposeful activity for which prisoners are eligible for payment.

      Prisoners: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average cost to the public purse of each prisoner was in each of the last five financial years; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisoners: Personal Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice under what circumstances prisoners are allowed to retain personal items of value while in custody; and what restrictions apply in such circumstances.

      Prisoners: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the impact on the rehabilitation of prisoners of the interaction between inmates and prison staff on prison councils.

      Prisoners: Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what estimate he has made of the number of prisoners released while on the waiting list for approval for day release in the last 12 months; (2)...

      Prisons: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what measures are in place to ensure that prisons take steps to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

      Young Offender Institutions: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) inmates of and (b) visitors to young offender institutions were found to be in possession of illegal drugs in each year since 1997.

      Young Offender Institutions: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) psychologists, (b) psychiatrists and (c) psychiatric nurses work in (i) privately and (ii) publicly operated youth offender institutions...

      Young Offender Institutions: Restraint Techniques

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

      Young Offender: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many instances of prisoner-on-officer violence were recorded in each (a) secure training centre, (b) secure children's home and (c) young...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average number of hours per day spent in purposeful activity was by prisoners in (a) young offender institutions and (b) juvenile custodial...

      Young Offenders: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent estimate he has made of the average number of hours of education undertaken by a prisoner in a young offender institution per week.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Arson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the cost of arson to the economy in each of the last five years.

    • Caravan Sites: Squatting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what powers local authorities have to deal with the illegal use of caravans sited in holiday parks as permanent residences.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of children's homes were assessed as providing inadequate provision in each year from 1996-97 to 2007-08; and if...

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer of 3 March 2008, Official Report, column 2133W, on community relations, when she expects to publish...

      Departmental Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on how many occasions she has visited (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland in an official capacity in the last 12...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many freedom of information requests made to her Department were (a) answered (i) within 20 days, (ii) within 40 days,...

      Fire Prevention: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with the Association of British Insurers on the use of Section 4.4 of the Technical Briefing on...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on how many occasions fire and rescue services were required to evacuate residents from their homes in each year since 1994.

      Fire Services: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many aircraft incidents were attended by the fire service in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

      Fire Services: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many firefighters were injured in the course of operational incidents in fire and rescue services in England in each of the...

      Fire Services: Youth Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the merits of (a) the Wiltshire Fire Service Salamander scheme and (b) other fire service...

      Fire Services: Youth Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of young people who have participated in youth community projects run by fire services...

      Fire Services: Youth Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which youth community projects are run by fire services in England.

      Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the total insured fire losses for (a) dwellings and (b) commercial premises in each fire and rescue service were in each...

      Greenbelt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the Prime Minister's Statement of 11 July 2007, Official Report, columns 1449-51, on the draft legislative...

      Hazardous Substances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) chemical and (b) fuel (i) spills and (ii) suspected spills the fire and rescue service in each fire authority...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households in England and Wales were classified as homeless in each of the last three years, broken down by region.

      Homelessness: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many former armed forces service personnel were estimated to have been homeless in (a) 1997 and (b) 2007.

      Households: Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homeless households were in temporary accommodation in (a) each Government Office region and (b) each local authority...

      Housing: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the requirements are on local authorities to prioritise service personnel for accommodation.

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the launch of the...

      Housing: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many individuals who are not UK citizens are housed by (a) Cross Keys Homes and (b) other registered social landlords in...

      Housing: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment her Department has made of the impact of immigration on housing demand in the United Kingdom.

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will issue guidance to (a) home improvement agencies and (b) other agencies responsible for introducing energy...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many affordable homes were built in the London borough of Bexley in each year since 1997.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what measure of inflation her Department uses in calculations affecting shared equity home ownership schemes sponsored by her...

      Housing: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons additional restrictions on extended permitted development rights for households (a) apply in conservation...

      Local Government and Regeneration Division

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 3 April 2008, Official Report, column 1266W, on the local government and regeneration division, if...

      Mobile Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of (a) park homes and (b) caravans intended as holiday and temporary accommodation...

      Planning Permission: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the application of the de minimis principle, in relation to the Community Infrastructure Levy, will be in terms of...

      Planning: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment her Department has made of planning regulations in the light of the floods in summer 2007.

      Regional Equality and Diversity Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the name and address of each regional equality and diversity partnership is; and how much funding is allocated to each for...

      Repossession Orders: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent reports she has received on strategies to manage housing repossessions in each housing authority in Hampshire; and...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Detainees: Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what response he has received from the US authorities on the Government's request for the return of Mr. Binyam Mohamed from...

    • Detainees: Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of the United States on the Military Commissions Act.

      Detainees: Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of the United States on the treatment of unlawful enemy combatants.

      EU External Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether defence attachés or military representatives of EU member states will form part of the EU's proposed External...

      Gaza: Borders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 25 April 2008, Official Report, column 2322W, on Gaza: borders, what conditions need to be met for...

      Jordan: Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Minister of Tourism of Jordan on sustainable tourism.

      South Africa: Chemical and Biological Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 7 May 2008 to Question 192701, on South Africa: chemical and biological warfare, whether the evidence...

      Syria: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on steps the International Atomic Energy Agency should take to investigate the alleged existence...

      Treaty of Lisbon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which areas of domestic legislative competence are unaffected by the EU Reform Treaty.

      Treaty of Lisbon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with European counterparts on the scope of responsibility of the (a) posts and (b)...

      United Nations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had at the UN on strategic reserves for rapid response in emergency situations.

      Zimbabwe: Arms Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking to secure an international moratorium on arms sales to Zimbabwe; and if he will make a...

      Zimbabwe: Arms Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which countries have sold arms to Zimbabwe in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Zimbabwe: United Nations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proposals the UK has made for action to be taken by the UN on Zimbabwe; and if he will make a statement.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Assessments: Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of trends in levels of absence from key stage 3 tests; how many pupils registered to take key stage 3...

    • Bird and Bird

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what contracts were awarded by his Department to Bird and Bird Solicitors in each year since 2005; and what the (a) value and...

      Building Schools for the Future Programme: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what representations he has received on the effects of the Environment Agency's requirements for flood risk assessments on...

      Children and Adoption Act 2006

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he plans to implement the provisions relating to parenting in the Children and Adoption Act 2006.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in care were placed with a member of their extended family in each of the last 10 years.

      Children: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the Answer of 24 April 2008, Official Report, columns 2220-1W, on children: abuse, if he will take steps to ensure...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average age of (a) childcarers in maintained nurseries, (b) childcarers in private, voluntary and independent nurseries...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department and its predecessors spent on carbon offsetting in each of the last three years; and to which companies...

      Departmental Consultation Papers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) consultation papers and (b) new regulations have been issued by his Department and its predecessors in each year...

      Departmental Pensions

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

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 29 April 2008, Official Report, columns 402-3W, on departmental public expenditure, if he will provide...

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many public consultations were held by his Department and its predecessor in each of the last three years; and how many...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of questions tabled to his Department for written answer on a named day in the current session have been answered...

      Home Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which local education authorities in England provide funds for home education.

      Nurseries: Playgrounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the average outdoor space (a) maintained and (b) private, voluntary and independent nurseries had...

      Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of children who achieved level 3 or above in key stage 2 (a) English, (b) mathematics and (c) science attended...

      Pupil Exclusions: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupils who were permanently excluded had special educational needs in each year...

      Pupils: Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils in England were found to be in the possession of (a) a weapon and (b) drugs on school premises in each of the...

      Runaway Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding his Department allocated to initiatives to ensure the safety of child runaways in each of the last three years.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many fully subscribed schools in England (a) applied for and (b) received capital funding from their local authority for...

      Schools: Cricket

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many (a) primary and ( b) secondary schools in England play cricket at least once a week in the summer term; (2) how...

      Sixth Form Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the Answer of 28 April 2008, Official Report, column 238W, on sixth form education: finance, on what date he plans to...

      Sure Start Programme: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 1 May 2008, Official Report, column 707W, on Sure Start programme: internet, what proportion of...

      Truancy: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils in secondary education in (a) Chorley and (b) other areas in Lancashire were classed as persistent...

  • Treasury

    • Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Valuation Office Agency uses its automated valuation model to value newly built homes for council tax purposes.

    • EU Economic Policy: Zimbabwe

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the compliance by Northern Rock Bank and its subsidiaries with the requirements of EU Regulation 898/2005, as amended,...

      Gas and Electricity Markets Authority: Consolidated Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out the amounts transferred by Ofgem to the Consolidated Fund under section 1 of the Civil List Act 1952 for each of the years 2005-2008; and...

      Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects of demographic trends on the future of the insurance industry.

      International Monetary Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received on reform of the International Monetary Fund.

      Smuggling: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions HM Revenue and Customs staff in Northern Ireland have visited premises which were suspected to be centres for the distribution and...

      Tax Yields

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the change in levels of revenue which would accrue if all non-personal tax relief was allowed at the standard rate only.

      Unfair Practices: Sales Methods

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much his Department has spent (a) to raise public awareness of and (b) on consumer protection measures relating to fraud associated with illegal...

      VAT: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will consider the merits of (a) suspending and (b) reducing value added tax on domestic fuel to assist low income households with heating costs.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Scotland are eligible for (a) working tax credits, (b) child tax credits and (c) pension credits; and what recent estimate he has made...

  • House of Lords

    • Airports: Heathrow

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the longest time in the past six months that a detainee has been held in the short-term holding facilities at Heathrow Airport.

    • Airports: Heathrow

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will produce statutory provisions governing the short-term holding facilities at Heathrow Airport.

      Airports: Heathrow

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will improve access to interpreters for detainees in the short-term holding facilities at Heathrow Airport.

      Arts Council

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 22 April (WA 275—6), whether sexual orientation monitoring is an informal requirement of the...

      Arts Council

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 22 April (WA 275—6), why the Arts Council England has been instructed, required or advised by the...

      Building Regulations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether building regulations on the positioning of oil tanks are retrospective; and, if so, whether there is a derogation for rural householders with no access to...

      Care Services: Older People

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration they have given to the findings and recommendations of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation's study of night care experiences of older people,...

      Charles Darwin: Bicentenary

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to mark the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Darwin in 2009.

      Civil Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they would prosecute a civil servant who disclosed information without authorisation about a taxpayer's affair for (a) misfeasance of public office; or (b)...

      Computer Systems: DCLG

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In respect of the Department for Communities and Local Government, on how many occasions in the past year malicious programs have compromised its computer systems;...

      Construction

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they will take to ensure greater numbers of green plantations in and around new construction sites; and to ensure that such plantations are funded by...

      Crime: Sentencing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the current results of sentencing in Northern Ireland for deaths by joy-riders are adequate; and if not, what steps they will take.

      Economic Development

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment has been made of the impact of support programmes for inner city and urban regeneration on rural economic development.

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 23 October 2007 (WA 99—100) regarding activities prohibited by South Korea's ministry of health and...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 30 January (WA 120—1) regarding the mixing of human and animal gametes, under which provision of the...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 21 April (WA 234) regarding the paper by Yu-Chih Hsu in volume 231 of Nature, how the paper supports the...

      Health: Organophosphates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the effects of exposure to diazinon on the brain, heart, lungs, liver and kidneys in humans; and what research has been conducted into the chronic effects...

      House of Lords: Appointments Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Before which Parliamentary Select Committee the preferred candidate for the post of chair of the House of Lords Appointments Commission might be required to appear...

      Israel and Palestine: Gaza

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action is being taken in the international arena to prevent any sudden upsurge of fighting in and around Gaza.

      Israel and Palestine: Gaza

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they have had with the Government of Israel and the International Court of Justice about the status of Gaza.

      Israel and Palestine: World Heritage Sites

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation regarding Israeli actions in Bethlehem, the Temple...

      Local Government: Design Reviews

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which councils in England have local design review panels.

      Northern Ireland Office: Mobile Phones

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 24 April (WA 304) concerning contracts for mobile phones for the Northern Ireland Office, what is a generic Office...

      Northern Ireland Office: Mobile Phones

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 24 April (WA 304) concerning contracts for mobile phones for the Northern Ireland Office, what part equality played...

      Northern Ireland Office: Website

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

      Northern Ireland: Bill of Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 24 April (WA 304) concerning the funding of the Northern Ireland Bill of Rights Forum, why the budget of the...

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 19 March (WA 30), whether they are obliged to accept any or all advice offered to them by the Northern Ireland...

      Northern Ireland: Murder Prosecutions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 22 April (WA 285—6) concerning the murders of Ulster Defence Regiment and Royal Irish Regiment members,...

      Northern Ireland: Youth Justice Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 24 April (WA 317), how the annual costs of the Northern Ireland Youth Justice Agency since its creation are broken down.

      Office of Fair Trading: Milk and Cheese

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Where the penalties levied by the Office of Fair Trading for colluding on the price of milk for cheese will go; what they will be used for; and whether they will...

      Revenue and Customs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether file numbered 1211076548K reported to be held by HM Revenue and Customs is to be preserved; and Whether file numbered 1211076548K reported to be held by HM...

      Roads: Advertisements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they will take to enforce the law in regard to unauthorised commercial advertisements abutting motorways, in the light of research on the risk of...

      Shipping: Stricken Vessels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Under what circumstances a stricken vessel in French or Irish waters would be directed into a United Kingdom port; and Under what circumstances a stricken vessel...

      Trees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which department takes the lead in dealing with outbreaks of oak processionary moth.

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