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Written answers

Tuesday, 13 May 2008

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental Opinion Polls

      To ask the Leader of the House what polling companies held contracts with her Office in 2007-08; and what (a) surveys, (b) questionnaires and (c) other services each provided.

    • Members: Allowances

      To ask the Leader of the House how many hon. Members used the allowance for European travel (a) once, (b) twice and (b) three times in 2007-08.

  • Solicitor-General

  • Transport

    • A14: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent on (a) maintenance on and (b) improvements to the A14 in each year since 1997; and what the equivalent projected expenditure for...

    • A14: Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the volume of traffic between each pair of adjacent junctions on the A14 in each year since 1997; and what projections...

      Bus Services: Concessions

      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 account was taken of representations...

      Departmental Domestic Visits

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

      Departmental Orders and Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many statutory instruments have been (a) made and (b) revoked by Ministers in her Department and its predecessors since 1997.

      Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions she has visited Essex in the last 12 months.

      Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Government has taken to encourage motorists to use greener fuels since 1997.

      London Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times her Department hired VIP facilities at (a) Heathrow, (b) Gatwick, (c) Luton and (d) Stansted airports in each month since May 2006;...

      M69: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects the roadworks taking place on the M69 to be completed and all carriageways re-opened to traffic.

      M69: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons the roadworks taking place on the M69 were carried out concurrently to the roadworks taking place on the M1 motorway near junction 26;...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 8 May 2008, Official Report, columns 1066-7W, on roads: accidents, how many (a) men and (b) women were killed in car...

      Shipping: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the Government's policy is on the proposal from Norway and Denmark for a charge and fund scheme for international shipping.

      Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many of the 1,300 extra railway carriages referred to in the high-level output statement published in 2007 have been (a) ordered from...

      Transport Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations she has received on the methodology integral to the New Approach to Transport Appraisal.

      West Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether she expects the West Coast Main Line timetable due to be implemented in December 2008 to be implemented on time.

  • Wales

    • Departmental Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether his Department met the Civil Service diversity targets set out on page 51 of Cabinet Office Annual Report 2007 by April 2008.

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether his Department met the Civil Service diversity targets set out on page 51 of Cabinet Office Annual Report 2007 by April 2008.

    • Departmental Translation Services

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

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps the Calman Commission has taken to (a) publicise its work outside Scotland, (b) obtain evidence from people resident outside Scotland and...

  • Olympics

    • Essex

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics on how many occasions she has visited Essex in the last 12 months.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Crimes of Violence: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many violent crimes where a child under five years was a victim resulted in a conviction in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years...

    • Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what quantity of illegal drugs was discovered in each of Northern Ireland's prison and detention centres in each of the last three years.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he will publish the schedule for the implementation of the proposals in the McMaster Review of the Arts.

    • Arts Council of England: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of Arts Council England's (a) total income, (b) grant-in-aid income and (c) National Lottery income was provided to...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what payments VisitBritain made to Connect Public Affairs in each of the last five years; on what dates; and for what purpose in each case.

      Internet: Direct Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to reduce the incidence of spam on the internet.

      Internet: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what percentage of homes in rural Suffolk have access to (a) dial-up internet connections, (b) broadband connections and (c)...

      Theatres: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment he has made of the effect of Arts Council England's regional theatre policy on theatres in Kent.

      Visual Arts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on art storage in each of the last five years.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Catering

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what proportion of chicken served in the House of Commons estate was produced under the RSPCA's Freedom Food...

    • Catering

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what proportion of meat produce served in the House of Commons was Freedom Food-approved in the most recent...

      Drinking Water

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how much was spent per day on bottled water on the parliamentary estate in the most recent period for which...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire and Rescue Authority: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations she has received on Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire and Rescue Authority funding for 2008-09.

    • Construction: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate her Department has made of the cost to local authorities of collusion, bid rigging or cover pricing by the...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households are liable for council tax and are not exempt or in receipt of 100 per cent. council tax benefit.

      Council Tax: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will list each type of local council tax discount introduced by billing authorities under the Local Government Act 2003...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

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

      Departmental Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many copies of Adobe Acrobat, excluding Adobe Reader software, are licensed to her Department.

      Flood Control: Buckingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions her Department has had with the Environment Agency on the Buckingham Flood Alleviation Scheme.

      Floods: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate her Department has made of the cost to the (a) public purse, (b) local community and (c) local economy of the...

      Infrastructure Planning Commission: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what provision for appeals against decisions made by the Infrastructure Planning Commission she plans to put in place; and what...

      Infrastructure Planning Commission: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Infrastructure Planning Commission considers (a) air quality and (b) noise pollution factors in determining major...

      Infrastructure Planning Commission: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) when she plans to announce the names of members of the Infrastructure Planning Commission; (2) when she expects the...

      Infrastructure Planning Commission: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consideration she will give to expertise in (a) air quality and (b) noise pollution in planning decisions relating to...

      Leisure: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reason the hon. Member for Warrington North was not (a) notified of or (b) invited to her briefing on the Orford Park...

      Local Authorities: Culture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has issued to local authorities on the production of local cultural strategies; and whether such...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information her Department holds on local authorities' equity to debt ratios; and what guidance her Department provides to...

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 3 April 2008, Official Report, column 1275W, on regional planning...

      Regional Planning and Development: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will ensure that her proposed changes to the South East plan are published before 25 June 2008.

      Tenants: Deposits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department plans to take to increase awareness of the tenancy deposit protection scheme among (a) tenants and...

      Tenants: Deposits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what percentage of landlords of assured short hold tenancy property to which tenancy deposit protection applies...

      Valuation Office: Local Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many times the Valuation Office Agency's Local Authority Liaison Group met in the last 36 months.

      Valuation Office: Local Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authorities routinely submit CR10 reports to the Valuation Office Agency.

      Valuation Office: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library copies of the Valuation Office Agency's Billing Authority Newsletter from the last 36 months.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Pollution: Castle Point

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many sites in (a) Castle Point constituency and (b) constituencies adjacent to Castle Point monitor air quality.

    • Angling: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 29 April 2008 , Official Report, columns 280-81W, on angling: licensing, what steps the Environment...

      Angling: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 29 April 2008, Official Report, columns 280-81W, on angling: licensing, what proportion of the...

      Biofuels: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the value was of grants made by his Department for research into biofuels since 1 January 2006; and to which...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he will decide his policy on whether to cull badgers to combat bovine tuberculosis; and if he will make a statement.

      Coastal Areas: Rights of Way

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the likely impact that an extension of coastal access will have on (a) rural...

      Departmental Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much is planned to be spent on his Department's voluntary retirement scheme in each of the first three years of its existence.

      Dredging: North Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact on the East Coast of dredging for aggregates in the North Sea, with particular...

      Energy Supply: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent meetings he has had with energy suppliers on the carbon dioxide emissions reduction target.

      Energy: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what timetable has been set for the implementation of Lot 1 of the Energy-using Products Directive.

      Environment Agency: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what payments the Environment Agency made to Zennor Consulting Ltd in each of the last three years; and on what date and for...

      Environment Protection: Dogger Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will propose the Dogger Bank as an offshore special area of conservation under the EU Habitats Directive; and if he...

      EU Solidarity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to receive the £120 million allocated to the UK by the EU Solidarity Fund.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made on flood defence schemes announced for construction in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.

      Pollution Control: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the costs of pollution prevention and control permits in other EU member states for benchmarking...

      Rights of Way

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many wardens as defined by section 18 of the Countryside Rights of Way Act 2000 have been appointed in (a) each region...

      Seas and Oceans: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 21 April 2008, Official Report, columns 1371-2W, which (a) special areas of conservation with...

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department and its agencies have commissioned, funded or utilised on the social impact of charging for the...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many individuals have been issued with fixed penalty notices for breaching (a) no side and (b) closed lid waste...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what initial assessment he has made of the effects of site waste management plans on waste management practices.

      Whales: Iceland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions the Prime Minister had with the Prime Minister of Iceland on 24 April on the resumption of commercial...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • BAE Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what meetings (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with legal representatives of BAE Systems since 10...

    • Berkeley Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what consideration he has given to options for future uses of the former Berkeley Nuclear Laboratories site,...

      Construction: Cartels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform under what legislation construction industry cartels are prohibited; what prosecutions have been undertaken in cases...

      Construction: Cartels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his policy is on offering rewards to members of the public for information about alleged illegal cartels in the...

      Construction: Cartels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many construction firms were (a) investigated and (b) prosecuted for (i) bid rigging and (ii) cover pricing in...

      Construction: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what legislation regulates competitive tendering in the construction industry; what changes have been made to it since...

      Construction: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on which occasions the Office of Fair Trading imposed penalties on construction companies in each of the last five...

      Consumer Direct: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the budgeted operating cost for Consumer Direct will be in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12.

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many people were serving on the boards of the non-departmental public bodies which his Department sponsors at the...

      Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what targets his Department has set in relation to its employment of people with disabilities over the next five years.

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent discussions he has had with National Grid on the supply of electricity in the UK during summer months.

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what plans he has to assist low income households with the rising costs of fuel for heating.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) funded on the interoperability of communication platforms for...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Local Government Association, (b) energy suppliers, (c) housing...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to his oral statement of 30 April 2008, Official Report, column 333, if he will place in the Library a copy...

      Energy: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the UK has enough skilled people to work in the (a) nuclear waste...

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of (a) the average household fuel bill and (b) the average household fuel bill as a...

      Furniture: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many incidents of sales of dangerous and substandard furniture have been investigated by the Scambuster pilots...

      Internet: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will bring forward legislative proposals to prohibit the re-publication without the subject's permission of...

      Manufactured Goods: Production

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the report by the Office for National Statistics into the volume of output in the UK's...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he expects the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for West...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what representations his Department has received from mobile network operators on mobile number portability.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of whether UKPorting will meet the September 2009 deadline set by Ofcom to ensure that the...

      Motor Vehicles: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of ultracapacitors as a power source for road vehicles.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 2 April 2008, Official Report, column 1078W, on nuclear power, from which elements and...

      Office of Fair Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation governs the powers of the Office of Fair Trading; what changes have...

      Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many press office staff were employed by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental...

      Renewable Energy: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether targets for renewable energy usage for the United Kingdom take account of regional variations.

      Sales Methods: Unfair Practices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps the Government plans to take to tackle unfair sales practices.

      Seychelles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many officials in his Department and its predecessor visited the Seychelles on official business in 2007, broken...

      Smoking

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

      Stichling Hahn Hilbrich

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the (a) purpose and (b) value was of each (i) contract and (ii) transaction between his Department and...

      Sustainability Live

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what (a) ministerial and (b) official representation his Department plans to have at the environmental trade show...

      Trade Competitiveness: Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the impact of the performance of...

      Venture Capital: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what funding his Department is providing to support women's venture capital initiatives in 2008-09; and what steps he...

      Wind Power: Thames Estuary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he was informed that Shell would be withdrawing from the London Array wind farm project.

      Wind Power: Thames Estuary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what representations he has received from participants in the London Array wind farm project on (a) the operation of...

  • International Development

    • Africa: Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his most recent estimate is of the incidence of malaria in Africa; and what steps (a) the UK and (b) international organisations...

    • Burma: Storms

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid and assistance the Government have made available to Burma following the recent cyclone.

      Burma: Storms

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he plans to give additional aid to Burma following the recent cyclones.

      Departmental Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department met the civil service diversity targets set out on page 51 of Cabinet Office annual report 2007 by April 2008.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much was spent on the most recent redesign and implementation of his departmental website.

      Developing Countries: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the United Nations Children's Fund report, "Our climate, our children, our responsibility;"...

      Developing Countries: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking towards achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in respect of the world's poorest children.

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department plans to spend on combating HIV/AIDS in developing countries in each year from 2007-08 to 2009-10.

      Developing Countries: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development for which (a) countries and (b) regions his Department will be developing new country assistance plans in 2008 and 2009; and what...

      Developing Countries: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he plans to publish the final country assistance plans for (a) countries and (b) regions adopted following recent consultations.

      Mozambique: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much financial aid the Government gave to Mozambique in 2007.

      Pakistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has spent on aid to (a) Pakistan and (b) India in each year since 2000.

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 25 April 2008, Official Report, column 2325W, on Palestinians: overseas aid, what detailed criteria will be...

      Taylor Nelson Sofres

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the value of contracts awarded to Taylor Nelson Sofres by his Department was in each year since 1997.

      Zimbabwe: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much UK aid was delivered to Zimbabwe in each of the last five years.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • UK-Israeli Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on UK-Israeli relations on the 60(th) anniversary of the state of Israel.

    • Iranian Nuclear Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the Iranian nuclear programme.

      EU Foreign Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his French counterpart on EU foreign policy.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of progress in the Middle East peace process; and if he will make a statement.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the political situation in Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the political situation in Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the political situation in Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on human rights in Zimbabwe.

      Gaza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Gaza.

      Darfur

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent progress has been made on the UK initiative to host peace talks on the crisis in Darfur.

      Darfur

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress is being made on securing a London Conference of all parties on Darfur.

      Non-Proliferation Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made on securing a Non-Proliferation Treaty review in 2010.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he proposes to establish an inquiry into the Government's discharge of its responsibilities in relation to the war in Iraq.

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government is taking to support democracy in Pakistan.

      Cuba: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the number of political prisoners in Cuba.

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

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

      English Channel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on attempts to rename the English Channel.

      English Channel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to oppose any moves to change the name of the English Channel at the next United Nations...

      Malaysia: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will publish the correspondence between officials from his Department and the Malaysian authorities concerning the Pingat...

      Malaysia: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 29 April 2008, Official Report, column 371W, on Malaysia Military Decorations, on (a) how many...

      Malaysia: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reasons there was no correspondence between the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals and the...

      Nigeria: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Nigeria.

      Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent (a) assessment he has made of the intensity of conflict and (b) estimate he has made of the deaths occurring in...

      Sudan: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of Sudan on its (a) treatment of refugees and (b) compliance with UNHCR...

      Sudan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the treatment of refugees in Sudan, with particular reference to those from Eritrea.

      Zimbabwe: African Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans there are to send an African Union (a) envoy and (b) observer mission to Zimbabwe; and if he will make a statement.

      Zimbabwe: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with leaders of African Union states on steps to resolve the electoral crisis in Zimbabwe; and if he...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will list the 10 largest employers in the country that have declined to participate in apprenticeship schemes.

    • Apprentices: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will make a statement on the impact of Government policy changes in respect of Remploy Ltd. on the number of disabled...

      Apprentices: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of apprenticeships that are statistically (a) most and (b) least likely to end in employment...

      Campusalam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what funds have been allocated to the Campusalam website by his Department and its predecessor in each year for which figures...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what mechanisms exist for co-ordination of higher education policy between the Government and the devolved administrations.

      University for Industry: Citigate Public Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what payments (a) University for Industry and (b) Learn Direct made to Citigate Public Affairs in each of the last five...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Council of Economic Advisers: Complaints

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether civil servants in his Department have lodged complaints against a member of the Council of Economic Advisers since 1997.

    • Departmental Translation Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much was spent by his Department on translation and interpretation services in 2007-08, broken down by language.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many looked after children there were in each local authority in each of the last five years.

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Government have taken to assist working parents with childcare outside school hours since 1997.

      Departmental Domestic Visits

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

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will consider reforming the eligibility criteria for the education maintenance allowance (EMA) to allow children under the...

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families by what date he expects (a) Key Stage 2 and (b) Key Stage 3 pupils to receive the results of their 2008 national tests; and if...

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what discussions his Department has had with ETS on the training of markers of Key Stage 2 and 3 national tests; and if he will...

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what procedures his Department has in place to ensure that all markers of national tests are qualified; and if he will make a...

      Employment Tribunals Service: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many complaints his Department has received about the administering of national tests by ETS; and if he will make a statement.

      Extracurricular Activities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Government have taken to increase participation in after-school activities on the part of school pupils since 1997.

      Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 23 April 2008, Official Report, column 2095W, what the standard procedure for requesting flexible...

      GCE A-Level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average A-level points score per pupil was for secondary schools with sixth forms containing (a) 50 or fewer, (b) 51 to...

      Higher Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of his Department's and its predecessors' senior civil service staff had flexible working...

      Nursery Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pages of guidance his Department and its predecessors sent to nursery school headteachers in each of the last 10 years.

      Pupils: Southend

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children were on the roll (a) in each secondary school and (b) at special schools in Southend in each of the last five...

      School Meals: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the impact of rising food prices on the cost of schools meals; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what advice his Department has issued to schools on procuring food from small, local producers.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children were (a) classified as having special educational needs, (b) given a statement of special educational needs...

      Specialised Diplomas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what provision will be made for young people in custody to new diploma courses; and if he will make a statement.

      Sure Start Programme: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of those in his Department working on the Sure Start programme are consultants.

  • Justice

    • Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many special Children Act applications were issued by (a) Cambridgeshire county council, (b) Cumbria county council, (c) Kent county council...

    • Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of people (a) tried for and (b) convicted of domestic violence offences took part in domestic violence perpetrators' programmes in the...

      Driving Offences: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people aged (a) under 25 years and (b) 25 years and over with a full UK driving licence in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii)...

      Electoral Register: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the budget for the Co-ordinated Online Record of Electors database is for each of the next three years.

      Electoral Register: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the Co-ordinated Online Record of Electors' database is intended to include electors in Northern Ireland.

      Electoral Register: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what process his Department will use to determine who the keeper of the Co-ordinated Online Record of Electors will be; and if he will invite bids from...

      Electronic Government: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 29 February 2008, Official Report, column 1985W, on electronic government: finance, when he plans to make detailed allocations...

      Legal Advice and Assistance: Travelling People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much funding was allocated to legal advice for Travellers in 2007-08 by (a) his Department and (b) the Legal Services Commission (i) directly and...

      National Probation Service for England and Wales: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the performance of the Probation Service against its target to subcontract 10 per cent. of services to the voluntary...

      Non-Molestation Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have applied for non-molestation orders in each of the last 10 years.

      Personal Injury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to publish the Government's response to the consultation on the reform of legal processes relating to personal injury law.

      Peterborough Prison: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will assess the adequacy of the (a) number and (b) frequency of mandatory drug tests at HMP Peterborough; and if he will make a statement.

      Prison Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prison officers, (b) prisoners and (c) prisoners per prison officer there were at the end of each year since 1997.

      Prison Service: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps are being taken by his Department to improve the recruitment and retention of staff to HM Prison Service.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his latest estimate is of the number of hours of purposeful activity undertaken by prisoners per week.

      Prisoners: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of prisoners are former members of the armed services.

      Prisoners: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department has taken on implementing the recommendations of the HM Inspectorate of Prisons report entitled the Mental Health of Prisoners:...

      Prisoners: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what factors he took into account when deciding to postpone the change to the rates of payment to prisoners.

      Prisons: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to the Prison Service was of providing satellite television services in prisons in 2007-08.

  • Treasury

    • Credit Cards: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration he has given to requiring credit cards to carry a photograph of the person they are issued to.

    • Debts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) average level of household debt and (b) average level of household debt as a proportion of income was in each region in each of the last five...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

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

      Departmental Orders and Regulations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many statutory instruments have been (a) made and (b) revoked by Ministers in his Department since 1997.

      Gallaher

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if, following the recent High Court judgement relating to Gallaher and TEL, he will review the evidence presented during the case to assess whether...

      Taxation: Food

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received on using taxation policy to (a) encourage healthy eating and (b) influence diets; and if he will make a statement.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many children were the subject of payments under the childcare element of the tax credit in each year since the provision was introduced; what the...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the latest version of each tax credit (a) form, (b) standard award notice and (c) standard letter sent to claimants.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Casualties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when his Department received from the US Administration the CD recording of the attack which resulted in the death of Lance Corporal of Horse Matthew...

    • Armed Forces: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much and what proportion of the defence budget for 2007-08 has been allocated to (a) the Army, (b) the Royal Navy and (c) the Royal Air Force.

      Armed Forces: Medical Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration is being given to the use of the SeQual Eclipse Oxygen System in British ambulance systems in theatre.

      Armed Forces: Medical Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many consultants in infectious disease and tropical medicine were retained by the British military establishment at the latest date for which figures...

      Armed Forces: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of the joint service publications (a) JSP 383, (b) JSP 398, (c) JSP 400 and (d) JSP 448.

      Armed Forces: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of the joint service publications (a) JSP 523, (b) JSP 524, (c) JSP 532 and (d) JSP 538.

      Armed Forces: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many teachers (a) were recruited to and (b) left Service Children's Education in each year since 2001.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Fighting in Built-Up Areas training facilities there are.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 29 April 2008, Official Report, column 266W, on armoured fighting vehicles, how many days there were between the first and...

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many officer applications were received by the Army in each year since 2001.

      Bombs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in which UK military engagements in which theatres cluster munitions have been deployed in the last 20 years; and what estimate he has made of the amount...

      Bosnia and Herzegovina: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effect on the UK's rapid reaction capability of deploying the Spearhead Land Element in support of the pan-Balkans...

      Defence Clothing and Textiles Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the terms of reference and objectives issued to those responsible for achieving commodity cluster co-locations...

      Defence Clothing and Textiles Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of the analysis carried out relating to the setting up of a co-located commodity cluster at Ensleigh; (2)...

      Defence Clothing and Textiles Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost of the co-located commodity cluster operating from the three sites at Ensleigh, Foxhill and West Moors.

      Defence Clothing and Textiles Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost of relocating the Defence Clothing and Textiles Agency from Ensleigh to Abbey Wood by 2012.

      Defence Clothing and Textiles Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what human resources assessment he has made of the (a) risk and (b) impact upon staff of the proposed sequence of relocation of the Defence Clothing...

      Defence Clothing and Textiles Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the improvements in service anticipated as a result of the move of the Defence Clothing and Textiles Agency to...

      Defence Clothing and Textiles Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the analysis carried out into (a) deficiencies and (b) changing demands from front line commands relating to...

      Defence Clothing and Textiles Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason the proposed date for the transfer of the Defence Clothing and Textiles Agency from Caversfield to Ensleigh has been moved from 2010 to 2009.

      Defence Estates: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what property in (a) Wales, (b) Northern Ireland, (c) Scotland and (d) England was sold by Defence Estates in each of the last five years; what the...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

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

      Departmental Translation Services

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

      Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what lessons have been learned from the procurement process for the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA); and what steps will be taken to retain the...

      Kosovo: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what type of helicopters will support British forces operating in Kosovo.

      Lynx Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average age of the Lynx helicopter fleet will be in 2014.

      Married Quarters: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Ministry of Defence houses were sold in each of the last 10 years.

      Medals: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) veterans' badges and (b) Bevin Boys badges have been awarded to people in Warrington North constituency.

      Navy: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what Royal Navy assets will participate in the EU review of naval forces in Toulon in October 2008; and if he will make a statement.

      RAF Innsworth: NATO Rapid Reaction Corps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to (a) decide on and (b) announce the timetable for the move of HQ Allied Rapid Reaction Corps to Innsworth in Gloucestershire.

      Royal Ordnance Factories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many Royal Ordnance factories closed in each year since 1997; (2) how many Royal Ordnance factories there were in each year since 1997.

      Sandhurst Foundation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department provided to the Sandhurst Foundation in each year since 1997.

      Service Personnel and Veterans Agency: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what steps he will take to (a) minimise the potential for disruption and (b) retain (i) skills and (ii) service levels in relation to the...

      Warships: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on competitive tendering for (a) warship and (b) Royal Fleet Auxiliary refits; and for what reason only one bidder is being allowed...

      World War II: Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will consider issuing a campaign medal to those who served in Bomber Command in the Second World War; and if he will make a statement.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Support Agency: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases are being processed manually by the Child Support Agency because of technical problems with the new computer system.

    • Child Support Agency: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average length of telephone calls to the Child Support Agency offices in (a) Liverpool, (b) Birkenhead, (c) Dudley, (d) Belfast,...

      Departmental Energy

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

      Departmental Freedom of Information

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

      Departmental ICT

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

      Departmental NDPBs

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

      Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the impact of shared spaces on disabled people,...

      Employment: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he has taken to measure the effectiveness of specialist disability employment service providers from all sectors working with...

      Family Resources Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the next Family Resources Survey will be published.

      Industrial Health and Safety: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many construction industry businesses were (a) prosecuted and (b) fined for breaches of health and safety regulations in (i) Jarrow...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many construction industry site visits were carried out by Health and Safety Executive inspectors in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South...

      Jobcentre Plus: Fishburn Hedges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what payments (a) Jobcentre Plus and (b) the Pension Protection Fund made to Fishburn Hedges in each of the last five years; and on what date...

      Jobseekers Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants of jobseekers allowance were recorded as having been on holiday in each year since 1997.

      Occupational Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the incidence of self-reported work related ill-health in each year since 2004; and what progress is being made...

      Pensioners: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of retired UK citizens living in countries in respect of which no uprating of pensions agreement has...

      Pensioners: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of uprating pensions for retired UK citizens living abroad.

      Poverty: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans his Department has to include the additional costs of living with disability in official calculations and indicators of poverty.

      Social Security Benefits: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many non-UK citizens claimed benefits in each year since 1997, broken down by benefit claimed; and how many of them were living in the UK...

      UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the compatibility of UK legislation with the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities; and if he...

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many accident and emergency staff in England were victims of assault while on duty in each of the last three years; (2) how many hospital staff...

    • Accident and Emergency Departments: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital emergency admissions were recorded in England for diabetic ketoacidosis and hypoglycaemic coma in each of the last five years, broken...

      Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to collect information on the number of newly diagnosed cases of rheumatoid arthritis; what recent representations he has...

      Cancer: Urinary System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 26th February 2008, Official Report, column 1454W, on cancer: urinary system, (1) when he expects the information submitted...

      Cardiovascular System: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evidence he has assessed on the (a) health effects and (b) cost-effectiveness of screening the general population for cardiovascular disease.

      Cardiovascular System: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the merits of screening specific high risk populations for cardiovascular disease, with particular reference to people with...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department plans to take to assess what services are offered to children and adults who are bedbound or housebound due to the effects...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to reduce the average time taken to diagnose myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department plans to take to address the effect on paediatric services for children and young people with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic...

      Departmental Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what surveys were conducted by (a) YouGov, (b) ICM, (c) Gallup, (d) GfK NOP, (f) ComRes and (g) Opinion Leader Research on behalf of his Department...

      Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of NHS doctors of each specialty and grade which will be needed to meet the requirements of the European Working...

      Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS doctors worked for 48 hours a week or fewer in the latest period for which figures are available.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in which local authority wards he plans to establish new GP practices as part of his Department's programme to provide greater GP provision in those...

      Health Professions: Occupational Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government have taken to promote well-being among healthcare professionals and support staff since 1997.

      Health Professions: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he and his officials have had with European counterparts on the European Working Time Directive in each of the last 10 years.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government have taken to ensure high standards of health care services during night-time hours since 1997.

      Health Services: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will assess the effect of the implementation of the Working Time Directive in other EU member states on the ability of UK citizens to access...

      Hospital Wards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the take-up rate by NHS trusts in England of the NHS Institute's Productive Ward implementation modules launched in January.

      Hospitals: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason the requirement for a junior doctor to reside in accommodation supplied by the hospital approved for training was ended in April 2007; and...

      Kernicterus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 7 November 2007, Official Report, column 1285W, on kernicterus, (1) when the Department plans to consider whether...

      Kernicterus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 25 June 2007, Official Report, column 271W, on the Pregnancy Book, (1) whether standardisation of total serum bilirubin...

      Magnetic Resonance Imagers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans the Government has to increase the number of magnetic resonance imaging scanners in the NHS.

      Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the procedure is for patients to choose not to have a summary care record; and what steps general practitioners have to take to put that choice into...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 26 March 2008, Official Report, column 206W, on medical records: databases, for what reasons Connecting for Health cannot...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 26 March 2008, Official Report, column 206W, on medical records: databases (1) under what terms and conditions suppliers will...

      Medicine: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of medical students studying in English medical schools in England gained entry from (a) British and (b) overseas schools in the latest...

      Mental Health Services: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Justice on recommendations 1.39, 1.42 and 1.44 of the HM Inspectorate of Prisons report...

      NHS: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has held with the National Audit Office on progress on its examination of plans to develop a comprehensive single complaints...

      NHS: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints were reviewed by the Healthcare Commission relating to health care services in Wirral during 2007.

      NHS: Hanover Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what payments the (a) NHS Cancer Screening Programme and (b) NHS Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Screening Programme made to Hanover Communications in each...

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 25 March 2008, Official Report, column 26W, on NHS: ICT, what the timetable is to which the answer refers.

      NHS: Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 27 February 2006, Official Report, column 439W, on the European Health Insurance Card, if he will place in the Library...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the policy of the NHS Litigation Authority is in respect of defending clinical negligence claims funded by (a) conditional fee agreements and (b)...

      NHS: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many local authorities have appointed host organisations to set up local involvement networks (LINks); and what steps the Government are taking to...

      NHS: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department requires NHS trusts to collect in order to monitor compliance with the Working Time Directive.

      Orthopaedics: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the optimum NHS commissioning strategies needed to achieve the 18 week target for (a) orthopaedic and (b) rheumatology...

      Prostate Cancer Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library copies of the (a) agendas and (b) minutes of each meeting of the Prostate Cancer Advisory Group since its inception.

      Prostate Cancer: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the Answer of 26 February 2008, Official Report, column 1476W, on prostate cancer: staff, if he will place in the Library a copy of...

      Thrombosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many successful clinical negligence claims in relation to venous thromboembolism were made against NHS bodies in each year between 1996 and...

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) males and (b) females in the London Borough of Bexley were arrested for alcohol-related offences in each of the last 10 years...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government have taken to combat drinking in public places by those under age.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders: Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders were issued in the London Borough of Enfield in each of the last 10 years.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders: Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many young offenders have been prosecuted for breach of antisocial behaviour orders in each of the last five years.

      Antisocial Behaviour: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent on the Respect Squad since its launch; how many people are employed in the Respect Squad; on how many occasions...

      Crimes of Violence: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many teachers in England were the victims of (a) assault and (b) sexual assault in schools in each of the last three years, broken down...

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times drivers failed to stop for the police in each of the last five years; and how many of these incidents resulted in (a)...

      Driving Under Influence: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences of (a) drug and (b) drink driving were recorded in the London borough of Bexley in each year since 1997.

      Eurojust

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what recent discussions she has had with the European Commission on the future of Eurojust; and if she will make a statement; (2) what...

      Firearms: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many of those convicted of offences involving the use of firearms in Lancashire in 2007 were aged between 18 and 25 years; (2) how...

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to involve representatives of shooting interests in the setting of the cost of firearm and shotgun certificates and...

      Firearms: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with Lancashire Constabulary on trends in the number of offences committed by persons under the age of 18 years...

      Motorcycles: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 30 April 2008, Official Report, column 431W, on motorcycles: training, how many offences have been recorded of a...

      Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the use by police forces of the portable metal-detecting knife arches and search wands announced by her...

      Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects the additional detection arches and scanners announced by her Department in February 2008 to be made available to police forces.

      Offensive Weapons: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made on developing initiatives to tackle the possession of illegal knives by young people.

      Olympic Games: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what discussions her Department had with the government of China prior to the Olympic torch relay about the role to be played by the...

      Organised Crime: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether DNA data may be shared between EU states through the European database of dangerous offenders in relation to organised crime.

      Passports: Interviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been refused a passport following a face-to-face passport interview.

      Security: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many licence applications were rejected by the Security Industry Authority on the grounds of criminality, broken down by (a) offence and...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the effects of financial hardship amongst children and young people on their propensity to offend.

  • House of Lords

    • Allotments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have issued guidance to local authorities on what constitutes a "sufficient number of allotments" under Section 23(1) of the Small Holdings and...

    • Belfast Agreement: Ethnicity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they define "ethnicity" as used in the Belfast agreement of April 1998 in paragraph 1, point 6 of the section under "Rights, safeguards and equality of...

      Crime: Libel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are their reasons for not giving effect to the recommendation by the Law Commission in Criminal Law: Report on Criminal Libel (Cmnd 9618) of September 1985 to...

      Crime: Libel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will review the common law offence of criminal libel in the light of the remarks of Lord Scott of Foscote in Ashley and Another v Chief Constable of...

      Crime: Libel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will review the common law offence of criminal libel in order to ensure its compatibility with the principles of legal certainty and proportionality...

      Disabled People: Livability Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration they have given to the report by Livability, Freedom to Live: Transition for disabled young people; whether they will respond to the report; and...

      Elections: Voting Systems

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they propose to bring the voting system in England, Scotland and Wales into line with that in Northern Ireland.

      Energy: Oil Prices

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 24 April (WA 314), whether the internal modelling of future oil prices carried out by the Department for Business,...

      Energy: Smart Meters

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What data will be transmitted to an energy supplier from a smart meter; who will own the information; and what rules will govern its use by the energy supplier.

      Energy: Wind Generation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they plan to hold discussions with major United Kingdom oil companies to ensure they maintain their commitments to wind-farm projects in the United Kingdom.

      House of Lords: 1 and 2 Millbank

      asked the Chairman of Committees: On what date the freehold of 1 Millbank by the House of Lords became operative; and what use has been made of that accommodation since.

      House of Lords: 1 and 2 Millbank

      asked the Chairman of Committees: What are the planned dates for the start and completion of refurbishment works at 1 Millbank; and what costs will be incurred prior to refurbishment; and On what...

      House of Lords: 1 and 2 Millbank

      asked the Chairman of Committees: What are the component costs in the current budget of (a) refurbishment of 1 Millbank; (b) improvements to 2 Millbank; and (c) relocation of Members and House...

      House of Lords: Division Lists

      asked the Chairman of Committees: What action he will take to ensure the Minutes of Proceedings replicate the Official Report and indent on Division lists the second line of Peers' titles,...

      House of Lords: Envelopes

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Whether he has proposals to introduce pre-franked window envelopes for use by Members of the House.

      Ira

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 24 April (WA 315), whether the wide range of subjects discussed with Sinn Fein include the disbanding of the IRA's...

      Manufacturing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the growth in manufacturing industry, by region, in each of the past 36 months for which figures are available.

      Manufacturing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What mechanisms are used to assess the strength of manufacturing industry in each (a) region and (b) local authority area.

      Northern Ireland: Bill of Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 24 April (WA 315—16) concerning the appointment of the chairman of the Northern Ireland Bill of Rights Forum,...

      Northern Ireland: Bill of Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 24 April (WA 315) concerning the appointment of the chairman of the Northern Ireland Bill of Rights Forum, how the...

      Northern Ireland: Murder Prosecutions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 21 April (WA 257) concerning convictions for the murder of police officers in Northern Ireland, what is the level...

      Population

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the population of the United Kingdom in (a) 1951, (b) 1961, (c) 1981, and (d) 2001; and what they estimate the population will be in (e) 2011 and (f) 2021.

      Royal Mail

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vadera on 3 April (WA 206), on which date Ministers last discussed the possibility of a full or partial privatisation of...

      Shipping: Stricken Vessels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which ports of refuge serving the Western Approaches and Channel areas are available to stricken vessels under the control of the Secretary of State's...

      Shipping: Stricken Vessels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Queen's Harbour Master may overrule a request from the Secretary of State's representative for maritime salvage and intervention to make use of a port...

      Somalia: Pirates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any British owned or registered ships have been attacked by pirates based in Somalia; if so, how many; and when.

      Transport: Journey Times

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 22 April (WA 289), what values of time are applied to trips made by bus; and whether a distinction is...

      Transport: Journey Times

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 22 April (WA 289), how the value of time awarded to a car journey to a park-and-ride site on the...

      Transport: Journey Times

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 22 April (WA 289), how waiting times and time taken to park a car are valued and compared.

      Young Offenders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the light of the findings of the Independent Monitoring Board, what changes they have made to the design and fabric of the wing in Foston Hall Young Offenders...

      Young Offenders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the latest time of day a female juvenile prisoner arrived from court at Foston Hall Young Offenders Institution in the past six months; and What was the...

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