Written answers

Wednesday, 14 May 2008

  • Justice

    • Departmental Equality

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

    • Information Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases are awaiting investigation by the Information Commissioner.

      Information Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average length of time between acceptance of a case for investigation by the Information Commissioner and the commencement of the investigation...

      Juries: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate the Government have made of the number of people who are not eligible for jury service for reasons related to their mental health.

      Prison Service: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison officers are proficient in speaking (a) Urdu, (b) Farsi, (c) Arabic, (d) Gujarati, (e) Punjabi, (f) Bangla, (g) Tamil, (h) Hindi,...

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of prisoners serving determinate sentences were released early in each of the last five years.

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many anti-social behaviour orders were issued against (a) persons aged under 16, (b) persons aged 17 to 18, (c) persons aged 19...

    • Crimes of Violence: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many crimes involving violence against a person were recorded in Stevenage constituency in each of the last five years; (2) how...

      Forensic Science: Genetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what percentage of forensic reports arising from low template DNA (LTDNA) analyses have included caveats on the reliability of the...

      Homicide: Cheshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many homicides there have been in Cheshire since 1998-99, broken down by method of killing.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when Operation Pentameter 2 started and finished; how many police forces were involved; how many traffickers were (a) arrested and (b)...

      Human Trafficking: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate her Department has made of the extent of the practice of smuggling babies into the UK for the purpose of benefit fraud; and...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her most recent estimate is of the number of British citizens who do not have a valid UK passport.

      Theft: Architecture

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many (a) incidents of and (b) convictions in relation to theft of architectural features there were in England in each year since...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 7 May 2008, Official Report, column 831W, on Afghanistan: peacekeeping operations, what mechanisms are in place to ensure that...

    • Armed Forces: Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will introduce a cap on the number of personnel recruited to the armed forces from Commonwealth countries.

      Armed Forces: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many compensation claims were rejected where the time limit was part of the consideration in making the decision in each year since 2005.

      Armed Forces: Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many claims for disability allowance have been refused under (a) the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and (b) the War Pension Scheme in each of the...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discount is offered to (a) service personnel and (b) service leavers living in properties owned by Annington Homes who wish to buy their accommodation.

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what specific savings are being made in order to implement the armed forces pay review body recommendations for 2008.

      Armed Forces: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to increase the proportion of material supplied by British companies procured by or on behalf of the armed forces; and if he will...

      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 498, (b) JSP 501, (c) JSP 510 and (d) JSP 512.

      Armed Forces: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 6 May 2008, Official Report, column 834W, on armed forces: uniforms, what steps his Department takes to ensure no child labour...

      Ballistic Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with (a) his United States counterpart and (b) the NATO Secretary-General on the prospective third site for a...

      Bosnia and Herzegovina: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what pan-Balkans (a) Ready Battalion and (b) Standby Battalion Operational Reserve Force is available to support European Force Althea in...

      Defence Clothing and Textiles Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the risk analysis carried out to identify the organisation needed to maintain the service level to front line...

      Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he last reassessed wear rates of UK military equipment; and whether he has made a comparison of wear rates between UK and US military equipment.

      Defence Estates: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what savings targets were set for Defence Estates for regional prime contracts in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the performance of the Defence Information Infrastructure programme.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 23 April 2008, Official Report, column 1924W, on departmental internet, whether it is possible to determine which creations...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 28 February 2008, Official Report, columns 1807-08W on departmental manpower, how many of the employees under 18 years of age...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what value of (a) RfR1 and (b) RfR2 (i) operating income and (ii) non-operating income was (A) appropriated in aid and (B) surrendered to the...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what value of (a) operating income and (b) non-operating income was (i) appropriated in aid and (ii) surrendered to the Consolidated Fund in each year...

      Departmental Stationery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on official ministerial (a) business cards and (b) headed paper in each year since 1997.

      Iraq Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department were first informed that a video tape existed of the United States aerial attack which...

      Personnel Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many fully armed personnel carriers are deployed in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan.

      Kosovo: Peacekeeping Operations

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

      Kosovo: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the mission for the deployment of the UK Operational Reserve Force to Kosovo is.

      Massereene Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the proceeds of the sale of Massereene Barracks in Northern Ireland will be retained within his Department's budget or returned to the Exchequer.

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 30 April 2008, Official Report, column 484W, on military aircraft: helicopters, what the average number of flying hours flown...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to answer 203199, on defence procurement, tabled by the hon. Member for New Forest East on 28 April 2008.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Admiralty House

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster who owns the freehold to (a) the Government flats in Admiralty House and (b) Admiralty Arch.

    • Admiralty House

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 21 April 2008, Official Report, column 1692W, on Admiralty House: official residences, how many bathrooms the official...

      Births

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many births there were in each primary care trust area in 2006-07.

      Departmental Catering

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the cost was of food and drink procured for working lunches attended by officials at which no external invitees were present in each of the...

      Integrated Household Survey

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many households will be surveyed by the Integrated Household Survey in each year once the survey is fully implemented.

      Ministers: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what the percentage increases in (a) pension contributions, (b) salaries and (c) expense allowances of (i) Cabinet Ministers, (ii)...

      Mothers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the average age of a first-time mother was in (a) the North West and (b) England in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Population: Wirral

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what information the Office for National Statistics holds on the numbers of people resident in Wirral, West constituency, broken down by age group.

      Security: Greater London

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the Cabinet Office's Annual Resource Accounts for 2006-07, in what ways the Government Secure Zone project has been delivered more...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Members: Video Conferencing

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission (1) what the reasons were for the decision not to extend the video conferencing trials on the parliamentary...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Construction: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether he has made a recent assessment of whether construction companies have engaged in price-fixing in the supply...

    • Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much his Department and its predecessor spent on carbon offsetting in each of the last three years; and to which...

      Grayling Political Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what payments (a) the UK Atomic Energy Authority and (b) Postcomm made to Grayling Political Strategy in each of the...

  • Leader of the House

    • Smoking

      To ask the Leader of the House how many smoking shelters were built at each of her Department's London buildings in each of the last five years.

  • Transport

    • Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the environmental implications of airlines running empty or near-empty flights to retain slot allocation.

    • Aviation: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on the future of aviation between Northern Ireland and the rest of...

      M20

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the proposed starting date is for work on Junction 10A of the M20.

      Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what encouragement the Government is giving to those local authorities that wish to introduce 20 mile per hour limits.

  • Wales

    • Statutory Instruments

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

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Admiralty House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2008, Official Report, column 2564W, on Admiralty House, what the cost of the repainting of...

    • Afghanistan: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps are being taken by his Department to improve the education system in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what critical military gaps in NATO's deployment in Afghanistan remain to be filled.

      Ballistic Missile Defence

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

      Burma: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Burmese government on (a) human rights violations and (b) the introduction of...

      China: Tibet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the government of China to encourage it to (a) reach agreement with representatives of the...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has made for the future use of 1 Carlton Gardens following the decision not to use the property as a Ministerial...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

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

      Diego Garcia: Rendition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 21 April 2008, Official Report, column 1713W, on Diego Garcia: rendition, whether any UK official met...

      Gaza: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on attacks against fuel convoys entering Gaza; and if he will make a statement.

      India: Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of India on population control policies.

      Iraq: Administration of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which prosecuting authority has responsibility to prosecute alleged criminal offences committed by contractors working for HM...

      Iraq: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will initiate an independent inquiry into allegations of sexual abuse on the part of staff contracted to work at HM...

      KBR

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contracts have been fulfilled for his Department by KBR in the last five years; what the (a) value, (b) purpose and (c)...

      Maldives: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contribution the UK is making to international efforts to ensure a fair election in the Maldives; and if he will make a...

      Nepal: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of Nepal on the observance of human rights.

      Nepal: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the political situation in Nepal following the constituent assembly elections on 10 April 2008.

      Syria: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the government of Syria on human rights in relation to the universal periodic review conducted...

      Zimbabwe: Arms Trade

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

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of the abolition of the agricultural buildings allowance for slurry storage...

    • Departmental Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost to his Department of air travel excluding carbon offsetting was in 2006-07.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent on the most recent redesign and implementation of his Departmental website.

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his most recent estimate is of the unfunded liability in present value terms of each public sector pension scheme for...

      Departmental Pensions

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

      Departmental Pensions

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

      Departmental Pensions

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

      Facilities Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the reasons why an in-house bid has not been made with regard to his Department's plans to...

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on placing a limit on catches for all EU vessels fishing within the UK 12 mile limit.

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what mechanisms other than EU quotas there are to limit the activities of non-UK fishing vessels within the UK 12 mile limit...

      Fisheries: Shellfish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what estimate he has made of changes in the (a) capacity of and (b) catch taken by non-UK fishing vessels with...

      Fisheries: Shellfish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what shellfish stock assessment measures there are in respect of the six to 12 mile band of UK waters for the purpose of...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the contribution of land management to reducing flooding.

      Horses: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many horse and pony export licences were issued in each of the last three years.

      Nitrate Vulnerable Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what analysis he has commissioned of the costs and benefits of the implementation of nitrate vulnerable zones.

      Rural Areas: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of visits made to the countryside in (a) the 12 months prior to and (b) each year...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Northern Ireland Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent representations he has received on the pay scales of prison officers in the Northern Ireland prison service.

    • Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Northern Ireland.

      Economy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the prospects for the Northern Ireland economy.

      Criminal Justice and Policing: Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the devolution of criminal justice and policing to Northern Ireland.

      Psni

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Catholics were recruited as police officers by the Police Service of Northern Ireland in the last 12 months.

      Energy Performance Certificates: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what role his Department had in the (a) introduction of energy performance certificates for the sale of existing residential dwellings in...

      Prisoners: Self-Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many instances of self-harm there were in each of Northern Ireland's prison and detention centres in each of the last three years.

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Adult Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much his Department has spent to support adult learners completing their first full level three course in further...

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what data he holds on the geographical distribution of apprenticeships; and if he will make a statement.

      Apprentices: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people who have completed apprenticeships since 1997 are presently unemployed; and how many of these are long-term...

      Astronomy: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much expenditure from the public purse was spent on research in (a) astronomy and (b) space science for 2007-08; and...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the average cost of a further education level 3 course is.

      Higher Education: Northamptonshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will bring forward proposals to establish a multi-campus university in North Northamptonshire.

      Job Creation: EU Economic Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the number of jobs created as a direct consequence of the Lisbon Agenda; at what...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 6 March 2008, Official Report, column 2807W, on departmental manpower, how many of his Department's staff under 18...

    • Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employees in his Department (a) contracted out of and (b) contributed to SERPS/S2P in each year since 2001-02, broken down by (i)...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the level of (a) sickness and (b) unauthorised absence was in (i) his Department and (ii) each of its agencies in each year since...

      Departmental Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department has taken to encourage volunteering among its employees in the last three years.

      Disability Living Allowance: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what advice has been given to staff handling disability living allowance appeals about the use of standard letter CAP22a.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much in housing benefit has been paid to tenants of (a) housing associations and (b) local authorities and local authority arms length...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse in additional housing benefit payments which would arise from each...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claiming (a) housing benefit and (b) council tax benefit have had their benefit backdated by between three and 12 months.

      Industrial Health and Safety: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of workplace deaths in the construction industry resulted in (a) prosecution and (b) conviction in each year since 1997.

      International Labour Organisation: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress he has made on the development of plans to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the International Labour Organisation in 2009.

      Jobseekers Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the (a) mean and (b) median length of a claim for jobseekers allowance; (2) what estimate he has made of...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will arrange for the Child Support Agency to send a reply to the hon. Member for Walsall North's letter of 31 March 2008 concerning a...

      Pension Disability and Carers Service: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 1 May 2008, Official Report, columns 589-90W, on Pension Disability and Carers Service: public appointments, if he...

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department has taken to ensure that Remploy's procurement targets are being met.

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what cost savings were made by Remploy management in each of the last five years.

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been spent on (a) redundancy payments and (b) other costs associated with redundancy in respect of each closed Remploy factory.

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff have successfully (a) transferred from one Remploy factory to another and (b) unsuccessfully applied for transfer following...

      Social Security Benefits: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will review the procedures by which decisions are made on whether those suffering from myalgic encephalopathy/chronic fatigue syndrome...

      Social Security Benefits: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how (a) the provisions of the Welfare Reform Act 2007 and (b) the guidance on disability living allowance published in July 2007 will improve...

      Social Security Benefits: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to ensure that assessments for the new employment and support allowance take account of the fluctuating...

      Social Security Benefits: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the Answer of 9th January 2008, Official Report, column 574W, on social security benefits: personal records, how many employees...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people had their pension credit payments ended for remaining abroad for more that four weeks at a time in each year since 2003;...

  • Treasury

    • Capital Allowances: Enterprise Zones

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 21 April 2008, Official Report, column 1668W, on capital allowances: enterprise zones, what the estimated cost is of the...

    • Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 21 April 2008, Official Report, column 1669W, on council tax: valuation, what (a) property attributes and (b) data sets the...

      Council Tax: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 17 March 2008, Official Report, column 899W, on the Valuation Office: Wales, when the automated valuation model capabilities will...

      Council Tax: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many consequential amendments have been made to council tax banding, in terms of number of households, since the 2005 council tax revaluation in Wales...

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans the Government have for the use of revenues received by the UK from the auctioning of emission allowances in future phases of the European...

      Excise Duties: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what factors were taken into account in making the decision to remove the exemption from higher rates of vehicle excise duty from vehicles first registered...

      Excise Duties: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) which (a) cars and (b) vans will be subject to an increase in vehicle excise duty in the 2009-10 financial year, broken down by (i) make and model of...

      Fuels: Aviation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the revenue which would accrue in 2008-09 if value added tax were levied on aviation fuel at 17.5 per cent.

      Income Tax: Low Incomes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of households in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) England, (c) Greater Manchester, (d) Stockport Borough and (e)...

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the revenue that would be raised in 2008-09 if the upper limit on national insurance contributions were abolished.

      Non-domestic Rates: Licensed Premises

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2008, Official Report, columns 509-10W, on valuation: licensed premises, if he will place in the Library the latest...

      Non-domestic Rates: Licensed Premises

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2008 , Official Report, columns 509-10W, on valuation: licensed premises, whether the section of the Rating Manual has...

      Non-domestic Rates: Licensed Premises

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the Valuation Office Agency's document Valuation of Public Houses: Approved Guide in use for the 2010 non-domestic...

      Part-time Employment: Students

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate (a) his Department and (b) HM Revenue and Customs has made of the number of full-time students who receive an income from working part-time.

      Revenue and Customs: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average time taken was for letters to be sent out by HM Revenue and Customs arising from enquiries to their 0845 enquiry numbers in the latest...

      Stamp Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 21 April 2008, Official Report, columns 1684-85W, on stamp duties, whether an impact assessment was produced in relation to...

      Stamp Duty Land Tax: Shared Ownership Schemes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 21 April 2008, Official Report, columns 1685-86W, on stamp duty land tax: shared ownership schemes (1) whether (a) Social...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost of restoring the link between the basic state pension and earnings in each year between 2009 and 2015.

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department's technical definition of a revenue-neutral tax change is.

      Taxation: Aviation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues on levels of aviation duty on flights between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

      Taxation: Interest Charges

      To askther Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints HM Revenue and Customs received in respect of late payment interest charges on tax payments which were not late in the latest 12 month...

      Taxation: Land

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what research (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have conducted into land value taxation.

      Valuation Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 17 March 2008, Official Report, column 899W, on the Valuation Office, what the value impact, in numerical terms, of each value...

      Valuation Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 17 October 2007, Official Report, column 1144W, on the Valuation Office, on what dates other than 22 November 2005 the Valuation...

      Valuation Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 21 April 2008, Official Report, column 1688W, on the Valuation Office, how many households in England received a visit from a...

      Valuation Office: Cole Layer Trumble

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Valuation Office Agency uses Cole Layer Trumble's (a) OASIS, (b) ORION and (c) iAnalyze products.

      Valuation Office: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 21 April 2008, Official Report, column 1688W, on Valuation Office: ICT, how many localities there are in each individual billing...

      Valuation Office: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 21 April 2008, Official Report, column 1688W, on Valuation Office: ICT, what correspondence there is between the boundaries of...

      Valuation Office: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Valuation Office Agency's Automated Valuation Model is used for the valuation of houses for (a) right-to-buy sales and (b) inheritance tax.

      Valuation Office: Measuring Instruments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 21 April 2008, Official Report, columns 1689-90W, on the Valuation Office: measuring instruments, what the reasons were for the...

      Valuation Office: Measuring Instruments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 21 April 2008, Official Report, columns 1689-90W, on the Valuation Office: measuring instruments, if he will place in the Library...

      Valuation Office: Measuring Instruments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 21 April 2008, Official Report, columns 1689-90W, on the Valuation Office: measuring instruments, who the designated supplier is.

      Valuation Office: Publications

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the answer of 25 June 2007, Official Report, column 399W, on the Valuation Office Agency, if he will place in the Library copies of the...

      Valuation Office: Video Recordings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 21 April 2008, Official Report, column 1690W, on the Valuation Office: video recordings, what the (a) title and (b) purpose was...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Birkenhead (Mr. Field) of 25 March 2008, Official Report, column 42W, on tax credits, what the highest...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Blasphemy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent progress has been made towards bringing forward proposals to abolish the offences of blasphemy and blasphemous libel.

    • Caravan Sites: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the technical presentation on valuing caravan pitches referred to on page 10 of the...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library copies of the People Panels report produced as part of the council tax revaluation in England...

      Departmental Orders and Regulations

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

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she plans to publish the next version of the full business case for the FiReControl project; and if she will make a statement.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the outcome of the consultation on regional cost allocation with respect to the FiReControl project was; and if she will...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations she has received on the incorporation of fireground technology in the implementation of the...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will include consideration of resilience issues in the next version of the full business case for the FiReControl...

      Fire Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many whole-time firefighters there were in each fire and rescue authority in each of the last five years.

      Housing: Demolition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many dwellings were demolished in each Housing Market Renewal pathfinder area in each year since its inception; and how much...

      Housing: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Dwellinghouse Coding Guide has been updated since 27 January 2005 in whole or part by the Valuation Office Agency.

      Interreg Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what matched funding the Government has provided to programmes under the INTERREG III programme; (2) what central funding...

      Interreg Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the INTERACT Handbook on the European Grouping of Territorial Co-operation.

      Interreg Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 19 March 2008, Official Report, columns 1206-7W, on INTERACT programme, which INTERACT working groups...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department is taking to help billing authorities improve the collection rates of (a) council tax and (b)...

      National Interest Mapping Services Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to replace the National Interest Mapping Services Agreement.

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which national policy statements will be designated within the next two years; and when she expects to publish drafts of each...

      Planning Permission: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effect of the unrest in the financial markets and housing market on the number of planning...

      Planning: Approved Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will bring forward proposals to amend planning legislation to provide that bail hostels with fewer than five units are...

      Planning: Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will issue planning guidance requiring 2km separation zones around wind turbines.

      Planning: Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effects of Planning Advice Note 45 on the siting of wind turbines.

      Regional Planning and Development: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the funding arrangements are for (a) regional empowerment consortiums, (b) regional improvement and efficiency...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how often Ofsted requires (a) nurseries, (b) childminders and (c) nannies to repeat Criminal Record Bureau checks to...

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of childcare staff in (a) maintained nurseries and (b) children's centres had been in post for less...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of childcare staff in (a) maintained nurseries and (b) children's centres were recruited through a...

      Pupils: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether data associated with the unique learner number will be transferred from or stored on the (a) National Identity Register...

      Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in which secondary schools in (a) Birmingham, (b) Buckinghamshire, (c) Kent and (d) Lincolnshire fewer than 30 per cent. of...

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what recent steps the Government have taken to reduce levels of truancy; (2) what recent steps the Government have taken to...

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate was made of the contribution of the alcohol industry to (a) alcohol awareness programmes and (b) alcohol rehabilitation services for the...

    • Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) males and (b) females aged (i) 10 to 16, (ii) 17 to 24, (iii) 25 to 30, (iv) 31 to 35, (v) 36 to 40 and (vi) over 40 years died from...

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment has been made by his Department and its agencies of the causes of asthma.

      Community Nurses: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 30 January 2008, Official Report, column 1003W, on community nurses: manpower, how many community matrons are employed in the...

      Departmental Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health at how many events held by his Department (a) wine and (b) Fairtrade wine were served in the last three years; and what assessment his Department has...

      Departmental Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what audits his Department and its agencies have carried out in relation to personal data and IT equipment in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff (a) cars and (b) bicycles are (i) funded or (ii) subsidised by his Department.

      Drugs: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure that local authorities are aware of their obligations on the disposal of unwanted medicines under EU...

      Hospitals: Clostridium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the incidence of clostridium difficile was in hospitals before the deep clean; and what it has been since the completion of the deep clean.

      Hospitals: Clostridium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department issues on the hygiene of new patients before they are allocated a bed in a hospital in order to reduce rates of clostridium...

      Hospitals: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the quality of hospital food; and if he will assess the potential of local sourcing in improving its quality.

      Human Embryo Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding the Government provided for (a) human embryonic stem cell research and (b) adult stem cell research in each year since funding was...

      Influenza: Vaccinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many influenza vaccinations were given in Easington constituency in each year since 2004.

      Maternity Services: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which maternity units Ministers in his Department have visited in the last 12 months; on what date each visit was made; and which Minister made each visit.

      Meat Hygiene Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the advantages and disadvantages of privatising the Meat Hygiene Service; and what discussions he has had with the Food...

      Medical Equipment: Hygiene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance his Department has issued to the NHS on the use of private sector decontamination services for surgical equipment; (2) how much his...

      Medical Equipment: Hygiene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with what standards his Department requires providers of decontamination services within the NHS to comply.

      Medical Equipment: Hygiene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment his Department has made of the (a) effectiveness and (b) efficiency of decontamination services within the NHS.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate his Department has made of the percentage changes in incidence of (a) MRSA and (b) clostridium difficile as a result of the deep...

      NHS: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) violent incidents against NHS staff, (b) physical assaults against NHS staff and (c) criminal sanctions against individuals who had...

      NHS: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he discussed the implementation of the Working Time Directive in the health sector at his recent meeting with the French Minister of Health; and...

      NHS: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which team in his Department leads on the implementation of the Working Time Directive in the NHS in England.

      Nurses: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding was allocated to returning to (a) nursing and (b) midwifery courses in each of the last five years.

      Psychiatry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received from the Health Professions Council Professional Liaison Group on the status of the humanistic tradition in the field...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by his Department on first class train tickets in the last 12 months.

      Sexually Transmitted Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people between the ages of 16 and 25 were treated for a sexually transmitted disease in the last year for which figures are available.

      Tuberculosis: Drug Resistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of (a) multi-drug resistant tuberculosis and (b) extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis were diagnosed in each health authority in each...

  • International Development

    • Africa: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what UK bilateral aid programmes are under way in (a) Gambia, (b) Cameroon, (c) Guinea and (d) the Democratic Republic of Congo;...

    • Burma: Storms

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with the Chinese government on securing access for international humanitarian aid to Burma.

      Disaster Relief: Livestock

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his policy is towards support for working animals and livestock in areas of the world hit by natural disasters; and if he will...

      Indian Ocean Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what percentage of the relief aid pledged by the Government at the time of the Asian tsunami has to date been disbursed in (a)...

      Indian Ocean Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) representations he has received and (b) discussions he has had on the percentage of the funding given by public subscription...

  • House of Lords

    • Courts: Fees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What impact the increases in court fees in the Family Proceedings Order (SI 2008/1054) will have on access to courts for care proceedings involving attempts to...

    • Department of Health: Annual Reports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which annual reports the Department of Health is required by Acts of Parliament to produce; and, in each case, what is the authorising Act.

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of stem cell lines currently deposited in the UK Stem Cell Bank were derived from embryos cultured for more than 14 days.

      Energy: Alternative Sources

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will encourage further research through the Natural Environment Research Council's support for the centre for hydrology at Lancaster into finding...

      Health: Organophosphates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Answer by Lord Rooker on 28 April (Official Report, House of Lords, col. 2), what was the purity of the organophosphate diazinon tested by the...

      Health: Organophosphates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to studies carried out in the United Kingdom and in the United States on the relationship between levels of paraoxonase 1 in humans and...

      Health: Organophosphates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What research has been conducted since 1985 to determine the residue ratios of diazinon to diazoxon and persistence over time along the wool-processing product...

      Health: Organophosphates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What data are available on the diazoxon content of diazinon sheep-dip residues; and whether diazoxon is ever detected as a metabolite in humans after they have...

      Health: Organophosphates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Answer by Lord Rooker on 28 April (Official Report, House of Lords, col. 4), what sum has been allocated to the Committee on Toxicity for the...

      Health: Training

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to ensure that any underspending of multiprofessional training and education budgets by strategic health authorities in 2007-08 is...

      Immigration: Georgia

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether relevant Ministers have been made aware of the wording in the decision of the immigration and asylum appeal tribunal in the case of Anna Zurabishvili (No...

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress is being made with the Government of Israel to lift movement restrictions in the West Bank.

      Israel: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What recent discussions they have had with other states in the European Union about Israel's compliance with international law and human rights.

      Maldives: Elections

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to the Government of the Maldives to ensure that the election process leading up to the October election is free and fair.

      Natural Environment Research Council

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will provide extra funding to increase the proportion of Natural Environment Research Council Co-Operative Award in Science and Engineering...

      Prisons: Liverpool

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When resources will be made available to upgrade the catering facilities at Liverpool prison.

      Rule of Law

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the work of the European Union and the Council of Europe on the rule of law in eastern and south-eastern Europe is appropriately planned, co-ordinated and...

      Russia: Legal System

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether in bilateral and multilateral dialogue with the Government of Russia they are discussing (a) the effective protection of defence counsel; (b) the...

      Russia: Prisoners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made representations to the Government of Russia about (a) the increase in the numbers of prisoners since 2004; and (b) the number of programmes...

      Russia: Rule of Law

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will study issue number six of the EU-Russia review on Russia and the rule of law, with a view to raising further points in dialogue with Russia.

      Somalia: Arms and Ammunition

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have proposals for limiting supplies of arms and ammunition reaching Somalia.

      Taxation: Landfill Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 4 March (Official Report,...

      Trees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will undertake an interdepartmental study into the health effects of increased tree planting.

      Turkey

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of Turkey's compliance with its obligations to the Council of Europe and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe...

      Women: Conflict Negotiation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are encouraging the participation of women in negotiations to end violent conflicts around the world; and whether the protection of children has a...

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