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Written answers

Monday, 19 May 2008

  • Wales

    • Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department spent on (a) written consultations, (b) consultation roadshows and (c) stakeholder focus groups in each of the last three years.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Orders and Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) statutory instruments and (b) statutory rules of Northern Ireland have been (i) made and (ii) revoked by his Department since 1997.

  • Prime Minister

    • Legislation

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he discussed his Government's draft legislative programme with Tony Blair.

  • Women and Equality

    • Consultants

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what payments the Disability Rights Commission made to (a) Politics International Ltd, (b) Hanover Communications and (c) Positif Politics Ltd in...

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many staff working for the Government Equalities Office are based at 5th Floor, Eland House, Bressenden Place.

      Departmental Official Visits

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what the cost was of overnight accommodation for (a) civil servants, (b) special advisers and (c) Ministers in the Government Equalities Office...

      Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality pursuant to the answer of 30 April 2008, Official Report, column 423W, on equality legislation, what assessment she has made of the consultation...

      Females: Marriage

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality pursuant to the answer of 29 April 2008, Official Report, column 262W, on females: marriage, if she will make an assessment of the financial effect on...

      Karian and Box

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what the value was of each contract awarded by the Government Equalities Office to Karian and Box since its establishment.

  • Olympics

    • London 2012: Manpower

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many (a) men and (b) women are employed by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, broken down by pay band.

    • Olympic Delivery Authority: Manpower

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many (a) men and (b) women are employed by the Olympic Delivery Authority, broken down by pay band.

      Olympic Games 2012: Contracts

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what steps have been taken to award 2012 London Olympic Games contracts to companies outside London.

      Olympic Games 2012: Wales

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many Welsh companies or organisations have bid unsuccessfully for contracts through the Olympic Delivery Authority.

      Olympic Games 2012: Wales

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Northampton North of 12 May 2008, Official Report, column 1345W, on contracts: companies outside London, how...

      Olympic Games: China

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many (a) Ministers, (b) Government officials, (c) Olympics Delivery Agency staff and (d) London Organising Committee of Olympic Games members and...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 7th May 2008, Official Report, column 831W, on Afghanistan: peacekeeping operations, whether armed forces personnel and...

    • Air Force: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Royal Air Force last conducted humanitarian air drop operations; and in what circumstances.

      Air Force: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the Royal Air Force’s capability is to conduct humanitarian air drop operations; and if he will make a statement.

      Air Force: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) 463L pallets and (b) other pallets used for airdrop operations, the Royal Air Force had in its inventory in each year since 2001, broken...

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the procedure is for paying service personnel (a) posted overseas, (b) on active service and (c) in the UK.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the (a) target, (b) actual and (c) shortfall percentage against target of recruiting of each pinch point trade was in each year since 1997;...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the funding announced for stage 1 of the Future Rapid Effect System will affect funding available for future purchases of mine-protected vehicles.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what mine protection features the Piranha V vehicle will have; (2) what additional capability will be afforded to the Army with phase 1 of the...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what types of warfare the Future Rapid Effect System medium weight capability will be suitable.

      Departmental Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many empty properties his Department owns, broken down by (a) region and (b) constituency.

      Departmental Orders and Regulations

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

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many weapons caches have been found in (a) Basra, (b) Maysan, (c) Dhi Qar and (d) Al Muthanna in each year since 2003.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the anti-insurgency strategies being employed by British and United States forces in Iraq.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many interpreters his Department employs in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan; and how much they cost in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Mesopotamia Group has requested rotary wing air escort since the start of the ISAF Contracted Air Transport contract.

      Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what material handling equipment is available to his Department for humanitarian airdrop operations.

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of participants in trips and functions under the SaBRE campaign came from (a) small, (b) medium and (c) large businesses in the last...

      Treaty of Lisbon: Foreign Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the legal status is of the declaration attached to the treaty of Lisbon which states that nothing in the treaties affects the existing powers of the...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Environment Protection: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what legal advice he has received on whether an environmental damage assessment is required in relation to fishing and...

    • Fisheries: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what fishing and related activities took place in the proposed offshore special areas of conservation at (a) Braemar...

      Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what arrangements have been made for birds issued with Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species transaction...

      Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which of the 11 non-EU species proposed by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee for inclusion in Schedule 4 of the...

      Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made in ensuring that captive populations of species to be removed from Schedule 4 of the Wildlife and...

      Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the reasons are for the revision of the criteria used to decide which species should be listed on schedule 4 of the...

      Waste Management: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much was spent on the (a) enforcement of legislation and (b) prosecution of offences relating to illegal waste...

      Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has for his Department to undertake an impact assessment of amendments to Schedule 4 of the Wildlife and...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will take steps to provide safeguards in relation to the activity of bailiffs for people with mental health...

    • Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what mechanisms are in place to inform people of their rights in relation to action being taken against them by bailiffs.

      Departmental Opinion Polls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what polling companies held contracts with his Department centrally in 2007-08; and what (a) surveys, (b)...

      Departmental Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what projects sponsored by his Department were subject to Gateway reviews in each of the last four years; what status...

      Local Better Regulation Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether the Local Better Regulation Office will set performance (a) indicators and (b) targets for local authorities...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent estimate he has made of the number of people receiving the national minimum wage, broken down by level of...

      Official Visits: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what visits he has made to Essex in an official capacity in the last 12 months.

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many submissions to the London Post Office Closure consultation supported the closure of a local post office.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much and what proportion of UK-generated energy supplies in megawatt hours was derived from renewable sources in...

      Small Businesses: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what progress the Better Regulation Executive is making towards its target of reducing red tape for small businesses...

      UK Trade and Investment: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what bilateral commercial contracts have been signed with the assistance of UK Trade and Investment since July 2007.

  • Transport

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will meet Welsh Assembly Government ministers to discuss the use of concessionary bus passes across the border between England and Wales.

    • Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 3 March 2008, Official Report, column 2041W, on departmental manpower, how many of the employees under 18 years of age are...

      Driving Instruction: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what recent steps the Government have taken to improve the standards of newly-qualified drivers; (2) what recent steps the Government has taken...

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many driving test centres in England closed in each year since 1997; which driving test centres in England are earmarked for closure by the Driving...

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate her Department has made of the cost to the public purse of changing the format of the driving test.

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the longest distance is that learner drivers are expected to travel to take a driving test; (2) what estimate she has made of the size of...

      Driving Under Influence: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate her Department has made of the number of road traffic accidents associated with binge drinking in the latest period for which figures are...

      Driving: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on changes in the cost to motorists of driving since 2005; and if she will make a statement.

      Driving: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what procedures were used to choose the (a) venues, (b) participants and (c) contents of the Young People’s Forums on Driving; and what steps...

      Lorries: Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much revenue remains uncollected from non-UK registered Heavy Goods Vehicles for (a) congestion charges, (b) parking fines, (c) speeding fines and...

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the cost of implementing the pay benchmarking analysis undertaken by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in 2007.

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations she has received from the chief executive of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency on staff (a) pay and (b) grading.

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost of staff recruitment for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency was in each year since 1997.

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff vacancies there are in the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

      Parking: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance has been issued to local highway authorities by her Department on (a) charging parents to drop their children off outside schools and...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research has been commissioned by her Department on (a) the primary causes of accidents involving newly-qualified drivers and (b) measures to...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) men and (b) women were killed in car accidents in London where at least one of the drivers involved was aged 21 years or under and (i)...

      Sea Rescue: Strikes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what contingency arrangements were made by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency during each of the last three strikes by coastguards; and what further...

      Sea Rescue: Strikes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff at each coastguard station participated in strike action in each strike affecting the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in the last five years.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many smoking shelters were built at each of her Department's London buildings in each of the last five years.

      Travel: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the reason was for her issue of advice to local authorities on 14 February for them to order temporary concessionary travel passes; (2)...

      West Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 13 May 2008, Official Report, column 1433W, on the West Coast railway line, what contingency plans are in place should the...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Carbon Monoxide: Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what advice the Housing Health and Safety Rating System provides on the use of carbon monoxide alarms.

    • Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many submissions she received in response to her consultation paper on the action plan for community empowerment; and when...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many receptions she has hosted and funded in her capacity as Secretary of State in the last 12 months; which individuals and...

      Departmental Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent on translation services into (a) Welsh and (b) other languages by her Department, associated agencies and...

      Departmental Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much waste produced by her Department was sent to landfill in each year since 1997.

      Eco-Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library copies of the letters of support for the shortlisted eco-town locations from (a) the Highways...

      Eco-Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what meetings Ministers in her Department have had with each of the 15 short-listed eco-town bidders.

      Eco-Towns Challenge Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the role and purpose of the Eco-Towns Challenge Panel is; whether it will provide advice on which eco-towns proposed...

      Eco-towns Challenge Panel: Political Impartiality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether members of the Eco-towns Challenge Panel have made declarations of recent political activity.

      Eco-Towns: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans her Department and its agencies have to use the New Towns Act 1981 to establish delivery vehicles for eco-towns.

      Eco-Towns: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the location is of each Eco-Town bid made to her Department which has not been short-listed.

      Eco-Towns: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the Stage 2 and Stage 3 consultation procedures for eco-towns, what opportunities there will be for members of...

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many energy performance certificates (EPCs) have been recorded on the EPC register; and how many home condition reports...

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) data fields and (b) property attributes are held on the (i) Energy Performance Certificate and (ii) Home Condition...

      Fire Safety: Construction Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 27 March 2008, Official Report, column 397W, on fire safety: construction methods, if she will meet...

      Fire Safety: Warehouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations she has received on the use of sprinklers as fire resistors in warehousing facilities; and if she...

      Heating: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions her Department has had with the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on the proposed...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes have been (a) built, (b) placed on sale and (c) sold through (i) Social HomeBuy, (ii) New Build HomeBuy, (iii)...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average equity in (a) percentage and (b) cash terms purchased by a homeowner under the (a) Social Market Homebuy, (b)...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons the outcome of the shared-equity competition was restricted to a single mortgage lender.

      Housing: Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to designate further Growth Points.

      Housing: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) for what reasons she has struck out the requirement for 10 per cent. on-site renewable energy in all major new...

      Local Authorities: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance she has issued to local authorities on their strategic roles in housing in changing market conditions.

      Local Authorities: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information her Department holds on the number of people employed by each local authority who have a learning disability.

      Regional Planning and Development: Canvey Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations she has received on the economic impact of the Canvey Island Seafront Improvement scheme.

      Regional Planning and Development: Eco-Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the homes provided in eco-town developments are to be included in the local authority's allocation under the regional...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • 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, what payments have been made from...

    • Departmental Equality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) whether the Cabinet Office met the Civil Service diversity targets set out on page 51 of Cabinet Office Annual Report 2007 by April 2008; (2)...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many (a) mobile telephones, (b) personal digital assistants and (c) laptop computers issued to his staff were reported (i) lost, (ii)...

      Employment: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people were employed in each parliamentary constituency in Wales in (a) 1997 and (b) 2007, ranked in order of percentage change in the...

      Migration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what contribution net migration made to population change in the UK in each five year period since 1987.

      Population

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what projections of population density for (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) Scotland, (d) Wales and (e) Northern Ireland in 2056 and beyond have...

      Private Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many private contractors providing public services have provided a contracted out, final-salary based defined benefit pension scheme or a...

      Pupils: English Language

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what projections for future years have been made by the Office for National Statistics of (a) the number and (b) the proportion of schoolchildren...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • BBC: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what assessment he has made of the implementation by the BBC Trust of the six purpose remits established in the 2006 Agreement...

    • BBC: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the guidelines designed to secure appropriate standards in the content of the UK public services are, as required under the 2006...

      BBC: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what agreements between the BBC and Ofcom under clause 92 of the 2006 Agreement between the Secretary of State and the British...

      Convergence Think Tank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport who the members of the Convergence Think Tank are; what its terms of reference are; and on what dates it has met since its establishment.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many receptions he has hosted and funded in his capacity as Secretary of State in the last 12 months; which individuals and...

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost was of each public consultation held by his Department in the last three years.

      Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on how many occasions he has visited Essex in the last 12 months.

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of support for grassroots football; and if he will make a statement.

      London Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many times his Department hired VIP facilities at (a) Heathrow, (b) Gatwick, (c) Luton and (d) Stansted airports in each month...

      National Lottery: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many National Lottery tickets were sold in each month since November 2006.

      Olympic Games 2012: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding the Government are providing to promote Great Britain in the lead-up to the 2012 Olympics; and who is responsible for...

      S4C: Al-Jazeera Satellite Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether he has had discussions with S4C on the effect of its joint production with Al-Jazeera on its public service broadcasting obligations.

      Sports: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the percentage of girls and women who regularly participate in sport and physical activity.

      Sports: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he has (a) taken and (b) plans to take to improve sporting links between the United Kingdom and Israel; and if he will make...

      Sports: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding from (a) the National Lottery and (b) his Department was spent on (i) school sport, (ii) the Physical Education,...

      Sports: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding from (a) the national lottery and (b) his Department has been allocated to (i) school sport, (ii) the Physical...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the merits of proposals to allocate a proportion of licence fee receipts to other broadcasters.

      Television: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the rules governing broadcasters’ use of premium rate telephone services in viewer...

      Television: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the Ofcom inquiry into the use of premium rate services in television programming.

      Television: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will ask Ofcom to refer its case files on recent cases of television broadcaster misconduct in the use of premium rate telephone...

      Tourism: Chelsea Flower Show

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) if he will seek discussions with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local...

  • Justice

    • Airguns: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average fine has been of people fined on conviction for remote selling or hiring of an air weapon over the internet in each month since the...

    • Airguns: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average fine has been of people convicted of possession of an air gun or imitation firearm in a public place without legal authority or...

      Bail Accommodation and Support Service: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners are housed in bail hostels in Gloucestershire.

      Cannabis: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were (a) proceeded against, (b) found guilty and (c) imprisoned for dealing in cannabis in each of the last five years, broken down by age.

      Courts: Speech Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what (a) procedures and (b) protections apply in (i) magistrates courts and (ii) the Crown court for defendants with a severe stammer.

      Departmental Energy

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

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many receptions he has hosted and funded in his capacity as Secretary of State in the last 12 months; which individuals and organisations (a) were...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make it his policy to identify on electoral registers the person in any given household who (a) completes the electoral registration form and...

      Internet: Privacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent action the Government has taken to protect individuals’ right to privacy when using the internet.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many solicitors in each bid zone began providing legal services to clients who required legal aid for (a) civil law and (b) criminal law in...

      Michael Shields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what (a) advice he has commissioned on and (b) response he has made to the recent letter from the government of Bulgaria on the possibility of a pardon...

      Parking Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many parking penalties were issued in each area where local authorities have taken over for the police responsibility for parking enforcement in the...

      Polling Stations: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent discussions he has had with the Electoral Commission on the access of people with disabilities to polling stations; and if he will make a...

      Prison Service: Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 6 May 2008, Official Report, columns 790-1W, on the prison service: emergencies, if he will give details of the operational...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the prison population was at the latest date for which figures are available; what proportion of the population this represents; and what...

      Prisoners Release: Overdoses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many ex-offenders died from a heroin overdose within a fortnight of leaving prison in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Secure Training Centres: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff (a) have been appointed to and (b) resigned from each secure training centre in each year since they were opened.

      Smoking

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

      Walton Prison: Cemeteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) on what date the National Offender Management Service received the request to meet the costs of the exhumation and reburial of George Kelly at...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what recent discussions he has had with the government of Afghanistan on the status of women in that country; (2) what...

    • Bangladesh: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the political situation in Bangladesh; and if he will make a statement.

      Burma: Storms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government has taken to encourage the Burmese government to respond rapidly to the humanitarian situation caused...

      China: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of China on tackling HIV/AIDS.

      India: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of India on tackling (a) child trafficking and (b) the child sex industry.

      Iraq: Homophobia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of the level of violence and persecution aimed at gay men in (a) Iraq and (b) Iran.

      Lebanon: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the prospects for a free and fair presidential election in (a) Lebanon and (b) the...

      Spain: Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the conformity of the policy of Spain on military freight crossing the Spain-Gibraltar border...

      Spain: Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of Spain on restrictions on military freight crossing the Spain-Gibraltar...

      UN Human Rights Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the UN Human Rights Council.

      United Nations: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his counterparts at the United Nations on the regulation of access to the internet by Member States.

      United Nations: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the UN troop contributor Governments on the conduct of troops on UN missions, including...

      United Nations: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts at the United Nations on human rights training for troops seconded to...

      United Nations: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had on a treaty on the prosecution of allegations of sexual abuse made against UN personnel,...

      United Nations: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps are being taken by his Department to improve the UN's capacity for the rapid deployment of troops for peacekeeping...

      Vietnam: BBC External Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received on funding for the BBC World Service’s Vietnamese service.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans to answer Question 191937, tabled on 3 March 2008, on the Treaty of Lisbon.

  • International Development

    • Burma: Storms

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with (a) relevant UN agencies, (b) the European Commission, (c) non-governmental organisations and (d)...

    • Burma: Storms

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when his Department made the first request for aircraft to take UK Government aid to Burma following Cyclone Nargis; and if he will...

      Burma: Storms

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how many days after Cyclone Nargis it was before aircraft with UK Government aid to Burma first arrived in that country; and if...

      Departmental Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what criminal offences have been abolished by primary legislation sponsored by his Department since May 1997; (2) what criminal...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many receptions he has hosted and funded in his capacity as Secretary of State in the last 12 months; which individuals and...

      Developing Countries: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what poverty reduction plans which have been agreed with partner governments incorporate human rights-based benchmarks.

      Disaster Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many days it took for the first aircraft transporting UK emergency relief aid to arrive at its destination in relation to each...

      London Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many times his Department hired VIP facilities at (a) Heathrow, (b) Gatwick, (c) Luton and (d) Stansted airports in each month...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what mechanisms the Government has put in place to ensure that any projects (a) directly and (b) indirectly funded by the UK in the...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will take steps to ensure that no UK funding for the Palestinian Occupied Territories will be used (a) to upgrade crossings...

      Textiles: Working Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what work his Department is undertaking to alleviate poor working conditions for textile and clothing workers in (a) India, (b)...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Apprentices: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of learners progressed from the completion of a level 3 advanced apprenticeship to (a) a foundation degree...

    • Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the completion rate of adults enrolled on a level three further education course was in the most recent year for which...

      Higher Education: Student Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how many part-time undergraduate students there were in England at the latest date for which figures are available; (2)...

      Smoking

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

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many student loans have been written off in each of the last five years, broken down by the cause of the write-off.

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received on the adequacy of the Basel 2 regulatory regime; whether he plans to develop a Basel 3 regime; and if he will make a...

    • Child Tax Credit: Warrington

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in Warrington, South constituency were in receipt of child tax credit in each year since the tax credit was introduced; and how much was...

      Conference Centres

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department provides any (a) capital and (b) revenue support to any conference or exhibition centre; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cash equivalent transfer value is of the public sector pensions of the 10 highest paid members of staff in his Department and its executive...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many working days were lost by his Department due to stress-related illness in each of the last 24 months.

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) 0800, (b) 0845 and (c) 0870 telephone numbers for the public are in use by (i) his Department and (ii) agencies which report to his Department.

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will assess the merits of reducing the level of fuel duty.

      Financial Institutions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which financial bodies which are regulated by the Bank of England have not disclosed fully their exposure to the sub-prime market failings as they affect...

      Gaming Machines: Licensing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the number of amusement arcades subject to amusement machine licence duty in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05, (c) 2005-06,...

      Health

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the outcomes of the cross-Government Review of Physical Activity will be published.

      JP Morgan

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department paid to JP Morgan in each year since 1997; and what the purpose of the payment was in each case.

      Landfill Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Landfill Communities Fund and its predecessor received in contributions in each year since 1997.

      Landfill Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was received in landfill tax receipts in each year since 1997.

      Landfill Tax: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of reductions in carbon dioxide emissions resulting from the landfill tax in each year since 1997, excluding any savings made as a...

      Landfill Tax: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the reduction in carbon dioxide emissions resulting from the Landfill Communities Fund and its predecessor in each year since 1997.

      Poverty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what definition his Department uses of relative poverty; and if he will make a statement.

      Smuggling: Tobacco

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of illegal cigarettes sold in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months; and what proportion that was of the total...

      Tax Evasion: Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward proposals for legislation to provide that any organisation convicted of tax evasion will not be allowed to compete for public contracts.

      Tax Havens: International Cooperation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking in co-operation with other governments and international organisations to tackle tax havens; and if he will make a statement.

      Taxation: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the additional tax revenue that would be raised in 2008-09 if the tax relief on pension contributions were restricted to the basic rate...

      Taxation: Public Appointments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer who the members of the business-Government forum on tax are; and what criteria were used to select the members of the forum.

      Taxation: Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with (a) small businesses and (b) organisations representing small businesses on membership of the business-Government forum...

      Taxation: Trade Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with trades unions on membership of the business-Government forum on tax.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Complaints

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints his Department has received on the tax credit system from residents of Hemsworth constituency in the last 12 months.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Daycare

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of extending the child care element of the working tax credit to workless households; and if he will make a...

      Welfare Tax Credits: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the technical problems on the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) computer system which are preventing the resolution of the tax credits claim for...

      Zurich Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department paid to Zurich Financial Services in each year since 1997; and what the purpose of the payment was in each case.

  • Home Department

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases have been dealt with under the legacy exercise; how many have (a) resulted in the grant of leave to remain in the UK, (b)...

    • Bird and Bird

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what contracts were awarded by her Department to Bird and Bird solicitors in each year since 2005; and what the (a) value and (b) duration...

      Crimes of Violence: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children under the age of 10 years were the victims of recorded crimes of (a) assault, (b) actual bodily harm, (c) grievous...

      Departmental Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent by her Department on flights (a) within England and (b) outside the UK in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) male and (b) female members of staff in her Department were issued with personal digital assistants in each year since 2001;...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officials in her Department were disciplined or dismissed for taking illegal drugs in each of the last five years.

      Government House

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether Government House in Pimlico has been placed for sale on the market.

      Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences of homicide there were where the killing arose from the use of (a) a sharp instrument and (b) a firearm in each police...

      Hotels

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much (a) her Department and (b) each of its agencies spent on hotel and other such accommodation for staff (i) in the UK and (ii)...

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of children identified as subjects of trafficking were granted (a) asylum or (b) leave to remain in each of...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) families and (b) individuals, including dependants, were allowed to remain in the United Kingdom under the seven year...

      Immigration Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the Border and Immigration Agency paid in overtime to immigration officers in each year since 1997.

      Immigration: Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether mobile detention centres have been used in (a) pre-planned Border and Immigration Agency or UK Border Agency raids and (b) at...

      Licensing Act 2003: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions there were under section 149 of the Licensing Act 2003 in each year since its entry into force.

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures she has implemented to assess the effectiveness of the policy of deporting foreign prisoners on completion of their sentences;...

      Passports: Interviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many personal passport interviews have been held in each passport interview office.

      Public Order Offences: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations she has received from airport operators on threats to public order arising from overcrowding or delays in processing...

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people granted entry into the United Kingdom on a working holiday visa have (a) lost their immigration status and (b) had to...

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were granted working holiday visas in each of the last five years.

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many abortions at 24 weeks gestation and later there were in England in 2007; (2) how many (a) second, (b) third, (c) fourth and (d) fifth...

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 30 April 2008, Official Report, column 442W, on abortion, what estimate he has made of the cost of providing a copy of his...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will undertake research into the effects of abortion on the mental health of women; and if he will make a statement.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many new ambulances were purchased by the NHS in each of the last five years.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how each ambulance service performed against targets for (a) category A eight-minute response, (b) category A 19-minute response and (c) category B 19...

      Blood: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on a national cord blood donation programme.

      Cancer: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the mortality rate for head and neck cancers was in (a) the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, Norwich (b) Ipswich Hospital, (c) Broomfield Hospital,...

      Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on research and development of anti-cancer surgical procedures in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Equality

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

      Departmental Freedom of Information

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

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many working days were lost by his Department due to stress-related illness in each of the last 24 months.

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many days sick leave were taken on average by staff in his Department in each of the last five years.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has commissioned into the (a) levels and (b) implications for public health of cocaine abuse in urban areas.

      Electromagnetic Fields: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what meetings he has had with his European counterparts on the revision of the Physical Agents (Electromagnetic Fields) Directive; and when he expects the...

      Food: Salt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the proportion of the population which consumes six grams or less of salt per day.

      Food: Salt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance the Food Standards Agency provides to specific sub-groups of the population on dietary salt intake.

      Food: Salt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of its joint campaign with the Food Standards Agency to reduce average daily salt intake.

      Health Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance has been issued to primary care trusts on the location of GP-led health centres within their catchment area.

      Health Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether representatives of his Department are holding regular meetings with representatives of (a) primary care trusts and (b) strategic health...

      Health Services: Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to put in place for a large-scale public health campaign on cannabis use.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many inpatient beds there are in each NHS hospital in England; and how many outpatients were seen in each hospital in each of the last three years.

      Hospitals: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were treated by (a) Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Greenwich, (b) Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup, (c) Princess Louise Hospital, Bromley and...

      Intensive Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) intensive care and (b) high dependency unit beds were available for (i) children and (ii) adults within primary care trusts in each year...

      Intensive Care: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of occasions in each London primary care trust when a patient could not be accommodated in a (a) intensive care...

      Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on interpreters in the last 12 months; and on which languages.

      Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government has taken to widen accessibility of health advice and check-ups for NHS patients.

      Medical Treatments: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to allow hospitals to invoice GPs in respect of their patients who receive primary care advice from the hospital trust.

      Medical Treatments: Information Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to ensure that patients have timely access to all information that they need to make informed decisions about their treatment.

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will visit Worthing hospital to discuss the CERNER IT system with clinicians; (2) whether the ministerial letter of 1 May 2008 to the hon....

      NHS: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to incorporate information on patients’ nutritional status in summary care records.

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who the members are of each clinical working group for the NHS Next Stage review in the South Central NHS Region; and what clinical appointment each...

      Nutrition: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were referred to weight management programmes in each strategic health authority in each of the last three years.

      Obesity: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average wait for gastric bypass surgery was in each hospital trust in the last period for which figures are available.

      Perinatal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many occurrences of (a) stillbirth, (b) perinatal mortality and (c) neonatal mortality there were in each NHS trust in the last financial year for...

      Plastic Bags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many branded plastic bags his Department has purchased in the last 24 months for which figures are available; and at what cost;

      Preventive Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps the Government has taken to reduce the number of deaths from preventable illnesses.

      Strokes: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps the Government have taken to improve aftercare services for those who have had strokes.

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent action the Government have taken to improve aftercare services for post-operative patients.

      Toxocariasis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many reported cases of toxocariasis in humans there were in the last three years.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Access to Work Programme: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the budget of access to work will be in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is planning to take account of the costs of both parents in looking after their children in the child maintenance system.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what account the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission will take of the savings and capital of non-resident parents (a) before and (b)...

      Departmental Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 26 March 2008, Official Report, column 179W, on departmental ICT, how many of the missing or stolen (a) laptops,...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many customer-facing staff were employed by his Department in each year between 2004 and 2007; and how many such staff will be employed in...

      Employment Services: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans his Department has to increase awareness of the services of disability employment advisers among people with a learning disability.

      Employment Services: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people with a learning disability Jobcentre Plus assisted in gaining employment in each of the last five years.

      Employment Services: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department plans to take to improve the training available to people with a learning disability who are applying for jobs with...

      Health and Safety Executive: Weber Shandwick Public Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what payments the Health and Safety Executive made to (a) Weber Shandwick Public Affairs and (b) Mandate Communications and AS Biss in each...

      Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people in the UK with an income of (a) £100,000 or more and (b) £12,000 or less gross...

      Jobcentre Plus: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people in the North West used the out of hours evening service operated by Jobcentre Plus in the last three years; (2) what...

      Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many posts his Department were relocated from London and the South East in each year between 2004 and 2007; how many it plans to relocate...

      Lost Working Days

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many working days were lost due to work-related ill health and injury per worker in each year since 2004; and what progress has been made...

      Occupational Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people made unwell by their work conditions in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of members of defined-benefit occupational pension schemes in each year since 1997.

      Pathways to Work: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what provision the Pathways to Work programme will make for cognitive behavioural therapy in North East London in 2008-09.

      Pension Credit: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people in West Lancashire constituency receive pension credit; (2) how many pensioners in West Lancashire constituency received...

      Social Security Benefits: Earnings Rules

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will give consideration to increasing the permitted earnings disregard; and if he will make a statement.

      Winter Fuel Payments: Eltham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in Eltham received the winter fuel payment in 2007-08; and how many he estimates will receive the extra £50 in 2008-09.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Social Inclusion: Teacher Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to ensure that the special educational needs content of teacher training courses prepares teachers to deal...

    • Children’s Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what progress has been made towards meeting the target of providing 3,500 children's centres by 2010.

      Free Nursery Places: Copeland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in Copeland constituency receive free nursery places.

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to tackle the bullying of school children with special needs.

      Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps are taken in schools to encourage pupils to take up apprenticeships upon leaving.

      Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of school tests for measuring the performance of pupils and schools.

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to enable 30 per cent. of pupils in all schools to achieve at least five good GCSEs including English and...

      Building Schools for the Future

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what progress has been made in the Building Schools for the Future programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Term-time Pupil Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his Department's policy is on pupils being taken out of school during term-time for holidays.

      Absenteeism: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils in secondary education in each local authority in Yorkshire and the Humber was classed as persistent...

      Assessments: Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many SAT examination papers were recorded as missing in 2007; (2) how many GCSE examination papers were recorded as...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what proportion of children aged (a) three and (b) four years were in daycare settings for more than 12.5...

      Children: Dyslexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley district and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland...

      Children: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department spent in developing its Children’s Plan.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of staff in his Department received an interest-free, advance of salary loan to purchase a bicycle in...

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department has taken to reduce its energy consumption in the past 12 months; and what his Department's expenditure...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many receptions he has hosted and funded in his capacity as Secretary of State in the last 12 months; which individuals and...

      Departmental Orders and Regulations

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

      Departmental Translation Services

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

      Education: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what contribution his Department is making towards ensuring the 2012 Olympic Games delivers a lasting educational legacy; and if...

      Olympic Games: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people from the Youth Sport Trust will attend the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in whole or in part; and at what cost.

      Outdoor Education: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to encourage out-of-classroom learning in London; and if he will make a statement.

      Politics: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will issue guidance to (a) local education authorities, (b) governing bodies and (c) head teachers on the balanced...

      Pre-School Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to extend the free nursery entitlement for three and four-year-olds.

      Pre-School Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 1 May 2008, Official Report, column 690W, on pre-school education: finance, if he will monitor changes...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children were permanently excluded from schools in (a) England, (b) London, (c) the North East, (d) Tees Valley...

      Pupils: Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many cases of unauthorised absence by pupils for 10 consecutive school days or more there were in each local authority area in...

      Schools: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he plans to take to ensure that all new school buildings are zero-carbon by 2016.

      Schools: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of primary schools in each London borough have achieved Healthy Schools status.

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what mechanisms he has put in place for the delivery of high quality sporting facilities for school and community use through the...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on community use of school sporting facilities and VAT...

      Secure Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to assess the effectiveness of secure children's homes.

      Smoking

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

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what legislation regulates the education of children with special educational needs; what changes have been made since its...

      Supply Teachers: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent on supply teachers in each local authority area in Yorkshire and the Humber in each of the last five years; and...

      Teachers: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his latest estimate is of the average annual cost to the public purse of a teacher in a (a) primary and (b) secondary...

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the percentage increase in the cost of teachers' pay was in (a) 2005, (b) 2006 and (c) 2007; what estimate he has made of...

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the (a) nominal and (b) real growth in the teacher paybill per teacher was in each year since 1997; what estimate he has...

      Teachers: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much each local authority spent on (a) teacher and (b) support staff redundancies in each year from 1997 to 2007; and if he...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many officials in his Department are working on the development of the Masters level teaching qualification; and if he...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of candidates failed initial teacher training in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a...

  • House of Lords

    • Advertising: Television

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they have held with consumer protection groups about child viewing of inappropriate television advertisements.

    • Africa: Railways

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they plan to support the building of new railways across Africa; and, if so, how.

      Africa: Wind-up Radios

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to provide greater support for the provision of wind-up radios in Africa.

      Armed Forces: Casualties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many members of the Armed Forces were wounded on active service in each year from 1997 to 2007 inclusive.

      Bees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have assessed the non-financial costs to the environment of the total or partial loss of the honey bee population in the United Kingdom.

      Canada: Seal Hunting

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they next expect to meet Canadian representatives to discuss seal hunting; and whether they will press the Government of Canada to outlaw the practice.

      Care Services: South Shields

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what dates since 2001 was the provision by Bamburgh Court Care Centre in South Shields (a) of elderly care, and (b) for dementia, separately inspected by the...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the European Commission's forthcoming review of the Common Agricultural Policy will include plans to create a single sustainable land management framework.

      Computer Systems: DfID

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

      e-Borders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will set out the complete timetable for use of "all available passenger data" within the e-Borders programme including (a) Travel Document...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Lord Darzi of Denham on 21 April (WA 233), which field studies support the conclusion, attributed in press reports to a...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many funding applications to the research councils are known to have been declined after a peer reviewer indicated that the proposed work did not include the...

      Food

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they plan to hold discussions with the Food Standards Agency and the Food and Drink Federation to ensure full co-ordination in food emergencies and...

      Health: Branded Generic Medicines

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What estimate has been made of the amount of potential annual savings that the National Health Service would achieve from the sale of branded generic medicines...

      Health: Clinical Trials

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ensure that the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence allows full access to its information on clinical trials and new health...

      Health: Organophosphates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 12 May (HL3419), what research has been conducted on the chronic effects of exposure to diazinon on the...

      Health: Osteopathy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the establishment of the Forum for Osteopathic Regulation in Europe will improve treatment standards for patients outside their own member state.

      Health: Single-sex Wards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Thornton on 21 April (WA 245), what guidance has been issued since 1997 to NHS Trusts on the provision of single-sex...

      Health: Training

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in the light of the poll in January by the Nursing Times indicating that 52 per cent of nurses feel they do not receive adequate access to...

      House of Lords: Envelopes

      asked the Chairman of Committees: What is the estimated additional cost of providing pre-franked window envelopes for use by Members of the House.

      Immigration: Failed Asylum Seekers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 12 May (HL3321), what are the legal and administrative safeguards to protect failed asylum seekers from...

      Immigration: Indefinite Leave to Remain

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Home Department no longer aims to make a decision on an application for indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom within 13 weeks of the filing of...

      Indonesia: Ahmadiyya Muslims

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they and the European Union will make representations to the Government of Indonesia about the treatment of the Ahmadiyya Muslims.

      Iraq and Iran: Territorial Waters

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any steps were taken to define and announce any exclusion zone or line of blockade or similar maritime boundary in relation to Iraqi waters in the North...

      Iraq: Sewage

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they have taken following the reports by the Baghdad security plan on the operability of Baghdad's sewage plants.

      Israel and Palestine: Gaza

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have assessed the risks to public health in Gaza from restrictions on electricity supply to hospitals and from infected water supplies and defective...

      Israel and Palestine: Gaza Sewage

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assistance they are providing towards the construction of a fully functioning sewage treatment plant in Gaza.

      Israel and Palestine: Projects

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they have had with the European Union concerning impact assessments for the Nablus and Ramallah housing projects, separate roads for settlers and...

      Israel and Palestine: Projects

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they have had with the Government of Israel and Palestinian representatives to ensure that projects the United Kingdom supports do not further the...

      Law Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 21 April (WA 266), what responsibilities the Law Commission has for identifying obsolete secondary...

      Natural Environment Research Council

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to ensure the Natural Environment Research Council study programmes adopt a Europe-wide approach in light of increases in European...

      Palestine: Financial Assistance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Crawley on 14 March (WA 262), how they anticipate that the £23.15 million still available in 2007—08 for...

      Passports: Interviews

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to introduce special facilities in remote areas for passport personal interviews.

      Pregnancy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they will take to provide all low-income mothers with the application form for inclusion in the Healthy Start baby nutrition scheme during pregnancy.

      Questions for Written Answer: Guidance to Civil Servants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the most recent guidance that has been issued to civil servants by the Department for Communities and Local Government on the drafting of Answers to...

      Questions for Written Answer: Late Answers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 23 April (WA 306—7), whether any of the information requested in the Written Question tabled on 24...

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