Written answers

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what his most recent estimate is of the unfunded liability in present value terms of each public sector pension scheme for which his...

    • Police Stations: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2008, Official Report, column 765W, on police stations: closures, when he expects the review to be...

      Prisoners: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many and what percentage of (a) convicted and (b) remand prisoners in Northern Ireland were neither UK nor Irish citizens in 2007.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he plans to have discussions with the Foreign Affairs Minister of the Irish Republic on the possible future political implications in...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Aggregates: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) target and (b) outturn for the proportion of aggregates that are recycled or from secondary sources used in...

    • Agriculture: Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether, in his role as Director of the International Assessment of Agricultural knowledge, Science and Technology for...

      Animal Welfare: Circuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Tewkesbury of 22 January 2008, Official Report, column 1969W, on animal...

      Beekeeping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding his Department provides for research into beekeeping; and if he will make a statement.

      Bees: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the risk to bee colonies of (a) the varroa mite and (b) other bee parasites.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on whether to use badger culling as part of a package of measures to address the incidence of bovine...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) UK and (b) non-UK nationals were employed in his Department's establishments in each year since 2001.

      Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many local authorities in England employed dog wardens in each year since 2000; and if he will make a statement.

      Ducks: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether he plans to require the provision of water for farmed ducks to swim in on welfare grounds; (2) pursuant to the...

      Energy: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the timetable is for the implementation of Lot 1 of the Energy-using Products Directive; and when he expects a decision...

      Floods: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will consider assigning the proceeds of the fine imposed on Severn Trent plc to improvement of the sewage and drainage...

      Plastic Bags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to encourage retail outlets to replace plastic bags with brown paper bags; and if he will...

      Rural Areas: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the budget is for the Rural Development Programme in each year from 2007-08 to 2010-11.

      Stichling Hahn Hilbrich

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) purpose and (b) value was of each (i) contract and (ii) transaction between his Department and Stichling Hahn...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Public Participation

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

    • Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what consultants have been contracted by his Department to conduct public participation activity in the last three years; and what the value of each...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Freedom of Information: Requests for Data Held

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what further steps the Members Estimate Committee plans to take regarding freedom of information requests for...

  • Wales

    • Public Sector: Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what information he holds on the percentage of public sector jobs in Wales that require the ability to read or speak Welsh.

  • Defence

    • Air Force: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what aircraft operated by the Royal Air Force have the capability to conduct humanitarian airdrop operations.

    • Armed Forces: Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of service personnel were unable to take all their annual leave in each year since 2001.

      Armed Forces: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many spare parts were lost in transit in 2007-08.

      Armed Forces: Widowed people

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces widows voluntarily surrendered their pensions on remarriage or cohabitation in each of the last five years; and what the...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Bushmaster vehicles have been ordered; for what purpose they are intended; what the cost of the order is; in which theatre of operation they are...

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what targets he has for recruitment of Commonwealth citizens into the Army.

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what visits were made by Army recruitment selection teams to Commonwealth countries in each year since 1997.

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of the Army he estimates will be non-UK citizens in each year from 2009 to 2015.

      AWE Burghfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) pursuant to the answer of 6 May 2008, Official Report, column 835W, on AWE Burghfield, on whose authority live nuclear work was suspended at AWE...

      BOWMAN Combat Radio System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the average life of VHF manpack batteries for the Bowman radio is; (2) what the average range of the Bowman radio is; (3) how many...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 12 May 2008, Official Report, column 48WS, on UN Forces (Cyprus), what the mission of the 250...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 12 May 2008, Official Report, column 48WS, on UN Forces (Cyprus), whether the 250 reservists have been...

      Defence Equipment and Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what amount of efficiency savings Defence Equipment and Support are required to make in 2007-08.

      Departmental Equality

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

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's Claims Annual Report for 2007-08.

      Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what guidance he has issued on security arrangements to ensure the safe functioning of his Department's petroleum storage depots; and if he will place in...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of (a) C-17 Globemaster, (b) C-130K Hercules, (c) C-130J Hercules, (d) Tristar, (e) VC-10 and (f) Nimrod aircraft are...

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many fuel leakages on a Nimrod aircraft have been reported since January 2007.

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many civilian employer complaints his Department received on the deployment of reserve forces in the last period for which figures are available; and...

      Russia: Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on which occasions RAF aircraft have flown sorties in response to unannounced incursions by Russian military aircraft into areas adjacent to United...

      Service Personnel and Veterans Agency: Location

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

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the required complement of Territorial Army driver training instructors is; and how many such instructors there are.

      Territorial Army: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Territorial Army personnel from Northern Ireland took part in active service outside the United Kingdom in each of the last five years.

  • Transport

    • Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the membership of the External Advisory Group looking at airport-related issues is; on what dates it has met since September 2004; and which of...

    • Airports: Security Guards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will impose a three-year residency requirement for foreign nationals seeking employment as security workers at UK airports.

      Aviation: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if she will make it her policy to seek to limit and reduce the impact of aircraft noise on (a) National Parks and (b) Areas of Outstanding...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures are in place to encourage an increase in the number of people taking the national standards for cycle training.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made in meeting the Government's national cycling strategy objective to increase cycle journeys to eight per cent. of journeys...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

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

      Departmental Public Participation

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

      Departmental Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what projects sponsored by her Department were subject to Gateway reviews in each of the last four years; what status each project was assigned under...

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Industrial Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what involvement the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has in civil contingency planning; and what impact the industrial action by agency staff has had on...

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Industrial Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency have withdrawn from civil contingencies planning activities as a result of industrial action in...

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff joined the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in each year since 1997; and how many left the Agency in each of these years, broken down by...

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff who started employment with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency since 1997 left employment within (a) one year and (b) two years.

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (a) employs and (b) employed in 1997, broken down by (i) grade and (ii) office.

      Ministers: Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Lewes of 2 April 2008, Official Report, column 1020W, on Ministers: official cars, which former...

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many exemptions from road tax in each band were granted to disabled people in the last 12 months.

      Public Transport: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what proportion of bus and train providers she expects to have fulfilled their accessibility targets by (a) 2010 and (b) 2020; (2) what steps...

      Railways: Stansted Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if officials in her Department will meet representatives of Arriva Trains Cross Country in advance of decisions related to the December 2008 timetable...

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what recent discussions her Department has had with train operating companies on the introduction of smartcard ticketing; and if she will make a...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of road accidents which resulted in death or serious injury involved drivers aged (a) over 75, (b) between 40 and 74 and (c) 18 to...

      Speed Limits: Road Signs and Markings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the criteria are for the use of speed advisory signs on motorways; who is responsible for authorising the (a) operation of such signs and (b)...

      Transport: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what analytical issues are subject to consideration by the Eddington Friends group; and if she will make a statement.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the next meeting of his Department's Burma stakeholder group will be held; and what the Government's objectives for the...

    • China: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the sentences handed down in China to demonstrators and human rights activists over Tibet; and...

      Cuba: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the number of political prisoners in Cuba; and what recent representations he has made to the...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many unique visitors there have been to each site on his Department's bloggers platform in the last 12 months.

      Simon Mann

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he was last given any substantive information about the (a) welfare of, (b) proposed trial of and (c) other matters...

      Somalia: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to engage civil society in Somalia in the peace process.

      Somalia: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when a UN Security Council Resolution on Somalia addressing piracy issues is expected.

      Sudan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made on the organisation of peace talks on Darfur in London between the Government of Sudan, rebel groups...

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions have been held with the AU and UN Special Envoys to Darfur, Salid Ahmed Salim and Jan Eliasson; and what...

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) troops and (b) civilian personnel made up the UN-AU Joint Hybrid Mission to Darfur on 1 May; and if he will make...

      Uganda: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance he is providing to the process of peace-building in Northern Uganda.

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to raise public awareness of the size of alcohol units in relation to standard measures served; and whether his...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of people attending accident and emergency departments in England presented with (a) alcohol-related conditions and (b) injuries in...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the numbers of people admitted to hospital accident and emergency departments as a result of binge drinking in...

      Blood: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS treatments involving (a) adult and (b) cord blood stem cells are ongoing; and if he will make a statement.

      Cancer: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance his Department has issued to the East of England Strategic Health Authority on the provision of oncological services in the region in...

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of women in (a) Hemsworth constituency and (b) England received cervical smear tests within the recommended period of time in the last...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions were dispensed for (a) subutex, (b) methadone and (c) other opiate replacements in each strategic health authority in each of...

      Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration he has given to subsidising participation in physical activity and sport to effect improvements in quality adjusted life years.

      Food: Salt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will issue guidance to sub-groups of the population that may experience adverse consequences from restricted sodium consumption, with particular...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of hospital beds in England were in single rooms at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department last met (i) stem cell and embryo scientists and (ii) medical researchers to discuss matters included in...

      NHS: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will ensure that contracts which primary care trusts, NHS trusts and foundation trusts have with private sector providers of health and social care...

      NHS: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements there are for local involvement network (LINk) members to be provided with legal indemnity by his Department when they undertake...

      NHS: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make provision for a financial loss allowance for members of local involvement networks; (2) if he will take steps to ensure local...

      NHS: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether budgets for local involvement networks will be increased to reflect the additional responsibilities they have compared with patients' forums.

      NHS: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will consider the merits of funding local involvement networks to help establish networks to monitor (a) cancer, (b) mental health, (c) ambulance...

      NHS: Questionnaires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 6 May 2008, Official Report, columns 771-3W, on the NHS: questionnaires, what steps his Department (a) has taken and (b)...

      NHS: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 9 May 2008, Official Report, column 1258W, on working hours, when the Sheffield research will be published.

      Obesity: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients had gastric bypass surgery in each hospital trust in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the proportion of all paid-for prescriptions which were for a long-term condition in the latest period for which figures are...

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people with long-term conditions aged between 16 and 60 years.

      Pathology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many reviews of histopathology services were conducted in each strategic health authority in each of the last three years; (2) how many...

      Patient Choice Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many patients have been affected by a Choose and Book system error since the system's inception; (2) how many times unique reference numbers...

      Pharmacy: General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the safety, efficiency and cost effectiveness implications of the plans to cease dispensing by doctors.

      Prescriptions: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 21 April 2008, Official Report, columns 1810-11W, on prescriptions: ICT, what the reasons are for the difference between the...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for South-West Norfolk of 9 May 2008, Official Report, columns 1226-32W, on prostate cancer, what assessment he...

      Prostate Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects Government-funded trials for prostate cancer screening to report; and if he will make a statement.

  • Treasury

    • Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the additional revenue from capital gains tax if it were levied on companies at the same rate as corporation tax in 2008-09.

    • Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the additional revenue from capital gains tax if it were levied on individuals at the basic rate of income tax in 2008-09.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many notification changes have been made to the Valuation Office Agency's Council Tax List with a code of CL26 (correction of inaccuracy) in the last 12...

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consultants were contracted by his Department to conduct public participation activities in the last three years; and how much expenditure his...

      Families: Clwyd

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department has taken to help working families in the Vale of Clwyd since 1997.

      Immigration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the effect of immigration on (a) gross domestic product and (b) per capita gross domestic product since 1997.

      Immigration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what projection the Government Actuary's Department has made of changes in population over 50 years per million immigrants; and if he will make a statement.

      Income Tax: Crewe

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Crewe and Nantwich constituency paid only the 10 pence rate of income tax in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.

      Income Tax: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what funds arising from the overpayments of income tax on the part of pension funds HM Customs and Revenue held at the latest date for which figures are...

      Income Tax: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date he approved the increase in personal allowance as announced on 13 May 2008.

      Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of people in (a) West Chelmsford constituency and (b) Chelmsford Local Authority area who have been adversely...

      Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date the 10 pence income tax band was first announced or described by his Department as an interim or transitional measure; and if he will make a...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to answer the letter to him dated 6 March 2008 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on Mrs Eileen Flint.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire, dated 29 February 2008, on income tax rates for those on low incomes (PO...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter of 18 March 2008 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on Ms M. George.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter of 10 March 2008 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on Mrs E. Flint.

      Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the average stamp duty paid by a first-time buyer in (a) Reading, (b) England and (c) the UK in the most recent...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax avoidance schemes have been disclosed to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC); and how many of those have been (a) accepted and (b) rejected by HMRC.

      Taxation: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of former service personnel receiving a Ministry of Defence pension had income below the ceiling of the 10 pence income tax band in 2007-08.

      Taxation: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people with a BT postcode living in Northern Ireland missed the 31 January deadline for filing their tax returns.

      Valuation Office: Consultants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what contracts were awarded by (a) the Valuation Office Agency and (b) HM Revenue and Customs on behalf of the Valuation Office Agency to consultancy...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many completed (a) TC600, (b) MA1 and (c) CH2 forms his Department has (i) received and processed and (ii) lost in each of the last five years for...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what costs have been incurred by HM Revenue and Customs as a consequence of tax credit cases under investigation by the Financial Ombudsman in each of the...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) in how many cases HM Revenue and Customs and its predecessor (a) imposed a penalty under section 31 of the Tax Credits Act 2003 for making an...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people receiving tax credits were involved in disputes relating to overpayments of benefit in each year since their inception; and how many of...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Government's policy is on recovering tax credit overpayments when the individual has no means to repay the debt.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the budget of the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission will be for (a) enforcement and (b) encouraging voluntary arrangements in...

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much unpaid maintenance was owed by the Child Support Agency to parents with care in each quarter since 2005; how much has been written off...

      Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received council tax benefit in each Government office region in each year since 1996-97; and what the cost of the benefit was...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) permanent civil service posts, (b) permanent non-civil service posts and (c) temporary or agency workers there were in his...

      Departmental Public Participation

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

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to publish the latest Households Below Average Income statistics; what the reasons are for the time taken to publish them; and...

      Departmental Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what projects sponsored by his Department were subject to Gateway reviews in each of the last four years; what status each project was assigned...

      Departmental Translation Services

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

      Electronic Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether mechanisms are in place to monitor the extent to which his Department's (a) internal and (b) external (i) correspondence and (ii)...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 28 April 2008, Official Report, column 42W, on fraud, how many staff in his Department were (a) dismissed and (b)...

      Hazardous Substances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what restrictions on the retail sale of (a) sulphuric acid and (b) other highly corrosive substances there are; and if he will make a statement.

      Income Support: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will exempt lone parents providing full-time home education for their children from the planned requirement that lone parents be...

      Pension Service: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of customer service performance at the Swansea Pension Service Centre; and if he will make a statement.

      Pension Service: Swansea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information his Department holds on (a) sickness, (b) overtime and (c) other staff absence at the Swansea Pension Service Centre in the...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many principal applicant cases were allocated to case resolution teams (CRT) in her Department, broken down by (a) CRT (S), (b) CRT (M)...

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of principal applicant cases allocated to case resolution teams (CRT) in her Department were (a) resolved within the year...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many principal applicant cases resolved in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05, (c) 2005-06, (d) 2006-07 and (e) 2007-08 were given (i)...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make a statement on the progress of the asylum claim of Faith Dziruni of Downswood, Maidstone, Kent.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made in introducing new protocols for judicial review in failed asylum cases.

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reports of suspected child exploitation were received by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) from Bebo in the...

      Community Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which newspapers carried her Department's advertisements relating to neighbourhood policing teams on 31 March 2008; and what the cost to her...

      Crime: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of (a) domestic burglary, (b) vehicle-related thefts, (c) crimes of violence against a person, (d) crimes involving a...

      Departmental Artworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what pieces of artwork valued at over £1,000 were (a) purchased by her Department and (b) transferred to her Department's ownership in...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of Freedom of Information requests received by her Department has given rise to responses that have been published by her...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

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

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) permanent Civil Service posts, (b) permanent non-Civil Service posts and (c) temporary or agency workers in employment in her...

      Foreign Workers: Domestic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment she has made of the likely impact on the human rights of migrant domestic workers of ending the domestic migrant worker...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she will reply to the letter of 11 March 2008 to the Minister of State on the planning application to convert 203-211 London Road,...

      Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 17 March 2008, Official Report, column 806W, on official residences, if she will place in the Library a copy of...

      Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 17 March 2008, Official Report, column 807W, on official residences, what the valuation of the Government House in...

      Political Impartiality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance was given to (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) civil servants in her Department on public communications during...

      Religious Hatred

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) religiously aggravated offences and (b) offences of religious harassment were recorded in each year since the introduction of...

      Smoking

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

      Wouter Basson

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the residency status of Wouter Basson was during the period in which he lived in Berkshire.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of children in families in each income decile lived in (a) two-parent married households and (b) two-adult...

    • Children in Care: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of looked-after children had a known religious affiliation, broken down by affiliation, in the latest...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) by how much Ofsted's inspection fees for child care establishments will increase by 2010; (2) what assessment he has made...

      Children: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when the Child Health Strategy will be published; and what the reasons are for the time taken to publish it.

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children's centres there are in each local authority area; and what funding each local authority has allocated towards...

      Females: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of progress made by Connexions in encouraging girls into non-traditional occupations; and what steps...

      GCE A-Level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many A-level examination scripts were re-marked in 2007.

      Pre-School Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if his Department will collaborate with local authorities to provide guidance to nurseries on the changes likely to occur to the...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to improve access to sport in schools for blind and partially-sighted children.

      Special Educational Needs: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether schools are required to inform parents when their child is identified as having a special educational need; and if he will...

      Sure Start Programme: Communication Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent assessment he has made of the capacity of Sure Start centre staff to help children develop language skills.

      Youth Referral Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many youth referral orders have been issued in each region.

  • Olympics

    • National Lottery: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what proportion of national lottery revenue have been attributable to the Dream Number Olympic Lottery game since that game was launched; and what the...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) apprenticeships and (b) advanced apprenticeships there were in (i) his Department and (ii) the agencies for which he is...

    • Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what consultants have been contracted by his Department to conduct public participation activities in the last three years; and how much...

      Horserace Totalisator Board: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the budgeted financial balance of the Tote is for the financial year 2008-09.

      Horserace Totalisator Board: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the employee headcount of the Tote was on 30 April 2008.

      National Lottery Commission: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the National Lottery Commission spent on conferences in each of the last three years.

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Departmental Carbon Emissions

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

    • Departmental Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether his Department met the Civil Service diversity targets set out on page 51 of Cabinet Office Annual Report 2007 by...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

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

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much his Department spent on (a) written consultations, (b) consultation roadshows and (c) stakeholder focus groups in...

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what consultants have been contracted by his Department to conduct public participation activities in the last three years;...

      Foetal Tissue: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what research on applications of umbilical cord blood his Department and its predecessors have (a) undertaken and (b)...

      Foetal Tissue: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on the Cord Blood Review.

      London Airports

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

      Measurement: Wines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what guidance his Department issues on the sizes of wine glasses used by wine-selling on-trade establishments; and if he will...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether students eligible for the exemption for foundation degrees in the new funding criteria for equivalent or lower...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of his departmental staff have received vocational training.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether any officials in his Department were disciplined or dismissed for (a) alleged breaches of data protection requirements and (b)...

    • Immigration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate he has made of the number of inward migrants to the UK intending to stay for 12 months or more who cited work-related purposes as the...

      Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the average hourly earnings of (a) women and (b) men undertaking part-time (i) manual and (ii) non-manual work was in each of the last five...

      Smoking

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many smoking shelters were built at each of his Department's London buildings in each of the last five years.

      Tracy Temple

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in which Department Ms Tracy Temple works.

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: Bilateral Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development on what occasions bilateral aid has been reduced or interrupted because (a) a partner government had moved significantly away from...

    • Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if his Department will take steps to ensure that the funding of education is part of every humanitarian response.

      India: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the level of child labour in India.

      India: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support his Department has given to educational development projects in India in each of the last three years.

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Business: Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps the Government has taken to reduce businesses' dependency on fossil fuels.

    • Export Credits Guarantee Department: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what plans he has to review the business principles of the Export Credits Guarantee Department; and what progress has...

      Farepak

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when the Companies Investigation Branch expects to receive independent legal advice on its report into Farepak.

      Heating: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many times his Department discussed the proposed labelling of heating systems in the energy-using products...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent representations he has received on the efficacy of the Low Carbon Buildings programme; and if he will make...

      Nuclear Installations Inspectorate: Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he expects the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate to grant consent to operate the MOX plant at Sellafield.

      Oil: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what information he holds on the assumptions and predictions made by (a) each EU country and (b) each G8 country...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many post offices which were not closed as part of the Post Office closure programme have closed since October 2007.

      Post Offices: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which local authorities in Gloucestershire made submissions to the recent restructuring review for post offices.

      Royal Mail: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the value of the investment fund established to support the Royal Mail Pension Plan was at the end of 2007-08.

      Small Businesses: Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what sources of advice and financial support are available to small and medium enterprises seeking to employ solar...

      Solar Energy: Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the potential of space-based installations to harness solar power as an energy source.

      Utilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on which occasions, and related to which matters, his Department has asked regulators of utilities to undertake...

      Wind Power: Scouts and Guides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will meet representatives from Dorset Scouts to discuss the effect on scouting of the location of wind turbines...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Housing Renewal: East Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment she has made of the performance of the East Lancashire housing market renewal pathfinder, Elevate.

    • Cranbrook Development: East Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to provide infrastructure for the proposed Cranbrook development in East Devon.

      Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions she has had with the mortgage industry on the cost of mortgages and likely trends in the number of...

      Traveller Caravans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many Traveller caravans there were in England when the Caravan Sites Act 1968 (a) came into force and (b) was repealed;...

      Empty Properties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made on bringing empty properties back into use since 1997.

      Working Neighbourhoods Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made on the use of the Working Neighbourhoods Fund to tackle worklessness.

      Women Councillors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her response to the report of the Councillors Commission is, with particular reference to means of increasing the number of...

      Local Housing Need

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to ensure future housing projections meet local housing need.

      Rating (Empty Properties) Act 2007

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the impact of the Rating (Empty Properties) Act 2007; and if she will make a statement.

      Inward Migration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made on the development of plans to assist local authorities and housing providers to respond to the...

      Unitary Reorganisation: East Anglia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she next expects to meet representatives of local authorities in East Anglia to discuss unitary reorganisation.

      Eco-towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the potential for eco-towns to contribute to an increase in the supply of housing and affordable...

      Shared Equity Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her assessment is of the role of shared equity ownership in helping people to purchase their first homes.

      Regional Spatial Strategies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable is for the reviews of the regional spatial strategies by regional development agencies.

      Council Dwellings: Colchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many council dwellings have been (a) sold and (b) built in Colchester constituency since May 1997.

      Demolition: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much housing renewal grant funding has been allocated for demolition of properties in each of the housing renewal...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consultancy firms her Department has commissioned work from in the last 12 months, and for what purpose.

      Departmental Equality

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

      Departmental Film

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 21 April 2008, Official Report, column 1392W, on departmental film, what the (a) title and (b)...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent on the most recent redesign and implementation of her Departmental website.

      Departmental Translation Services

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

      Digital Switchover Help Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when her Department began the research into return path usage among the elderly referred to in the minutes of the Emerging...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many times fire and rescue services evacuated residents from their homes in each of the last five years.

      Fire Services: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many inspection visits to each type of premises were made by each fire authority under the provisions of the Regulatory...

      Fire Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many emergency fire control staff are employed in local fire control rooms in each (a) fire authority and (b) region; and...

      Fires: Warehouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects to receive the inquiry report from the Health and Safety Executive and the Metropolitan Police into the fatal...

      Freedom of Religion: UN Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what response she plans to make to the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief's report on her mission to the UK.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to assist first-time buyers with house purchases in the next two years.

      Housing: Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she plans to take to review the implementation of the housing market renewal area partnership business plans agreed...

      London Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many times her Department hired VIP facilities at (a) Heathrow, (b) Gatwick, (c) Luton and (d) Stansted airports in each...

      Michael Clark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will hold discussions with Leeds City Council on the events leading up to its housing of convicted murderer Michael Clark.

      Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) (i) enforcement and (ii) prohibition notices were issued and (b) prosecutions were brought by fire authorities...

      Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her most recent estimate is of the number of rough sleepers.

      Smoking

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

      Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people were living in hostels at the most recent date for which figures are available.

  • Justice

    • Chelmsford Prison: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of (a) remand and (b) sentenced prisoners in HMP Chelmsford tested positive for illegal drugs in each of the last five years.

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether any officials in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies were disciplined or dismissed for (i) breaches of data protection requirements and...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department plans to spend on public relations in 2008-09.

      Departmental Public Participation

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

      Domestic Violence: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how much funding from receipts from the victims surcharge was awarded to charitable and voluntary groups who work with victims of domestic violence...

      Domestic Violence: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) by what means charitable and voluntary groups in the domestic violence and domestic abuse sector are able to apply for funding from the victims...

      Infant Life (Preservation) Act 1929: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) males and (b) females were (i) prosecuted and (ii) convicted of an offence under the Infant Life (Preservation) Act 1929, broken down by...

      Infant Life (Preservation) Act 1929: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average sentence was for a person convicted of an offence under the Infant Life (Preservation) Act 1929 in each of the last 10 years; and if he...

      Legal Profession: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of trends in the levels of remuneration of counsel at the private Bar defending prosecutions brought by the Crown Prosecution...

      National Identity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what events are scheduled as part of the Government's consultation on a British Statement of Values; (2) what steps he is taking to formulate a...

      National Identity: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what payments have been made to external organisations in respect of the development of a British Statement of Values since 3 July 2007.

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the Answer of 2 April 2008, Official Report, column 1061W, on deportation: offenders, what further progress has been made on prisoner...

      Police Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 6 May 2008, Official Report, column 789W, on police custody, how many police forces were under agreement to participate in...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 30 April 2008, Official Report, column 521W, on young offender institutions, if he will publish the average number of hours of...

      Prisons: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he is considering introducing a Titan prison (a) in Basildon district and (b) in south Essex; and when a decision will be taken.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what training judges receive on consistency in sentencing; what steps he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to encourage consistency in...

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what (a) recent representations he has received from and (b) discussions he has had with the police on sentencing policy; and if he will make a statement.

      Young Offenders: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of (a) male and (b) female young offenders aged between 10 to 17 years entered custody with (i) a drug misuse problem, (ii) an alcohol...

      Young Offenders: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) male and (b) female offenders aged 10 to 17 years have been assessed as having (i) dyslexia, (ii) dyspraxia, (iii) a speech and language...

      Young Offenders: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what provision has been commissioned by the Youth Justice Board for young offenders in the North West under the age of 18 considered suitable for an open...

      Young Offenders: Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) male and (b) female young offenders aged 10 to 17 years old were held within an adult prison in the last 12 months.

  • House of Lords

    • Advertising: Internet

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any official or Minister in the Home Office has offered written or oral advice to any executive of the company Phorm as to the legality of their targeted...

    • Agriculture: Sheep

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in the light of the fuel costs of incinerating dead sheep and the Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee report that the likelihood of BSE in sheep...

      Crime: Homophobic Offences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the guidance currently given to the police on the investigation of alleged homophobic offences under the Public Order Act 1986 is satisfactory.

      Elections: Labour Party Deputy Leadership

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will discuss with the Metropolitan Police delays in the investigation of the late reporting of financial contributions in connection with the election...

      Energy: North Sea Oil

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their current estimate of the total revenue from North Sea oil; and what is their estimate of the division of that revenue between Scotland and England.

      EU: Parliamentary Scrutiny

      asked the Leader of the House: Further to the Written Answers by Lord Malloch-Brown on 10 March (WA 200), 12 March (WA 231) and 6 May (WA 49-50), whether she will propose to the House that the...

      EU: Savings Directive

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Statement by Lord Davies of Oldham on 3 April (WS 123-25), which countries outside the European Union have come into the framework of the...

      Fishing: Obstruction of Government Agents

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why Article 12 (obstruction of officers) of the Sea Fishing (Prohibition on the Removal of Shark Fins) Order 2007 (SI 2007/2554) does not include provision for a...

      Food

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to the retail industry to ensure that front-of-shop displays of food and confectionery contain less junk food and food...

      Gold

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What sales of gold from the government reserves have been made since the beginning of 2005; and in respect of each sale, what was (a) the date, (b) the quantity,...

      Health: Pharmaceutical Price Regulation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the conclusions of the 2005 consultation on the "reimbursement of 'standard' branded generic medicines" have been taken into consideration during the...

      House of Lords: Nominations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are their intentions as regards the nomination of new peers pending reform of the House of Lords.

      Immigration: Failed Asylum Seekers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 12 May (HL3321), whether it conforms with their policy for certain failed asylum seekers to be kept in...

      Immigration: Indefinite Leave to Remain

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the applications of Shabir Karim (K257700) and Shamira Karim (K1194365) for indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom, filed in November 2004, have yet...

      Local Government: Leisure Facilities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What rules exist for the procurement of local authority leisure facilities; and who sets those rules.

      Local Government: Leisure Facilities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why leisure and culture has been removed from the comprehensive performance assessment of local authorities.

      NHS: Trainers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the national evaluation process to measure the effectiveness of the National Health Service health trainers initiative has been set up; and, if so, what...

      NHS: Trainers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they have taken to measure the performance of the National Health Service health trainers initiative.

      NHS: Trainers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the numbers of qualified health trainers working in different primary care trust areas.

      Northern Ireland: Former Paramilitary Weapons

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In Northern Ireland whether all the former paramilitary weapons now in their possession have been examined for DNA.

      Northern Ireland: Murder Prosecutions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many murders of police officers in Northern Ireland since 1970 are currently being reinvestigated by the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

      Northern Ireland: Murder Prosecutions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 22 April (WA 285-86) concerning the murders of Ulster Defence Regiment and Royal Irish Regiment members, in what...

      Police: Murder

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many members of the police force were murdered in London over the past 10 years; and in how many cases there were convictions.

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals there are to restructure the police service in County Armagh and reduce the number of police stations; whether any decisions have been taken and by...

      Public Spending: Scotland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which areas of current public expenditure in Scotland are not covered by the Barnett formula.

      Public Spending: Scotland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the total current public expenditure in Scotland in the past year; and what is the division between expenditure covered by the Barnett formula and...

      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 Cabinet Office on the drafting of Answers to Questions for Written Answer in the...

      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 Children, Schools and Families on the drafting of Answers to...

      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 Innovation, Universities and Skills on the drafting of Answers to...

      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 Northern Ireland Office on the drafting of Answers to Questions for Written Answer...

      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 Her Majesty's Treasury on the drafting of Answers to Questions for Written Answer in the...

      Railways: Franchises

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In respect of the rail franchise change of control policy statement issued on 28 March (a) which organisations were consulted on the proposals; (b) on what basis...

      Religious Freedom

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many complaints of harassment or serious harm have been made by persons leaving the Muslim faith or converting to other religions in recent years; and whether...

      Shipping: Tonnage Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will maintain the existing tonnage tax system for the British shipping industry.

      Stateless People

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ensure that stateless people and those living in internationally unrecognised entities are fully considered when applying for scholarships, other...

      Taxation: Income Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many taxpayers have gained from (a) the removal of the 10p tax band; and (b) the reduction of the base rate to 20p; and How many single men and women are...

      Taxation: Inheritance Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the annual gift level of £250 per donee for inheritance tax was first set; and at what level it would now be if it had been uprated in line with inflation.

      Taxation: Top Rates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord McKenzie of Luton on 2 August 2005 (WA 87-88), whether they will publish in the same form the top rate of direct tax on...

      Transport: Oil Prices

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What estimates of the price of oil have been used by the Department for Transport in drawing up rail and road policies.

      Waterways: Nitrate Pollution

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much nitrate pollution in watercourses is caused by nitrates dissolved in falling rainwater.

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