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Written answers

Wednesday, 21 May 2008

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Assessments: Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the year 9 absence rate was in each of the schools which reported an absence rate of 5 per cent. or more in respect of key...

    • Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what percentage of children in the care system are from ethnic minorities; (2) how many children were adopted in (a)...

      Children: Day-care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to ensure childcare providers have security of funding for the duration of study courses being...

      Children: Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of trends in the numbers of children diagnosed as (a) obese and (b) morbidly obese; and if he will...

      Pre-School Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the take-up rate of the early years education entitlement in each local authority for the most recent...

      Pre-School Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much and what proportion of the Graduate Leader Fund has been spent; and what guidance has been given to local authorities...

      Schools: Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of children in maintained schools who have access to computers at school.

      Schools: Cricket

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of support for cricket in state schools.

      Youth Services: Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding in real terms his Department and its predecessors have provided to Lancashire county council for youth services...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of UK-born British passport-holding students refused access to concessionary rates of...

    • Students: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many undergraduates qualified for maintenance grants of (a) £2,765, (b) £2,417, (c) £1,548, (d)...

  • Women and Equality

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality when in 2008 the Government Equalities Office will be the subject of an equal pay audit.

    • Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what work has been conducted by the Government Equalities Office on (a) race, (b) age, (c) sex and (d) disability discrimination since its...

      Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps she plans to take to promote good practice in employment opportunity through the report and list of good employers recently published by the...

      Prostitution: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what estimate she has made of the number of women working as sex workers in the UK whose countries of origin are (a) other EU member states and (b)...

  • Solicitor-General

    • DNA: International Cooperation

      To ask the Solicitor-General pursuant to the answer of 12 March 2008, Official Report, column 387W, on DNA: international cooperation, when the Crown Prosecution Service inquiry into the lost...

    • Public Prosecution Service: Londonderry

      To ask the Solicitor-General what progress has been made on the (a) plans and (b) timescale for the opening of the regional office of the Public Prosecution Service in Derry; what the proposed...

      Public Prosecution Service: Newry

      To ask the Solicitor-General what progress has been made on the (a) plans and (b) timescale for the opening of the regional office of the Public Prosecution Service in Newry; and if she will...

      Television: Telephone Services

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will refer to the Serious Fraud Office recent allegations of television broadcaster misconduct in the use of premium rate telephone services in viewer...

      Television: Telephone Services

      To ask the Solicitor-General whether the Serious Fraud Office plans to investigate the recent cases of television broadcaster misconduct in the use of premium rate telephone services in viewer...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts: 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 artistic links between the United Kingdom and Israel; and if he will make...

    • Cultural Heritage: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether he has powers to invoke legal measures to protect historic sea or river vessels where a registered owner does not demonstrate a...

      Departmental Orders and Regulations

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

      Gambling: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with (a) the European Commission and (b) other EU member states on the effect of US law on EU business...

      Gambling: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with the Indian Government on the effect of US law on the operation of UK businesses in the online gambling...

      Gambling: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what restrictions apply to US companies in the UK online gambling sector; and what assessment he has made of the development of online...

  • Prime Minister

    • China: Earthquakes

      To ask the Prime Minister what message he sent to the Government of China following the earthquake in Chongqing.

    • Dalai Lama

      To ask the Prime Minister what the reasons are for the choice of venue for his forthcoming meeting with the Dalai Lama.

      Ministerial Policy Advisers: Data Protection

      To ask the Prime Minister whether the data held by special advisers are the responsibility of the (a) Permanent Secretary of each Government Department or (b) Cabinet Secretary for the purposes...

  • Olympics

    • Olympic Games 2012: Education

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what discussions she has had with (a) the London Development Agency and (b) the Olympic Delivery Authority on the educational legacy of the 2012 Olympic...

    • Olympic Games 2012: Education

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics whether the 2012 Olympic games one planet pavilion will have an educational focus; and if she will make a statement.

  • Wales

    • Scotland Office and Northern Ireland Office: Co-ordination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether he has had discussions with the Secretaries of State for Scotland and Northern Ireland on the co-ordination of the work of his Department, the...

    • Post Office Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on the post office network in Wales.

      Housing Market Trends

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made of the effects of trends in the housing market in Wales on the Welsh economy.

      Children's Commissioners for Wales and England: Co-ordination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with Welsh Assembly Government Ministers on the co-ordination of the work of the Children's Commissioners for Wales and...

      North East Wales: Contribution to UK Economy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made of the contribution of north-east Wales to the UK economy.

      Joint Ministerial Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what progress has been made in reinvigorating the Joint Ministerial Committee; and if he will make a statement.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with Ministers in the Welsh Assembly Government on levels of unemployment in Wales.

  • Transport

    • Shipping: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress the Council of Ministers has made on a common framework for the permanent exclusion by member states of vessels in repeated breach of EU...

    • Shipping: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the progress made by EU member states on implementing the provisions of the Erika II legislative package enabling the...

      Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she has had with the European Commission on the work of the CURACAO User Group; whether she has allocated resources to the project in...

      Transport Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason the methodology used in the New Approach to Transport Appraisal treats a decision by an individual to leave his or her vehicle at home...

  • Treasury

    • Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 26 November 2007, Official Report, column 47W, on capital gains tax, if he will estimate the revenue implications of taxing...

    • Child Tax Credit Helpline

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how long the standard training period for staff joining the Child Tax Credits Helpline service is.

      Child Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how long on average it takes for his Department to process an application for child tax credit.

      Council Tax: Wales

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total cost was of salaries for (a) permanent civil service posts, (b) permanent non-civil service posts and (c) temporary or agency workers in...

      Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimated cost would be of reintroducing the 10 pence tax band with effect from the beginning of the 2008-09 financial year.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letter of 12 March from the hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham on the small and medium enterprises threshold for the...

      Revenue and Customs: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many full-time equivalent staff of HM Revenue and Customs have had forensic accounting duties in each year since 2001.

      Shares: Sales Methods

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the Financial Services Authority on illegal share sales by boiler room operations; and if he will make a statement.

      Trusts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate how many trusts became resident in the UK as a result of the trust modernisation programme changes effected on 6 April 2007.

      Valuation Office: Surveys

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the Valuation Office Agency's most recent staff survey.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether requests for TC647 forms are recorded by the Tax Credit Office or HM Revenue and Customs; how many TC647 forms were sent to tax credit claimants in...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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...

  • Defence

    • Apprentices

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

    • Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what dates since 1992 his Department has undertaken studies into the potential damage to hearing from prolonged driving of armoured vehicles.

      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 cap badge will be of the 250...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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 Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of the Ministry of Defence quarterly performance reports from each year since 1997.

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of the helicopter fleet is (a) in service, (b) in the forward fleet and (c) fit for purpose, broken down by (i) service...

      Military Bases: Long Marston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Royal Engineer Depot at Long Marston was sold; what price was received; and whether there was a development uplift clause in the sale contract...

      Navy: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on whose authority a Royal Navy maintenance team was recently sent to Dubai; for what reasons it did not complete its scheduled job; and what the cost was.

      Radioactive Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many used fuel cores from naval reactors are stored at (a) the Naval Reactor Test Establishment at Dounreay, (b) Devonport Dockyard, (c) Rosyth...

      RAF Weston on the Green

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department plans to sell RAF Weston on the Green to Parkridge Holdings if proposals for the Weston Otmoor eco-town proceed; and if he will...

      Smoking

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

      UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of his speech delivered at the launch of the UKTI Defence and Security Organisation at Lancaster House on 8 May 2008.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Equality

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

    • Prisoners: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many foreign nationals were sentenced to a term of imprisonment in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Prisoners: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many foreign nationals were sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 12 months or more in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what resources he is providing for the Probation Service of Northern Ireland following the entry into force of the Criminal Justice (Northern...

      Public Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 1 May 2008, Official Report, columns 625-6W, on public inquiries, what the cost of (a) the Saville Inquiry, (b)...

      Security Guards: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether a person with a conviction for membership of a proscribed paramilitary organisation in Northern Ireland has been granted a licence to...

      Young Offenders: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many females between the ages of 10 and 17 years were prosecuted in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years for which figures are...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what new resources she plans to make available to local authorities to assist the delivery of extended community empowerment...

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether any officials in (a) her Department and (b) its agencies were disciplined or dismissed for (i) alleged breaches of...

      Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which 10 local authorities have the (a) highest and (b) lowest levels of deprivation; and if she will make a statement.

      Homelessness: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what recent steps the Government have taken to reduce youth homelessness; (2) what recent steps the Government have taken...

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the capability of UK manufacturers to supply technologies required to (a) construct and (b)...

      Housing: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effect of the credit crunch on (a) the borrowing power of housing associations and (b) the...

      Infrastructure Planning Commission: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what regard the Infrastructure Planning Commission will have to the provisions of the European Directives on (a) Ambient Air...

      Infrastructure Planning Commission: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what regard she will have to relevant (a) expertise and (b) knowledge in making appointments to the proposed Infrastructure...

      Landfill Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Government paid to local authorities as a landfill tax rebate in each year since 2003.

      Local Authorities: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department has taken to assist local authorities to meet the increased fees payable in public law care proceedings.

      Local Government Finance: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what mechanisms her Department has in place to monitor local authorities' expenditure of funding allocated through local...

      Local Government Task Force: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information her Department holds on the expenses of board members of the Local Government Task Force.

      Regional Planning and Development: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reason hon. Members for constituencies in the East of England were not informed of the (a) launch and (b) publication...

      Regional Planning and Development: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which persons were advised of the date of (a) launch and (b) publication of the East of England plan prior to 12 May 2008; who...

      Social Rented Housing: Evictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many possession actions were brought by registered social landlords (RSLs) in England under the Housing Act 1988 in each...

      Social Rented Housing: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which 20 foreign nationalities obtained the most social housing tenancies in each year since information on nationality in...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Admiralty House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 22 April 2008, Official Report, column 1969W, on Admiralty House, what the cost to the public purse...

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the length of time an individual accepted for the Gateway resettlement programme will wait before...

      Eritrea: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the safety of refugees returned to Eritrea.

      Iraq: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether Iraqis formerly employed by the British government are excluded from resettlement under the Locally Employed Staff...

      Iraq: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which occupations constitute a similarly skilled or professional role necessitating the regular use of written or spoken English...

      Iraq: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether Iraqi citizens (a) serving and (b) employed formerly by the British Government in Iraq are eligible for one of the...

      Iraq: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether former Iraqi employees of the British Government who have been rejected by the Gateway programme will be offered a...

      Iraq: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether former Iraqi interpreters and their families accepted onto the Locally Employed Staff Assistance scheme will receive the...

      Iraq: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how long Iraqi interpreters accepted on to the Locally Employed Staff Assistance scheme have waited on average before...

      Iraq: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many former Iraqi employees have been admitted to the UK under the Locally Employed Staff Assistance scheme.

      Iraq: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many applicants under the Locally Employed Staff Assistance scheme were awaiting determination of their applications for...

      Iraq: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the degree of risk faced by former Iraqi employees is relevant to (a) admittance to the locally employed staff...

      Iraq: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether Iraqi nationals who are serving employees of the British Government in Iraq who apply for resettlement under the locally...

      Iraq: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many places have been allocated to date under the locally employed staff assistance scheme for Iraqi refugees in third countries.

      Iraq: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether dependants of successful applicants to the Locally Employed Staff Assistance Scheme will count towards the total of 600...

      Iraq: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what criteria his Department uses to prioritise applications received under the locally employed staff assistance scheme.

      Iraq: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the management of applicants who qualify for the Gateway programme but apply after the 600 places on the...

      Iraq: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many applications have been received under the Locally Employed Staff Assistance Scheme; how many have been rejected; and...

      Iraq: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many of those former employees of the British Government in Iraq accepted under the Locally Employed Staff Assistance Scheme...

      Iraq: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the time required to process and determine all applications under the Locally Employed Staff...

      Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what guidance his Department issued to (a) UK-registered and (b) Royal Navy ships operating in or passing through areas where...

      Sudan: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the safety of non-Arab ethnic Darfuris in Khartoum.

      UN Convention on Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which people have been nominated by the Government for the UN Committee on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of...

  • International Development

    • Africa: Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the cost to the public purse will be of the provision of the recently announced 20 million bed nets to tackle malaria in Africa;...

    • Africa: Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which individuals and organisations were consulted prior to the Prime Minister's announcement of the provision of 20 million bed nets...

      Africa: Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which organisations his Department plans to work with in distributing bed nets to tackle malaria in Africa; what steps his Department...

      Apprentices

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

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many (a) permanent civil service posts, (b) permanent non-civil service posts and (c) temporary or agency workers in employment...

      Departmental Public Participation

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

      Departmental Public Participation

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

      Departmental Translation Services

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

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent representations he has received on his Department's (a) expenditure and (b) policy on tackling HIV/AIDS in the developing...

      Disaster Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what performance indicators his Department uses to measure the effectiveness of its response in providing emergency relief aid...

      Disaster Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with which companies his Department has contracts to supply air freight services in response to humanitarian needs caused by natural...

      Disaster Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with which companies his Department has a contract or contracts to supply emergency relief including food, waste purification and tents...

      Disaster Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what performance measures his Department includes in contracts with companies supplying and freighting UK Government emergency aid...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Children: Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people who will be affected by the proposal in the Child Maintenance and Other Payments Bill, if...

    • Cost of Living: Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the change in living costs for pensioners in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the percentage of eligible (a) households and (b) pensioner households which claimed council tax benefit in each...

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what checks are in place to ensure inappropriately signed print is not used in letters issued to his Department's clients with visual impairment.

      Fire Prevention: Public Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions (a) he and (b) the Health and Safety Executive have had with local authorities and the construction industry on fire...

      Fylde

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many full-time equivalent staff (a) were employed by each of his business directorates in Fylde in each of the last four years and...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects the review into the rules on periods of study allowed by those on jobseekers allowance to be completed and published.

      London Airports

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

      Pension Service: Swansea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what work has been transferred from other centres to the Pension Service Centre in Swansea since 2005.

      Pensioners: Cost of Living

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of living for pensioner households in each year since 1997.

      Pensioners: Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of pensioners had a net annual income of (a) up to £5,200, (b) £5,200 to £10,400, (c) £10,400 to...

      Personal Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has had from the Personal Accounts Delivery Authority on the level of charges on personal accounts.

      Smoking

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

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has commissioned KPMG to undertake a feasibility study to assess options available for the reform of the system of...

      Social Security Benefits: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of (a) disability living allowance care component, (b) incapacity benefits, (c) state pension and (d) bereavement benefits...

      UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what reservations the Government plans to enter against the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities prior to its ratification.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to streamline the delivery of Pillar 2 monies under the Common Agricultural Policy.

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress the Rural Payments Agency is making towards its targets of (a) making 96.14 per cent. of payments under the...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Rural Payments Agency on recent trends in the rates of payments under the 2007 Single...

      Beekeeping: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department has commissioned into beekeeping and bee health in each year since 2001; what research he plans...

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the value of the contribution honey bees made to the agricultural economy in the last 12 months.

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to monitor and control foul brood diseases in bees.

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research he is funding on tropilaelaps; and if he will make a statement.

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research was commissioned by his Department on biogas production in (a) England and (b) Wales in each year since 2000.

      BSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cases of BSE were recorded in UK herds in (a) 2004, (b) 2005, (c) 2006 and (d) 2007.

      Canvey Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions his Department has had with the Environment Agency on the effect of additional development on Canvey Island...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what timetable he has set for announcing the strategy to reduce UK carbon emissions to the levels proposed in the Climate...

      Carbon Emissions: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 21 April 2008, Official Report, column 1357, on carbon emissions: nuclear power stations, what...

      Construction: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how the carbon footprint of government-funded construction projects is assessed; and what guidance his Department issues on...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether any officials in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies were disciplined or dismissed for (i) alleged breaches of...

      Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what bio-security measures are in place at airports and ports to prevent the importation of animal diseases from abroad; and...

      Environment Agency: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the Environment Agency spent on its internal communications conference in 2007; how much of that total was accounted...

      Fisheries: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information he holds on the levels of fuel subsidy provided to fishing fleets in other EU member states; and if he will...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward proposals to update and consolidate legislation on flood prevention and protection in a single Act.

      Flood Control: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations he has received on the implementation of the European Floods Directive 2007; what the timetable...

      Flood Control: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the foundation degree training programme in flood risk management; how many people (a) have...

      Genetically Modified Organisms: Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the status is of the GM crops (a) hybrid maize (i) MON863 x MON810, (ii) MON863 x NK603 and (iii) MON863 x MON810 x...

      Genetically Modified Organisms: Trees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what releases of genetically modified (GM) eucalyptus trees were made under release consents 93/R6/1 and 93/R6/2 by Shell...

      Ground Water: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) assessment he has made of risks and (b) estimate he has made of levels of contamination of groundwater; which 10...

      Reservoirs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to assess the effectiveness of reservoir safety legislation; and if he will make a statement.

      Seas and Oceans: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs by what means his Department plans to transpose the EU Marine Strategy Directive into UK law; what timetable has been set for...

      Tobacco: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 12 May 2008, Official Report, columns 1341-2W, on tobacco: EU grants and loans, what steps he is...

  • Justice

    • Airguns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average fine imposed on persons under 18 years convicted of purchasing or hiring an air weapon under the Firearms Act 1968 was in each of the...

    • Appeals: Central Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many times the Government have sought leave to appeal to the House of Lords from (a) the Court of Appeal and (b) the House of Lords itself in each...

      Departmental Orders and Regulations

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

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether any officials in his Department were disciplined or dismissed for illicit drug taking in each of the last five years.

      Electoral Register: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were convicted of falsifying information given on an electoral registration form in the most recent 24 month period for which figures are...

      Judges: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation regulates the appointment of judges; what changes have been made since enactment; what further changes...

      London Airport

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

      Open Prisons: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners in open jails did not complete relevant offender programmes in the closed prison estate in the most recent period for which figures...

      Parole

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases the Parole Board considered in each of the last 10 years; how many and what proportion of offenders were granted oral hearings in each of...

      Powers of Attorney

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many applications for lasting power of attorney have been declared invalid since the inception of the Office of the Public Guardian; for what...

      Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of those convicted of rape were aged (a) 10 to 15, (b) 16 to 18, (c) 19 to 25, (d) 26 to 30 and (e) over 30 years in...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders sentenced for violence against the person, sexual offences or robbery in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available had...

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of those offenders sentenced for violence against the person, sexual offences or robbery received (a) a custodial sentence...

      Thorn Cross Young Offenders Institute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Thorn Cross Young Offenders Institute Fire Cadet scheme run in partnership with Cheshire fire...

      Voting Rights: Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which Commonwealth countries give UK citizens who are resident in those countries full voting rights.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to answer Question (a) 194386, (b) 194387 and (c) 194388 on legal aid, tabled on 13 March 2008.

      Young Offenders: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) male and (b) female offenders aged 10 to 17-years-old gained one or more (i) GCSE, (ii) AS Level, (iii) NVQ, (iv) BTEC and (v) other...

      Young Offenders: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) male and (b) female offenders aged 10 to 17 years began (i) GCSE, (ii) AS Level, (iii) A Level, (iv) NVQ, (v) BTEC and (vi) apprenticeship...

  • Health

    • Apprentices

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

    • Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people transferred from residential accommodation into supported living in the latest period for which figures...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

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

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (a) how many and (b) what value of contracts his Department had with (i) Delib and (ii) Team Rubber in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Domestic Visits

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

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 29 February 2008, Official Report, column 1972W, on departmental ICT, how many of the missing or stolen (a) laptops, (b)...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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...

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many respondents took part in each consultation held by his Department in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of working days lost by his Department's staff was attributed to stress-related conditions in the most recent year for which figures are...

      Doctors: Career Structure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many Foundation Year 1 and Year 2 training places are available for (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10; how many junior doctors have applied for...

      Doctors: Career Structure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Foundation Year 1 training places there will be in each of the next 10 years; and what estimate he has made of the number of junior doctors who...

      Doctors: Career Structure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many training places for doctors in 2008-09 will be (a) temporary and (b) fixed term.

      Doctors: Career Structure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many training places for doctors in 2009-10 will be reserved for candidates not appointed in 2008-09.

      Doctors: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether junior doctors' salaries will be banded in 2008-09 and 2009-10.

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people received treatment for heroin abuse in (a) Cornwall, (b) the South West and (c) England in each year since 1979.

      Essex

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

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of the datasets on road distance to a GP surgery, for lower layer super output areas, provided by the National...

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which products have been assessed by the Rapid Review Panel since 2003; and which level of recommendation each one received.

      Medical Equipment: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total NHS spend on medical supplies and equipment has been in each year since 2000; and if he will make a statement.

      National Child Health Immunisation Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library the minutes of the 15 October 2007 meeting of the National Child Health Immunisation Board.

      NHS Information Centre: Grayling Political Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what payments the NHS Information Centre made to Grayling Political Strategy in each of the last five years; and on what dates and for what purpose the...

      NHS: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what products and treatments, used for infection control or cleaning purposes in NHS facilities, have been reviewed by the Rapid Review Panel since...

      NHS: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish the findings of the evaluation of room cleaning for MRSA using vaporised hydrogen peroxide decontamination technology along with...

      NHS: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many submissions the Rapid Review Panel has received to its review of products to aid cleanliness and fight infections in the NHS; when each...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will establish a separate medicines appraisal system for ultra-orphan drugs; and if he will make a statement; (2) with reference to the...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much Mid Essex primary care trust received per capita in the latest period for which figures are available; (2) what the average level of per...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been allocated to be spent per head of population to primary care trusts in (a) England, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) North...

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 9th May 2008, Official Report, column 1260W, on the NHS: information and communications technology, whether the reset process...

      NHS: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recommendations (a) his Department and (b) the National Patient Safety Agency has made to the NHS on hand infection control against the spread of...

      NHS: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has had with foreign counterparts on methods for tackling MRSA.

      NHS: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many products were recommended to his Department by the Rapid Review Panel for (a) development for use in the NHS and (b) for trial in an NHS...

      NHS: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health under what circumstances a product or treatment may bypass a Rapid Review Panel assessment; and which (a) products and (b) treatments did so in each of...

      NHS: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was recovered by hospitals from insurers towards the cost of treatment of persons injured in road accidents in each of the last five years for...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average time was for a claim for clinical negligence against his Department to be resolved in (a) the latest period for which figures are...

      NHS: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of contracts in the NHS were awarded to non-British companies in each of the last five years; and what the value of these contracts was.

      NHS: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS student bursaries have been granted in the last five years; how many were granted to students from outside the EU; and how many people in...

      NHS: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the Answer of 22nd March 2007, Official Report, columns 1141-2W, on NHS: working hours, what monitoring of NHS readiness his Department...

      Nutrition: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on NHS weight management programmes was in each primary care trust in each of the last three years.

      Patient Choice Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the operation of the Choose and Book system in South East London.

      Solvents: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of incidents of volatile substance abuse arising from the sale of butane cigarette lighter fuel in the latest...

  • Home Department

    • 2 Marsham Street: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent on the refurbishment, repair and redecoration of 2 Marsham Street in the last two years.

    • Alcohol Disorder Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations she has received on the establishment of alcohol disorder zones; and when such zones are planned to become...

      Alcohol Disorder Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made on the introduction of alcohol disorder zones; and if she will make a statement.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department further to the Prime Minister's comments on tackling binge drinking at her press conference on 28 January, what powers are available to local...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what figures her Department holds on levels of binge drinking among people aged (a) under 16, (b) 16 to 24 and (c) over 24 years.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what recent steps the Government have taken to tackle persistent antisocial behaviour offenders; (2) what recent steps the Government...

      Armed Forces: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions the Visiting Forces Act 1952 was invoked to prevent prosecution of US military personnel under UK law in each year...

      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 My Space...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

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

      Departmental Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department has taken to encourage volunteering among its employees in the last three years.

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many attempts to deport people to (a) Libya, (b) Algeria and (c) Jordan have failed in the last five years.

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she and Ministers in her Department have had with the police and the Association of Chief Police Officers on proposals for a...

      Drugs: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the countries of origin of illegal drugs imported into the UK were in (a) 1997 and (b) 2007, giving the percentage of illegal imports...

      Entry Clearances: Criminal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of those with (a) permanent and (b) temporary visas to reside in the UK have a criminal record.

      Entry Clearances: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many multiple entry visitor visas were issued to citizens of Pakistan in each year since 1997.

      Forensic Science Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what evaluation of the options for the future of the Forensic Science Service has been undertaken; who was commissioned to undertake the...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations she has received on changes to the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants etc.) Act 2004 which may be required...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether the identity card will hold details of eligibility for NHS care; (2) what links she has considered between the identity card...

      Immigration: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many spouses of UK citizens from Pakistan left the marital home within two years and (a) were deported, (b) were granted leave to...

      Immobilisation of Vehicles: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has commissioned research into the effect of banning wheelclamping on private land in Scotland.

      Licensed Premises: Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 16 January 2008, Official Report, column 1302W, on licensed premises: non-domestic rates, what estimate her...

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on supermarkets which sell alcoholic liquor and their obligations under the implementation of alcohol action zones; and if...

      Parking Offences: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many parking tickets were issued by police community support officers in (a) Adur District Council, (b) Arun District Council, (c)...

      Police: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidelines her Department has issued to police forces on their use of common IT software programmes to facilitate information sharing;...

      Police: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what IT software programmes are used by each police force to deal with (a) enforcement of licensing laws, (b) vehicle crime and (c)...

      Road Traffic Offences: Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fixed penalties were issued to cyclists who contravened road safety laws in (a) England and (b) Manchester Central constituency in...

      Road Traffic: Census

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason police officers are conducting a traffic census on Rochester Row and Warwick Way, London SW1 during May 2008; what the census...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of staff in her Department work on the (a) Pursue, (b) Protect and (c) Prepare strands of the Contest counter-terrorism...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been (a) arrested and (b) charged over the failed car bomb attacks on London and Glasgow in June 2007.

      Unfair Practices: Sales Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with the City of London Police on illegal share sales by boiler room operations; and if she will make a...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she will answer question 182216, tabled by the right hon. Member for Haltemprice and Howden on 22 January 2008, on websites shut down...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she will answer question 183418, tabled by the right hon. Member for Haltemprice and Howden on 28 January 2008, on Project Contest; and...

  • House of Lords

    • Airports: Heathrow

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they plan to provide separate facilities for detained men and women in the holding room of short-term holding facilities in terminal 3 of Heathrow Airport.

    • Airports: Heathrow

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements they have made to ensure that detainees in the short-term holding facilities at Heathrow Airport are able to make the free telephone call to...

      Airports: Heathrow

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many detainees in the past six months waited more than eight hours for transportation from the short-term holding facilities at Heathrow Airport to Yarl's Wood...

      Armed Forces: Director of Service Prosecutions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who were on the panel that selected the new Director of Service Prosecutions.

      Aviation: Refusal to Carry Passengers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In what circumstances and on what grounds staff of BAA are entitled to instruct airlines to refuse to carry passengers; at what level such decisions are made; and...

      Bees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will allocate £8 million over five years from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs's contingency fund specifically for research...

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 25 April (WA 324), why it costs £735 to be registered as a British citizen.

      Burma: Cyclone Nargis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to the Government of Burma to postpone the referendum scheduled to be held on 10 May because of the devastation caused by...

      Care Services: Children

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have identified specialist authorities with appropriate procedures and services for unaccompanied children who are suspected of being trafficked and...

      Care Services: Farming

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they will take to support the National Care Farming Initiative in its efforts to expand its database.

      China: Submarine Base

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the implications of the reported new Chinese submarine base.

      Climate Change

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Over the past year (a) how much money has been raised by the climate change levy; (b) what the cost of this levy has been per individual household; and (c) what...

      Common Agricultural Policy: Single Farm Payment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many single farm payments are outstanding for the years 2005 and 2006; and what proportion of the 2007 payments have been made.

      Courts: Young Witnesses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to avoid trauma for young witnesses by enabling them to give testimony to courts through video links.

      e-Borders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will set out the timetable for the incorporation of "authority to carry" within the United Kingdom's e-Borders programme; and when they expect full...

      e-Borders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will set out a timetable for the incorporation of "other passenger information" (OPI) data within the United Kingdom's e-Borders programme; and when...

      e-Borders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consultations they have had with the Governments of Australia and New Zealand with regard to the technologies they have employed to operate their authority to...

      Health: Shipman Inquiry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 25 March (WA 81) concerning the reports of the Shipman inquiry, what steps have been taken to implement...

      Immigration: Language Capability

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) what standard of spoken or written English, if any, is required for entry for settlement in the United Kingdom by individuals who can show assets of...

      Justice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any proposals to alter the laws protecting the right to liberty and security; if so, when; and whether they will (a) abolish the detention of...

      Pre-Budget Report: North Sea

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What revenues (if any) accrue from the North Sea in addition to those in table B8 in the 2007 Pre-Budget Report (Cm 7227).

      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 Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 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 Scotland 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 Transport on the drafting of Answers to Questions for Written Answer...

      Roads: Safe Use

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What will be the content of the foundation course in safe road use to be piloted in Scotland, announced on May 7.

      Roads: Safe Use

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the likely take-up of the foundation course in safe road use to be piloted in Scotland.

      Roads: Safe Use

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What timetable they envisage for the extension throughout Great Britain of the foundation course in safe road use to be piloted in Scotland.

      Taxation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of an individual's annual income currently goes on direct taxes and national insurance, at earnings of (a) £10,000, (b) £20,000, (c)...

      Upper Earnings Limit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What additional revenues would be generated by the removal of the upper earnings limit.

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