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Written answers

Thursday, 22 May 2008

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Official Hospitality

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

    • Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cash equivalent transfer value is of the public sector pensions of the 10 highest paid members of staff in his Department and its...

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 7 May 2008, Official Report, column 930W, on departmental public participation, how much each (a) survey, (b)...

      Departmental Translation Services

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

  • Women and Equality

    • Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what (a) surveys, (b) questionnaires and (c) other services were provided by polling companies for the Government Equalities Office in financial year...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will break down the most recent number of apprenticeships by (a) region, (b) industrial sector, (c) sex and (d)...

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) apprenticeships and (b) advanced apprenticeships there were in (i) his Department and (ii) the agencies for...

      Apprentices: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many apprenticeships were (a) started and (b) completed in Vale of York constituency in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Domestic Visits

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

      Departmental Orders and Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many statutory instruments have been (a) made and (b) revoked by Ministers in his Department since its establishment.

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the answer of 6 May 2008, Official Report, column 809W, on departmental public participation, what the (a)...

      Higher Education: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and (b)...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether he has plans to exempt those undertaking a Masters level course in Teaching and Learning from the policy of not...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills when he plans to answer the letter of 7 March from the right hon. Member for Manchester Gorton, with regard to Dr. J. Byrne.

      Science: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills with which third sector organisations his Department is working as a strategic partner on projects relating to science and...

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of equalising the tuition fee arrangements of part-time...

      Training: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will bring forward proposals to require employers which recruit immigrant labour to fund training and skills programmes...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what role the (a) Skills Funding Agency and (b) Young People's Learning Agency will play in local authority involvement in...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Cadets: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether his proposals for cadet forces will involve changes in the level of funding for existing combined cadet forces (CCF) units...

    • Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many Sure Start children's centres were open on (a) 31 March and (b) the latest date for which figures are available.

      Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on how many occasions he has visited Essex in the last 12 months.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he will reply to Question 200528 on school cadet forces, tabled on 18 April 2008 by the hon. Member for Bognor Regis and...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Freedom of Information

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission whether it is the Commission's policy to release the home addresses of (a) senior and (b) middle-ranking...

    • Parliament: Waste Management

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how much waste was (a) produced (b) recycled and (c) incinerated by the Parliamentary Estate in each year...

  • Olympics

    • Olympic Games 2012: Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics (1) what estimate she has made of the proportion of jobs relating to the 2012 Olympic games which will go to women; (2) what steps her Department has taken...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Government plans to increase troop numbers in Afghanistan.

    • Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average annual (a) capital and (b) running cost of a regional rehabilitation unit has been in the last three years.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much funding was allocated to the armed forces for expenditure on equipment in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Eco-Towns: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 6 May 2008, Official Report, columns 837-38W, on eco-towns, (1) in which of the shortlisted sites his Department has sold or...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what basis service personnel qualify for (a) an Iraq Medal and (b) bars to the Iraq Medal; what changes have been made to this procedure since the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to write to those hon. Members who raised issues but did not receive a response from the Minister for the Armed Forces during the debate...

      Navy: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 6 May 2008, Official Report, column 840W, on the Navy: piracy, whether pirates arrested at sea by the Royal Navy are (a)...

      First World War: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what national plans there are to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the First World War armistice in 2008.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Culture Leadership Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) placements, (b) courses, (c) coaching opportunities and (d) mentoring opportunities have been organised by the Cultural...

    • Gambling: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations he has made to the United States administration on the effect of US law on UK business interests in the United...

  • Prime Minister

    • Airports

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his statement on 14 May 2008, Official Report, column 1392, on the draft legislative programme, to which decisions on airports he was referring.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the merits of using incineration to reduce use of landfill; and if he will make a statement.

    • Meat: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures are in place to prevent the importing of bush meat.

      Ozone Layer: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the environmental impact of non-implementation of EC Regulation 2037/2000 in so...

      Sewers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to complete the consultation on the transfer of private sewers to sewerage undertakers; and if he will make a...

      Waste Management: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which golf courses have been granted paragraph 19A exemptions from waste management licensing.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what percentage of children reached a good level of development by scoring six points on all the assessment scales for personal, social...

    • Children: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children with a disability were categorised as materially deprived in each year since 1997; and what proportion of children in each...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when parents who are making child support agency payments calculated under the framework in force prior to March 2003 will have their payments...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

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

      Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people with a (a) disability and (b) learning disability are employed by his Department.

      Health and Safety Executive: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library copies of the Health and Safety Executive's retention and recruitment plans covering policy capacity when it...

      Health and Safety Executive: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff at the Health and Safety Executive office at Rose Court, London have expressed a firm interest in relocating to a single...

      Health and Safety Executive: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether an equality impact assessment was carried out prior to the Health and Safety Executive's proposal to move to a single headquarters.

      Health and Safety Executive: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the changes in the number of posts which will result from the Health and Safety Executive's establishment of a...

      Jobcentre Plus: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will provide hon. Members with the telephone number for the out-of-hours service operated by Jobcentre Plus on behalf of his Department.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether a person with (a) a mental health condition and (b) a drug or alcohol addiction claiming jobseekers allowance has access to (i) the...

      Personal Accounts Delivery Authority: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the (a) budgeted and (b) current projected (i) running and (ii) set up costs of the Personal Accounts Delivery Authority are in...

      Social Security Benefits: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to publish the Jobcentre Plus review of the sanctions regime for benefit claimants announced on 20 February.

  • Justice

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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...

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) UK citizens born in the UK, (b) UK citizens born abroad and (c) foreign nationals were employed as staff by his Department and its...

      Legal Services Commission: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) when complaints procedures were first introduced by the Legal Services Commission; and what the terms of those procedures were; (2) what changes...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to reply to the letter of 25 March 2008 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on Miss A. S. Galtrey.

      Offenders: Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what sentencing guidelines are given to courts on the use of electronic tagging orders combined with curfews and the circumstances in which such a...

      Open Prisons: Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners in open jails in England and Wales had been deemed not suitable for release on temporary licence at the most recent date for which...

      Personal Injury: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) when he will publish a summary of responses to the consultation on the law on damages; (2) when he plans to publish his Department's response to...

      Prison Service: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what mechanisms are in place to protect prison staff from assault by prisoners.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners in adult prisons had previously been (a) children in care, (b) children in foster care and (c) adopted children in each of the last...

      Prisoners Release: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners sentenced to life imprisonment since 1997 have been subsequently released and committed further crimes and been re-imprisoned.

      Prisoners: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what monitoring is conducted of the care needs of women from Wales who serve custodial sentences in prisons in England after their return to Wales on release.

      Prisoners: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what (a) special programmes and (b) specific education provision his Department provides for prisoners with learning disabilities.

      Prisoners: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 12 May 2008, Official Report, column 1381W, on prisoners: rehabilitation, what plans his Department has to assess the effects...

      Road Traffic Offences: Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of the electronic tagging orders imposed during sentencing for road traffic offences have been issued in respect of (a) driving while...

      Road Traffic Offences: Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of those convicted for road traffic offences have received a sentence including both a curfew and an electronic tagging order since 1999.

      Young Offender Institutions: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which recommendations of the Carlile inquiry into the physical restraint of children in custody have been implemented.

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Corporate Responsibility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what advice and assistance his Department provides to companies on their corporate and social responsibilities in...

    • Work-life Balance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps the Government have taken to assist workers with dependants to manage their work-life balance.

      Post Office Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will make a statement on progress on the post office network consultation.

      Business Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps he plans to take to simplify business support.

      Energy Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent discussions he has had with energy supply companies on assistance to vulnerable consumers.

      Energy Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the future security of UK energy supplies.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will make a statement on the future of the Post Office and Royal Mail.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will make a statement on Postcomm's proposal for the part-privatisation of Royal Mail.

      Agency Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the oral statement by the Prime Minister of 14 May 2008, Official Report, columns 1385-89, on the draft...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the effect on manufacturing industry of building a new generation of civil nuclear...

      Energy: Metering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what consultations his Department has held on policies relating to smart meters over the last five years.

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what progress has been made on the implementation of the recommendations of the Davidson review on implementation of...

      Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what requirements his Department places on (a) Ministerial departments and (b) the Office of Fair Trading to produce...

      Internet: Halifax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the number of households in Halifax with a broadband connection to the internet at the...

      Overseas Trade: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what representations he has made to the United States administration on the enforcement of legal restrictions on the...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent discussions he has had with Post Office Ltd. about its trials of outreach branches.

      Post Offices: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what representations he has received on trials of post office outreach branches in Essex.

      Postal Services: Underground Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment his Department has made of the merits of reopening the postal transport system under Central London...

      Regional Development Agencies: Non-Profit Making Associations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what each regional development agency's (a) budgets and (b) objectives are for support for social enterprise in the...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will request the Low Pay Commission to take into account the financial position of students in its report on...

      Working Hours: Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the maximum number of hours is that an employer can require a pregnant employee to work; and if he will make a...

  • Transport

    • A21: Sevenoaks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the Highways Agency plans to resurface the Sevenoaks section of the A21 with low-noise surfacing.

    • Air Routes: Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions she has held with the Civil Aviation Authority on routes for departures from Heathrow Airport.

      Airports: Public Safety Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the public safety zones for each airfield in Hampshire were last reviewed.

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consideration she has given to the merits of amending biofuel targets to base them on potential greenhouse gas savings.

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the likely effect on global food prices of the EU's goal to achieve 10 per cent. biofuels by 2020.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what dates since 1 January 2007 (a) Ministers and (b) officials from her Department met representatives from (i) Stagecoach, (ii) First Group,...

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many full-time equivalent officials are working on matters related to the determination of operator appeals connected with the national...

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consultants have been contracted by her Department to conduct public participation activities in the last three years; and how much expenditure...

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the criteria are for determining driving test centre (a) location, (b) relocation and (c) closure; what (i) primary and (ii) secondary...

      Driving Under the Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what comparative assessment her Department has made of the effects on driving ability of consumption of (a) cannabis and (b) alcohol; and if...

      Highways Agency: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been allocated to the Highways Agency for noise reduction measures in each of the three financial years from 2008-09; and what proportion...

      Luton Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions she has held with the Civil Aviation Authority on publication of the Western Airspace Extension review for Luton Airport.

      Road Signs and Markings: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the Highways Agency spent on replacing missing and vandalised traffic signs in each year since 1997.

      Roads: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether any Highways Agency road building contracts are the subject of investigation by the Office of Fair Trading.

      Seas and Oceans: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps are being taken to produce a working definition of a region for the purposes of allocation of responsibility for maritime and coastal...

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what obligations ship owners are under to inform the Maritime and Coastguard Agency of cargoes lost overboard in (a) British and (b) international waters.

      Stansted Airport: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will estimate how many additional tonnes of carbon dioxide would be generated by a second runway at Stansted over its lifetime, calculated...

      Transport: Supermarkets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the effects of the siting of supermarkets on local transport systems; and what steps she is taking to mitigate any...

      Transport: Supermarkets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she next plans to meet senior managers of UK supermarkets to discuss the effect of (a) supermarket supply chains and (b) freight movements on UK...

      Waterloo Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what capital investment her Department plans to make at Waterloo station in the next 10 years; what further options for investment at Waterloo are...

  • Treasury

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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...

    • Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the cost to the Exchequer of exempting from capital gains tax business owners who sell their businesses upon retirement up to the value...

      Child Benefit: EU Nationals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many nationals of each A8 country were receiving child benefit for a child or children living in another EEA member state at the end of March; and at...

      Delivery Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what definition his Department and each of its agencies use of a secure courier.

      Departmental Catering

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

      Departmental Databases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Answer of 14 March 2008, Official Report, columns 721-22W, on departmental databases, which US-registered service provider has been engaged...

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost was of producing his Department's staff magazine in the latest year for which figures are available.

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the revenue from auctioning allowances for large electricity producers under the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (a)...

      Income Tax: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to (a) private businesses and (b) public sector employers of implementing his decision to increase income tax...

      Income Tax: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely effect on economic growth of the reduction in income tax revenues arising from the proposed increase in the...

      Ministerial Statements

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when copies of his Oral Statement of 13 May 2008 (a) were planned to be and (b) were made available to (i) hon. Members (A) in the Vote Office and (B)...

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the criteria are for determining when to uprate the rate at which private car owners may claim tax relief for journeys undertaken for companies and...

      Offshore Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many offshore accounts have been declared under HM Revenue and Customs' amnesty; how much additional revenue has been collected as a result of the...

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects public sector pension scheme liability estimates to appear on all Government accounts.

      Revenue and Customs: Southport

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans HM Revenue and Customs has for the usage of Dukes House in Southport in the next 10 years.

      Revenue and Customs: Southport

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what revisions HM Revenue and Customs has made to its plans to relocate its offices in Dukes House, Southport, following the outcomes of appeals against its...

      Taxation: Aviation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects of levying aviation duty on business in the UK.

      Valuation Office: Cameras

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) digital and (b) video cameras the Valuation Office Agency has purchased in the last 24 months; and at what cost.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he last visited a tax credit office.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to the public purse was of tax credits awarded to deceased persons in the last financial year.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which user groups he has consulted on the operation of the tax credit system.

      Wines: Measurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance HM Revenue and Customs issues on the sizes of wine glasses used by wine-selling on-trade establishments; and if he will make a statement.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Campusalam: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department has allocated to (a) the Campusalam website and (b) the Lokahi Foundation in each year for which...

    • Community Relations: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the statement of the Prime Minister of 14 November 2007, Official Report, columns 667-72, on national security,...

      Council Tax: Newcastle Upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many properties there were in each council tax band in the city of Newcastle upon Tyne in each year between 2003 and 2007;...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the vacancy rate of properties in each housing renewal area in 2007 was as a percentage of the regional vacancy rate; and...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library copies of the minutes of the Stakeholder Panel on home information packs as referred to in the...

      Homeless

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of people living (a) in hostels, (b) in bed and breakfasts, (c) in squats and (d)...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many families were on social housing waiting lists in each region of England in each year since 1997.

      Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of (a) the number and (b) the percentage of new mortgages taken out in each year between 2003 and...

      Ordnance Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons the definition of Ordnance Survey's new Public Task has been extended to include addressing.

      Planning Permission: Gardens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what grounds local authorities can reject applications for planning permission for developments in back gardens.

      Planning Permission: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many planning applications were (a) received and (b) granted for the development of new (i) primary and (ii) secondary...

      Planning Permission: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions she has had on the merits of removing the need test from Planning Policy Statement 6; and what...

      Planning Permission: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to make changes to town centre first planning policy; and if she will make a statement.

      Regional Ministers: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 3 March 2008, Official Report, column 2140W, on regional Ministers, what the (a) grade and (b) pay...

      Regional Ministers: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 3 March 2008, Official Report, columns 2140-42W, to the hon. Member for Taunton (Mr. Browne) on...

      Regional Planning and Development: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer of 26 February 2008, Official Report, column 1426W, on regional planning and development: South East,...

      Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects to receive the final report on the review of the private rented sector from the Centre for Housing Policy at...

      Retail Trade: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions she has had with the Competition Commission on planning policy for retail developments.

      Schools: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many planning applications to build (a) maintained and (b) independent schools were made in each of the last five years;...

      Stakeholder Advisory Panel on Home Buying and Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library copies of the minutes from the meeting of the Stakeholder Advisory Panel on Home Buying and...

      Stakeholder Advisory Panel on Home Buying and Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library copies of the minutes from the meeting of the Stakeholder Advisory Panel on Home Buying and...

      Stakeholder Advisory Panel on Home Buying and Selling: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 10 October 2007, Official Report, column 667W, on Stakeholder Advisory Panel on Home Buying and...

  • Home Department

    • 101 Calls: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which local authorities are providing funding for the non-emergency 101 telephone number following the end of her Department's funding.

    • 101 Calls: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been made of the effect of the use of non emergency 101 numbers in the South Wales Police area; and if she will make a...

      Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the budget for the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure is in each of the next three years; and if she will make a statement.

      Community Policing: Halifax

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many community police officers there are in Halifax.

      Counter-Terrorism Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will publish the advice she has received on the compatibility of the provisions of the Counter-Terrorism Bill with (a) race relations...

      Crime: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent, and on what projects, in (a) West Chelmsford constituency and (b) Chelmsford Local Authority area to deter youths...

      Departmental Orders and Regulations

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

      Fingerprints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recognised methods of taking fingerprints there are; and what assessment she has made of the use of each of those methods for the...

      Fraud: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will issue advice to chief constables on the priority they should attach to investigating allegations of electoral fraud and malpractice.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department provides health or social care services out of public funds, with reference to the Statement by the Minister of State,...

      Independent Police Complaints Commission: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent on the website www.ipcc.gov.uk in each month since its inception; what the budget for the website is for 2008-09; how many...

      Kidnapping: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the availability of International Child Abduction and Contact Unit information leaflets in police stations;...

      Migration: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make it her policy to use data held by local authorities to improve migration statistics.

      Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of reports of missing persons involved co-operation between different police forces in the last financial year.

      Missing Persons: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 22 February 2008, Official Report, column 1084W, on missing persons, what progress has been made by the Government...

      Missing Persons: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Answer of 29th April 2008, Official Report, column 344W, on missing persons: databases, what information, relating to...

      Missing Persons: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 29 April 2008, Official Report, column 344W, on missing persons: databases, which of the police force databases...

      Missing Persons: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 29 April 2008, Official Report, column 344W, on missing persons: databases, what recent assessment (a) she has...

      Missing Persons: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 29 April 2008, Official Report, column 344W, on missing persons: databases, what (a) steps would be required and...

      Missing Persons: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 29 April 2008, Official Report, column 344W, on missing persons: databases, which of the police force databases...

      Missing Persons: Wirral

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people between the ages of 16 and 27 years were reported as missing in 2007 in Wirral West constituency.

      Missing Persons: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Answer of 29 April 2008, Official Report, column 346W, on missing persons: young people, (1) if she will request from each...

      Missing Persons: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 29 April 2008, Official Report, column 344W, on missing persons database, if she will request from each police...

      North Wales Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were employed by North Wales Police on 1st April in each of the last 10 years.

      Offensive Weapons: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times the police exercised their right of entry and search for weapons under section 139B of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 relating...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the outcomes of her recent visit to Pakistan were; and if she will make a statement.

      Passengers: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department plans to increase the size of the sample in the International Passenger Survey.

      Police National Computer: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanisms are in place to detect careless and abusive disclosures from the Police National Computer.

      Police National Missing Persons Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the operation of the Police National Missing Persons Bureau.

      Police: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of policing each airport was in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

      Police: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the average proportion of police officers' time spent on patrol per day in each of the last 10 years.

      Police: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of time on average (a) all police officers and (b) patrol officers spent on (i) incident-related paperwork, (ii)...

      Police: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crime scene marks are outstanding on police databases.

      Police: Dismissal

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) male and (b) female police officers of each age group (i) resigned and (ii) were dismissed by Essex police in each year since...

      Police: Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers in Essex constabulary of each sex took early retirement in each year since 1997.

      Police: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2008, Official Report, columns 1065-66W, on police: expenditure, if she will update the information in...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with HM Treasury on the use of activity-based costing data to determine police grant funding levels; and if she...

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff were employed by North Wales police in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007, broken down by function.

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were per 100,000 population in each police force area in each of the last five years, ranked in order of...

      Police: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) men and (b) women were recruited by Essex Police in each year since 1997, broken down by age.

      Police: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) stab-proof and (b) gun-proof vests are available per (i) police officer and (ii) full-time equivalent police officer in each...

      Police: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance is issued to police forces on the procedures and protocols to be followed by police officers in the use of incapacitant spray;...

      Proscribed Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will bring forward legislation to outlaw Hizbullah in the United Kingdom; what recent representations she has received on the issue;...

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) arrested and (b) successfully prosecuted for (i) kerb-crawling and (ii) running a brothel in each police authority...

      Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many instances have been reported to her Department of Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 powers being used for cases unrelated...

      Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make a statement on the use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 in relation to terrorist cases.

      Stop and Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people had their vehicle stopped and searched under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 in each year since 2000; and how many of...

      Stop and Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 23 January 2008, Official Report, column 2066W, on stop and search, if she will place in the Library the most...

      Stop and Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the Answer of 16th October 2007, Official Report, column 983W, on stop and search, what the ethnicity was of each person...

      Surveillance: Local Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if she will place in the Library a copy of each inspection report produced by surveillance inspectors of the Office of the Surveillance...

      Surveillance: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many waste collection authorities are authorised under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 to undertake surveillance in...

      Telephone Tapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if she will estimate the number of times unauthorised monitoring of telephone conversations has taken place since 2005; (2) how many...

      Television: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the police plan to investigate the recent cases of television broadcaster misconduct in the use of premium rate telephone services in...

      Touting: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with the police on policing of ticket touting at football matches.

      Touting: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on the policing of ticket touting at football matches.

      UK Border Agency: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 28 April 2008, Official Report, columns 108-09W, on UK Border Agency: Wales, how many UK Borders Agency staff...

  • Health

    • Asthma: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of GP consultations with children were asthma-related in each of the last five years.

    • Cancer: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding for research and development related to (a) anti-cancer surgical procedures and (b) cancer drugs the Government has provided in each of...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were in full-time (a) residential and (b) nursing care at the latest date for which information is available; and what proportion of...

      Colorectal Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many deaths resulting from colorectal cancers there were in each year between 2002 and 2007 in each region; what per capita figure for the whole...

      Dental Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average payment was to orthodontists supplying dental braces to those under the age of 18 years by the NHS in the latest period for which figures...

      Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what dates officials in his Department held discussions with officials in the Welsh Assembly Government on the cross-border provision of urgent care...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government have taken to make NHS services more personalised.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government intend to take to encourage primary care trusts to be more responsive to their local communities.

      Hearing Impaired: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting times for the fitting of digital hearing aids by NHS hospital trusts are; and if he will make a statement.

      Hospitals: Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much revenue was generated by charges imposed upon (a) staff, (b) patients and (c) others for the use of car parks at (i) Broomfield and (ii) St...

      Hospitals: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the 10 most common causes of childhood emergency (a) admissions to and (b) attendances at hospital were in each of the last five years.

      Hospitals: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether NHS matrons have powers to withhold payment to cleaning service providers.

      Hospitals: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice his Department has issued to hospitals on the procurement of food from small, local producers.

      Meat Hygiene Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the findings of the recent Food Standards Agency study in relation to the status and structure of the Meat Hygiene Service.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to ensure that forensic medical examiners are qualified to diagnose mental health problems.

      NHS: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a list of the products submitted to the Rapid Review Panel for consideration for use in fighting infection in the NHS in...

      NHS: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's procedure is for the introduction of new infection control technologies in the NHS following a recommendation from its Rapid Review...

      NHS: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dieticians worked in the NHS in each year since 1997; what the full-time equivalent figure was in each such year; and how many patient contacts...

      NHS: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many weight management counsellors are employed by each strategic health authority.

      NHS: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will meet members of the National Association of LINks members to discuss the review of the NHS.

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the Government's target waiting times for the fitting of digital hearing aids by NHS hospital trusts are; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS: Working hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for South Cambridgeshire (Mr. Lansley) of 29 October 2007, Official Report, column 1044W, on the NHS: working...

      Polyclinics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the role the independent sector is likely to have in the provision of polyclinics.

      Primary Care Trusts: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of London primary care trusts have a vacancy for the position of Director of Public Health; (2) what proportion of London primary...

      Radiography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many radiographers each primary care trust has per 100,000 people in its area; (2) how many radiographers each primary care trust had per...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether local authorities may use the age of a person needing care as a basis for determining the level of a direct payment made to an adult in order to...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what evidence the evaluation of the individual budget pilot projects has produced on the extent to which local authorities are allocating differing...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish (a) the responses to the consultation on the future of social care funding, (b) the Government response to those responses and...

      Social Services: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 7 May 2008, Official Report, columns 1023-24W, on social services, how many people of working age with a learning disability in...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Death: Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the age-standardised mortality rates for prostate cancer in (a) spearhead primary care trusts and (b) England were in the latest period for...

    • Employment: Stafford

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many new jobs in each employment sector were created in Stafford constituency in the last year for which data are available.

      Food: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what estimate the National Statistician has made of month by month increases in (a) food prices and (b) energy prices in each month since...

      Personal Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate the National Statistician has made of month by month increases in (a) wages, (b) consumer prices index and (c) retail price index...

      Population

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the population of each (a) strategic health authority and (b) primary care trust area is.

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the survival rate from prostate cancer in (a) spearhead primary care trusts and (b) England was in the latest period for which figures are...

  • International Development

    • Iraq: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment his Department has made of children's healthcare services in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Burma: Storms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations his Department has made to the government of China on its role in seeking a relaxation of the restrictions...

    • Burma: Storms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations his Department has made to members of the Association of South East Asian Nations on their role in seeking...

      Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had on the use of the death penalty with the governments of (a) China, (b) Iran, (c) Saudi...

      China: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations his Department has made to the Chinese government on the publication of statistics on its use of the...

      China: Tibet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Chinese Government in advance of the Beijing Olympic Games on the attitude that...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

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

      Departmental Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for North East Hertfordshire of 14 February 2006, Official Report, columns...

      Departmental Public Participation

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

      EC Presidency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his (a) French, (b) Italian and (c) German counterparts on the candidates for the...

      Eritrea: Djibouti

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the recent Eritrean incursion into Djibouti.

      European Union: Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 3 April 2008, Official Report, column 1220W, on the European Union: public relations, whether the EU...

      Forced Labour: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government has taken to encourage overseas governments not to force children to become soldiers.

      India: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Indian government on the use of child labour in textile and clothing manufacturing...

      Iran: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's assessment is of the Working Paper dated 25 April 2008 (NPT/conf.2010/PC.11/WP.4) submitted by the Islamic...

      Lebanon: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to safeguard British nationals resident in Lebanon.

      Serbia: Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received from the government of Serbia in relation to the Government's recognition of the...

      Shares: Sales Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps his Department has taken to improve co-operation at bilateral level to tackle boiler room fraud operations...

      Simon Mann

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he plans to take in the week beginning 25 May to monitor the (a) treatment and (b) risk of torture of Mr. Simon...

      Simon Mann

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of contacts with Mr. Simon Mann in Black Beach Prison, Equatorial Guinea by any (a) diplomatic...

      Sudan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects of recent actions by rebel groups in Khartoum on the viability of the Comprehensive...

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made representations to the government of Sudan in response to reports of arrests and detentions of Darfurians in...

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the arrest and detention of Darfurians in Khartoum following the Justice and Equality Movement...

      Vietnam: BBC External Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the contribution made by the BBC World Service Vietnamese service in promoting democracy and...

      Western Sahara: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 4 March 2008, Official Report, column 2361W, on Western Sahara: human rights, whether the Minister of...

      Western Sahara: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Shrewsbury and Atcham of 25 April 2008, Official Report, column 2325W, on Western...

      Zimbabwe: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps are being taken to co-ordinate a mission of international observers to be sent to Zimbabwe; and when a mission is...

      Zimbabwe: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps are being taken to ensure that Zimbabwe accepts the presence of international election observers in advance of any...

      Zimbabwe: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of President Mbeki's work on behalf of the Southern African Development...

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Sheep

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 21 April (WA 214), saying that spines removed by vacuum are randomly checked, why all United Kingdom sheep...

    • Agriculture: Sheep

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What influence they expect to have on any decisions of the European Union on the registration and traceability of sheep, in view of the United Kingdom having the...

      Agriculture: Sheep

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) what measurable improvements in traceability and disease control would result from the introduction of identification of sheep through electronic implants; (b)...

      Arts Council

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Lord Davies of Oldham on 22 April (WA 275—6) and 12 May (HL3251), what is the relevance of the possession of information by...

      Belarus: Religious Freedom

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they are making to the Government of Belarus concerning (a) the beating and arrests of peaceful protesters on 25 March 2008; (b) the...

      Belarus: Religious Freedom

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will arrange a joint EU demarche calling on the Government of Belarus to implement all their obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and...

      Bloody Sunday: Saville Inquiry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 30 April (WA 24) about the cost of the Saville inquiry, whether an apology was offered for Tessa Jowell MP's...

      Climate Change: Rainforests

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their latest assessment of the effects on climate change of the felling of rainforests.

      Courts: Young Witnesses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to increase funding for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children's young witness support services beyond the seven areas...

      Crime: Computer Misuse and Data Protection

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which law enforcement agency, department or other statutory body has responsibility for investigating and prosecuting possible criminal breaches of (a) the Data...

      Croatia: EU Partnership

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What the United Kingdom/Croatian strategic partnership in Europe has so far achieved.

      Croatia: EU Partnership

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to further the progress of the United Kingdom/Croatian strategic partnership in Europe.

      Croatia: EU Partnership

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To what extent the current United Kingdom/Croatian strategic partnership in Europe may provide a useful precedent within south-east Europe for states not yet...

      Elections: Security of Ballots

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps are taken to ensure the security of ballot papers and other election material prior to destruction of such material one year after an election.

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 8 May (WA 88), what is their assessment of the accuracy of the judgment of Dr Susan Millns from Kent Law...

      Employment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage and number of male and female staff, disaggregated by part-time and full-time work, are employed in companies employing (a) over 500 employees; (b)...

      Energy: Nuclear Material

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have ruled out reprocessing nuclear waste for use in nuclear power stations; and whether they have considered how much carbon dioxide-free electrical...

      EU: Food

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have secured a derogation for British beef from European Union food regulations which ban the making of mince from carcasses more than six days-old.

      EU: Parliamentary Scrutiny

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Lord Malloch-Brown on 6 May (WA 49—50), which European Union legislative proposal has been amended or vetoed as a result of...

      European Communities (Finance) Act

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the projected net benefit or net cost (in sterling) to HM Treasury, over the period 2007—13, of the measures contained in the European Communities...

      Food: Salt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What estimate they have made of (a) the number of lives that have been saved by the Food Standards Agency's campaign to reduce salt intake; and (b) the cost of...

      Health: Cord Blood Stem Cells

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there have been any developments in using cord blood stem cells in clinical treatment.

      Health: Cord Blood Stem Cells

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people have been treated with cord blood stem cells in the past three years.

      Health: Prescribing and Dispensing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they issue guidance to general practitioners about separating the prescription of drugs to patients and the provision of services to patients.

      Heritage Lottery Fund: Archive Collections

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many grants to purchase archives were awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund in each of the financial years 1994—95 to 2006—07; and in each case what...

      House of Lords: Mileage Allowance

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Whether he will review the present rate of 40p per mile allowed to Peers in respect of the use of their private vehicles, having regard to recent increases in...

      Iraq: Turkish Bombing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will request an early meeting of NATO member states to discuss the alleged air attacks by Turkey on 12 villages in Iraq on 1 and 2 May; how many...

      Israel and Palestine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made by the Middle East quartet towards the objective of creating a Palestinian state by the end of the year.

      Israel and Palestine: Gaza

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the Government of Israel about reparations payable by Israel for damage to internationally funded infrastructure in the West...

      Israel: EU Membership

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they have held with the Government of Israel regarding membership of the European Union.

      Lebanon: Taif Conference

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will encourage the re-convening of the Taif conference, which ended the earlier civil war in Lebanon, in order to provide a good setting for...

      Licensing: Live Music

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in their planned public consultation on possible new exemptions with within the Licensing Act 2003 for low-risk live music events, they will make clear...

      Local Government: Leisure Facilities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What guidance exists for trusts who manage local authority leisure facilities; and who sets such guidance.

      Local Government: Leisure Facilities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What recommendations and conclusions they intend to implement from the Audit Commission report of June 2006, Public sports and recreation services: Making them fit...

      Pakistan: Religious Minorities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will raise during the United Nations Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review of Pakistan the matters dealt with in the Minority Rights Group...

      Prisons: Chaplains

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether counterterrorist check clearance forms submitted by candidates for chaplaincy posts in the Prison Service are dealt with by named individuals who are...

      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 Culture, Media and Sport on the drafting of Answers to Questions for...

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

      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 Ministry of Justice on the drafting of answers to Questions for Written Answer in...

      Questions for Written Answer: Late Answers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 25 April (WA 325), why they required four weeks to reply to Question HL2904.

      Regulatory Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is standard practice for a regulatory body to insist that a complainant undertakes not to take legal action against the organisation subject to the...

      UK Trade and Investment: Defence and Security Organisation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the current position in respect of the recruitment of the next head of the UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Organisation.

      UK Trade and Investment: Defence and Security Organisation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish the job specification for the next head of the UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Organisation.

      Vietnam

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to the Government of Vietnam for the release of United Buddhist Church of Vietnam Patriarch Thich Huyen Quang and his deputy...

      Waste Management: Food

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made by the Waste and Resources Action Programme to reduce the estimated £8 billion-worth of food discarded annually by British consumers.

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