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Written answers

Monday, 2 June 2008

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Daresbury Laboratory: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what progress has been made by the Science and Technology Facilities Council on implementing its policy to retain key skills...

    • Learning and Skills Council for England: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will make a statement on measures undertaken to date pursuant to the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) pledge to reduce...

      Measurement: Wines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the effects on perceptions of alcohol consumption of the phasing out of 125 ml measure wine...

      Physics: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment has been made of the future effect of the recent reductions in funding for physics research and astronomy...

      Research: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) what progress has been made in the UK towards meeting the Lisbon agenda target that the EU should invest three per...

      Science and Technology Facilities Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment has been made of the effect of the £80 million shortfall in the annual Science and Technology Facilities...

      Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent assessment he has made of (a) overall developments in trans-European student mobility, (b) the European Credit...

      Students: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate his Department has made of what will be the average personal debt per student at the end of a degree course;...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many applicants there were for teacher training in secondary school (a) mathematics, (b) physics, (c) ICT and (d)...

  • Women and Equality

    • Departmental Coordination

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality which Departments have established (a) ministerial committees and (b) permanent groups involving senior civil servants to liaise with the Government...

    • Local Government: Disabled

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many people with disabilities were employed by each local authority in each of the last three years, broken down by disability; and what proportion...

  • Prime Minister

    • Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) how many sessions of Ask the PM he plans to hold in the next 12 months; and if he will make a statement; (2) how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time officials...

  • Wales

    • Departmental Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether he has issued guidance to staff in his Department to switch off personal computers when not in use; and if he will make a statement.

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the answer of 21 April 2008, Official Report, column 1347W, on the departmental internet, how much bandwidth per month his Department...

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much food waste his Department generated in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

  • Scotland

    • Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has issued guidance to staff in his Department to switch off personal computers when not in use; and if he will make a statement.

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much was paid in end-of-year performance bonuses to (a) all staff and (b) staff at senior civil service level in his Department in the 2007-08...

      Planning: Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland pursuant to the answer of 14 May 2008, Official Report, column 1638W, on planning: wind power, what account he takes of the effects of planning advice...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • British National Party: Finance

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what steps were taken against the British National party for its late declaration of...

    • Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission (1) what donations were notified to the Commission (a) on time and (b) late in each year...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) apprenticeships and (b) advanced apprenticeships there were in (i) her Department and (ii) the agencies for which...

    • Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Community Empowerment White Paper will be published before the summer recess; and what the timetable is for...

      Conference Centres: Harrogate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will hold discussions with representatives of the Harrogate International Centre on provision of funding to the centre by...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) pursuant to the answer of 24 April 2008, Official Report, column 2254W, on council tax: parish councils, and with...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many homes were revalued for the purposes of council tax at the point of sale in each region in each year since 1997;...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what research (a) her Department and (b) its agencies have commissioned on council tax revaluation in the last 12 months from...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was paid in end-of-year performance bonuses to (a) all staff and (b) staff at senior civil service level in (i) her...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 15 May 2008, Official Report, column 1685W, on...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 15 May 2008, Official Report, column 1685W, on...

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) surveys, (b) questionnaires and (c) other services were provided by polling companies for her Department in...

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consultants have been contracted by her Department to conduct public participation activities in the last three years; and...

      Disabled Facilities Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much she has allocated to disability facility grants for each of the (a) last and (b) next five years; what estimate...

      Faith Communities Capacity Building Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make it her policy to review the granting of funds under the Faith Communities Capacity Building Fund to the New...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) on what date the new networked fire control rooms provided by EADS will be in operational use; (2) what liability fire...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what effect she estimates the FiReControl project will have on the council tax precept on individual fire and rescue...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment has been made of the cost of ensuring that planned accommodation moves as part of the FiReControl project comply...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the FiReControl business case will next be updated.

      Fire Services: Mentally Ill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many fire fighters were diagnosed with mental health problems in each year since 1997.

      Floods: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will consider introducing changes to planning regulations and guidance to tackle levels of flood risk in the East Thames...

      Green Belt: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what changes or reviews of Green Belt designation the East of England Regional Spatial Strategy proposes; and in which locations.

      Housing: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when registered social landlords will be required to build to (a) Level 4, (b) Level 5 and (c) Level 6 of the Code for...

      Improvement and Development Agency: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Improvement and Development Agency is subject to the provisions of (a) the Environmental Information Regulations...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether joint committees created between local authorities under sections 101 and 102 of the Local Government Act 1972 may (a)...

      Local Government Finance: Recreation Spaces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding her Department is providing to local authorities for (a) improvements to park facilities and (b) floodlighting...

      Local Government: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the negotiations on the multi-area agreement for Greater Manchester will address (a) the number of councillors per...

      Parking: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the number of parking spaces within the curtilage of a retail development is taken into account by the Valuation Office...

      Planning: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions her Department has had on planning issues with landowners in (a) Lytchett Minster and (b) Lytchett Maltravers...

      Playgrounds: Vandalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many public playgrounds have been closed due to vandalism and anti-social behaviour in the last four years; and what steps...

      Post Offices: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many post offices were recorded on the Valuation Office Agency's ratings list in England in the most recent period for which...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Academies: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which city academies in each region are most energy efficient.

    • Academies: Halifax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether Peter Clarke played a role in the process by which the Ridings School in Halifax was considered for academy status;...

      Advanced Extension Awards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has for the future of advanced extension awards; and if he will make a statement.

      Children: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what assessment he has made of the educational performance of children who have one or both parents in the armed forces; and...

      Children: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to improve the educational outcomes of children with parents in the armed forces; and if he will make a...

      Children: Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance his Department has provided to (a) local education authorities and (b) schools on the management in schools of (i)...

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the effect on his Department's expenditure would be of increasing the employee contribution to each pension scheme for which...

      Departmental Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether (a) UK citizens born in the UK, (b) UK citizens born abroad and (c) foreign nationals recruited to his Department and...

      Ecology: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of pupils studying for examinations in subjects relevant to the...

      Ecology: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of schools provide courses including teaching on (a) ecosystems, (b) microclimates, (c) renewable energy and...

      Ecology: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent representations he has received on the efficacy of farm schools in educating children on environmental matters.

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many students who gained five A* to C grades at GCSE including English and mathematics in 2007 had not previously attained the...

      Gifted Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what private organisations are involved in the delivery of the gifted and talented programme; when the contract with each expires;...

      Mathematics: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he expects to publish the final report of the review of the teaching of mathematics by Sir Peter Williams.

      National College for School Leadership: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the annual expenditure was of the National College for School Leadership on (a) staff costs, (b) publicity and printing,...

      National College for School Leadership: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much the National College for School Leadership spent on publishing and publicity in each of the last five years.

      Newham Sports Academy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will make a statement on funding for the Newham Sports Academy.

      Primary Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will commission research on the impact of (a) the latest code on admissions and (b) changes in the housing market,...

      Primary Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what account has been taken of trends in and forecasts of demand for primary school places in capital allocations for...

      Primary Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what data his Department collects on the number of unplaced children due to enter their first year of primary school in September...

      Primary Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what discussions his Department has had with London boroughs on the provision of primary school places for September; and if he...

      Primary Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what guidance and assistance his Department provides for local authorities planning for the future provision of primary...

      Primary Education: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what avenues for appeal are available to parents who are not satisfied with the primary school place offered to their child for...

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding was provided per pupil for schools in (a) Northamptonshire and (b) England in the most recent period for which...

      Reading: Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what information his Department holds on the reading age of people in young offender institutions; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which maintained schools asked prospective parents to make a financial contribution as part of the process of school admission in...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment his Department has made of the difference in the costs to local education authorities of registering a new child...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what (a) rules, (b) best practice guidance and (c) financial incentives and penalties are relevant to the management of surplus...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) when he last assessed the effect of the 1989 Greenwich judgment on school admissions in London boroughs; and if he will make...

      Schools: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to ensure that newly built schools are (a) minimising their gas consumption and (b)...

      Schools: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding will be available during the 2007-08 Session to refurbish schools with (a) low carbon and (b) sustainable...

      Schools: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he has taken to improve the management of sustainable energy systems in schools built in the last two years; and if he...

      Schools: Isle of Wight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much (a) Building Schools for the Future and (b) other capital expenditure relating to the Isle of Wight has been brought...

      Schools: Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to encourage schools to use their powers to screen pupils randomly using metal detectors and conduct...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of classrooms in maintained schools which were out of action due to their state of...

      Special Educational Needs: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of pupils (a) with a special educational need, (b) on school action, (c) on school action plus and (d) with a...

      Specialised Diplomas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what methods schools and colleges may employ to select students for diploma courses; and if he will make a statement.

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his most recent estimate is of the number of maintained secondary schools which are entitled to but have not yet become...

      Teachers: Mathematics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what the minimum level qualification in mathematics is for a qualified teacher of mathematics in a (a) primary and (b)...

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average salary of teachers in (a) Cornwall, (b) the South West and (c) England was in each year since 1979.

      Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of (a) primary and (b) secondary school teachers had a (i) first, (ii) upper second, (iii) lower second and (iv)...

      Teachers: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teacher redundancies there were in England in each year from 1997 to 2007; and if he will make a statement.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many applications for teacher training courses beginning in September 2008 have been made; how many were made in each of the...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of newly-qualified teachers did not take up a teaching position in each of the last five years; what...

      Teachers: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teaching posts in maintained schools in England were vacant at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Teachers: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teaching posts in maintained schools in (a) Greater London and (b) the London Borough of Bexley were vacant at the...

      Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 12 March 2008, Official Report, column 405W, whether each of the two staff are receiving at least one...

  • Olympics

    • Olympic Games: China

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics pursuant to the answer of 3 December 2007, Official Report, column 758W, on Olympic Games: China, what specific exceptions the Beijing Olympic Games...

    • Olympic Games: China

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics pursuant to the answer of 12 May 2008, Official Report, column 1059, on the Beijing Olympic Games, what assessment she has made of China's compliance with...

      Olympic Games: China

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many Government officials will accompany her to the Beijing Olympic Games; what the purpose of each individual's attendance is; and what estimate she has...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Apprentices

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many (a) apprenticeships and (b) advanced apprenticeships there were in the House of Commons in the most...

    • Amendment Papers: Internet

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if he will take steps to ensure that all amendments to Bills are published on the Parliamentary internet site...

      Members: Allowances

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if he will make a statement on the High Court decision in relation to the details of hon. Members' allowances;...

      Members: Home Addresses

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission whether incoming mail for hon. Members will continue to be screened at the House after the home addresses of...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the potential for decentralising departmental work to local offices otherwise planned for closure.

    • Disabled Employees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to encourage employers to employ those with disabilities.

      Pensioner Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of pensioners in poverty.

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the operation of the social fund.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the merits of extending the new deal for musicians.

      Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent steps he has taken to increase the support available to lone parents in work.

      Minimum Income Guarantee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of pensioners who will be subject to means-testing for the minimum income guarantee in 2050.

      Foreign Nationals: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many foreign nationals were employed in the UK in the last quarter for which figures are available.

      Barclays Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many contracts his Department had with Barclays Bank in each year since 1997; and what the value of those contracts was.

      Child Support Agency: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the Child Support Agency will respond to the hon. Member for Cotswold's communications on his constituent Carol Rendell, case 323964324523.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to improve the exchange of information between the Child Support Agency and HM Revenue and Customs in...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children were in absolute low-income households in each year since 1997; and what proportion of all children these figures represented...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children living in relative poverty were in families with (a) three or more children and (b) four or more children in each year...

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Employment: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to support lone parents in seeking work.

      Equality and Human Rights Commission: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what role the Equality and Human Rights Commission has to deal with inquiries from the public purse about disability matters; how much funding...

      Means Tested Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what target his Department has set on increasing take-up of each income-related benefit in each of the next three years; and if he will...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of members of defined-benefit occupational pension schemes that (a) have wound up and (b) have been...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time taken to process (a) a successful and (b) an unsuccessful pension credit application was in the last period for which...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what rules are in place relating to the treatment of inherited assets by claimants for the purposes of pension credit and income support; and...

      Pension Credit: Stroud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to increase the take-up of pension credit; how many pensioners in Stroud constituency receive pension credit; and what...

      Pensions: Forecasts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on the provision of state pension forecasts for individuals, with particular reference to the timing of the provision of...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to provide state pension forecasts for people expecting to retire after April 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      State Retirement Pensions: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of men over state pension age who will be entitled to the full basic state pension in...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many abortions took place in each year since 1978; (2) how many requests for abortions were not approved by doctors in each year since 1978;...

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he (a) is taking and (b) plans to take in the next 12 months to provide patients seeking an abortion with access to the information they need...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on public awareness campaigns about the health implications of excessive alcohol consumption in each of last 10 years.

      Anti-depressants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research (a) his Department and (b) the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has evaluated on the effect of anti-depressant...

      Bone Diseases: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidance on anti-tumour necrosis factor treatments for ankylosing spondylitis to...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the statement made by Baroness Thornton on 30 April 2008, House of Lords Official Report, column GC70, on the Health and Social Care...

      Cancer: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much Government funding was provided for medical and health research into cancer in each of the last five years; and what percentage of the health and...

      Cannabis: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many (a) males and (b) females sought medical help for cannabis addiction in each of the last three years, broken down by (i) age group and...

      Cannabis: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the particular risks to teenage boys associated with smoking cannabis.

      Care Homes: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the percentage change in fees charged by the Commission for Social Care and Inspection to residential homes was in each of the last five years.

      Clear

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 7 March 2008, Official Report, column 2854W, on Clear, if he will place copies of the invoices in the Library.

      Departmental Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department achieved in efficiency savings in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether any officials in (a) his Department and (b) each NHS trust were disciplined or dismissed for (i) alleged breaches of data protection...

      Departmental Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether it is his Department's policy to release the home addresses of (a) senior and (b) middle-ranking officials if requested under the Freedom of...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by his Department on IT consultancy services in 2006-07.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the hourly rates of pay of all non-permanent staff working for his Department and its agencies were in each of the last 12 months; and how many staff...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of his Department's staff took more than (a) five, (b) 10, (c) 15, (d) 20, (e) 25, (f) 30, (g) 35 and (h) 40 days leave due to stress in...

      Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what targets his Department has set in relation to its employment of people with disabilities over the next five years.

      Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the position of other EU member states in the Council of Ministers on the reservations expressed by the UK on the...

      Domestic Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many accidents in the home that required medical attention there were in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by (a) type of...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many finished admission episodes there were where the admission was via accident and emergency for a drugs misuse related diagnosis, broken down by...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 25 April 2008, Official Report, column 2383W, on drug treatment, how many hospital admissions in the last five years were...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the relative (a) efficiency and (b) effectiveness of (i) Suboxone and (ii) methadone in treating drug addiction; whether...

      Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding has been allocated for (a) specialist facilities and (b) development of best practice standards for local authorities and carer...

      Health Services: Overseas Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his latest estimate is of the cost to the NHS of unrecovered fees chargeable to those not entitled to free NHS health care receiving treatment (a)...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether a registered medical practitioner is required to notify the Health Protection Agency about patients with the hepatitis B virus; and if he will...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information the Health Protection Agency collects on the source of the hepatitis B virus in cases of sexual exposure; and if he will make a statement.

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to immunise babies against hepatitis B; and if he will make a statement; (2) what the criteria are for the immunisation of (a)...

      Hospitals: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the statement made by the Baroness in Waiting, Baroness Thornton, of 6 May 2008, Official Report, column GC151, on the Health and...

      Medical Equipment: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what safeguards are planned under the transforming equipment programme to ensure that old and used equipment will remain subject to safety controls...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 26 March 2008, Official Report, columns 205-06W, on medical records: data protection, which (a) current and (b) potential...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 26 March 2008, Official Report, column 206W, on medical records: databases, for what reason Connecting for Health is unable to...

      NHS: Bedfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many and which (a) local authorities and (b) primary care trusts have patients placed at the Milton Park Independent Hospital at Wyboston,...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) over-prescription of drugs and (b) unused drugs to the NHS in 2007-08.

      NHS: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Statement made by the Baroness in Waiting, Baroness Thornton, of 6 May 2008, Official Report, column GC151, on the Health and Social Care...

      NHS: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to develop a national occupational health standard for nutritional care.

      NHS: Questionnaires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 3 April 2008, Official Report, column 1307W, on NHS questionnaires, if she will breakdown by year the total paid to Ipsos MORI...

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what targets for waiting times for hospital services will apply to NHS hospital trusts in December 2008; and if he will make a statement.

      Nutrition: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on the five-a-day campaign; and what (a) mechanisms, (b) baselines and (c) targets have been established to measure the...

      Nutrition: Salt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance the Food Standards Agency provides to subgroups of the population including (a) pregnant women, (b) the elderly and (c) those who are...

      Nutrition: Salt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what key pieces of evidence the nutritional advice relating to salt intake is based; and what opposing evidence was considered in formulation of the advice.

      Oxygen: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what costs have arisen from the provision of (a) liquefied and (b) medically pure home oxygen to patients in each primary care trust in each year since 2004.

      Parasitic Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been diagnosed with a toxocara canis infection in the last five years.

      Parasitic Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have a visual impairment caused by a toxocara canis infection.

      Pharmacy: General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons the Government plans to reform selling over-the-counter medicines by authorised GP practices.

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the proportion of people defined as having a disability under disability discrimination legislation who incur...

      Preventive Medicine: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the increase in the provision of preventative social care services.

      Psychiatry: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure compliance of mental health trusts with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence recommendations on...

      Salt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effects on blood pressure of sodium intake; whether his Department has made...

      Salt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the evidential basis was for the recommendation that the national guideline for dietary salt intake to be set at six grams a day.

      Salt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has made an estimate of (a) the number of lives to be saved annually and (b) other effects on health arising from reducing...

      Salt: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on the Full of IT campaign; and what (a) mechanisms, (b) baselines and (c) targets have been established to measure the...

      Scientific Advisory Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance is given to members of his Department's scientific advisory committees on taking into account all studies and data submitted in support of...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many smoking shelters were built at his Department's London buildings in each of the last five years; and where these shelters are located.

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to reduce the number of new cases of tuberculosis.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts Council of England: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of (a) grant in aid and (b) lottery income provided to the Arts Council regional bodies was spent on administration in...

    • Betting Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many licensed betting offices there were in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland in each year for which...

      Cricket: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what support his Department has given to the Cricket Foundation's Chance to Shine initiative to increase active participation in school...

      Departmental Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether he has issued guidance to staff in his Department to switch off personal computers when not in use; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 12 May 2008, Official Report, column 1370W, on departmental equality, what percentage of top management...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was paid in end-of-year performance bonuses to (a) all staff and (b) staff at senior civil service level in (i) his...

      Departmental Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he expects his Department's 2008 sustainable development action plan to be produced and published.

      Football: Racial Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department has spent on tackling (a) racism and (b) homophobia in football since 1997.

      Football: World Cup

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the role is of (a) the Minister for Sport and (b) his Department in seeking to bring the World Cup to England in 2018.

      Football: World Cup

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on how many occasions the Government's World Cup Ambassador has met the Football Association since his appointment.

      Gambling Act 2005

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether his Department has carried out an assessment of the costs of the Gambling Act 2005 to the gambling sector.

      Licensing: Exemptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when his Department plans to complete and publish the exemptions under the Licensing Act 2003.

      Listed Buildings: Stroud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will take steps to (a) list and (b) take other protective steps in relation to the Purton Hulks in Stroud constituency.

      National Lottery: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 6 May 2008, Official Report, column 852W, on the National Lottery: North West, how many Lottery grants were...

      National Lottery: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 6 May 2008, Official Report, column 852W, on the National Lottery: North West, how many lottery grants were...

      National Lottery: Wirral

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 6 May 2008, Official Report, column 852W, on the National Lottery: North West, what assessment he has made of...

      Olympic Games: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many of his Department's officials will attend the Beijing Olympic Games in an official capacity; what the purpose of each...

      Regional Cultural Consortiums: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the Answer of 17th May 2008, Official Report, column 944W, on regional cultural consortia: standards, how much has been...

      Royal Opera House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps (a) he and (b) Arts Council England is taking to increase accessibility to performances at the Royal Opera House to those...

      Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he plans to publish the report on science and heritage prepared for his Department by Mike Dixon.

      Sport: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Exchequer funding was spent by (a) Sport England and (b) UK Sport on organisations other than national governing bodies in...

      Sportsgrounds: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many Premiership football clubs' stadia meet the needs of disabled spectators and other users in accordance with the accessible...

      Tourism: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the amount of expenditure by Israeli tourists visiting the United Kingdom in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c)...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Apprentices

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

    • Civil Servants: Retirement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many officials of Permanent Secretary rank retired from (a) the Civil Service and (b) the Foreign and Commonwealth Office over the last 10...

      Departmental Computers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether he has issued guidance to staff in (a) the Cabinet Office and (b) the Prime Minister's Office to switch off personal computers when not...

      Departmental Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether it is his policy to release the home addresses of (a) senior and (b) middle-ranking officials in the Cabinet Office, if requested under...

      Departmental Orders and Regulations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many statutory instruments have been (a) made and (b) revoked by Cabinet Office Ministers since 1997.

      Languages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which languages are spoken in the United Kingdom; and what estimate he has made of the number of speakers of each.

      Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the average level of take-home pay was in each year since 1980 in (a) nominal terms and (b) 2008 prices; and what the percentage change was...

      Population

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 19 May 2008, Official Report, columns 50-51W, on population, what the projected (a) population and (b) population...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the standardised mortality rate from prostate cancer was in (a) England and (b) each primary care trust (PCT) area in each year since 1997;...

      Prostate Cancer

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

  • Northern Ireland

    • Burglary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many business premises were burgled in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; how many persons were convicted of burglaries in...

    • Departmental Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he has issued guidance to staff in his Department to switch off personal computers when not in use; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether it is his policy to release the home addresses of (a) senior and (b) middle-ranking officials in his Department, if requested under...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many staff were employed in his Department in each year since 1978, broken down by grade; (2) how many staff in his Department were...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what the cost was of (a) salaries paid in respect of permanent Civil Service posts, (b) salaries paid in respect of permanent non-Civil...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was paid in end-of-year performance bonuses to (a) all staff and (b) staff at senior civil service level in his Department in the...

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken to ensure that Northern Ireland-based civil servants in his Department who are entitled to take up added years or...

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are taken to ensure that at the commencement of employment in his Department staff are informed of the benefits of additional...

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many and what percentage of his Department's staff in the salary ranges of (a) up to £15,000 per annum, (b) between £15,001 and...

      Departmental Public Participation

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

      Departmental Public Participation

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

      Deportation: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many foreign nationals received a recommendation for deportation by the sentencing judge in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many persons were convicted of domestic abuse offences in (a) A District Command Unit area, (b) B District Command Unit area and (c)...

      Driving Under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many persons were convicted of drink-driving offences in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (a) age and (b) sex.

      Hillsborough Castle: Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost to the public purse was of food and drink provided in Hillsborough Castle as a consequence of its use as a ministerial residence...

      Hillsborough Castle: Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many times he has used his official ministerial residence in Hillsborough Castle since his appointment.

      Police Service of Northern Ireland: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many days off work due to stress-related illnesses there were on average among police personnel in Northern Ireland in (a) 2002 and (b) 2007.

      Prisoner Release: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many foreign nationals were released from prison in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Suicide: Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people committed suicide in Belfast North constituency in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) age and (b) sex; and how...

  • Justice

    • Bail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many defendants were charged with violence against the person, sexual offences or robbery in each of the last 10 years for which figures are...

    • Bail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of (a) defendants released on bail and (b) defendants charged with violence against the person, sexual offences or robbery...

      Bail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of offenders released on bail in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available were (a) originally charged with...

      Bail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many defendants granted bail in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available (a) had previous convictions for violence against the...

      British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which proposals in Lord Goldsmith's citizenship review report have been accepted by the Government; and if he will make a statement.

      Chelmsford Prison: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 20 May 2008, Official Report, column 269, on Chelmsford prison: drugs, what the reasons are for the reduction in the rate of...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether it is Government policy to release the home addresses of (a) senior and (b) middle-ranking officials in the Prime Minister's office, if...

      Departmental Translation Services

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

      House of Lords: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects to publish plans for reform of the House of Lords.

      Judges: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice under what circumstances are judges' lodgings made available to members of the judiciary; what criteria apply to their allocation; and if he will make a...

      Judges: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which holders of judicial posts are provided with official residences; and if he will make a statement.

      Offenders: Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in each age cohort were subject to an electronic tagging order in each of the last three years.

      Open Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners in open prisons in England and Wales were convicted of (a) offences of violence, (b) sexual offences or (c) offences of supplying...

      Personal Injury: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether the Government plan to uprate the upper limit of £500,000 compensation that can be received by victims of violent crime under the...

      Peter Sutcliffe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make it his policy to ensure that Peter Sutcliffe is never released from imprisonment; and if he will make a statement.

      Prison Service: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions he has had with the Prison Governors' Association on the turnover of prison governors.

      Prisoner Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners have opted out of or failed to apply for (a) end of custody licence and (b) home detention curfew in each year since these schemes...

      Prisoner Release: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign national prisoners have been released on end of custody licence.

      Prisoner Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the maximum time is for which a prisoner may be confined in a prisoner transport vehicle without a break.

      Prisoners: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign national prisoners held in Category D prisons were convicted of (a) Class A drug trafficking, (b) terrorist offences and (c) violent...

      Prisoners: Self-Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many instances of self-harm by women prisoners were recorded in each year since 2000, broken down by establishment; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many individuals have been detected attempting to break into prisons in England and Wales in each of the last five years.

      Prisons: Electronic Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the discussions held between the hon. Member for Thurrock and his constituent Michael John Smith at Full Sutton Prison, York on 1 September 1999...

      Probation: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what changes he plans to make to staffing levels in the Kent probation area; and if he will make a statement.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners sentenced for violence against the person, sexual offences, or robbery (a) re-offended after release and (b) were released on home...

      Terrorism: Prisoner Releases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners serving a determinate sentence for a terrorism offence were released at the half-way point of their custodial sentence in the latest...

      Terrorism: Prisoner Releases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 29 April 2008, Official Report, column 158, how many prisoners convicted of terrorist offences and serving a determinate...

      Terrorism: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people convicted of terrorism offences were given (a) determinate sentences, (b) indeterminate sentences for public protection and (c) life...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to answer Question 203296 on possession actions by registered social landlords, tabled by the right hon. Member for North West Hampshire on...

      Young Offenders: Alternatives to Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the cost of imposition of a (a) community rehabilitation order, (b) supervision order, (c) community punishment order,...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many representatives of his Department are based in (a) Kabul, (b) Kandahar and (c) Lashkar Gah.

    • Afghanistan: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the number of attacks on UK aid workers which have taken place in Afghanistan in the most recent period...

      Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department is providing to the construction of a new mosque in Musa Qala in Helmand Province.

      Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many contracts worth more than £10,000 his Department has entered into with non-governmental organisations for projects in...

      Burma: Storms

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to ensure that independent monitors are present in Burma to ensure that relief aid to Burma reaches its...

      Burma: Storms

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government have taken to provide aid relief to the victims of Cyclone Nargis.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the likely humanitarian implications of sea level rise as a result of the melting of...

      Departmental Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much was spent by his Department on (a) economy class, (b) business class and (c) first class air travel in the period 1st April...

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 29 April 2008, Official Report, column 322W, on departmental public participation, what the (a) cost and...

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many full-time posts were filled on a temporary basis for a period in excess of six months in his Department in each of the last...

      Developing Countries: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent steps the Government have taken to relieve developing countries of debt.

      Electronic Government

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

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he plans to reply to the letter of 22 April from the hon. Member for Walsall, North on global education.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what procedures for co-ordination between his Department and the Ministry of Defence are in place for training on humanitarian airdrop...

      Uganda: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether (a) he, (b) officials of his Department and (c) UK representatives in Uganda have had discussions with the government of...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment has been made in theatre of the Jackal M-WMIK vehicle's performance with its unladen weight increased by 42 per cent.

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel from the Royal Engineers are based in Helmand Province; and what their duties are.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the maximum weight of cargo able to be carried by all variants of the CH-47 helicopter used by British forces in Afghanistan is.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 20 May 2008, Official Report, columns 15-18WS, on helicopters on operations, which company provides the...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the security situation in Helmand Province.

      Air Force: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 19 May 2008, Official Report, column 7W, on Air Force: military aid (1) in which Royal Air Force fixed wing cargo aircraft...

      Air Force: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 20 May 2008, Official Report, column 175W, on the air force: military aid, for what reasons the RAF's C-17 Globemasters are...

      Air Force: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many hours of training were required for those flying (a) fast jets, (b) transport aircraft and (c) helicopters in the RAF in each year since 2003.

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his estimate is of the time which will elapse between (a) completion of the construction of each Future Aircraft Carrier and formal handover to the...

      Aircraft Carriers: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason the order for the future aircraft carriers has not been placed; and what conditions will have to be fulfilled before it will be placed.

      Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many young people are members of cadet contingents attached to HM Forces in (a) Northumberland, (b) Tyne and Wear, (c) County Durham and (d)...

      Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what resources will be made available to establish combined cadet forces in state schools.

      Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions (a) he has had and (b) he plans to have with the National Union of Teachers on the establishment of combined cadet forces in state schools.

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which force elements reported (a) no serious or critical and (b) no critical weakness against (i) the ability to generate from peacetime readiness to...

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the peacetime establishment was of (a) 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery, (b) 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and (c) The...

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the peacetime establishment was of (a) 7(th) Parachute Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery, (b) The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2(nd) Battalion The...

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what headings are used to sub-categorise troops unfit to deploy; and how many troops from (a) 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery, (b) 1st Battalion The...

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many troops from 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery have been sent to Afghanistan; and whether he plans to transfer these troops to Iraq to rejoin...

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence from which battalions or regiments reinforcements have been taken to provide troops to (a) 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery, (b) 1st Battalion The...

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 15 May 2008, Official Report, column 1702W, on armed forces deployment, how the figures for the (a) army, (b) Royal Air...

      Armed Forces: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what instances of (a) discrimination and (b) criminal action against persons in military and naval uniform in a public place have been recorded by his...

      Armed Forces: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of administering the Pay As You Dine scheme was in 2007-08.

      Armed Forces: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment has been made of the effects of the Pay As You Dine scheme on nutrition of young soldiers; and what steps he is taking to ensure...

      Armed Forces: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of food provision in the armed forces was in each year since 1997.

      Armed Forces: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what equipment for the protection of hearing is provided to armed forces personnel in theatre.

      Armed Forces: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current (a) required and (b) actual strength of each service is, broken down by rank.

      Armed Forces: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times the (a) Royal Air Force and (b) Army have trained for conducting humanitarian airdrop operations in each of the last five years.

      Armed Forces: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 19 May 2008, Official Report, column 7W, on Air Force: military aid, how baseboards are (a) replaced and (b) recovered after...

      Armed Forces: Monuments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will visit the Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum near Lichfield to discuss issues arising from increased visitor numbers;...

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel were entitled to the Long Service Advance of Pay in each year since 2003; and what estimate he has made of the number of entitlements...

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much was paid via Long Service Advance of Pay scheme in each year since its inception; (2) how many service personnel took up the Long Service...

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much local overseas allowance service personnel received to travel back from (a) Germany and (b) Cyprus in each year since 2000.

      Armed Forces: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 20 May 2008, Official Report, columns 15-18WS, on helicopters on operations, (1) what the budget for...

      Armed Forces: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 20 May 2008, Official Report, columns 15-18WS, on helicopters on operations, whether (a) NATO or (b)...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 13 May 2008, Official Report, column 1519W, on armed forces: training, how many of the eight Fighting in Built-up Areas...

      Armed Forces: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of his Department's vehicle capitation rates.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he received from the French government in support of Nexter's bid to supply the Future Rapid Effect System utility vehicle...

      Army: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 12 May 2008, Official Report, column 1307W, on Army deployment, what the (a) mean, (b) mode and (c) median interval is...

      Bombs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with his US counterpart on possible outcomes of the Dublin Diplomatic Conference on cluster munitions.

      Cyprus: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Army, (b) Royal Air Force and (c) Royal Navy personnel are based in Cyprus as (i) part of Operation Tosca and (ii) outside Operation...

      Cyprus: Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Air Force aircraft are permanently based in Cyprus.

      Defence: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of his Department will work at the newly-established Co-operative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Estonia.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what review of the defence procurement programme is in progress; and when he expects announcements to be made about the next stage in the procurement of...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the projected financial costs are for each service of each equipment procurement project expected to come on stream in each year from 2010 to 2015;...

      Departmental Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if his Department will produce shadow international financial reporting standards accounts for the current financial year.

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what, in near cash terms, his Department's annual spectrum charge is for financial years 2008-09 to 2010-11.

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list his Department's category A projects that are subject to variation of price clauses.

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's Financial Coherence Review 2006.

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what, in near cash terms, are his Department's planning round 2008 Top Level Budget (a) resource and (b) capital allocations are for financial years...

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's category (a) A, (b) B and (c) C projects are for the 2008-09 financial year.

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his statement of 12 November 2007, Official Report, column 500, that his Department and the Treasury would share the costs of urgent...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was paid in end-of-year performance bonuses to (a) all staff and (b) staff at senior civil service level in (i) his Department and (ii) its...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the anticipated operating and non-operating appropriations in aid are for each year of the comprehensive spending review; and whether they were...

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the Defence Analytical Services Agency report, Evaluating the Move from Input to Output Price Indices in Price...

      Departmental Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether (a) UK citizens born in the UK, (b) UK citizens born abroad and (c) foreign nationals recruited into his Department and its agencies are...

      Dounreay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the naval reactor test establishment at Dounreay will be decommissioned; and what plans his Department has for the subsequent use of the facility.

      EU Battlegroup

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the cost to his Department was of certifying the UK EU Battlegroup for July to December 2008; (2) what the expected cost to his Department is...

      Ex-servicemen: Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the (a) initial and (b) annual cost of issuing a Veterans ID Card analogous to the current Service ID Card.

      Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 13 May 2008, Official Report, column 1525W, on Future Strategic Tanker aircraft: procurement, whether personnel involved in...

      Iraq: Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether any of the second tranche of Mastiffs have been deployed to (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan.

      Iraq: Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role is planned for Mastiff armoured vehicles once large scale operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have been concluded.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many indirect fire attacks have been made against Basra Air Station in each month since October 2007.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) gallantry and meritorious service medals of each type and (b) campaign medals have been awarded to members of the Territorial Army in...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much it costs frontline troops in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq to top-up telephone time by (i) 20, (ii) 30, (iii) 45 and (iv) 90 minutes during...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the costs of the UK military presence in Iraq were in each year since 2003.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 12 May 2008, Official Report, columns 1311-13W, on Iraq: peacekeeping operations, whether the Answer (a) is based solely on...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many weapons caches found in Basra Province since 1 January 2007 contained munitions originating from Iran.

      Kosovo: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 16 May 2008, Official Report, column 1804W, on Kosovo: peacekeeping operations, if he will place in the Library a copy of the...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of fitting explosion suppressant foam to one (a) C-130K and (b) C-130J Hercules is.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of his Department's aircraft capitation rates.

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the oral statement by the Prime Minister of 12 December 2007, Official Report, columns 303-5, on Afghanistan, how many Sea King helicopters...

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the joint United Kingdom-France memorandum distributed among the EU Political and Security Committee in early...

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions members of his Department had with their European counterparts on the joint UK-France initiative to improve European helicopter...

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Joint UK-France Summit Declaration of 27 March, if he will make a statement on the joint UK-France initiative to improve European...

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Chinook, (b) Merlin, (c) Puma and (d) Sea Kings are in the helicopter fleet; how many are available for use; and how many pilots serving...

      Military Bands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many official engagements have been undertaken by (a) military and (b) naval bands since 1997.

      Military Bands: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much was spent on (a) military and (b) naval bands in each year since 1997; (2) how many engagements involving the recovery of costs have...

      Military Bands: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) military and (b) naval (i) bandsmen and (ii) bandswomen there were in each year since 1997.

      Military Bases: Cash Dispensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will hold discussions with automated teller machine (ATM) operators on removing ATMs which charge for cash withdrawals from UK military bases.

      Military Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the scope is of his Department's examination of the equipment programme; when it will report; and if he will make a statement.

      Military Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the planning assumption of the average unit cost of (a) procurement and (b) through life support for a Joint Strike Fighter is; what changes there...

      Military Equipment: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what, in near cash terms, the (a) resource and (b) capital planned spend on each of his Department's 20 largest equipment projects is for financial...

      Military Equipment: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of the variation of prices index used in the (a) A400M and (b) BVRAAM contracts.

      National Recognition of our Armed Forces Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when (a) officials, (b) Ministers and (c) members of the inquiry team of the National Recognition of our Armed Forces study met the British...

      National Recognition of our Armed Forces Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what his policy is on the principle of selective briefings to journalists suggested at Recommendation 32 in the Report of the Inquiry into National...

      National Recognition of our Armed Forces Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what egregious cases of media representation informed Recommendation 33G of the Report of the Inquiry into National Recognition of our Armed Forces; and...

      National Recognition of our Armed Forces Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) local and (b) regional journalists were consulted in preparing the recommendations relating to improving media coverage contained in the...

      National Recognition of our Armed Forces Inquiry: National Union of Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what dates the National Union of Teachers was consulted in preparing the report of Inquiry into National Recognition of our Armed Forces.

      National Recognition of our Armed Forces Inquiry: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what leaders of the (a) Jewish, (b) Hindu and (c) Muslim faiths were consulted in the course of the Inquiry into National Recognition of our...

      National Recognition of our Armed Forces: Cost

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of producing and publishing the inquiry into the National Recognition of the Armed Forces Study was.

      Nuclear Reactors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what studies his Department has (a) carried out and (b) commissioned into potential sites for a prototype for the new generation nuclear propulsion plant.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of the publications (a) JSP 518, on regulation of the naval nuclear provision programme and (b) JSP 471, on...

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he intends to publish his Department's plan for the release of the military elements of electromagnetic spectrum to the market; and if he will make...

      Radioactive Materials: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 30 April 2008, Official Report, column 484W, on radioactive materials: transport, what plans there are to use existing special...

      Reserve Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which reservist training exercises were cancelled in the last 12 months.

      South Africa: Mercenaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he plans to update the guidance letter issued to South Africans in the British Army dated 20 February 2008 on South African legislation on...

      Veterans Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received from non-governmental organisations on the events organised to celebrate the last Veterans Day.

      Veterans Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he plans to take to improve the event organised to celebrate Veterans Day.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) apprenticeships and (b) advanced apprenticeships there were in (i) his Department and (ii) the agencies for which...

    • British Council: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much has been spent by the British Council on promoting the (a) English and (b) Welsh language outside the UK in each of...

      Burma: United Nations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 16 May 2008 to my hon. Friend the Member for Mid-Norfolk (Mr. Simpson), Official Report, column...

      Chevening Scholarships Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people from each country received Chevening scholarships in each of the last five years.

      China: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Chinese authorities on demonstrators and other human rights activists arrested as a...

      China: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the recent sentences handed down to seven nuns by the Chinese authorities in relation to the...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department's Bloggers website has cost.

      Ethiopia: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the status of the UN Peacekeeping Force located in the Ethiopia-Eritrea border zone.

      EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proposals for (a) directives, (b) regulations and (c) other legislative instruments were put forward by the European...

      Iran: Baha'i Faith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether representations have been made to the government of Iran on the arrest of a number of prominent individuals who are...

      Iran: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the circumstances and nature of the démarche by the Iranian government to the UK ambassador in Tehran on 12 May 2008...

      Iraq: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his United States counterpart on the political situation in Iraq.

      Krishna Maharaj

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the US authorities on the case of Krishna Maharaj; whether British Government...

      Slovakia: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has met the Slovakian Ambassador in London to discuss the issue of arms sales to non-EU countries.

      Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the scale and nature of arms transfers from Chad to Darfur-based rebel groups; and if he...

      Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the situation in Abyei, Sudan on clashes between the Sudan People's Liberation Army and local...

      Sudan: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British expatriates are living in Khartoum; what assessment he has made of their safety following the recent attacks by...

      Tourism: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many deaths of British citizens have been reported in holiday resort areas in (a) Spain, (b) Italy and (c) Greece in each...

      Treaty of Lisbon: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has made to revisit the proposed Lisbon treaty in the event of a no vote in the forthcoming referendum in the...

      USA: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the US Government requesting the disqualification of evidence extracted by torture in the...

      Yemen: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the security situation in Yemen.

      Zimbabwe: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the effects of the political situation in Zimbabwe on that country's education system.

  • Treasury

    • Academies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the Prime Minister's Office's recent report on academies; and if he will make a statement.

    • Aggregates Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the change in the tonnage of aggregates extracted as a result of the operation of the aggregates levy, in each year since 2002,...

      Aggregates Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of revenue raised from the aggregates levy was contributed to the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund in each year since 2003.

      Australia

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff of (a) his Department and (b) HM Revenue and Customs have visited Australia in an official capacity since 1 January 2008; and what the...

      Bank Notes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the number of £5 notes in circulation; whether he has taken steps to encourage the banking industry to make £5...

      Borrowing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether borrowing by housing associations is included in public sector borrowing figures; and if he will make a statement.

      Capital Gains Tax: Biotechnology

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration the Government has given to the possible effect on (a) the competitiveness of the UK biotechnology industry and (b) spending on health...

      Departmental Domestic Visits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what visits he made to (a) Harrogate International Centre, (b) International Conference Centre, Birmingham, (c) Manchester Central, (d) Scottish...

      Departmental Domestic Visits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 Freedom of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 and (iv)...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many receptions he has hosted and funded in his capacity as the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the last 12 months; which individuals and organisations...

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what steps his Department has taken to ensure that its members of staff who are entitled to (a) added years and (b) additional voluntary...

      Departmental Standards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what projects sponsored by his Department were subject to Gateway reviews in each of the last four years; what status each project was assigned under such...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department and its agencies spent on first class travel in the last 12 months for which figures are available, broken down by staff grade.

      Domestic Rates: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many domestic properties have been re-banded as a result of adjoining terraced houses being knocked through and turned into a single dwelling house in...

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer to what uses the revenue from auctioning allowances under the EU Emissions Trading Scheme will be put.

      Eurostar

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department and its agencies spent on (a) first and (b) other class travel by Eurostar in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Income Tax: Tax Thresholds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the likely additional cost to the public purse of higher rate tax relief for pension contributions arising from the proposed...

      Insurance: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions his Department has had with the Financial Services Authority on mandatory commission disclosure for insurance brokers.

      Insurance: Housing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to encourage the insurance industry to provide more insurance products aimed at low income households for both contents and buildings.

      Insurance: Housing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will seek discussions with registered social landlords to encourage take-up of contents insurance among their tenants.

      Low Incomes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to assist people on low incomes; and if he will make a statement.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire, dated 5 March 2008, on the abolition of the 10 per cent. tax rate (PO...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire, dated 5 March 2008, on benefits and tax thresholds, PO reference:...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter of 22 April from the hon. Member for Walsall North regarding a constituent.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter of 19 March 2008 from the right hon. Member for Gordon on capital financing in Scotland and future projects.

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the additional cost or saving to the Exchequer that would arise from collecting employee national insurance on an annual...

      Pre-School Education: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of extending the early years education entitlement to 20 hours per week for (a) three to five year olds in...

      Public Expenditure: Defence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what changes to the Consolidated Budgeting Guidance for 2008-09 he intends to make in relation to the Ministry of Defence; and if he will make a statement.

      Revenue and Customs: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Chief Executive of HM Revenue and Customs received the letter from the right hon. Member for Birkenhead on the credit appeal of a constituent...

      Revenue and Customs: Kendal

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects a decision on the retention or closure of HM Revenue and Customs offices in Kendal to be made; and if he will make a statement.

      Subsidies: Agriculture

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to publish his recent letter to other EU finance ministers on reform of the Common Agricultural Policy.

      Vice-Chamberlain of Her Majesty's Household

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the ministerial duties and responsibilities of the Vice-Chamberlain of Her Majesty's Household are, with particular reference to communication with...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 20 May 2008, Official Report, columns 12-13WS, on tax credits, for what reason the numbers of overpaid...

  • Home Department

    • 101 Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average number of telephone calls to the 101 number were per month in (a) the Isle of Wight, (b) Cardiff, (c) Sheffield, (d)...

    • 101 Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the 101 number in (a) the Isle of Wight, (b) Cardiff, (c) Sheffield, (d) Leicester...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) males and (b) females were arrested for alcohol-related offences in Buckingham constituency in each of the last 10 years for...

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to reimburse the outstanding costs incurred by local authorities in caring for unaccompanied asylum seeking children in...

      Asylum: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what dates asylum seeker support grant instructions were issued to local authorities in each year since 2001.

      Border UK Agency: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent on the (a) design and (b) manufacture and distribution of uniforms for the UK Border Agency.

      Community Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which advertising agency her Department contracted to design the advertising campaign for neighbourhood policing teams; and what the value of...

      Community Support Officers: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what plans she has to provide funding for police community support officers in North Yorkshire beyond the expiry of the original...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many criminal offences related to the misappropriation of proofs of identity have been (a) reported and (b) brought to trial in each of...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent evidence she has collated on the correlation between the level of crime and (a) police numbers and (b) police funding.

      Crime: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she expects the National Ballistics Intelligence Service Database, the National Firearms Register on the Police National Computer and...

      Departmental Film

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many films have been produced in (a) video, (b) DVD and (c) other digital formats by her Department in the last two years; and at what...

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will place in the Library a copy of the most recent edition of her Department's staff handbook.

      Departmental Telephone Services

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

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent on away days for staff in her Department in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of staff employed by her Department and its agencies had record checks processed by the Criminal Records Bureau before being...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Parliamentary Questions her Department declined to answer on grounds of (a) disproportionate cost and (b) information not held...

      Detection Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) detection rate and (b) sanction detection rate of (i) recorded offences, (ii) offences of violence against the person, (iii)...

      Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what studies she has conducted into the viability of a 999 text message service for use by members of the public.

      European Police Office: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 25 April 2008, Official Report, column 120WS, on Europol, how much the UK contributes...

      Firearms: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people carrying replica firearms were (a) injured and (b) killed as a result of police action in each of the last 10 years;...

      Gating Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) gating orders have been made under the provision of section 129A of the Highways Act 1980 and (b) public inquiries have been...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many DNA samples were stored on the national DNA database at the end of each year since the database was created.

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes with a DNA match to the Scottish DNA database resulted in (a) prosecution and (b) conviction in each year since 1998.

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes with a DNA match to the Scottish DNA database resulted in (a) a direct and (b) an indirect police detection in England and...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the cost was of removing DNA samples from the National DNA database in each year since 1995; (2) what the cost was of removing...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the annual cost was of retaining one individual DNA sample on the National DNA database in the most recent period for which figures are...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes with a DNA match to records in the Scottish DNA Database there were in Scotland in each year since 1998.

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many DNA profiles were on the national DNA database at the end of each financial year since 1994; (2) how many individual DNA...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether (a) foreign nationals and (b) British citizens will be required to carry identity cards on their person.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures her Department has in place for processing suspected illegal immigrants when the immigration detention estate is unable to...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice is given to police forces in England and Wales on managing illegal immigrants; how many illegal immigrants were released by...

      Immigration: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 17 March 2008, Official Report, column 804W, on immigration: housing, what conditions are attached to tenancies...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to answer the letter of 28 February 2008 from the right hon. Member for Manchester Gorton, with regard to Mr. Floyd B. Smith.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letter of 9 April 2008 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on Ms R. Hughes.

      Migration: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will take steps to improve her Department's information and data on (a) gross and net flows of immigration and (b) the geographical...

      Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people reported missing were subsequently found to have been missing as a result of (a) abduction and (b) being the victim of...

      Money Laundering

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the recommendations of the SARS review published by Sir Stephen Lander in March 2006 have been implemented.

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 25 April 2008, Official Report, column 2341W, on offenders: deportation, how many of the 250 sentence-expired...

      Olympic Games 2012: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make an assessment of the armed protection that will need to be provided for participants and other visitors during the London...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 17 December 2007, Official Report, columns 972-4W, on police, if she will update the information in the answer...

      Police Associations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what funding the (a) Gay Police Association, (b) National Black Police Association and (c) Christian Police Association received...

      Police: Business Interests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers added information to the Business Interests Register in each year since 2002, broken down by (a) police force, (b)...

      Police: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department paid to outside consultants for the implementation and management of the activity-based costing scheme for the police...

      Police: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) proportion of ethnic minorities in the population of each police force area, (b) proportion of ethnic minority police officers...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average police precept on Band D council tax bills was in (a) England and (b) Cheshire in each of the last 10 years.

      Police: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of national police recruitment campaigning was in each of the last five years in each police force area, broken down by main...

      Police: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of police officers were not confirmed in their appointment at the end of the two year probationary period in...

      Police: Crime Detection Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the crime detection rates were in each police authority in England and Wales in each year since 1997.

      Ports: Automatic Number Plate Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Answer of 29th April 2008, Official Report, column 275W, on ports: automatic number plate recognition, whether there are...

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much money has been seized by the UK Financial Intelligence Unit since the Serious Organised Crime Agency assumed responsibility for the...

      Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers (a) the police and (b) other authorities have to deal with unsolicited car windscreen washers; and if she will make a statement.

      Stop and Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals were recorded as being searched under the powers of stop and search in each of the last five years; and of those, how...

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent on taxis by her Department in each year since 1997.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the conclusions of the Carlile Review of the Government's counter-terrorism strategy will be published.

      Terrorism: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons arrested on suspicion of terrorist offences since 1 August 2007 have been detained for 14 days or longer before being...

      Terrorism: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been convicted for terrorism offences specifically involving the internet in the last 10 years.

      Unfair Practices: Sales Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had on cooperation to tackle boiler room fraud with her counterparts in (a) the United States, (b) Ireland,...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of record checks processed by the Criminal Records Bureau in each year since 2002 had comments from chief police...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (a) how many and (b) what percentage of record checks processed by the Criminal Records Bureau were completed within (i) 10, (ii) 14, (iii)...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many single farm payments have been made relating to (a) 2007-08, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2005-06; and how many payments...

    • Agriculture: Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to increase and improve the provision for modulations under the single farm payment.

      Angling: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect on recreational fishing of the introduction of new licences under the draft Marine Bill.

      Angling: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 29th April 2008, Official Report, columns 280-1W, on angling: licensing, what the reason for the...

      Animal Welfare: Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will set up a new Animal Health and Welfare Agency to work alongside a National Centre for Animal Viral Disease.

      Bluetongue Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he estimates Herefordshire will become part of the bluetongue protection zone; and when Herefordshire farmers will...

      Bluetongue Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will ensure that the bluetongue vaccine is administered in all parts of the country by 15 July 2008.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with international counterparts on securing agreement on a level of current carbon dioxide...

      Departmental Domestic Visits

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

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 6th March 2008, Official Report, column 2716W, on departmental ICT, how many of the missing or...

      Departmental Orders and Regulations

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

      Departmental Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what projects sponsored by his Department were subject to Gateway reviews in each of the last four years; what status each...

      Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress is being made on cost-sharing for bio-security measures; and if he will make a statement.

      Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many successful prosecutions were brought for breeding fighting dogs in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007.

      Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will review the operation and effectiveness of the legislation on dangerous dogs.

      Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will commission research into the use of commercial farms as a means of promoting well-being of people with...

      Farms: Local Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many tenanted or managed farms are owned by each of the local authorities.

      Fisheries: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the amount of revenue likely to be generated each year from fishing licences issued under the...

      Flood Control: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many flood defence structures in England and Wales were in (a) very good, (b) good, (c) fair, (d) poor and (e) very...

      Flood Control: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps are being taken to allocate responsibility for the ownership and long-term maintenance and renewal of Sustainable...

      Flood Control: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the recommendation of the National Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) working group regarding allocation of...

      Flood Protection: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent on flood protection measures in (a) rural areas and (b) urban areas in each year between 2001 and 2008...

      Floods: Felixstowe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if he will make an estimate of the difference between the costs involved in undertaking emergency works on Felixstowe's...

      Floods: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost of the flood impact study by Cranfield University is; and what proportion of the cost will be met by (a) the...

      Genetically Modified Organisms: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance is given to members of his Department's scientific advisory committees on taking into account all studies and...

      Insulation: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials from his Department have had with representatives of the plastic foam...

      Landfill: Newcastle upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons the figures for waste to landfill expressed in kilograms per person are not available for Newcastle upon...

      London Airports

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

      Poultry: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost was of setting up the national poultry register; and how many poultry keepers are registered on it.

      Poultry: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost of running the national poultry register was in each year since its introduction.

      Rights of Way: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on byways open to all traffic; and what steps his Department plans to...

      Sheep: Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what derogations the Government have sought from European regulations on the electronic tagging of sheep.

      Supermarkets: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to assess the effects of the activities of supermarkets on the size of the UK's carbon footprint.

      Wastes: Hazardous Substances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much waste was classed as hazardous in each of the last five years; and how much hazardous waste was sent to landfill in...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many (a) apprenticeships and (b) advanced apprenticeships there were in (i) his Department and (ii) the agencies...

    • Bankruptcy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many individuals have been declared bankrupt in (a) East Dunbartonshire constituency and (b) in each Government...

      Borrowing: Interest Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps he is taking to protect consumers who borrow on terms that assert fixed rates of interest from contractual...

      British Telecom: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of whether BT's plans to build telephone-bearing advertising structures on the roadside...

      Business: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what maximum penalties are applicable for (a) conspiracy to defraud creditors, (b) fraudulent trading, (c)...

      Cartels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform in which markets his Department has identified cartels in the last 11 years.

      Companies Investigation Branch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will draw to the attention of his Department's Companies Investigation Branch the compliance of directors of...

      Companies Investigation Branch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will direct his Department's Companies Investigation Branch to seek reports on directors' conduct from (a)...

      Companies Investigation Branch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will ask his Department's Companies Investigation Branch to assess whether the law governing preferential...

      Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether he has issued guidance to staff in his Department to switch off personal computers when not in use; and if he...

      Construction: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform under what legislation prosecutions can be brought against (a) incompetent builders and (b) rogue traders; what...

      Construction: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many complaints were made to (a) each local authority trading standards office and (b) his Department about (i)...

      Consumer Information: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what consumer protection legislation his Department has introduced to require (a) mobile telephone companies, (b)...

      Consumer Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether the Government intend to take steps to improve levels of protection offered to consumers by legislation.

      Consumers: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform for what reasons commencement of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations has been postponed from the...

      Consumers: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what changes have been made to the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations since the draft regulations...

      Credit Cards: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will bring forward proposals to regulate the use of chip and pin at point of sale terminals.

      Debts: Mentally Ill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether the Ministerial Group on Over-indebtedness (a) has undertaken and (b) plans to undertake work on people with...

      Defence Export Services Organisation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the operating budget of the Defence Export Services Organisation was in (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06 and (c) 2006-07.

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the Answer of 25 February 2008, Official Report, column 1166W, on departmental advertising, if he will...

      Departmental Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform at how many events held by his Department (a) wine and (b) Fairtrade wine were served in the last three years; and...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether any officials in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies were disciplined or dismissed for (i) breaches of...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many receptions he has hosted and funded in his capacity as Secretary of State in the last 12 months; which...

      Departmental Plants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much his Department spent on pot plants in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much his Department spent on (a) written consultations, (b) consultation roadshows and (c) stakeholder focus...

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what consultants have been contracted by his Department to conduct public participation activities in the last three...

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will list the (a) special advisers and (b) ministerial appointees in possession of a security pass enabling...

      Directors: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many adverse reports required under the Company Directors' Disqualification Act 1986 have been received by his...

      Directors: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many disqualification orders have been made against directors under the Company Directors' Disqualification Act...

      Electronic Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether mechanisms are in place to monitor the extent to which his Department's (a) internal and (b) external (i)...

      Energy: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what methods he plans to use to apportion the £150 million increased expenditure on social assistance agreed with...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effect of mark-to-market value on the price of energy.

      Estate Agents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) when he plans to implement the requirement that estate agents join an Office of Fair Trading approved complaints...

      Financial Reporting Council: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what financial contribution his Department makes to the operations of the Financial Reporting Council.

      Foreign Workers: Poland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the evidential basis was for the information he gave in his interview on the BBC on Sunday 6th April 2008 on the...

      Imports: Cotton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department is taking to prevent imports of (a) cotton and (b) clothing which have been produced by...

      Imports: Seals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the introduction of an EU-wide ban on the importation...

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps he has taken to appoint a new member to the Dust Reference Panel.

      Ipsos MORI

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the Answer of 19 May 2008, Official Report, column 18W, on departmental official hospitality, what the...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many low carbon buildings programme grants he estimates will be made between March 2008 and the end of 2008-09.

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform in respect of which types of public buildings applications for grants under the low carbon buildings programme have...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what proportion of funding from the Low Carbon Buildings Programme has been spent on (a) public buildings, (b)...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what proportion of available grant funding under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme has been spent on solar...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many private householders applied for grants under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme in each year since 2006.

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he expects all funds available from the Low Carbon Buildings Programme to be taken up; and what he anticipates...

      Ministerial Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the holding Answer given to Question 193546, tabled on 7 March 2008, on ministerial correspondence, when...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what discussions he has had with each of the five largest mobile operators on mobile termination rates in the last six...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what representations he has received from the five largest mobile operators on the introduction of two-hour number...

      Money Lenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will put in place mechanisms to protect people with mental health problems from the activities of doorstep...

      Natural Gas: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what information he holds on the average cost of gas to (a) domestic and (b) commercial consumers in other EU member...

      Nuclear Installations Inspectorate: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what costs have been recovered by the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (NII) for work carried out on prospective...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 13 May 2008, Official Report, column 1464W, on nuclear power, if he will disaggregate the...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 13 May 2008, Official Report, column 1464W, on nuclear power, what the titles are of the...

      Overseas Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what advice his Department issues to UK businesses operating overseas on the reinvestment of profits in local communities.

      Overseas Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what advice his Department issues to UK businesses operating overseas on in-country environmental and planning guidelines.

      Overseas Investment: Brazil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent estimate he has made of the monetary value of annual investment in Brazil by UK companies.

      Overseas Trade: Seychelles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to increase trade between the United Kingdom and the Seychelles;...

      Overseas Trade: Seychelles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many officials in his Department work on the promotion of trade between the United Kingdom and the Seychelles,...

      Post Office: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent representations he has received on the Post Office's London Area Network Change Programme.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) if he will make it his policy to compensate the Post Office network in full for the services of general economic...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the effects of post office branch closures on local businesses.

      Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the cost of the press offices of (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public...

      Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what progress his Department has made in implementing those recommendations made by the Trade and Industry Committee...

      Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will bring forward legislative proposals to regulate public house leasing to require public house owners to (a)...

      Public Houses: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will bring forward proposals for legislation to remove ties from leased public houses tied to brewers owning...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate his Department has made of the (a) amount and (b) value of renewable energy sold to customers in (i)...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what mechanisms are in place to monitor the take-up of renewable energy by (a) domestic, (b) commercial and (c)...

      Renewable Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the number of household grants that will be claimed under the Low Carbon Buildings...

      Resolving Disputes in the Workplace

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many written representations were received in the Resolving Disputes in the Workplace consultation; and if he will...

      Royal Mail: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the budgeted financial balance of the Royal Mail is for the financial year 2008-09.

      Royal Mail: Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many and what percentage of items posted by the public were lost by Royal Mail in (a) England, (b) Scotland,...

      Royal Mail: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the staff headcount of the Royal Mail was on 30 April 2008.

      Small Firms Loan Guarantee Scheme: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform for how long the increase in the Small Firms Loan Guarantee scheme, announced in the Budget 2008, will last in Wales.

      Textiles: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what quantity of (a) clothing and (b) other textiles was imported from India in each year since 1997.

      Tidal Power: River Severn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the reasons were for not considering tidal stream as one of the options to be evaluated by the Severn Tidal Power...

      Trade: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much trade with Israel contributed to the United Kingdom's gross domestic product in each of the last five years...

      UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the total cost of rebranding the Defence Exports Services Organisation as the UK Trade...

      Utilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent assessment his Department has made of the (a) accountability and (b) effectiveness of regulators of...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which locations abroad the Minister of State for Trade and Investment has visited since his appointment.

      World War II: Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many Bevin Boys badges have been awarded to people in Hemsworth constituency.

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Defence Equipment Plan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are their intentions and expectations in respect of the publication of the defence equipment plan.

    • Armed Forces: Pay

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What reply they are sending to the Royal British Legion's submission to them of 8 May that a significant part of the pay increase for the Armed Forces announced...

      Aviation: Air Passenger Duty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have received representations from the Government of Morocco on the applicability of air passenger duty to passengers flying to Morocco.

      Aviation: Air Passenger Duty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they have responded to any representations they have received from the Government of the Morocco about the effect of air passenger duty on the tourism industry...

      Bolivia: British Embassy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many official visits the British embassy in Bolivia has received this year from Britain; who visited; and for what purpose.

      Bolivia: British Embassy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any United Kingdom parliamentarians have been received this year by HM ambassador in Bolivia; and, if so, whether they stayed at the official residence.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What peer-reviewed scientific advice they have received in recent years about the accuracy and reliability of tests for bovine tuberculosis.

      British Overseas Territories: Biodiversity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) when was the last time that Ministers and senior officials of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Department for International...

      Broadcasting: Digital Radio

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment has been made in the past 12 months of the comparative power used in listening to the radio using (a) a mains-powered analogue set; (b) a...

      Children and Young People

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they ensured that children and young people were involved in the development of the Children's Plan.

      Children and Young People

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they will ensure that children and young people are involved in the Department for Children, Schools and Families' review of sex and relationships education.

      Children and Young People

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many local authorities in England have an official specifically responsible for tackling sexual exploitation; how many of these posts are full time; and how...

      Climate Change: Population

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the population of the world is increasing year on year; whether world population has an effect on climate change; and if so, what is their policy on world...

      Crime: Domestic Violence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether fewer women are reporting domestic violence than four years ago; and, if so, why they believe that to be the case.

      Cuba: Prisoners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made representations to the Government of Cuba concerning the welfare in prison of the journalist Victor Rolando Arroyo Carmona, presently...

      Cuba: Prisoners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made representations to the Government of Cuba about the welfare in prison of the president of the Lawton Human Rights Foundation, Oscar Elias...

      Cuba: Torture

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have received evidence concerning the use of torture in Cuban prisons; and, if so, what representations they have made to the Government of Cuba about...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made by the United Nations Organisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) towards their mandate to seize or collect...

      Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform: Name Change

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What benefits accrued from the change of name of the Department for Trade and Industry to the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.

      Elections: Salford City Council

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will request that the Electoral Commission examine the recent election in the Irlam ward of Salford City Council to see whether the admitted support...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Lord Darzi of Denham on 19 March (WA 44), 21 April (WA 234) and 12 May (WA 110), (a) how the Human Fertilisation and Embryology...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 7 June 2007 (WA 203—04) and 19 June 2007 (WA 39), what safety measures or other criteria would...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Annual Reports

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

      Health: Clinical Trials

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 19 May (WA 161), what research has been conducted and what clinical and pathological data exist on the...

      Health: Orthopaedic Procedures

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will raise the tariffs paid on complex orthopaedic procedures carried out at specialist centres such as Wrightington Hospital so that the local NHS...

      Health: Prescribing and Dispensing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether general practitioners other than those in remote rural areas may both prescribe and dispense medicines; if so, what limitations exist on such practice; and...

      Health: Prescribing and Dispensing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the practice of general practitioners both prescribing and dispensing medicines affects the Government's policy of maximising patient choice.

      Health: Sodium-induced Hypertension

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people in the United Kingdom are currently at risk of sodium-induced hypertension.

      Health: Sodium-induced Hypertension

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of individuals currently suffering from hypertension would be likely to see a clinically significant improvement in their blood pressure if they...

      Health: Training

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which strategic health authorities in 2007—08 under-spent on their multi-professional training and education budgets; and by how much.

      Health: Training

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which strategic health authorities in 2007—08 under-spent on their non-medical education and training budgets.

      Health: Training

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any strategic health authorities made use of funding allocated to education and training budgets to accrue a surplus for the 2007—08 financial year.

      Health: Training

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether all strategic health authorities met the objectives in the service level agreements attached to the multi-professional education and training levy for...

      Identity Cards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to include every United Kingdom resident on the National Identity Register.

      Identity Cards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to include biometric data on every United Kingdom identity card.

      Iraq: Prisoners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 1 April (WA 158) to Question HL 2094 tabled on 22 February, when they now expect to write with a substantive...

      Israel and Palestine: Gaza

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking through the quartet to persuade the Government of Israel (a) to allow fuel and essential supplies into Gaza; (b) to allow humanitarian...

      Israel and Palestine: Gaza

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What legal advice they have received on whether Israel's blockade of Gaza constitutes a collective punishment within the terms of the Geneva conventions.

      Israel and Palestine: Gaza

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the current status of the agreement on movement and access between the Government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority of 2005; and whether they will...

      Israel and Palestine: Gaza

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the quartet has received advice from its special envoy on how to prevent a humanitarian disaster in Gaza; and, if so, what action the European Union and...

      Ivory Coast

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the upcoming elections in Côte d'Ivoire; and what role they believe the Student Federation of Côte d'Ivoire will play.

      Local Government

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) which statutory responsibilities have been devolved to and remain with local government since 1997; (b) what current expenditure is required to be met by local...

      Local Government: Leisure Facilities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What oversight the Charity Commission has of trusts that manage local authority leisure facilities.

      National Staff Dismissal Register

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What role the Home Office is playing in the setting up and operation of the National Staff Dismissal Register; and Whether the planned National Staff Dismissal...

      Northern Ireland Office: Mobile Phones

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 12 May (WA 112) concerning the Office of Government Commerce, what part environmental issues play in allocating...

      Northern Ireland Office: Mobile Phones

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 12 May (WA 112) what the Office of Government Commerce means by "improved value" and how it is demonstrated; and...

      Olympic Games: Torch

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ask the International Olympic Committee to redirect the route of the Olympic torch away from the areas inhabited by Tibetans, out of respect for...

      Public Appointments: Parliamentary Scrutiny

      asked the Leader of the House: Further to her Written Answer on 12 May (WA 110—11), why the Government are working only with the House of Commons Liaison Committee to agree the list of...

      Questions for Written Answer: Government Agencies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the rules concerning the referral of Written Answers to a government agency; whether such referred answers may be included in the Answer to be published...

      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 Defence 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 Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the drafting of Answers to Questions for Written...

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

      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 Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on the drafting of Answers...

      Shopping Centres

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to campaigns about the growth of new shopping centres in Britain.

      Somalia: Displaced People

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made regarding the recent fighting in Lower Juba in Somalia and the subsequent displacement of hundreds of Somali Bantu families.

      South Africa

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they will take to support the Government of South Africa to reduce the violence against Zimbabweans, Mozambicans and other non-South Africans in...

      Sudan: Abyei

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their political and diplomatic response to the growing crisis on the border of southern Sudan at Abyei; what are the prospects for a ceasefire; and which...

      Sudan: Abyei

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the international guarantors of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Sudan, including the United Kingdom, doing to ensure the implementation of the Abyei...

      Taxation: Income Bands

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What would be the tax yields during the current financial year from (a) a 1 per cent increase in the 40 per cent rate income tax band; (b) a 45 per cent band on...

      Taxation: Mileage Rates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will review the statutory mileage rates set out in Section 230(2) of the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003.

      Tibet

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the recent recommendations of Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch about this year's events in and around Tibet; and how they are...

      Transport: Tram Trains

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why tram trains are being trialled; whether the experience of the use of tram trains in Germany has been taken into account; and whether the feasibility of...

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