Written answers

Wednesday, 4 June 2008

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Abandoned Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what statistics are collated by his Department on the number of abandoned cars.

    • Aggregates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the tonnage of aggregates extracted in each year since 2002.

      Aggregates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of aggregates tonnage was recycled in each year since 1997.

      Flood Control: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many vacancies for (a) flood risk engineers, (b) flood risk planners, (c) flood risk project managers and (d) other...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects Sir Michael Pitt to publish his final report on the summer floods of 2007.

      Floods: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to conclude his Department's review of emergency planning procedures and measures to be taken following the...

      Horses: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 30 April 2008, Official Report, column 464W, on horses: animal welfare, when he will place in the...

  • Wales

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many and what proportion of his Department's employees are (a) male, (b) female, (c) from an ethnic minority, (d) disabled and (e) not...

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many and what proportion of employees in his Department who received a performance-related bonus at their last appraisal were (a) male, (b) female,...

  • Prime Minister

    • House of Lords Reform

      To ask the Prime Minister when he expects Government policy on reform of the House of Lords to be implemented.

    • Developing Countries: Disease Control

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) pursuant to his recent announcement on the provision of bed nets, what discussions he had with the All-Party Parliamentary Malaria Group prior to the announcement;...

  • Scotland

    • Scottish Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps the Government are taking to ensure a long-term stable economic environment for Scottish business.

    • Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the representatives of anti-poverty groups in Scotland on the Government's policy on child poverty.

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on postal services in Scotland.

      Wave and Tidal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on the development of wave and tidal power...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister on the proportion of Scotland's energy requirements met by renewable energy.

      Card Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the payment of pensions and benefits in Scotland through card accounts.

      Energy Demand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on energy demand in Scotland.

      HMS Gannet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he next expects to meet Ministry of Defence officials to discuss HMS Gannet at Prestwick airport.

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of electricity generation capacity in Scotland.

  • Treasury

    • Corporation Tax: EU Action

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the European Commission on proposals for a harmonised EU corporate tax base; and if he will make a statement.

    • Corporation Tax: EU Action

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the European Commission to make further proposals on a harmonised EU corporate tax base; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the budget of each Minister in his Department is for entertainment in 2008-09.

      Excise Duties: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what research he has (a) undertaken and (b) plans to undertake into the effects of the increase in excise duty on certain vehicles in the 2009-10...

      Excise Duties: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Financial Secretary's statement of 14 May 2008, Official Report, column 1470, on vehicle excise duty (1) what his Department's definition...

      Gift Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what level of take-up of Gift Aid tax relief was assumed in the projected current receipts for 2008-09 contained in the 2008 Red Book.

      Housing: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of (a) the likely trend in house prices over the next 12 months and (b) the impact of that trend on the United Kingdom economy.

      Income Tax: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the savings in payments of (a) council tax benefit, (b) housing benefit and (c) pension credit that will arise as a result...

      Pornography: Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much child pornography was seized under section 139(1) of the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979 in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007.

      VAT: Housing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether a reduced rate of VAT applies to the installation of external cladding on houses; and if he will make a statement.

      VAT: Housing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether he plans to apply a reduced rate of VAT for the installation of (a) double or triple glazing and (b) energy efficient boilers; and if he...

      Vulture Funds: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the tax revenue collected from vulture funds registered in the UK in each of the last six years; and if he will make a statement.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will make a statement on the interaction of refunded work expenses and the assessment of a person's eligibility for working tax credits; (2)...

  • Transport

    • Apprentices

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

    • Aviation: Chilterns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many additional households in and around the Chiltern Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty will be overflown by flights at 3,000 feet as a...

      Aviation: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the specifications are of the National Air Traffic Services model for estimating aircraft emissions; (2) what percentage of Terminal...

      Aviation: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment her Department has made of the relative perception of aircraft noise in (a) rural areas and (b) urban areas; (2) what...

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will review the funding arrangements of the national bus concessionary fares scheme to ensure that local authorities are not required to meet...

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 16 May 2008, Official Report, columns 1840-41W, on the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: correspondence, how many...

      Driving Offences: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the average fine imposed for the offence of driving without insurance was in the latest period for which figures are available; (2) how...

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many driving test centres her Department plans to relocate in the next 12 months; what the reason is for relocation in each case; and if she will...

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many driving test centres have been closed in each of the last five years; and what the reason for closure was in each case.

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many driving test centres have been relocated in each of the last five years; and what the reason for relocation was in each case.

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will make it her policy to ensure that newly-qualified drivers receive instruction from their driving test examiner on the dangers of (a)...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many persons aged (a) under 20, (b) 21 to 30, (c) 31 to 40, (d) 41 to 50, (e) 51 to 60, (f) 61 to 70, (g) 71 to 80 years and (h) over 80...

      Humber Bridge: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions she has had with the Humber Bridge Board on tolls on the Humber Bridge; and if she will make a statement.

      M1: Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason the M1 motorway was closed in the Midlands on 15 May 2008; upon whose authority the road was closed; and for what reason a closure was...

      Mersey Tunnel: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will consider the merits of introducing legislation to transfer responsibility for Mersey Tunnel toll charges to her Department.

      Midland Main Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will provide further carriages for trains on the Midland Main Line services run by East Midlands Trains through Kettering.

      Motorways: Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consultation her Department held with the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead on the implementation of the ramp metering scheme at Junction...

      Motorways: Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many complaints her Department has received on the operation of ramp metering schemes.

      Motorways: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the (a) volume and (b) value of vehicle fuel that would be saved in a 12-month period if the speed limit were always...

      Pollution: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what her latest estimate is of levels of traffic pollution in (a) Merseyside and (b) the vicinity of the Dartford Crossing.

      Railways: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions she has had with BRB (Residuary) Ltd on the consultation draft of the Route Utilisation Strategy for Lancashire and Cumbria,...

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Designated Community Rail Fund is part of the £15 billion of funding for rail announced in her 2007 Rail White Paper.

      Railways: Trent Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects the double rail tracking project on the Trent Valley section of the West Coast Main Line to be completed.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people of each sex were killed in car accidents in Hampshire where at least one of the drivers involved was aged 21 years or under in each...

      Roads: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether Highways Agency road building contracts have been awarded to a construction company under investigation by the Office of Fair Trading.

      Royal Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the Answer of 7 March 2008, Official Report, column 2890W, on Caribbean: royal visits, what the cost was of the hire of the yacht Leander...

      Shipping: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many freight facilities grants were provided to waterborne freight operators in each year since 2000; and what the value of such grants was in each...

      Shipping: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many freight facilities grants were partially or fully repaid by waterborne freight operators as a result of (a) the proposed scheme failing to...

      Skipton to Colne Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations she has received about the proposed disposal of the section of trackbed between Colne and Foulridge on the former Skipton...

      Speed Limits: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was imposed in fines for speeding detected by speed cameras in (a) Humberside and (b) the East Riding of Yorkshire in the last 12 months for...

      Thames Gateway Bridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials in her Department have had with Transport for London on the proposed Thames Gateway Bridge.

      Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when her Department's notes, LTN 1/04 and LTN 2/04, will be published; (2) when her Department's cycling infrastructure design document will be...

      Waterloo Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects the conversion of the Eurostar platforms at Waterloo for use by suburban trains to be completed; and if she will make a statement.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of unauthorised school absences resulting from family holidays taken in...

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) apprenticeships and (b) advanced apprenticeships there were in (i) his Department and (ii) the agencies for which...

      Child Care: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many foster care placements there were in (a) Greater London and (b) the London Borough of Bexley in 2007; (2) how...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of daycare settings in the (a) 15 per cent. most deprived and (b) 15 per cent. least deprived local...

      Children: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much will be made available to train the additional 5,000 practitioners to deliver outreach services under Chapter One of the...

      Children: Writing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) schools and (b) local authorities operate an Every Child a Writer Scheme.

      Departmental Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families 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...

      Domestic Violence: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Families Without Fear project in Brent.

      Education: Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average cost of an intensive supervision and surveillance programme is for a young offender.

      Food

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

      Further Education: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what proportion of 16-year-olds enrolled at a further education college is entitled to free school meals; and if he will...

      Parents: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the cost of delivery of the extension of intensive phone-based support services under Chapter One of...

      Parents: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many school-based parent support advisers are to be recruited in each of the next three years; and at what estimated cost as...

      Parents: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many Respect parenting experts there are in (a) England and (b) each local authority; how these experts provide support for...

      Parents: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people will be on the Parents' Panel; how they will be chosen; how he proposes to use the Panel in policy-making; and...

      Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will estimate the annual cost to the public purse of extending the universal early years entitlement of 12.5 hours a week to...

      Pre-School Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will estimate the annual cost to the public purse of increasing the universal early years entitlement to 20 hours a week;...

      Pre-School Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what per child early years grant was awarded to nurseries in each local authority in England in the latest period for which...

      Pre-School Education: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what per pupil funding was awarded for three to five year-olds taking up the 12.5 hours a week early years entitlement in each...

      Primary Education: School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what foods are (a) prohibited and (b) discouraged in primary schools with Healthy Schools status.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what proportion of breaches of a (a) community rehabilitation order, (b) supervision order, (c) community...

      Schools: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent discussions he has had with the Department for Transport on the fitting of seatbelts in all vehicles used to transport...

      Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many secondary schools have a specialism in (a) mathematics, (b) English, (c) modern languages, (d) dance, (e)...

      Sixth Form Education: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much per pupil funding there was for children taught in (a) school sixth forms and (b) sixth form and further education...

      Strengthening Families Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what organisations were funded by the Strengthening Families Grant in each of the last five years.

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many adults enrolled on (a) Level 2 apprenticeships, (b) Level 3 advanced apprenticeships and (c) higher education...

    • Apprentices: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much funding has been allocated by his Department to (a) adult Level 2 apprenticeships, (b) adult Level 3 advanced...

      Departmental Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether he has issued guidance to staff in his Department to switch off personal computers when not in use; and if he will...

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the Answer of 20 May 2008, Official Report, column 246W, on departmental equality, what percentage of top...

      Further Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) if he will estimate the number of 19 to 25-year-olds expected to enrol on their first full level 3 course in each of...

      Further Education: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how many students studied a higher education course in a further education college in each of the last 20 years for...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how many people enrolled on (a) access courses and (b) foundation degrees in each year since 2006; and if he will...

      Higher Education: Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment has been made of the effect of Student and Technology Facilities Council funding cuts on university science...

      Lokhai Foundation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much his Department has allocated to the Lokahi Foundation in each year for which figures are available.

      Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what role the Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property will play in shaping Government policy on the creative...

      Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what plans he has to commission research from the Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property; and if he will make a...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will provide a breakdown by main budget heading of the Train to Gain budget for (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what steps his Department is taking to prevent armed forces personnel from developing mental health conditions; (2) what mechanisms are in place...

    • Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Saxon, (b) CVR(T) and (c) FV432 (and derivative) armoured vehicles are (i) in the Army's inventory, (ii) fully serviceable and (iii)...

      Defence Medical Training Establishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the Defence Medical Training Establishment to be operational at the Whittington Barracks near Lichfield; what assessment he has made of...

      Departmental Computers

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

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on private security contractors for UK military facilities in Iraq in each year since 2003.

      Military Bands

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

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what definition his Department uses for high value in relation to foreign direct investment projects facilitated by UK...

    • Overseas Trade: Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department is taking to dissuade companies based in the UK from trading with Burma.

      Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate has been made of the cost of implementing the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 for local shops if...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Arm's Length Management Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have transferred housing stock to arms length management organisations (ALMO); what the most recent...

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consultations (a) have taken place and (b) are planned by her Department on the definition of zero carbon.

      Community Relations: Extremism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department is taking to tackle extremism in local communities.

      Council Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have chosen as their preferred option for housing stock (a) retention, (b) transfer, (c) an arm's...

      Council Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many council houses there are in each local authority area; and what estimate she has made of (a) the cost of transferring...

      Council Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the Answer of 19th April 2004, Official Report, columns 354-5W, on management and maintenance allowance, by...

      Council Tax: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what assessment she has made of the merits of establishing a statutory council tax discount for service personnel; and if...

      Eco Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what role (a) the restructured regional development agencies and (b) the Homes and Communities Agency will play in the...

      Eco-Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) pursuant to the Answer of 1 May 2008, Official Report, columns 663W, on eco-towns, in which of the shortlisted sites her...

      Eco-Towns: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the developers for the 15 shortlisted eco-town locations will be required to provide (a) a concept statement and (b) an...

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much food waste her Department generated in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what mechanisms are in place to ensure that (a) the contents of home information packs are accurate and (b) the providers of...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether, following the expiration of the current transitional arrangements, homes will not be able to be marketed for sale...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to pages 26 to 27 of her Department's Annual Report for 2008, what methodology was used to determine the...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which recommendations of the 2005 Office of Fair Trading market study report on local searches have been implemented; which...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of local authorities did not provide access to records required to complete a local search report in the latest...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have directly participated in the (a) Social HomeBuy, (b) New Build HomeBuy and (c) Open Market...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the expected change in (a) numbers of new houses built and (b) house prices in the next 12 months.

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps are being taken to assist home owners to carry out energy efficiency improvements recommended in energy performance...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many applications have been made under the My Choice Home Buy Scheme since its inception; (2) how many property sales...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her most recent estimate is of the number of households which will participate in each of the three HomeBuy programmes in...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the £200 million announced on 14 May 2008 to purchase new properties from house builders is additional housing...

      Housing: Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) homes have been built and (b) homes have been demolished with Pathfinder support in each housing market renewal...

      Housing: Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes have been (a) acquired, (b) demolished, (c) refurbished and (d) built in each of the housing renewal...

      Local Authority Business Growth Incentives Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 18 March 2008, Official Report, columns 974-5W, on...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many planning decisions have been taken (a) by planning officers under delegated powers and (b) by planning committees in...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many outstanding (a) enforcement notices and (b) planning appeals there are in each region; and how many there were in...

      Planning Permission: Gardens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she is taking to prevent front and back gardens from being over-developed in the form of blocks of flats replacing...

      Political Extremism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's definition of political extremism is, as referred to in the guidance issued to local authorities on...

      Regional Planning and Development: Eco-Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effects of proposals for eco-towns in the North West of England on the rate of investment in...

      Thames Gateway Bridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials in her Department have had with Transport for London on the proposed...

  • Home Department

    • Airguns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Answer of 31 March 2008, Official Report, column 601W, on airguns, if she will breakdown the figures by (a) age of the...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the proportion of occurrences of alcohol-related disorders that may be attributed to the sale by (a)...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many penalty notices for disorder have been issued in Cheshire since 2004 for (a) being drunk and disorderly in a public place, (b)...

      Animal Experiments: Primates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department from which countries the UK imported non-human primates for the purposes of scientific research in the last 12 months.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate her Department has made of the number of (a) drug dealers, (b) people dealing in counterfeit currency and (c) people dealing...

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her most recent estimate is of the number of illegal firearms in England and Wales.

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) firearms, (b) imitation firearms and (c) knives were seized by officers (i) on the street, (ii) from vehicles, (iii) from...

      Firearms: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many women were charged with firearms offences in each police force area in each of the last 10 years; (2) how many people under...

      Genetics: Cross Border Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the written ministerial statement of 27 June 2007, Official Report, column 32WS, on the Justice and Home Affairs Council,...

      Identity Cards: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations she has received from trade unions on the issue of identity cards to airside staff.

      Identity Cards: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate her Department has made of the likely cost to local authorities for (a) IT equipment, (b) staff training and (c) other costs...

      Imitation Guns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many injuries were caused by each type of imitation firearm in each of the last five years.

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how individuals will be able to (a) check whether information about them saved on the National Identity Register, including their...

      Passports: Interviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the average cost of a face-to-face passport interview has been; (2) how many face-to-face passport interviews have been conducted...

      Religious Freedom: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of UK citizens receiving police protection in England and Wales as a result of converting from the...

      Touting: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 22 May 2008, Official Report, column 479W, on touting: tickets, if she will place a copy of the report from the UK...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to answer question 202188, tabled by the hon. Member for North Southwark and Bermondsey on 23 April 2008, on parking tickets...

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental Computers

      To ask the Leader of the House whether she has issued guidance to staff in her Office to switch off personal computers when not in use; and if she will make a statement.

    • Food

      To ask the Leader of the House how much food waste her Office generated in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

  • Olympics

    • Olympic Games 2012: Bexley

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what contracts have been awarded to businesses based in the London borough of Bexley through the Olympic Delivery Authority.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Australia and Canada: Royal Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what costs the Government met for each official visit made by (a) Her Majesty the Queen and (b) other members of the Royal...

    • Chevening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the Chevening Trust Deed.

      Chevening Scholarships Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will publish the selection criteria used for Chevening Scholarships tenable in 2008-09; and how these criteria differ from...

      Commonwealth Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has had with the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills on the changes in funding...

      Commonwealth Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people from each country received funding under the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan in each of the last...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people in his Department were aged (a) 20 to 30, (b) 31 to 40, (c) 41 to 50, (d) 51 to 60 and (e) over 60 years,...

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects the refreshed E3+3 proposals of 6th June 2006 on Iran's nuclear programme to be formally presented to the...

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of Iranian compliance with efforts by International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors to verify...

      Iraq: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost of the UK diplomatic presence in Iraq was in each year from 1998 to 2007.

      Japan: Cereals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made representations to the (a) Government of Japan and (b) US Administration on releasing the stores of US...

      Overseas Students: Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what evidence he obtained from his recent review of his Department's funded scholarships enabling valid comparisons to be made...

      Pakistan: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 16 May 2008, Official Report, column 1815W, on Pakistan: terrorism, (1) what the Government's...

      Uganda: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether (a) he, (b) officials from his Department and (c) UK representatives in Uganda have had discussions with elected...

      Uganda: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the impact on the sustainability of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Uganda of...

      Uganda: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the ability of the Uganda Special Court to provide trials for the leaders of the...

      Zimbabwe: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to press countries of the Southern African Development Community to commit themselves to preventing arms...

      Zimbabwe: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will hold discussions with his European counterparts on taking steps against the (a) manufacture and (b) transfer of...

      Zimbabwe: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will request the European Commission to investigate whether the delivery of paper by MK Airline for the printing of...

      Zimbabwe: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to seek to help ensure that the second round of Presidential elections in Zimbabwe is free...

      Zimbabwe: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in the establishment of a UN mission to Zimbabwe to monitor human rights; and if he will make a...

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the financial solvency of the Zimbabwe government.

      Zimbabwe: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the government of Zimbabwe on the treatment of trade unionists in that country, with...

      Zimbabwe: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on whether the cargo of weapons from China destined for Zimbabwe has been delivered to that country.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much (a) the Big Lottery Fund, (b) the Heritage Lottery Fund, (c) Arts Council England, (d) Sport England, (e) UK Sport and...

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many full-time equivalent employees were in post in his Department in each year since 1997, broken down by division.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many and what proportion of his Department's employees are (a) male, (b) female, (c) from an ethnic minority, (d) disabled and...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the Department's total grant-in-aid funding of (a) English Heritage, (b) the Museums and Libraries Association, (c) the Arts...

      National Lottery: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much each national lottery and Olympic lottery distributor received from the National Lottery Distribution Fund and the Olympic...

      Sports: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the plans for the establishment of a National Anti-Doping Agency referred to in his Department's Corporate Plan have been approved.

      World Creative Business Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the World Creative Business summit steering group will be established; and when the first world creative business summit will take...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many days it took on average to answer written parliamentary questions tabled by each hon. Member for answer by him in the last six months.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefits: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much his Department paid in jobseekers allowance in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) constituency, (b) local authority and...

    • Children: Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) for what reasons the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission will be required to obtain court permission to confiscate driving...

      Citizens Advice Bureaux

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what resources his Department makes available to Citizens Advice Bureaux to provide benefits advice and debt advice.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to prevent security breaches in his Department.

      Jobcentre Plus: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many customers in Dorset and Somerset used the out-of-hours service that Jobcentre Plus operates on behalf of his Department in each of the...

      Jobcentre Plus: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people used the out-of-hours service that Jobcentre Plus operates on behalf of his Department during week-day evenings in the last six...

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the number of exemptions from the New Deal in each year since 1997; (2) for what reasons a person may be...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many companies have appealed against decisions on the amount of their annual contribution to the Pension Protection Fund for 2008-09; how...

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many participants in Pathways to Work are aged (a) under 50 and (b) 50 years and over.

      Rented Housing: Cambridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 15 May 2008, Official Report, column 1699W, on rented housing: Cambridge, if he will publish the information...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the savings limits and tariff income rules are for each category of income-related benefit; and when those levels were last changed.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the (a) number and (b) proportion of those entitled who do not take up benefit entitlements among (i) pensioners,...

  • International Development

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development 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...

    • Iraq: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the number of Iraqi refugees in (a) Syria, (b) Lebanon, (c) Jordan and (d) Iran.

      Iraq: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department spent on (a) bilateral and (b) multilateral aid to Iraq in each year since 1998.

      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...

  • Health

    • Autism: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much funding was allocated to each English local authority to meet the costs of providing services to adults with autistic spectrum disorders in...

    • Benzodiazepines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on routine prescribing of benzodiazepines on admission to psychiatric wards.

      Benzodiazepines: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what statistics his Department collects on the number of patients experiencing benzodiazepine withdrawal but diagnosed with a psychological disorder.

      Cannabis: Mentally Ill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on potential links between cannabis use and psychosis; (2) how many people are being...

      Chronically Sick: Neurology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will review the 2005 National Service Framework for Long-Term Neurological Conditions; (2) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness...

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will review the 2003 Action Plan for Epilepsy.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many doctors were diagnosed with mental health problems in each year since 1997; (2) how many people were diagnosed with mental health...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of computerised cognitive behavioural therapy; (2) how many patients received computerised...

      Mental Health Services: Community Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the Answer of 7 May 2008, Official Report, column 1018W, on the mentally ill: community care, what assessment his Department has made...

      Mental Health Services: Islington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on mental health services in Islington in each year since 1997-98; and how many mental health patients from Islington were cared for...

      Mental Health: Advocacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many mental health advocates he estimates there will be in each of the next three years; and what the estimated cost of employing them will be in each...

      Mentally Ill: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of prescriptions for anti-psychotic drugs to people under 16 years was in each of the last five years, broken down by health trust.

      Methadone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was of prescribing methadone to prisoners in each prison in England and Wales in each of the last five years for which figures are...

      Nurses: Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he issues on the number of nurses per child designated to care for (a) sick and (b) premature babies in intensive care; and if he will...

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department plans to allocate to primary care trusts for (a) palliative care, (b) disabled services and (c) hospice funding under the...

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on palliative and end of life care in each of the last five years; and how many people received such care in each year.

      Pancreatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward plans to (a) raise awareness of pancreatitis and (b) provide support to pancreatitis patient self-help groups.

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to assess the effectiveness of the National Suicide Strategy; (2) what steps are being taken to develop a...

  • Justice

    • British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress has been made in drawing up a Statement of British Values; and if he will make a statement.

    • Courts: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to improve facilities for the families of victims in court; and what plans he has to increase the provision of (a) seating in...

      Crime: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to improve the access of young people who are victims of crime to (a) counselling and (b) other support services.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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...

      Elections: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reasons ballot papers for the London Mayoral elections instructed voters to vote for two candidates and did not mention their right not to cast...

      Hollesley Bay Prison: Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he plans to take to reduce the number of absconders from Hollesley Bay Prison.

      Judges: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to the public purse of the provision of accommodation and associated services for judges in (a) London and (b) elsewhere in England and...

      Judiciary: Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what allowances for (a) accommodation and (b) subsistence are payable to members of the judiciary required to stay overnight away from home in...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which 10 barristers received the highest fees for civil legal aid work from the community legal services in the most recent year for which figures are...

      Legal Services Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what changes have been made to the Legal Services Commission's (a) targets for handling (i) correspondence and (ii) complaints and (b) quality...

      Legal Services Commission: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidance the Legal Services Commission gives to those wishing to make complaints about the Commission; and what undertakings it makes to...

      Legal Services Commission: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what (a) training and (b) guidance is provided to staff of the Legal Services Commission on the Commission's complaints procedure.

      Legal Services Commission: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many complaints the Legal Services Commission has received concerning its Chief Executive since 1 April 2007; when each complaint was received;...

      Life Imprisonment: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) male and (b) female prisoners sentenced to life imprisonment were convicted for serious offences within two years of their release from...

      Parole

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners have had decisions on parole delayed by the cancellation of the Parole Board meeting at which decisions were due because the Board had...

      Powers of Attorney

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what recent consideration he has given to simplifying the forms for incepting lasting powers of attorney; (2) whether steps are being taken to...

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the Answer of 14th May 2008, Official Report, column 1572W, on prisoners: release, how many prisoners have been released automatically at...

      Prisoners: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will commission research on the number of children who take time off schools to visit a parent in prison.

      Prisoners: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to reduce the percentage of prisoners within the high security estate with an identified accommodation need who do not have...

      Prosecutions: Licensing Act 2003

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there were under (i) section 141 (a), (ii) section 141 (b), and (iii) section 142 of the Licensing Act...

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average length was of sentences (a) handed down to and (b) served by those who were convicted of (i) violence against the person, (ii) sexual...

  • Solicitor-General

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Departmental Recordings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many (a) VHS, (b) DVD, (c) electronic digital and (d) other format videos the Cabinet Office has produced in the last 12 months.

    • English Language

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate he has made of the number of people in the UK for whom English is not their first language.

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Foot and Mouth Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Marine, Landscape and Rural Affairs, Mr Jonathan Shaw, on 22 April (Official...

    • Agriculture: Pesticides

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the outcome of the meeting of Agricultural Ministers in Brussels on 19 May to consider European Union proposals on further regulation of the use of...

      Airports: Heathrow

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made in reducing atmospheric pollution around Heathrow airport.

      Airports: Iris Recognition

      asked Her Majesty's Government: At which British airports the iris recognition entry system is in operation; how many persons have registered with the system; and on how many occasions passengers...

      Animal Welfare: Wild Birds

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will prepare an impact assessment for amendments to the list of species in Schedule 4 to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

      Animal Welfare: Wild Birds

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they have taken to ensure that captive populations of species that they intend to remove from Schedule 4 to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 are...

      Animal Welfare: Wild Birds

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they revised the criteria used to decide which species should be listed in Schedule 4 to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

      Animal Welfare: Wild Birds

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How individual birds issued with Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) transaction specific certificates, but removed from Schedule 4 to...

      Animal Welfare: Wild Birds

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which of the 11 non-European Union species proposed by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee for inclusion in Schedule 4 to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981...

      Armed Forces: Pay

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Ministerial Statement on the pay rise announced earlier this year for the Armed Forces, quoted by the Royal British Legion in its submission to the...

      Climate Change: Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether their recent contacts with representatives of the aluminium industry show progress in reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

      Energy: Nuclear Material

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the estimated £10 billion-worth of uranium and recovered plutonium stockpiled in the United Kingdom will be used for electrical generating purposes...

      Energy: Oil Prices

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 20 May (WA 187—8), what are the oil price projections calculated by the Department for Business,...

      Energy: Severn Barrage

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who are the members of the consortium to manage an environmental assessment of the proposed Severn barrage.

      Energy: Severn Barrage

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the likely cost of the two-year environmental assessment of the proposed Severn barrage.

      EU: Small Business

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to exempt businesses employing fewer than 20 people from the forthcoming European Small Business Act.

      Flooding: Recovery Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Statement by Baroness Andrews on 6 May (WS 16—17), what is the balance of the extra funding for flood recovery from the European Union...

      Glass

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the response by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 13 May (Official Report, col. 992) concerning the use of safety glass in pubs, whether there is a British...

      Gulf War Veterans

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Taylor of Bolton on 12 December 2007 (WA 54—5) about the handling of the case of Gulf War veteran the late Mr T E...

      Heritage Lottery Fund: Archive Collections

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of applications to the Heritage Lottery Fund to fund the purchase of archive collections were successful in each of the financial years...

      Houses of Parliament: Cromwell Statue

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the statue of Oliver Cromwell outside Parliament will be restored in time for the anniversary of Cromwell's death.

      Licensing: Lap Dancing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will give local authorities increased powers to regulate lap-dancing clubs in their areas by (a) extending the use of the sex encounter establishment...

      Licensing: Live Music

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In view of their concerns about potential noise nuisance at live music events, what legislation other than entertainment licensing is available to the police or...

      Local Government: Design Reviews

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Andrews on 12 May (WA 112), why they do not monitor centrally whether local planning authorities have design review panels.

      Northern Ireland: Bill of Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether a national Bill of Rights should apply to Northern Ireland; and if not, why.

      Olympic Games 2012: Wales

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they have had with the Welsh Assembly Government on the role of Wales in the 2012 Olympics, particularly regarding the involvement of Welsh...

      Passports: Interviews

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What procedures they have planned to obtain fingerprints and iris scans from passport applicants at remote video-linked interview offices.

      People Trafficking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to maintain and, if possible, increase the amount of safe accommodation available for women who have suffered rape or trafficking, or who wish...

      People Trafficking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they have to identify victims of trafficking at the earliest possible stage and to prevent them (in particular vulnerable women) being placed in...

      People Trafficking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they are responding to petitions in favour of the United Nations Global Initiative to fight Human Trafficking.

      Prisoners: Escapes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether persons serving custodial sentences who have absconded or escaped from prison are put on the United Kingdom Border Agency watch list; and how many such...

      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 Attorney General's Office on the drafting of Answers to Questions for Written Answer...

      Roads: Congestion

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the increase or decrease in traffic congestion (a) on outer-urban roads, and (b) in urban areas, since 1997.

      Tote

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether their objectives in selling the Tote include retaining support for the racing industry and jobs in Tote headquarters in Wigan as well as getting value for...

      Waste Management: Brofiscin Quarry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 8 May (WA 100), whether the Environment Agency Wales has a list of the original documents it indicates have been...

      Waste Management: Brofiscin Quarry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 8 May (WA 101), what was the relevant information provided to Lovells in order that it could carry out the...

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