Written answers

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

  • Prime Minister

    • Food Supply

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to paragraph 3.50 of the National Security Strategy of the United Kingdom, Cm 7291, what food the Government stores as a reserve; and how much food has been...

  • Home Department

    • Departmental Press Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department spent on newspapers and periodicals in each of the last three years.

    • Metropolitan Police: Forensic Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the Metropolitan Police spent on forensic science services in each of the last 10 years; and if she will make a statement.

      Passports: Interviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passport interview offices for first-time passport customers are fully operational; on which date each office became operational;...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to answer question 196822 on terrorist activity, tabled on 26 March.

  • Wales

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) new builds and (b) major refurbishments were completed by his Department for a cost in excess of £0.5 million in (i) 2005-06, (ii)...

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) new builds and (b) major refurbishments for a cost in excess of £0.5 million were completed by his Department in (i) 2005-06, (ii)...

  • Treasury

    • Armed Conflict: Afghanistan

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Government spent on the war in Afghanistan in each year since 2001.

    • Car Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will review the authorised mileage rates for business travel under the Approved Mileage Allowance Payments Scheme.

      Certified Public Accountants Association

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether the Certified Public Accountants Association has responsibility for regulating its members under the money laundering regulations; and if he...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of (a) employers offering and (b) employees taking up childcare vouchers; and if he will make a statement.

      Corporation Tax: Tax Collection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the cost of collecting corporation tax in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the performance of (a) the Northern Ireland economy and (b) the economy of the rest of the UK in each of the last five years.

      EU: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what UK participation there will be in the TARGET2 infrastructure of the Eurozone; and what estimate he has made of the cost of any UK changeover.

      Euro Preparations Unit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which Government Departments and agencies have reported updates to their Euro changeover plans to his Department's Euro Preparations Unit in the last 18 months.

      Excise Duties: Tax Collection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the cost of collecting excise duty in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Food: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the effect on global food prices of food subsidies in (a) the EU and (b) developing countries.

      Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which groups will not be fully compensated by his proposals to compensate taxpayers who were affected by the abolition of the 10 pence tax band.

      Iraq Conflict

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Government has spent on the war in Iraq in each financial year since hostilities began.

      National Income: Peterborough

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what level of gross domestic product was recorded in the NUTS area most closely corresponding to (a) Peterborough city council area and (b) Peterborough...

      Revenue and Customs: Crewe

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average length of service is of staff in the Debt Management and Banking department at the HM Revenue and Customs office in Crewe.

      Welfare Tax Credits: EU Nationals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many claims for (a) working tax credits and (b) child tax credits were made by citizens of other EU member states resident in Peterborough constituency...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Data Protection

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission whether the staff who will be given access to documentation submitted by hon. Members to the Parliamentary...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Departmental Planning Permission

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what (a) planning applications and (b) licensing applications the Electoral Commission has...

    • Labour Party: Finance

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission on what date the Labour Party deposited its accounts for 2007 with the Electoral Commission.

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how many donations to regulated donees were notified to the Commission late in (a) 2001, (b)...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what assessment the Speaker's Committee has made of the adequacy of information published by...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many officials work in his Department.

    • Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland pursuant to the answer of 22 November 2007, Official Report, column 1062W, on departmental official hospitality, when he expects the list for...

  • Transport

    • Airports: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many deaths occurred in UK airports in each year since 1997; and how many of these were attended by (a) the ambulance service and (b) port...

    • Aviation: Summertime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will commission research into the effects on morning levels of freight transport and aviation noise levels of a change to British Summer Time in...

      Dartford Tunnel: Queen Elizabeth II Bridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the net revenue from crossing tolls at the Dartford River Crossing was in each of the last five years.

      Dartford Tunnel: Queen Elizabeth II Bridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which transport projects have been funded or committed to be funded by the net revenues received from the tolls at the Dartford River Crossing.

      London to Cardiff Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether it is her policy to support the development of a high-speed rail link from London to Cardiff.

      Motor Vehicles: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if she will make it her policy to link increases in changes in motoring-related fees to rate of inflation measures by the Consumer Prices Index;...

      Noise: Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what estimate her Department has made of the changes in traffic noise levels associated with A roads in (a) Hampshire and (b) England over the...

      Parking: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many appeals were made against the issuing of parking fines to the Independent Parking Adjudicator in the most recent year for which figures...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many cases where drivers involved in reported road traffic accidents failed to stop there were in each of the last five years.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the combined annual budget is for road and related infrastructure improvements for the South West; and on what criteria such funding is allocated.

      Traffic Offences: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance she has issued to local authorities on making traffic camera video footage available on the internet; and if she will make a statement.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the strength of the (a) Afghan National Army and (b) Afghan National Police Force is.

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average annual pay is for (a) military and (b) civilian ground vehicle crew members undertaking fuel resupply duties in Helmand province,...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel from each country were serving in the International Security Assistance Force at the latest date for which information is...

      Armed Forces: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many regiments have been based in the North West over the last three years; and how many are planned to be based there in the next three years.

      Armed Forces: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence under which vehicle category the Husky mine detection/clearance vehicle falls; and under what conditions it is classed as a C vehicle.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what (a) ventilation and (b) cooling systems other than air conditioning are incorporated into the Panther Command and Liaison vehicle; (2)...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether supplies of the 4-wheeled Cougar vehicle, when converted to a Ridgback, will be sent to theatre in batches immediately they are available.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has to replace the Snatch Land Rover with another vehicle of similar size and capacity.

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many applications to join the Army were made in each year since 1997; and how many applicants were successful in each year.

      Bombs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 13 June 2008, Official Report, column 556W, on bombs, what military advice he has received from the armed forces on methods of...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the value of his Department's computer systems (a) was at the time of purchase and (b) is now.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the average pay per hour worked by (a) permanent and (b) temporary staff in his Department in the last period for which...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the Comprehensive Spending Review 2007 (Column 7227, 2006/07), what the expected level, in near cash terms is of (a) negative resource...

      Departmental Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much sick pay to staff in his Department cost in the last five years for which figures are available.

      Departmental Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of successful applicants for jobs in his Department are subjected to a criminal records check; how many (a) successful applicants and...

      EU Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the Government's policy is on (a) the creation of a standing EU budget for funding EU military operations and (b) other proposed reforms to the...

      EU Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the Government's policy is on the creation of a single EU Strategic Directorate in Brussels to carry out EU (a) military and (b) civil missions.

      EU Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the Government's policy is on the creation of an independent European Union standing strategic planning capability.

      EU Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2008, Official Report, column 721W, on EU defence policy, whether his Department plans to increase the number of its...

      EU Rapid Reaction Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what discussions he has had with his French counterpart on developing a 60,000 strong EU rapid reaction force; (2) what the Government's policy is...

      Ex-servicemen: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the proportion of veterans who have been awarded a veteran's badge; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of (a) armoured vehicles, (b) other vehicles, (c) fixed wing aircraft, (d) rotary wing aircraft, (e) weapons systems and (f)...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many C17 aircraft are operated by the Royal Air Force; and how many of those are (a) leased and (b) owned by the Royal Air Force; (2) how...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many heavy lift aircraft have been hired by the armed forces in the last three years, broken down by aircraft type.

      Military Aircraft: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when a decision will be made on the company which will construct the (a) Hawk advanced jet trainer and (b) Typhoon tranche 3; and where each will be...

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 17 June 2008, Official Report, column 849W, on berths, if he will list those berths with safety plans in place as specified in...

      Porton Down: Human Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 31 January 2008, Official Report, column 26WS, what progress has been made in the payment of...

      Type 45 Destroyers: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the advice he received from the First Sea Lord relating to the cancellation of the seventh and eighth T45...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether an agricultural policy is being established in Afghanistan under the command of (a) the International Security Assistance...

    • Africa: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had on UN plans to monitor and assess the implementation of the Maputo Plan of Action.

      Africa: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what UK bilateral aid programmes are under way in (a) Gambia, (b) Ghana, (c) Cameroon and (d) Equatorial Guinea; and what the (i)...

      Africa: Vulture Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department takes to support poor and indebted African nations from the negative effects of vulture funds.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many and what proportion of staff in his Department received bonus payments in each of the last five years; what the total amount...

      Developing Countries: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department takes to control the amount of new debt that heavily indebted nations may accumulate.

      Developing Countries: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support his Department provides for the Debt Sustainability Framework (DSF); and if he will list the beneficiaries of the...

      Eritrea: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid his Department provided to Eritrea in each year since 2001; what types of aid were provided; and if he will make a statement.

      International Finance Facility for Immunisation Bonds

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effects of global financial turbulence and projections of future global growth on innovative...

      Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what allocation his Department has made for language training for departmental staff in 2008-09.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will hold discussions with his G8 counterparts to seek an increase in their funding of development assistance; and if he will...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps the Government has taken to improve biosecurity; (2) what steps the Government has taken to increase public...

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will abolish set-aside in advance of any EU decision to do so.

      Agriculture: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will provide grant aid towards the cost of slurry storage facilities on farms arising from the implementation of the...

      Animal Welfare: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to support proposals for a UN declaration on animal welfare; and if he will make a statement.

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) statutory instruments, (b) departmental circulars and (c) other documents he (i) has issued in the last 12 months...

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department (a) is taking and (b) plans to take to (i) monitor and (ii) control diseases in bees; what recent...

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding his Department provided for research into beekeeping in each year since 1997.

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much (a) the National Bee Unit and (b) the Bee Inspectorate received from his Department in each year since 1997; and...

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many beekeepers each National Bee Unit inspector is responsible for in the six months of the year in which inspections...

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation regulates (i) beekeeping and (ii) bee products; what recent representations...

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the population of each species of bee in (a) Essex and (b) England in each year since 1980.

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many beekeepers there were in (a) Southend and (b) Essex in (i) each of the last five years and (ii) at the most recent...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brecon and Radnorshire, (Mr. Williams), of 2 April 2008, Official Report,...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will publish the scientific evidence relating to badger to cattle transmission of bovine tuberculosis evaluated by his...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with his French counterpart on policies to deal with bovine tuberculosis; and if he will make a...

      Carrot Fly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will seek discussions at EU level to review the decision under the EU Pesticides Directive to ban the use of pesticides...

      Carrot Fly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what methods of controlling carrot fly are available to amateur gardeners.

      Carrot Fly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department has undertaken on a less environmentally damaging alternative to the pesticide dieldrin to treat...

      Carrot Fly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the ban on the use of pesticides under the EU Council Directive...

      Cattle: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many imported cattle were accompanied by inadequate paperwork when arriving at a UK port in each of the last three years.

      Cattle: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many live cattle were imported into the UK in each of the last three years.

      Central Science Laboratory: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made towards meeting the Central Science Laboratory performance targets for 2007-08, broken down by target.

      Commission for Rural Communities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the planned budget for the Commission for Rural Communities is for (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2010-11.

      Commission for Rural Communities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people are employed by the Commission for Rural Communities; and how many are expected to be employed by it in each...

      Departmental Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's (a) chart of accounts and (b) resource account codes and usage...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the value of the property held by (a) his Department and (b) associated public bodies was at the most recent date for...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how frequently his Department restates the asset values of its building estate.

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 12 May 2008, Official Report, columns 1327-28W, on departmental public participation, how much...

      Departmental Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what files are held by his Department on (a) the Animal Welfare Bill of Session 2005-06 and (b) the Animal Welfare Act...

      Departmental Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which trades unions represent members of staff in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies.

      Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to establish a strategy to tackle age discrimination and promote age equality in the provision of goods...

      Fisheries: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether it is compulsory for fishing boats off the English coast to use pingers to deter cetaceans and other sea life.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to ensure flood defences are maintained on a regular basis; and if he will make a statement.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to ensure that adequate flood defences are in place before new housing is built in areas...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the use of section 106 agreements to ensure flood defence problems caused by new...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the effect that Planning Policy Statement No. 25 has had on the development of...

      Flood Control: Bournemouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 24 June 2008, Official Report, column 166W, on flood control: Bournemouth, what steps the...

      Flood Control: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy to seek the introduction of a British Standard for flood resistant products in connection with...

      Floods: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of the (a) establishment and (b) annual operation of the proposed...

      Floods: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department plans to take to ensure the privacy of the people whose details will be contained on the proposed...

      Livestock: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many live lambs and sheep were exported for (a) slaughter and (b) further fattening in (i) April and (ii) May...

      Meat: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what mechanisms are in place to ensure imported meat meets UK standards; and if he will make a statement.

      Noise: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when his Department will publish noise maps for major roads in England as required in the EU Environmental Noise Directive;...

      Noise: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the public consultation will be held on noise maps developed to meet the requirements of the Environmental Noise...

      Noise: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made on a consultation to develop a national noise strategy; and if he will make a statement.

      Oral Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will discuss with the Leader of the House the number of opportunities he will have to answer oral questions from hon....

      Rural Payments Agency: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made towards meeting the Rural Payments Agency's performance targets for 2007-08, broken down by target.

      Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on (a) commissioning and (b) funding the production of television programmes in (i) each of...

      Tree Preservation Orders: Guildford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 25 April 2008, Off icial Report, column 2328W, on tree preservation orders: Guildford, whether...

      Waste Management: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding was allocated to each county council in England for recycling and sustainable waste management in each year...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Burma: Foreign Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Mid-Norfolk, (Mr. Simpson) of 26 February 2008, Official Report, column 1364W, on...

    • Republic of Ireland: Lisbon Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on pursuing the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty following the result of the referendum in the Republic...

      Somalia: Politics and Government

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

      Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department spent on (a) commissioning and (b) funding the production of television programmes (i) in each of the...

      Treaty of Lisbon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs by what mechanism the UK would ratify the Treaty of Lisbon; and whether such ratification is revocable prior to the Treaty...

      Treaty of Lisbon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans to ratify the Treaty of Lisbon; what the procedure for ratification is; and when UK ratification will come into effect.

      Treaty of Lisbon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the instruments of ratification required under Article 6 of the Treaty of Lisbon are; when the Government plans to deposit...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she plans to change the procedures for making decisions on regeneration.

    • Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department is taking to promote community aspirations through regeneration.

      Local Area Agreement: Barnsley and Doncaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made in local area agreement negotiations in Barnsley and Doncaster.

      Community Cohesion Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what support she is giving to Christian faith groups as part of her community cohesion strategy.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many families are on social housing waiting lists.

      Interfaith Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made on developing the interfaith strategy.

      Police and Health Services: Oversight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to improve the capacity of local communities to oversee police and health services.

      Family Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many family homes she expects local authorities to build in 2008-09.

      Community Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made on implementing proposals for the transfer of assets to community groups; and what effect the...

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will bring forward proposals to amend planning legislation to require improvements in energy efficiency in listed...

      Housing and Planning Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment she has made of the effect of housing market forecasts on the delivery of Government housing and planning...

      Trees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she is taking to ensure that trees of national importance or significance are identified and protected.

      Regional Spatial Strategy: South-West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects to publish her response to the draft regional spatial strategy for the south-west.

      Eco-towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to issue planning policy statements in relation to eco-towns; and if she will make a statement.

      Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the guidance to local authorities on the use of out-of-borough temporary...

      Council Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of domestic residential dwellings in each council tax band in the London Borough of Bexley.

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answers to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 19 February 2008 , Official Report, column...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will review salary negotiations for public sector employees in organisations within her Department's responsibility to...

      Departmental Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent by her Department on subscriptions for magazines, newspapers and other publications in each of the last 24 months.

      Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost of overseas visits by each Minister in her Department has been since 1997.

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how long on average her Department took to answer (a) ordinary written and (b) named day questions in each of the last three years.

      East of England Regional Assembly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the division of responsibilities between the Thames Gateway and the East of England Regional Assembly is; what mechanisms...

      Eco-towns: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department has allocated to support the development of eco-towns in the current spending review period.

      Eco-towns: Green Belt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill) of 6 June 2008, Official Report, column...

      Eco-towns: Green Belt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 7 May 2008, Official Report, column 1037W,...

      Eco-towns: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether houses built in eco-town developments will count towards the house building targets in the relevant local authority's...

      Eco-towns: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to issue a (a) national policy statement and (b) planning policy statement on eco-towns.

      Floods: Property Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many houses, in each region are (a) in and (b) due to be built in areas of high flood risk; and if she will make a statement.

      Greenbelt: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill) of 6 June 2008, Official Report, column...

      Homelessness: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) registered charities and (b) community-based schemes providing help for homeless people in Leeds Metropolitan...

      Housing Benefit: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent on housing benefit in the Peterborough City Council area in each year since 1997.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) homes and (b) affordable homes have been built in each London local authority area in each year since 1992.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes were built in (a) Chorley, (b) Lancashire, (c) the North West and (d) England in each of the last five years.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new dwellings were started in each region in each of the last three years; and what estimate her Department has made of...

      Housing: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many empty domestic dwellings there were in (a) England and (b) each Government Office region in (i) 2006 and (ii) 2007.

      Housing: Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how an increase in (a) the number of residential dwellings and (b) the local population arising from the construction of...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new build social homes for rent have been constructed in each London local authority area since 1992.

      Housing: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which London local authorities have submitted proposals for tackling overcrowding in response to her recent initiative on...

      Housing: Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) if she will place in the Library a copy of the research used to select the local areas chosen for the housing market...

      Housing: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what restrictions there are on physically opening windows in homes with a Level 6 Code for Sustainable Homes.

      Local Government Finance: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average expenditure per head was by local authorities in (a) Bolton and (b) Greater Manchester in the latest period...

      Local Government: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the likely effect on (a) administrative and (b) other costs if Gloucestershire was to become a...

      Local Government: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the composition of Comprehensive Performance Assessment inspector panels is when assessing (a) district authorities, (b)...

      Mayors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities had elected mayors at the latest date for which information is available.

      Regeneration: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations she has received on (a) the respective responsibilities of the Thames Gateway and the East of England...

      Social Rented Housing: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households occupying social housing were headed by a foreign national in the most recent period for which figures are...

      Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment she has made of the level of demand for the services provided by (a) her Department and (b) its...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Arms Trade: Export Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether military equipment export licences were granted to British companies for the sale of cryptography equipment...

    • Carbon Sequestration: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what funding his Department has provided for the construction of carbon capture and storage demonstration plants; what...

      Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the economic prospects for the construction industry over the next 12 months.

      Crime: Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what advice his Department has issued to businesses to tackle and prevent online fraud.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much his Department and its predecessor spent on (a) new furnishings, (b) art and (c) new vehicles in each of...

      Electricity: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what factors determine the national price of electricity; and what estimate he has made of changes in the national...

      Electricity: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of changes in the unit price of electricity during periods of peak demand across the UK.

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what sources of energy supply which are normally on standby or low output are utilised during periods of peak national...

      Energy Supply: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will hold discussions with his counterparts in other EU member states on the security of energy supply.

      Energy: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the average funding per head in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland, (c) England, (d) Wales and (e) Northern Ireland...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the number of households in fuel poverty in each local authority area.

      Fuel Poverty: Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which six energy companies provided the largest number of social tariffs to pensioners in the last 12 months; and if...

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will commission research into the reasons why costs for kerosene have risen more rapidly than those for gas and...

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the effect of increases in fuel oil prices on the domestic heating bills of those with...

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on what dates since 1 May 1997 his Department has re-evaluated its oil price projections for 2020; and what the...

      National Emergency Plan for Fuel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform under what circumstances the National Emergency Plan for Fuel will be activated; and if he will make a statement.

      Natural Gas: Disconnections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the number of gas customers on pre-payment tariffs who have self-disconnected over the...

      Nuclear Installations Inspectorate: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many new staff members recruited in 2008 by the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (NII) to support additional...

      Oil: Reserves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what recent estimate he has made of the size of the UK's North Sea oil reserves; (2) what the UK's proven oil...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether the likely effects on small local businesses have been considered in the event of Post Office Ltd. losing the...

      Post Offices: Robbery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many robberies there were of (a) post offices and (b) post office vehicles in each of the last five years.

      Renewable Energy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much the Government plan to spend on renewable energy over the next 10 years.

      Renewable Energy: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Morley and Rothwell (Colin Challen) of 16 June 2008, Official Report,...

      Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the number of (a) males and (b) females who were required to retire against their...

      River Severn: Tidal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) when the tender process for the strategic environment assessment of Severn tidal projects was (a) first...

      Royal Mail: Crewe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he last discussed the future of the mail sorting office in Crewe with Royal Mail; and if he will make a statement.

      Severn Barrage: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will hold discussions with the Anglers' Conservation Association, the National Trust, the RSPB, the Salmon and...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the potential contribution of the Crown Estate Round 3 offshore windfarm development to...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the potential electricity output of the Crown Estate Round 3 offshore windfarm development.

  • Women and Equality

    • Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many days it took on average to answer written parliamentary questions tabled by each hon. Member for answer by her in the last six months.

    • Flexible Working

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps the Government has undertaken with employers to address the balance of work and family commitments through the introduction of flexible...

      Public Bodies: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what assessment she has made of the ability of public bodies to bring procurement back in house because of equality issues when it has been contracted out.

      Sexual Harassment

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many claims by women for (a) sexual harassment and (ii) sexual discrimination in the (i) public sector and (ii) private sector were accepted for...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Council Tax Benefits: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many service personnel from each service are in receipt of council tax benefit; and if he will make a statement.

    • Departmental Civil Service Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department's executive agencies have spent on foreign travel in each of the last five years, broken down by destination.

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on consultancy fees in each of the last five years.

      Equality 2025

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the budget was for Equality 2025 in each of the last two years.

      Fuel Poverty: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest estimate is of the number of (a) male and (b) female pensioners aged (i) 60 to 79 and (ii) over 80 years old unable to pay...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much his Department allocated to each Jobcentre Plus district in the UK for the payment of discretionary housing payments in each...

      Incapacity Benefit: Birkenhead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2008, Official Report, column 974W, to the hon. Member for Epsom and Ewell (Chris Grayling), on social...

      Income Support: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 9 June 2008, Official Report, column 22W, on income support: disabled, how many people claiming income support with...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the average level of pay of those moving off benefits into 100 per cent. commission jobs in the latest period for...

      Wood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much timber and timber products were procured by his Department in each of the last five years; and at what cost; (2) how much...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average salary for daycare managers in (a) maintained nurseries, (b) private, voluntary and independent nurseries and...

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average number of staff vacancies in (a) maintained nurseries, (b) private, voluntary and independent nurseries and...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many surveys the Government have conducted to assess the state of the market for child care (a) since 1997 and (b) between...

      Children's Centres

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

      Children's Centres: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children's centres there are in Milton Keynes; how many are planned to be opened; and how much will be spent on such...

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people in the London Borough of Enfield received education maintenance allowance in each of the last five years.

      Extended Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what (a) numerical and (b) core offer targets his Department has set to increase the number of extended (i) primary and...

      Harrington Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2008, Official Report, column 972W, on the Harrington scheme, whether the funding for the...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people resident in the London Borough of Bexley entered full-time higher education in the academic years (a) 1997-98,...

      Parents: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent steps the Government have taken to assist those parents in treatment for drug addiction with parenting skills.

      Vocational Guidance: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what occupations his Department defines as non-traditional occupations for girls when assessing the progress Connexions has made...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Erasmus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which programmes are being funded in the UK under the EU Erasmus Mundus programme.

    • Universities and Colleges Admissions Service: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether any personal information held by the University and Colleges Admissions Service is sold for commercial use.

      Vocational Training: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will consider the establishment of a dedicated learning bank through which (a) individuals, (b) employers and (c)...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many residents of the London Borough of Bexley entered higher education in each of the last five years, broken down by ward.

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his Department's Statistical Bulletin on Abortion Figures 2007, if he will review the abortion strategy for England and Wales.

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women had had (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four, (e) five, (f) six, (g) seven and (h) eight or more abortions at the most recent date...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how his Department is monitoring the implementation of the Abortion Act 1967; and if he will make a statement.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the abortion rate per 1,000 women aged (a) 19, (b) 18, (c) 17, (d) 16, (e) 15, (f) 14 and (g) under 14 years was in 2007; and what forecast he...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women aged (a) under 16, (b) 16 to 18, (c) 19 to 24, (d) 25 to 29, (e) 30 to 34, (f) 35 to 39 and (g) over 40 years of age in (i) Essex...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which 10 primary care organisations had the (a) highest and (b) lowest abortion rates in England per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44 years in 2007.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortions have been performed under the Abortion Act 1967, as amended by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990; and how many and what...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women in (a) Essex Strategic Health Authority and (b) England and Wales had an abortion in 2007 who had already had (i) one, (ii) two, (iii)...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the availability of the morning-after pill on the abortion rate in England; and if he will make...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many clinics are registered to perform abortions in (a) Southend and (b) Essex; whether they receive public funding to carry out these procedures;...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the abortion rates among girls aged under (a) 18 and (b) 16 years were in 2007, broken down by region.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortions were performed in (a) Southend and (b) Essex in 2007, broken down by (a) age of the woman, (b) grounds of the abortion and (c)...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which 10 primary care organisations had the (a) highest and (b) lowest abortion rates in England per 1,000 women aged (i) under 16, (ii) 17, (iii) 18,...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women seeking an abortion in England gave addresses in (a) Northern Ireland, (b) the Republic of Ireland, (c) the State of Israel, (d) Malta...

      Abortion: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of abortions carried out on non-UK residents in hospitals and clinics in England was in 2007.

      Abortion: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will (a) introduce and (b) support an amendment to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill extending the Abortion Act 1967 to Northern...

      Abortion: Buckinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many clinics are registered to perform abortions in (a) Milton Keynes and (b) Buckinghamshire; whether they receive public funding to carry out...

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many accident and emergency admissions took place between (a) 6:00 am and noon, (b) noon and 4:00 pm and (c) 4:00pm and 9:00pm in the latest period...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of patients admitted to hospital in (a) Chorley and (b) the North-West needed treatment for excess drinking in each of the last three years.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many under 25-year-olds were admitted to hospital in London for alcohol-related illness in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was for people with an alcohol addiction for an appointment with a psychiatric nurse (a) nationally and (b) broken down by...

      Analgesics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the National Health Service was of the provision of analgesics to patients in England in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Bedfordshire Primary Care Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will amend the funding formula for Bedfordshire Primary Care Trust to take account of expenditure incurred in providing healthcare to detainees at...

      Bedfordshire Primary Care Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what costs have been incurred by Bedfordshire Primary Care Trust in providing healthcare for detainees at the Yarl's Wood Detention and Removal Centre in...

      Blood Transfusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has paid to the (a) MacFarlane Trust and (b) Skipton Fund to support (i) haemophiliacs and (ii) dependants of haemophiliacs...

      Cancer: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the per capita public expenditure on cancer care within Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust was in the latest period for which figures are...

      Cord Blood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans National Health Service Blood and Transplant has to relocate cord blood collection sites to Bristol; and if he will make a statement.

      Cord Blood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many units of cord blood collected by the NHS Cord Blood bank since 2005 were not suitable for clinical use.

      Dental Services: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists have left the NHS in (a) Bolton and (b) Greater Manchester in the last 12 months.

      Dental Services: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent NHS general dental practitioners there are in York; and how many there were in each of the last two years.

      Dental Services: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) adults and (b) children are registered with NHS general dental practices in York; and how many were registered at York practices in each...

      Dental Services: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on NHS general dental services in (a) North Yorkshire and (b) York in (i) cash and (ii) real terms in each of the last 10 years.

      Dental Services: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average remuneration of a full-time equivalent NHS general dental practitioner is in (a) North Yorkshire and (b) York; and what it was in (i)...

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health over what period his Department depreciates the asset value of its (a) vehicles, (b) computer hardware, (c) bespoke computer software, (d) standard...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on consultancy fees in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to reduce its energy consumption in the last 12 months; and what his Department's expenditure on energy was in (a)...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what requests for information on (a) abortion, (b) contraception, (c) reproductive health issues and (d) euthanasia were made to his Department under...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to page 148 of his Department's Annual Report 2008, if he will provide a breakdown of the £1.4 billion central capital budgets,...

      Departmental Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what files his Department holds on (a) the Abortion (Rights of Ancillary Workers) Bill of Session 1988-89, (b) the Abortion (Right of Conscience) Bill...

      Drownings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) persons under 16 years, (b) persons aged 16 to 18 years and (c) persons aged over 18 years were admitted to hospital after drowning in (i)...

      Elderly: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department (a) has commissioned, (b) plans to commission and (c) has evaluated on the levels of abuse of older people who are (i)...

      Eurostar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason existing GP practices are not able to expand to meet Government requirements for equitable access.

      Health Services: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he intends to give to the National Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation on the need to protect the flow of funding to those areas with...

      Health Services: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to announce his decision on the reconfiguration of maternity and cardiac services in the Scarborough and North East Yorkshire NHS Trust area.

      Health: EU Programme of Community Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which programmes are being funded in the UK under the EU Programme of Community Action in the field of health.

      Health: Summertime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effects on public health of altering the operation of Greenwich Mean Time and...

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on surveillance and epidemiology of (a) HIV, (b) hepatitis B and (c) hepatitis C in each year since 1997.

      HIV Infection: Sandwell

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 12 June 2008, Official Report, columns 523-24W, on HIV infection, how many diagnoses (a) as HIV positive and (b) of AIDS...

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the average cost to the public purse of a patient spending a day in hospital in each of the last five years.

      Liver Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of screening for liver disease; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the reasons for the time taken between the authorisation of orphan and ultra orphan drugs and the availability of these...

      Occupational Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of occupational therapists who qualified in 2007 and who have not been employed by the NHS.

      Ophthalmology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many requests for exceptional funding (a) in total and (b) for ophthalmological procedures have been granted by the Wiltshire Primary Care Trust...

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pharmacies have (a) opened and (b) closed in each constituency in each year since 1997-98.

      Speech Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of speech and language therapists who qualified in 2007 and have not been employed by the NHS.

      Stem Cells: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much public funding was spent on (a) human embryonic stem cell research and (b) adult stem cell research in each financial year since 1999.

      Transsexuality: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many sex change operations were performed in London in each of the last five years.

      University College Hospital: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints were (a) made and (b) upheld (i) at local level and (ii) by the Health Service Commissioner arising from services provided by...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what recent estimate he has made of the average proportion of household incomes which will be paid in council tax in 2008-09.

    • Departmental Domestic Visits

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

      Food

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how much was spent by his Department on (a) food and (b) food of British origin in each of the last five years; (2) from which five...

      Pensioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what percentage of the population in (a) Leeds West, (b) Leeds Metropolitan District and (c) the UK were over 60 years of age in (i) 1981, (ii)...

  • Justice

    • Departmental Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the standard retirement age in his Department is; and how many people in his Department and its predecessor worked beyond the standard retirement...

    • Fines: Surcharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much revenue from the victim surcharge was distributed in each year to 2007-08, broken down by Government Office region; and if he will make a statement.

      Judges: Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much has been spent from the public purse on security measures at residences of judges in the last five years.

      Juries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidance he issues to courts on precautions to be taken to ensure that members of the public undertaking jury service do not have criminal records.

      Parc Young Offender Institution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2008, Official Report, columns 845-7W, on young offender institutions: mental health services, how many young people...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average annual prison population was in England and Wales in each year since 1990.

      Prospects Project: Exeter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were referred to the Prospects Project in Exeter; how many people attended; and how much the project has cost to date.

      Small Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of (a) the number of false claims made in the small claims court and (b) the number of such false claims which have led to...

      Witnesses: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what steps he will take to ensure that a balance is achieved between the need to protect witnesses in the prosecution of dangerous criminals and...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • BBC External Services: Broadcasting Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what records he holds of viewing figures for BBC World TV in (a) 2005, (b) 2006 and (c) 2007, broken down by country.

    • BBC External Services: Broadcasting Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what records he holds on the profits derived from the broadcasting of BBC World TV in (a) 2005, (b) 2006 and (c) 2007; and if he will...

      BBC External Services: Broadcasting Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make a statement on the funding arrangements for BBC World TV.

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the maximum per item expenditure limit for each of his Department's non-departmental public bodies is before a (a) Departmental,...

      Departmental Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the standard retirement age in his Department is; and how many people worked beyond the standard retirement age in each of the last...

      National Lottery: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether National Lottery outlets may be established in British overseas territories.

      Reaching Communities Scheme: Big Lottery Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the sum to be distributed from the Big Lottery Fund in the 12 months to 31 December 2008; and what...

      Sport Action Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when and by whom the decision was taken to close sport action zone schemes.

      Sports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent by Sport England through the Community Projects Capital Fund in each year since 1999; and what proportion was spent...

      Sports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Sport England distributed through its Awards for All fund in each year since 1999.

      Sports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of Sport England's funding has been spent on schemes that significantly increased the participation of women and girls...

      Sports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many awards Sport England made to projects that significantly benefited people from ethnic communities in each year since 1999.

      Sports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many awards Sport England made to projects that significantly benefited disabled people in each year since 1999.

      Sports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of Sport England's funding has been spent on the World Class programme since 1999.

      Swimming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport by what procedure local authorities will be able to apply for funds for the provision of free access to swimming pools; and what steps...

      Swimming: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions the Government had with (a) the London Borough of Sutton, (b) other London councils and (c) the Local Government...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will estimate the cost of reducing the colour television licence fee to the same level as the black and white television licence...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the cost of extending the free television licence to all pensioner households.

      Television: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what meetings (a) he and (b) his representatives have had with (i) the BBC, (ii) ITV, (iii) GMTV and (iv) other television...

      Xansa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what contracts his Department has signed with Xansa plc in the last five years.

      Xansa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what payments were made by his Department to Xansa plc in each of the last five years.

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Roadside Bombs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What studies they have done or are planning on the long-term impact on the mental health of service personnel affected by roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    • Aviation: Flight Paths

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they support proposals that flights using Luton Airport reroute so that they pass over and above the Ridgeway National Trail and the Chilterns areas of...

      Bloody Sunday: Saville Inquiry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 11 June (WA 100), whether they offered an apology for the figures given in July 2006.

      Care Services: Hydration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the current voluntary arrangements within the care sector for hydration policies are adequate; and whether it is their policy that hydration policies...

      Crime: Foreign Security Officials

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ensure that foreign security officials who come to the United Kingdom in support of sporting events are subject to United Kingdom laws; and...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Lord Darzi of Denham on 22 January (WA 28) and 19 June (WA 177—78) regarding transfer of outgrowing entities to the womb,...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Lord Darzi of Denham on 19 June (WA 187—8) regarding regulation of embryos where animal DNA does not predominate, his...

      Genetically Modified Crops

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What safeguards they would require (a) to protect the natural environment, (b) to prevent seed-firms and suppliers of agro-chemicals obtaining excessive profits,...

      Health: Clinical Physiologists

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 7 March (WA 204) on the regulation of clinical physiologists, what are the "several strands of work that...

      Health: GP Surgeries

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many general practitioners' surgeries there are in England and Wales; and How many single-doctor surgeries there are in England and Wales.

      Housing: Affordability

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Communities and Local Government, Iain Wright, on 20 May (Official Report, Commons, 261W),...

      Housing: Home Information Packs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Minister for Housing, Caroline Flint, on 22 May (Official Report, Commons, 443W), why the Chatham House rule was invoked; what...

      Immigration: Health Provision

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will require the National Asylum Support Service to inform all its clients that they are entitled to treatment by the National Health Service on the...

      Immigration: Visa Applications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What monitoring takes place of the handling of visa applications from overseas nationals by entry clearance officers and the Immigration Tribunal Service; and What...

      Inquiries: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What inquiries have been held into Royal Ulster Constabulary and Army operational procedures during the Provisional IRA and loyalist terror campaigns; when each...

      Local Government: Swimming Pools

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total estimated cost of the scheme announced on 6 June to encourage local authorities to provide free access to swimming pools; and how much government...

      Northern Ireland: Bill of Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who was responsible for paying the national insurance contributions to the Inland Revenue for the chairman of the Northern Ireland Bill of Rights Forum; and...

      Northern Ireland: Bill of Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 16 June (WA 136), how the estimated number of working days for the chairman of the Northern Ireland Bill of Rights...

      Olympic Games: Tug of War

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they have had with the International Olympic Committee regarding the reintroduction of tug-of-war as a discipline for future Olympic Games.

      Parades: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why there was an increase of £6,349 in the telecommunications costs of the Northern Ireland Parades Commission between 2006 and 2007.

      Parades: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what £59,296 was spent in 2006, listed under the heading "professional advisors' service" in the recent annual report of the Northern Ireland Parades...

      Planning: Eco-towns

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What areas have been identified as suitable for the establishment of eco-towns.

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many Police Service of Northern Ireland recruits successfully completed their training course in each year since its formation; and what is the (a) gender and...

      Roads: Safety

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What their priorities are for road safety advertising in the financial year 2008—09; and What funds they have allocated to each of their priorities for road...

      Senior Salaries Review Body

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Ashton of Upholland) on 17 December 2007 (WA 102) concerning the Senior Salaries Review Body, whether...

      United States Air Force: Tanker Refuelling

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the contract for refuelling air tankers with the United States Air Force won by the European Aerodynamic Defence and Space Company will commence; and What is...

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