Written answers

Thursday, 3 July 2008

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Departmental Aviation

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how many individual domestic air flights were undertaken within Great Britain by...

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what the estimated (a) set-up costs and (b) yearly running costs of the Electoral...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how many reviews of electoral regulation the Electoral Commission has conducted or commenced...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Written Questions

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

    • Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive on arrangements for collection of local taxation in Scotland.

  • Treasury

    • Child Tax Credit: EC Nationals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what has been the average child tax credit payment to EEA nationals resident in the UK in each of the last four years.

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much he expects to spend on his Department's child care voucher scheme in each of the next five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what IT contracts his Department and its agencies have entered into in the last two years.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will review salary negotiations for public sector employees in organisations within his Department's responsibility to reflect the rise in the...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how long on average his Department took to answer (a) ordinary written and (b) named day questions in each of the last three years.

      Government Communications

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies (i) are classified as Government communicators and (ii) have access to the Government...

      Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the additional yield of an income tax rate of (a) 50 per cent. on taxable incomes exceeding £250,000 per annum and (b) 45 per...

      Office of Government Commerce: Postal Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 2 June 2008, Official Report, columns 713-15W, on departmental standards, what the scope was of the Gateway review undertaken in...

      Office of Government Commerce: Zanzibar

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 2 June 2008, Official Report, columns 713-15W, on departmental standards, what the scope was of the Gateway Reviews undertaken in...

      Smuggling: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what percentage of the (a) time and (b) resources of HM Revenue and Customs in Northern Ireland was allocated to tackling illegal fuel smuggling in...

      Smuggling: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many vehicles in Northern Ireland were detected illegally running on red diesel in each of the last three years; (2) how many vehicles in England...

      Taxation: Tax Yield

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the likely change in the projected revenue receipts announced in Budget 2008 from (a) value added tax, (b) stamp...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Public Statues: Oliver Cromwell

      To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission whether the statue of Oliver Cromwell outside Parliament will be restored before the 350th anniversary...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many (a) apprenticeships and (b) advanced apprenticeships there were in the Law Officers' Departments in the most recent year for which figures are available.

    • Cannabis: Prosecutions

      To ask the Solicitor-General pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2008, Official Report, column 1069W, on cannabis factories, when she plans to send to the hon. Member for Totnes the information...

      Crown Prosecution Service: Manpower

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many Crown Prosecution Service personnel are employed in (a) Milton Keynes and (b) Thames Valley.

  • Transport

    • Airports: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what reports she has received from the UK Border Agency on consultations the Agency has conducted with (a) controllers and (b) owners of (i) small...

    • Airports: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions her Department has had with the National Counter Terrorism Security Office on preventing the use of small aircraft as airborne vehicle...

      Aviation: Royal Family

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total cost was of feasibility studies and work carried out on the project to lease two aircraft for sole use by the Royal Family and...

      Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) scheduled date and (b) title was of each conference proposed to be hosted by her Department and its agencies which was cancelled before...

      Departmental Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what procedures her Department uses to ensure equal opportunities in relation to staff secondments to her Department.

      Departmental Vetting

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

      Driving Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many complaints were received by (a) the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and (b) her Department on the process by which licence...

      Driving: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what record is kept of motoring offences committed overseas by holders of United Kingdom driving licences.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the likely effects on the profitability of the operator of Heathrow Airport of the volume of air traffic movements set...

      Highways Agency: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many community projects are awaiting Highways Agency access criteria approval, broken down by local authority.

      M1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the costs of (a) widening the M1 between junctions 10 and 13 and (b) deploying hard shoulder running on this stretch.

      Motorways: Road Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when she plans to make a decision on the uncompleted parts of the M1/M62 widening/improvements package; and what recent estimate she has made of...

      Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will list those Ministers who have requested the use of official cars which have been manufactured in the UK in the last three years; and how...

      Official Cars: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the Answer of 18 February 2008, Official Report, column 154W, on official cars: excise duties, which ministers use the band G vehicle.

      Olympic Games 2012: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many members of staff within her Department are working on transport issues for the 2012 Olympic Games.

      Public Safety Zones: Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the most recent changes were made by the National Air Traffic Service to its procedures for modelling public safety zones for gliders; and for...

      Railway Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many of the 25 light rail schemes envisaged in the Government's Ten Year Plan for Transport have been delivered; (2) how many miles of light...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road traffic accidents were caused by newly-qualified drivers in each of the last two years for which figures are available.

      Rolling Stock: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much her Department had spent on consultancy fees on procurement of the 1,300 extra rail carriages contained in the High Level Output Statement...

      Speed Limits: Signs and Markings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what her policy is on the use of repeat or reminder speed limit signs.

      Transport: Mayor of London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans she has to have discussions with the Mayor of London on transport issues of shared responsibility.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the value of the property held by (a) his Department and (b) associated public bodies was at the most recent date for which figures are...

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) 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)...

      Departmental Home Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in his Department are authorised to work from home.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criteria his Department uses to decide what information uploaded to his Department's website should be included in the "What's new"...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much the design of the "our values" logo used in his Department's literature cost.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2007, Official Report, column 187W, on departmental official hospitality, when he expects the list of...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will review salary negotiations for public sector employees in organisations within his Department's responsibility to reflect the rise...

      Departmental Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) planning applications and (b) licensing applications his Department has submitted in the last 24 months.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on (a) new furnishings, (b) art and (c) new vehicles by his Department in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what procedures his Department uses to ensure equal opportunities in relation to staff secondments to the Department.

      Departmental Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to what premium Sky, digital terrestrial or cable television channels (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies subscribes; and at what...

      Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of overseas visits by each Minister in his Department has been since 1997.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people beginning to claim incapacity benefit were entitled to an age addition in each of the last five years.

      Ipsos MORI

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what payments his Department and its agencies have made to Ipsos MORI in the last 24 months; and for what purposes.

      Morning Star

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many copies of the Morning Star publication his Department and each of its agencies subscribes to each week; and at what cost.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been paid in pension credit to pensioners in each year since October 2003.

      Vertex Data Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the value of contracts held by his Department with Vertex Data Science Ltd. was in each of the last five years.

  • Women and Equality

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what estimate she has made of the average pay per hour worked by (a) permanent and (b) temporary staff in the Government Equalities Office in the last...

    • Employment: Discrimination

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what recent discussions she has had with businesses on the elimination of gender discrimination in the workplace.

      Social Problems: Research

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what research she has evaluated on the relationship between motherhood, family stability and social breakdown.

      Tax Office: Manpower

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what recent discussions she has had with HM Treasury about the proportion of women among staff losing their jobs as a result of tax office...

      Wood

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how much timber and how many timber products were procured by the Government Equalities Office since its establishment; and at what cost.

  • Defence

    • Air Force: Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many part-time reserve air crew there are in (a) the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, (b) Air Experience Flights, (c) University Air Squadron...

    • Armed Forces: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what estimate he has made of the number of serving members of the armed forces who are unable to participate in frontline duties and who wish...

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people are in receipt of a military pension; and what the cost of military pension provision was on the last date for which figures are available.

      Armed Forces: Personnel Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) individual service personnel accessing self-service terminals and (b) human resources staff in the services have received training on the...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for North Durham of 13 June 2008, Official Report, column 556W, on armoured fighting vehicles, if he will...

      Bomb Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2008, Official Report, columns 1013-14W, on bomb disposal, what definition he uses of (a) improvised explosive device...

      Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with defence sector (a) manufacturers and (b) interest groups in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many individual domestic air flights were undertaken within Great Britain by representatives of (a) his Department and (b) its agencies in the most...

      Departmental Car Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what level of car mileage payment is made under his Department's travel to work scheme; and when that level (a) was last and (b) will next be reviewed.

      Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) scheduled date and (b) title was of each conference proposed to be hosted by his Department and its agencies which was cancelled before...

      Departmental Expert Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what expert groups his Department set up in each year since 1999.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many permanent staff in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies are classed as (i) staff without posts and (ii) part of a people action team.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will review salary negotiations for public sector employees in organisations within his Department's responsibility to reflect the rise in the...

      Gurkhas: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost of changing retrospectively all Gurkha and Gurkha veteran pension and gratuity arrangements so that they are the...

      HMS Ontario

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Government has ownership of the wreck of HMS Ontario; and if he will make a statement.

      Kosovo: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2008, Official Report, column 724W, on Kosovo: peacekeeping operations, whether he has received a request from NATO to...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many aircraft of each type are in the Royal Air Force.

      Military Bases: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 30 June 2008, which military airfield with a runway and infrastructure able to accommodate a Boeing 747 is closest to London.

      Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence where the roll of military recipients of the medals of the Order of the British Empire awarded between 1917 and 1922 is located; if he will place a copy...

      Prisoners of War

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much funding exists in the Special Fund for Far Eastern Prisoners of War; what will happen to the fund when all claimants are deceased; and what...

      War Graves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what Commonwealth War Graves sites there are; and when each site was last inspected.

      World War I: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on plans to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Armistice in November 2008; and what events are proposed.

  • Home Department

    • 101 Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will review the decision not to proceed with the national implementation of the 101 non-emergency number; and if she will make a statement.

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letters of 11, 19 and 25 February and 11 March from the hon. Member for Hereford on his constituent, Mrs. Jane...

      Police: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the levels of satisfaction with the police (a) following responses to 999 calls and (b) of victims of (i)...

      Ports: Environmental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many port health inspectors were based at (a) Heathrow, (b) Gatwick, (c) Stansted, (d) Luton, (e) the Port of Dover and (f)...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the percentage of the world's population who would require a visa to enter the United Kingdom.

  • Wales

    • Departmental Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what (a) planning applications and (b) licensing applications his Department has submitted in the last 24 months.

    • Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many reviews of regulation his Department has conducted or commenced since July 2007; and in which areas.

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many departmental identity cards or departmental passes have been reported lost or stolen by staff in his Department in the last 24 months.

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (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 countries of...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Bookmakers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make it his policy to bring forward amendments to the Gambling Act 2005 to ensure that bookmakers' list positions are...

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the allocation per person of office space is, in square metres, in (a) each of his Department's offices and (b) each office of...

      Departmental Expert Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what expert groups his Department set up in each year since 1999.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 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 Culture, Media and Sport if he will review salary negotiations for public sector employees in organisations within his Department's responsibility to reflect the...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on (a) new furnishings, (b) art and (c) new vehicles in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Vetting

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

      Departmental Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department has taken to reduce the volume of waste produced by it and sent to landfill in each of the last two years.

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how long on average his Department took to answer (a) ordinary written and (b) named day questions in each of the last three years.

      Digital Switchover Help Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will place in the Library the minutes of each of the meetings of the Emerging Technologies Group since 10 April 2008.

      Digital Switchover Help Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what usability and access standards are required of equipment suppliers to the digital switchover help scheme; and whether one-touch...

      Digital Switchover Help Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what arrangements he requires the digital switchover help scheme contractor to have in place regarding disability equality impact...

      Digital Switchover Help Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether digital television equipment providing talking menus and a talking programme guide will be available to disabled persons in...

      English Sports Council: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many projects targeting rural areas have received funding from Sport England's Community Projects Revenue Fund since 1999.

      Office of Communications: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how regularly Ofcom conducts public awareness campaigns regarding its regulatory role and powers; and what Ofcom's budget is for the...

      Olympic Games: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the UK is sending a pistol team to the Beijing Olympics; and if he will make a statement.

      Piers: Bournemouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport by what process funds are made available to assist Bournemouth in offering free entry to its pier.

      Sport: Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent by Sport England through the Community Projects Revenue 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 Community Projects Revenue Fund has been spent in areas of deprivation since 1999.

      Sports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent on sports action zones through Sport England's (a) Community Projects Capital Fund, (b) Community Investment Fund...

      Sports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much and what proportion of Sport England's Community Projects Fund was spent on administration in each year since 1999.

      Sports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of Sport England's Community Projects Fund has been spent in areas of deprivation since 1999.

      Sports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding his Department provided to (a) amateur sports clubs and (b) sport in schools in (i) Enfield North constituency and (ii)...

      Sports: Handguns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the compliance of the UK with the Olympic Charter with regard to pistol practice; and if he will make a...

      Sports: Tamworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding his Department has provided to (a) amateur sports clubs and (b) sport in schools in Tamworth constituency in each year...

      Television: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what the regulatory framework is affecting product placements in television broadcasts; and if he will make a statement; (2) what...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent estimate he has made of the number of UK residents taking (a) day trips, (b) short breaks and (c) holidays in the UK in...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Aerials: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will take steps to encourage mobile phone operators to share masts through the planning process.

    • Allotments: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she has had recent discussions with those local authorities which have a waiting list for allotments on their provision...

      Council Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average change in (a) rent and (b) service charges for council tenants in each London borough was in each of the last...

      Eco-towns: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether there is a maximum number of residential car parking spaces per dwelling allowed in eco-town developments.

      Eco-towns: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations she has received on the appropriateness of the consultation process for the eco-town programme.

      Floods: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations Essex county council has made to her on the Environment Agency's flood risk assessments and their...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of local searches being duplicated by the buyer and seller as a consequence of the...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of homeless applications to local authorities in each region in (a) 2008-09, (b)...

      Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the net financial contribution in relation to the housing revenue accounts subsidy scheme was in (a) nominal, (b) real...

      Housing: Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 3 April 2008, Official Report, column 1264W, on housing: local government finance, if she will place...

      Housing: Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer of 3 April 2008, Official Report, column 1264W, on housing: local government finance, how much was (a)...

      Housing: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the data sources are for her Department's house price index.

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations she has received on the repair costs borne by leaseholders as a consequence of the Decent Homes Initiative;...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her most recent estimate is of the average Standard Assessment Procedure rating of (a) council housing, (b) housing owned...

      Owner Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her Department holds information on the age profile of home owners.

      Party Wall etc. Act 1996

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to bring forward legislative proposals to amend the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 to increase the efficiency with...

      Property Development: Green Belt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many dwellings were built on green belt land in 2006; and how many hectares of green belt were developed in 2006.

      Regional Spatial Strategies: Eco-towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether eco-towns will count towards a local authority's building targets as set out in regional spatial strategies.

      Regional Spatial Strategies: Green Belt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities are being instructed to undertake green belt reviews as a consequence of the provisions of each regional...

      Regional Spatial Strategies: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the meaning is of the phrase adjustment of green belt boundaries, as referred to in the West Midlands Regional Spatial...

      Social Rented Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many properties have been disposed of by registered social landlords in each year since 1999-2000.

      Temporary Accommodation: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of out-of-borough temporary accommodation placements made by each London local...

      Temporary Accommodation: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households have been placed in temporary accommodation in each London local authority area by another London local...

  • Olympics

    • Olympic Games 2012: Foreign Companies

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what percentage of contracts awarded to companies for the 2012 London Olympic Games has been awarded to foreign companies.

    • Olympic Games 2012: Tourism

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what recent assessment she has made of the likely effects of the 2012 Olympics on tourism.

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental Aviation

      To ask the Leader of the House how many individual domestic air flights were undertaken within Great Britain by representatives of her Office in the most recent year for which figures are...

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Leader of the House how much was claimed in reimbursable expenses by special advisers in her Office in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Press Subscriptions

      To ask the Leader of the House how much was spent by her Office on subscriptions for magazines, newspapers and other publications in each of the last 24 months.

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Leader of the House how many departmental identity cards or departmental passes have been reported lost or stolen by staff in her Office in the last 24 months.

      Departmental Television

      To ask the Leader of the House to what premium Sky, digital terrestrial or cable television channels her Office subscribes; and at what yearly cost in the most recent period for which figures are...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House how long on average her Office took to answer (a) ordinary written and (b) named day questions in each of the last three years.

      Government Communications

      To ask the Leader of the House how many staff in her Office (a) are classified as Government communicators and (b) have access to the Government Communication Network.

  • Public Accounts Commission

    • National Audit Office: Aviation

      To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission how many individual domestic air flights were undertaken within Great Britain by representatives of the National Audit Office in the most...

    • National Audit Office: Manpower

      To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission how many permanent staff within the National Audit Office are classed as (a) staff without posts and (b) part of a people action team.

      National Audit Office: Morning Star

      To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission how many copies of the Morning Star publication the National Audit Office subscribes to each week; and at what cost.

      National Audit Office: Security

      To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission how many departmental identity cards or departmental passes have been reported lost or stolen by staff of the National Audit Office in the...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his Department's policy is on the adoption of different measures to manage (a) biosecurity and (b) biosafety threats.

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assistance the Common Agricultural Policy provides for production of (a) biofuels and (b) tobacco; and if he will...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much European Union state aid was provided to tobacco producers in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will ensure that payment under the replacement scheme for hill farm allowance are (a) made to and (b) retained by...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will ensure that payment under the replacement scheme for hill farm allowance made in respect of the use of common land...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with his European counterparts on the continuance of subsidies for European tobacco crops.

      Animals: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for the management of which (a) endemic and (b) exotic animal disease threats his Department has developed a specific strategy.

      Animals: Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when he was first informed that wing tagging and web tagging procedures may only be carried out by veterinary surgeons;...

      Beekeeping: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will compensate beekeepers who lose their livelihoods as a result of declining bee populations.

      Bees: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the German government on its decision to ban a number of seed treatments suspected to have...

      Bees: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what reports he has received on seed treatment products in use in the UK which are suspected to have a negative impact...

      Bluetongue Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many imported cattle developed bluetongue disease in each of the last three years.

      Bluetongue: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to extend the bluetongue protection zone to Cumbria.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of cattle herd tuberculosis breakdowns accounted for by cattle-to-cattle transmission.

      Cattle: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many Notice of Registrations (CPP35) the British Cattle Movement Service has issued in relation to the number of...

      Coastal Areas: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many representations he has received (a) in support of and (b) against the coastal access provisions contained in the...

      Commission for Rural Communities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to relocate the Commission for Rural Communities; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Expert Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what expert groups his Department set up in each year since 1999.

      Departmental Home Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff in his Department are authorised to work from home.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many jobs his Department expects to relocate under the policy of civil service job dispersal.

      Departmental Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much sick pay to staff in his Department cost in the last five years for which figures are available.

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how long on average his Department took to answer (a) ordinary written and (b) named day questions in each of the last...

      Dogs: Animal Breeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether his Department will have responsibility for monitoring voluntary breeding schemes which are not supported by...

      Dogs: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what definition he uses of dog code, as used in his Department's guidance on the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his latest estimate is of the percentage change in domestic energy efficiency in each English local authority since...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what response his Department has made to the National Audit Office report on the state of flood defences; and what recent...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural (1) Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the impact of flooding where the Rivers Vyrnwy and Severn meet in the...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects the Environment Agency to publish its temporary flood defence policy; and if he will make a statement.

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much food waste his Department generated in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement; (2) how...

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his most recent assessment is of the effectiveness of the Warm Front Scheme and the performance of eaga, with particular...

      Litter: Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward proposals to make cigarette manufacturers responsible for the costs of removing cigarette butts from...

      Marine Management Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the benefits of constituting the proposed Marine Management Organisation as (a) a...

      Migrant Workers: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the regulatory impact of extending the requirement for licensing under the Gangmasters...

      Noise: Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when his Department plans to publish noise maps for major roads in England; and which roads in Milton Keynes will be mapped.

      Pollution: Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which pollution monitoring projects were funded by his Department in 2007; and how much funding was provided in each case.

      Warehouse Parties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance he has issued to (a) local authorities and (b) the Forestry Commission on illegal raves.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many residents of (a) St. Ives constituency, (b) Cornwall and (c) England applied for grants under the Warm Front...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people resident in (a) St. Ives constituency, (b) Cornwall and (c) England were offered a grant under the Warm...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the grant limits for the Warm Front scheme will be reviewed; and if he will make a statement.

      Whales: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 12 June 2008, Official Report, columns 424-25W, on Japan, whether the Prime Minister presented...

      Wood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much timber and timber products were procured by his Department in each of the last five years; and at what cost.

      Wood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much timber and how many timber products were procured by his Department originating from independently verified legal...

      World War II: Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when his Department plans to issue Women's Land Army Award badges to applicants.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what representations he has received since January 2008 from hon. and right hon. Members wishing to extend the Abortion Act 1967 to Northern...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Food: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent steps the Government have taken to increase school pupils' awareness of the principles of healthy eating during school...

    • Pre-school Education: Tamworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in Tamworth constituency took up free nursery places in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      School Meals: Organic Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent steps the Government have taken to promote the use of organic produce in school meals.

      Schools: Fair Trade Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent steps the Government have taken to encourage schools to gain Fair Trade status.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the value of his Department's computer systems (a) was at the time of purchase and (b) is now.

    • Departmental Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much his Department spent on away days located outside his Department's buildings in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the cost of overseas visits by each Minister in his Department has been since 1997.

      Departmental Wastes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps his Department has taken to reduce the volume of waste produced by it and sent to landfill in each of the last two years.

      Government Departments: Car Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what guidance his Department provides to Government Departments on levels of reimbursement of car mileage undertaken on Government business.

      Government Departments: Car Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on what basis levels of reimbursement of car mileage undertaken on Government business are calculated.

      Joint Intelligence Committee: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many staff the Joint Intelligence Committee has; and what the (a) job description and (b) pay band of each is.

  • Justice

    • Coroners: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what inquests have not opened in Northern Ireland more than five years after the death in question.

    • Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average cost to his Department was of employing a press and media officer in 2007-08.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 3 December 2007, Official Report, column 859W, on departmental official hospitality, when he expects the list for hospitality...

      Departmental Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what (a) planning applications and (b) licensing applications his Department and its predecessor submitted in the last 24 months.

      Departmental Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what procedures his Department uses to ensure equal opportunities in relation to staff secondments to the Department.

      Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost of overseas visits by each Minister in his Department has been since 1997.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the likely compliance by different social groups with individual voter registration.

      Family Conciliation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent representations his Department and its predecessor have received from children's charities on mediation in family disputes; and if he will...

      Government Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies (i) are classified as Government communicators and (ii) have access to the Government...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in Northern Ireland were (a) fined and (b) prosecuted for non-payment of television licence fees in each of the last three years.

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortions were carried out at each week of gestation (a) between four and 17 weeks and (b) from 22 weeks in 2007, broken down by (i) age of...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children under 16 years of age were admitted to the Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with either a primary or secondary...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of patients admitted to hospital needed treatment for excess alcohol consumption in (a) Milton Keynes and (b) Buckinghamshire in each of...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

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

      Ambulance Services: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) representations he has received and (b) research he has commissioned on the effect of the EU Working Time Directive on the ability of ambulance...

      Blood Transfusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of providing treatment for (a) HIV/AIDS and (b) hepatitis C to haemophiliacs infected as a result...

      Carer's Allowance: Chester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in the City of Chester constituency receive carer's allowance.

      Children: Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps the Government has taken to improve the quality of care given to children with terminal illnesses; (2) what support the Government gives...

      Dementia: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will consider extending the recently announced review into the prescription of anti-psychotic drugs to people with dementia to include people with a...

      Depression: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many treatments for depression using the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence-approved computerised cognitive behavioural...

      Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 26 June 2008, Official Report, column 506W, on doctors: working hours, what guidance he has issued to healthcare trusts...

      Elderly: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has (a) taken and (b) plans to take to prevent elder abuse; what recent discussions he has had with the Commission for Social...

      EU Employment Social Policy Health and Consumer Affairs Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 16 June 2008, Official Report, columns 39-40WS, on the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer...

      National Health Service Blood and Transplant Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the proposed relocation of the National Health Service Blood and Transplant Agency to Bristol; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS Cord Blood Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) for what reasons the NHS cord blood bank is to be relocated to Bristol; (2) what the estimated cost of the proposed relocation of the NHS cord...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the (a) number of patients who experienced serious side effects as a direct consequence of taking prescribed medicines in...

      Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the date was of each meeting his officials have had with the South Central Strategic Health Authority on the future of the Nuffield Orthopaedic...

      Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the proportion of the population which consumes less than five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on levels of (i) childhood obesity and (ii) children's levels of exercise;...

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what data his Department collect on levels of obesity on a regional basis; and what estimate he has made of obesity levels among children in London in...

      Obesity: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were classified as clinically obese in Peterborough Primary Care Trust area and its predecessor bodies in each year since 1997; and if he...

      Papillomavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what specifications were included in the tendering process for the vaccine against human papillomavirus.

      Papillomavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the efficacy of the NHS-prescribed vaccine for the prevention of human papilloma virus infection in comparison...

      Papillomavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions his Department has had with patient groups concerned with human papilloma virus infection on the availability of vaccines against...

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions his Department has had with officials from the Welsh Assembly Government on the ongoing Departmental review of part IX of the Drug...

      Pharmacy: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of payments to pharmacies to conduct medicines use reviews on the number of such reviews conducted.

      Secure Psychiatric Units: Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Government (1) have estimated how many mental health trusts made use of the support provided by the Tobacco Control Collaborative Centre to...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people aged (a) under 16, (b) 17 to 25, (c) 26 to 45, (d) 46 to 65 and (e) 66 years or over who smoke on a...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people aged (a) under 16, (b) 17 to 25, (c) 26 to 45, (d) 46 to 65 and (e) 66 years and over have sought assistance from smoking cessation...

      Smoking: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to stop children and young people from smoking.

      Wheelchairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish the new model for the delivery of wheelchair services; and what the reasons are for the time taken to publish the model.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the outcomes have been of the mission in Helmand province in the areas of (a) drugs, (b) reconstruction, (c) winning...

    • Crimes Against Humanity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 23 June 2008, Official Report, column 82W, on crimes against humanity, whether Rose Kabuye, the...

      Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the conferences hosted by his Department in each of the last two years; and what the cost was of each conference.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many and what proportion of staff in his Department received bonus payments in each of the last five years; what the largest...

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what measures his Department has adopted to support the Government's strategy on reducing the incidence of HIV/AIDS in other...

      Embassies: St. David's Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK embassies held a St. David's Day event in 2008.

      Eritrea: Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will hold discussions with the Governments of (a) Iran, (b) Libya and (c) Qatar on measures to prevent the financial...

      European Commission: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what conditions must be satisfied by appointees to the European Commission; and what assessment he has made of the compliance of...

      Honours: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which individuals who are not UK citizens were awarded honours in the period 1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008; and what the (a)...

      Irish Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much (a) was spent in the most recent period for which figures are available and (b) is planned to be spent through the...

      Maldives: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to promote free and fair Presidential elections in the Maldives in September.

      Nuclear Free Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what factors are taken into account when deciding whether to sign the protocols of nuclear-free zones.

      Nuclear Free Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to which protocols of nuclear-free zones the UK is a signatory.

      Nuclear Free Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to sign the protocols of those nuclear-free zones for which the UK is not yet a signatory.

      Overseas Visits: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost has been of (a) accommodation and (b) flights for the employment of overseas security officers as a consequence...

      Pakistan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps he has taken to encourage democratic developments in Pakistan; and if he will make a statement.

      Pakistan: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 4 June 2008, Official Report, column 1006W, on Pakistan: terrorism, (1) what steps the Government...

      Sudan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the Albanian statement at the recent Islamic Conference in Kampala on bringing about a negotiated...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his most recent estimate is of the number of Afghan refugees who have sought refuge in neighbouring countries; and what estimate...

    • Afghanistan: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment has been made of the humanitarian needs of refugees from Afghanistan along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border; and...

      Afghanistan: Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his most recent estimate of the number of internally displaced people in Afghanistan is; and if he will make a statement.

      Africa: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his latest assessment is of the likely availability of basic food stuffs in (a) Ethiopia, (b) Eritrea and (c) Nigeria in the...

      Africa: Foreign Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what programmes his Department implements that encourage foreign direct investment companies in Africa to use the Global Compact or...

      CDC

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development by what means CDC disburses funds; and whether it invests in private companies.

      China: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department has given to China for the rescue and rehabilitation efforts in Guangdong province; and if he will make...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many jobs his Department expects to relocate under the policy of civil service job dispersal.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much was claimed in reimbursable expenses by special advisers in his Department in each of the last 10 years.

      Developing Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department takes to liaise with the International Monetary Fund on the formulation of policy on developing countries.

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what performance-based funding models are used by his Department to determine the pattern of distribution of its AIDS-related funding.

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what consideration of the greater involvement of people living with AIDS principle will be made in the implentation of the Government's...

      Developing Countries: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent steps the Government have taken to improve the effectiveness of security institutions, including police, in poor countries.

      Developing Countries: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent steps the Government have taken to reduce levels of corruption in the security forces of poor countries.

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking with the Foreign Secretary to enhance co-ordination between the Foreign Office's Drugs and Crime programme and...

      International Monetary Fund: Managers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to encourage the International Monetary Fund to establish a ministerial council.

      Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many of his Department's employees, other than those engaged locally hold language qualifications in (a) Arabic, (b) Farsi, (c)...

      Quota and Voice Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proposals are included in the Quota and Voice reform that was agreed to by the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund.

      Zimbabwe: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of distribution of humanitarian aid in Zimbabwe.

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Post Office Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what plans he has for the future of the post office network; and if he will make a statement.

    • Post Office Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) if he will make a statement on the future of the post office network;

      Post Office Network

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

      Post Office Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what plans he has for further consultations on the post office branch closure programme.

      Post Office Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent discussions he has had with Royal Mail on the application of the Government's criteria for deciding post...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the likely effects on levels of fuel poverty of increases in gas and electricity prices...

      Severn Barrage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent representations he has received on the Severn barrage tidal power feasibility study.

      Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent discussions he has had with Welsh Assembly Government Ministers on the transfer to them of responsibility...

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent discussions he has had on means to achieve progress in the World Trade Organisation's Doha development round.

      Energy Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent assessment he has made of the effects of energy prices on UK competitiveness; and if he will make a statement.

      Vehicle Registration Plates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport and manufacturers of vehicle registration plates...

      Oil Refining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the effect of levels of UK refining capacity on oil prices.

      Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the (a) scheduled date and (b) title was of each conference proposed to be hosted by his Department and its...

      Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the cost of overseas visits by each Minister in his Department has been since 1997.

      Fuels: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps the Government are taking to mitigate the effects of domestic fuel prices on living costs; and if he will...

      Origin Marking: Isle of Man

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what response he has made to the Italian objection to the UK application for protected designation of origin and...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent assessment he has made of the effects of the operation of the Post Office Card Account on the business...

      Post Offices: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his plans are for the post office network in Greater London; and if he will make a statement.

  • House of Lords

    • Airports: Passport Queues

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the answer by Lord West of Spithead on 28 February (Official Report, col. 751), whether they will publish in full the most recent information available...

    • Airports: Stansted

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following the ruling of the Information Commissioner's Office on 23 June, why they did not release data about a second runway at Stansted; and when they will...

      Army: Racism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action the Army proposes to take against the officers who perpetrated acts of racially motivated bullying against Private Kerry Hylton.

      Authority to Carry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether a timescale to automate authority to carry for carriers has been set out; and, if so, what it is.

      Deportation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Dr Sabeel Ahmed's deportation to India on 8 May was in compliance with the recommendation of the Central Criminal Court; and if not, why he was deported.

      e-Borders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any modelling of delays which the implementation of e-Borders might create at United Kingdom airports has taken place; and if so, what was the outcome.

      Health: Fertility

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 28 February (Official Report, WA 135), how the level of NHS fertility provision has increased since...

      Immigration: Employment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What effect their proposals to remove the right of migrant domestic workers to change employers would have on the likelihood of their being subjected to forced...

      Immigration: UK Border Agency Detection Rates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ask the chief inspector of the UK Border Agency to monitor the agency's detection rates; and, if so, whether they will publish the results.

      Iraq: Kurdistan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have received concerning visa facilities at the United Kingdom consulate in Erbil in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

      Iraq: Kurdistan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will introduce visa-issuing facilities at the United Kingdom consulate in Erbil in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

      Mauritania: Economic Migrants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures are being implemented by the European Union to discourage economic migrants travelling through Mauritania to the Canary Islands; and how many...

      Mauritania: Economic Migrants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assistance is given, and in what form, by the European Union to Mauritania to assist in detecting, and to limit the flow of, economic migrants to the Canary...

      Mauritania: UK Ambassador

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what dates, beyond any accreditation process, Her Majesty's ambassador to Mauritania has visited the country on official business over the past four years; whom...

      Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of earnings would retirement income represent at (1) £10,000 per annum; (2) £15,000 per annum; (3) £20,000 per annum; and (4)...

      Planning: Eco-towns

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the average number of weekday passengers using Elsenham railway station in each of the past 10 years; and what are the estimated equivalent figures for...

      Post Offices: Card Account

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are their plans for the future of Post Office card accounts; what recent discussions they have had with Post Office Ltd regarding the future of card accounts;...

      Railways: Rolling Stock

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many requests they have received in the past 18 months from train operating companies for redeployment of rolling stock between those companies.

      Schools: Concessionary Travel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will encourage local authorities and local transport executives to co-operate with a view to enabling school pupils, in particular pupils at...

      Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Taylor of Bolton on 18 June (Official Report, WA 173—74), whether the implementation team working on details...

      Waste Management: Brofiscin Quarry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Environment Agency or the Environment Agency Wales sought the written authority of the Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to...

      Zimbabwe: Asylum Seekers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will release Zimbabwean asylum seekers currently held in immigration detention pending removal, as there is no prospect of their imminent return to...

      Zimbabwe: Military Intervention

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In what circumstances they would support a United Nations-sponsored military intervention in Zimbabwe.

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