Written answers

Monday, 7 July 2008

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 8 October 2007, Official Report, columns 61-62W, on Afghanistan peacekeeping operations, how many contacts were recorded...

    • Air Force: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people (a) applied for and (b) completed basic training to be a fast jet pilot in each year since 1997.

      Armed Forces: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what childcare support is provided to the families of service personnel when they are deployed on operations.

      Armed Forces: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many troops have not been deployed to frontline duties in each of the last five years.

      AWE Management: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many full-time equivalent staff were employed by AWE plc in each year since 2003.

      EU Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to his Department was of providing (a) military personnel and (b) civilian staff attached to the (i) European Union military staff, (ii)...

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent by his Department on (a) food and (b) food of British origin in each of the last five years.

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence from which five countries of origin the greatest amount of food was procured by his Department in the last year for which figures are available; and what...

      Fulwood Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which unit or units will occupy Fulwood Barracks when Five General Service Medical Regiment leaves them.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Harrier, (b) Tornado and (c) Typhoon aircraft are (i) in service, (ii) in the forward fleet and (iii) fit for purpose.

      Military Attaches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated savings to his Department are from (a) closing the defence sections in (i) Barbados, (ii) Bulgaria, (iii) Finland, (iv) Portugal and...

      Military Attaches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2008, Official Report, column 727W, on military attachés, how many overseas (a) members of the armed forces and...

      Monuments: Vandalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many cases of vandalism of one of his Department's (a) war memorials and (b) listed historic buildings have been reported in the last 12 months.

      Shipping: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which (a) Royal Navy and (b) Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels have been sold to other countries in each year since 1997.

      Suez: Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 12 June 2008, Official Report, column 424W, on Suez: Navy, on what basis his Department's historic Royal Navy personnel...

      Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the average annual maintenance cost of one Type 45 Destroyer.

      Type 45 Destroyers: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he had with his French counterpart before announcing the cancellation of the procurement of the seventh and eighth T45 destroyers.

      USA: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many US nuclear weapons are maintained at (a) RAF Lakenheath, (b) other UK mainland bases and (c) UK bases overseas; and if he will make a statement.

      World War Two: Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) veteran badges and (b) Bevin Boys badges have been issued to people in the North East.

  • Defence

    • 7 Regiment Army Air Corps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role 7 Regiment Army Air Corps performed during the 2007 floods.

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) suicide bombings and (b) improvised explosive device attacks were recorded in Afghanistan in each month since February 2008. [Official...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the use of vacuum bombs in Afghanistan, including the circumstances under which they are permitted to be deployed; on how...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of newly deployed troops to Afghanistan have been deployed (a) to help build up infrastructure and (b) to train and support Afghan...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many M-WMIKS vehicles are in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what operational purposes Snatch vehicles are being used in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much was spent on purchases of locally produced Afghan food by the armed forces and Government agencies in Afghanistan in the financial years...

      Afghanistan: Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people who escaped from Kandahar Prison on 13 June have been recaptured; and how many of these were originally captured by British forces.

      Afghanistan: Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people who escaped from Kandahar Prison on 13 June were originally captured by British forces.

      Afghanistan: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the length of roads (a) repaired and (b) constructed by the armed forces directly or under their direction in Helmand...

      Africa: Conflict Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much funding his Department plans to provide to the Africa Conflict Prevention Pool in 2008-09.

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the design of the new aircraft carriers incorporates podded propulsion.

      Aircraft Carriers: Nuclear Powered Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will order the construction of the new aircraft carriers to be nuclear powered.

      Armed Forces: Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many babies were born to (a) service personnel and (b) military families based (i) overseas and (ii) in the UK in each of the last three years for...

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK personnel were deployed on operations on the most recent date for which figures are available, broken down by location.

      Armed Forces: Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the most recent Defence Analytical Services Agency service voting survey.

      Armed Forces: Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel were deployed during the firefighters' strike in 2002 and 2003.

      Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel were referred to the Priory Clinic in each year since 2004.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of single living accommodation units (a) in the UK and (b) overseas are in each standard for condition grade.

      Armed Forces: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) required number, (b) current actual number, (c) number fit for purpose and (d) percentage shortfall is of each pinch point trade in the...

      Armed Forces: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the latest total manning figures are for (a) the Territorial Army, (b) the Royal Naval Reserve, (c) the Royal Marines Reserves and (d) the Royal...

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent on the operational allowance during the last six month roulement.

      Armed Forces: Psychology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many (a) uniformed and (b) civilian unfilled posts there were in the (i) Army, (ii) Royal Air Force and (iii) Royal Navy for (1) clinical...

      Armed Forces: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of the most recent service Continuous Attitude Surveys.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 13 May 2008, Official Report, column 1519W, on armed forces training, what proportion of Operational Training undertaken by...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Cougar vehicles delivered to the UK for Mastiff tranche two have been uparmoured; and how many remain to be uparmoured.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on the reconnaissance variant of the Future Rapid Effects System; and if he will make a statement.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many M-WMIKS vehicles were ordered in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008; and how many of these (i) have been delivered to Afghanistan and (ii) will be ready...

      Cadets: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average cost was of (a) setting up and (b) running a combined cadet force in its first year in a state school as part of his Department's...

      Canada: Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British military exercises have taken place in (a) Canada and (b) Kenya in each of the last five years and (i) how many troops were involved...

      Central African Republic: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Russian (a) military helicopters and (b) civilian contracted helicopters are in use by EUFOR Chad/CAR; and on how many occasions British...

      Central African Republic: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the UK's share of the approved budget for EUFOR Chad/CAR is; and how much has been paid as of 30th June 2008.

      Cyprus: Air Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much fuel has been purchased for the Royal Air Force in Cyprus in each month of the last two years, broken down by price paid per litre.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on which buildings occupied by his Department's agencies and non-departmental public bodies the lease will be due for renewal in the next four years.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many residential properties his Department owned in (a) 1983, (b) 1987, (c) 1992, (d) 1997, (e) 2001 and (f) 2005; and what the location of...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many residential properties owned by his Department in England and Wales were sold to (a) private developers and (b) social landlords in each...

      Departmental Consultants

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

      Departmental Homeworking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff in his Department are authorised to work from home.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what IT contracts his Departments and its agencies have entered into in the last two years.

      Departmental Lane

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list all land and properties in London that his Department (a) rents, (b) leases and (c) owns, indicating in each case whether the property...

      Departmental Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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 Defence 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 Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the standard retirement age in his Department is; and how many people worked beyond the standard retirement age in each of the last five years.

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date the euro changeover plan of (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies was last updated; and if he will place in the Library a copy...

      Gazelle Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will make a statement on the future of 7 Regiment Army Air Corps; (2) what the out of service date for the Army Air Corps Gazelle is; and...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Saxon armoured personnel carriers are deployed on operations in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan.

      Lynx Helicopters: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the role of the then permanent under- secretary at his Department was in taking the decision not to use a competitive process for the contract to...

      Martyn Compton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary's reply to the Adjournment debate in Westminster Hall, of 11 June 2008, Official Report, columns 91-6WH,...

      Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many administrative errors in the allocation of medals were made in each year since 2003.

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Mi-17 helicopters were in use in the armed forces at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Military Aircraft: Low Flying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many employees in his Department deal with complaints from members of the public concerning noise from low-flying military aircraft.

      Military Aircraft: Low Flying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many complaints have been received from residents of Angus constituency concerning low-flying military aircraft in each of the last 12 months.

      Military Aircraft: Low Flying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence during which hours military jets are authorised to undertake low-flying exercises over Angus constituency.

      Military Aircraft: Low Flying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions military jets have taken part in low-flying exercises over Angus constituency in the last year.

      Military Aircraft: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the requirement for trained pilots for all three services has been in each year since 1997; and how many trained pilots entered the services in each...

      Morning Star

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

      Nuclear Submarines: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether nuclear submarine accident procedures required by his Department are standardised for all ports at which such submarines which have been involved...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he has taken to ensure that UK nuclear weapons are not susceptible to popcorning, with particular regard to (a) their resistance to multiple...

      Personal Injury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the highest 10 payments made by his Department in settlement of personal injury claims brought against it were over the last 12 months for which...

      Territorial Army: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Territorial Army personnel have been mobilised for three or more tours of duty.

      Veterans Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many applications for grants for the 2008 Veterans Day celebrations have been received.

      War Graves: Vandalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many cases of vandalism to a war graves site in the UK have been reported in the last 12 months.

  • Transport

    • A453: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when work will begin on upgrading into a dual carriageway the A453 road between Kegworth in Leicestershire and Clifton in Nottinghamshire; and when the...

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what proportion of local authorities in England do not make concessionary bus travel freely available before 9.30 am; and if she will make...

      Chester Railway Station: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she has had with (a) Network Rail, (b) Chester City Council and (c) the relevant train operating companies on the provision of car...

      Co-operative Wholesale Society

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what dates meetings have been held between Ministers and officials from her Department and representatives of the Co-operative Wholesale Society...

      Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will list the conferences hosted by her Department in each of the last two years; and what the cost was of each conference.

      Departmental Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport from which five countries of origin the greatest amount of food was procured by her Department in the last year for which figures are available; and...

      Departmental Information Officers

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

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Planning Applications

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

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many departmental identity cards or departmental passes have been reported lost or stolen by staff in (a) her Department and (b) each of its...

      Departmental Written Questions

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

      Driving Tests: Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much she has allocated to building the new multi-purpose driving test centres in (a) Kettering and (b) England.

      Driving Tests: Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the net cost of the re-organisation of driving test centres in (a) Wellingborough, (b) Northamptonshire and (c) England.

      Driving Tests: Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many new multi-purpose driving test centres are being built; and what the location of each such centre is.

      Driving Tests: Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many driving test centres are to close as a result of the introduction of multi-purpose test centres; and what the location of each centre planned...

      Driving Tests: Southend

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much it cost to run Southend driving test centre in each of the last 10 years (a) in total and (b) per test.

      Driving Under the Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research she has commissioned on the marginal effects in terms of accident prevention of lowering the permitted level of alcohol in the blood when...

      Lorries: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many checks on heavy goods vehicles were carried out by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency in each of the most recent (a) 12 months and (b)...

      Morning Star

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

      Railway Stations: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what plans the British Transport Police have to enhance their screening capability for passengers; (2) what steps will be taken following the...

      Railways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what percentage of weekends in (a) June 2008 there were and (b) July and August 2008 there are expected to be disruptions to the railway line...

      Railways: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Chipping Barnet of 19 June 2008, Official Report, column 1068W, on Railways: Scotland, what the terms of...

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of passenger train services running between (a) Clacton-on-Sea and London Liverpool Street and (b) Walton-on-the-Naze and London...

      River Thames: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) incidents and (b) accidents involving vessels there were on the River Thames in each month of the last three years.

      Roads: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research her Department and its agencies are undertaking into the economic effects of bottlenecks in the national road infrastructure, with...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many of the 1,300 extra carriages referred to in the High Level Output Statement are part of the (a) Thameslink programme, (b) Inter City Express...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the reasons were for the consultation process adopted in relation to rolling stock companies prior to the publication of her Department's high...

      Rolling Stock: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects the provisional findings of the Competition Commission inquiry into the rolling stock companies to be made available to (a) her and...

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which 24 UK flagged ships were detained by Port State Authorities belonging to the Paris memorandum of undertaking on Port State Control; and what the...

      Transport: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether her Department has tested future transport policy against each of the oil price scenarios provided by the Department for Business, Enterprise...

      Transport: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations she has received from bus service operators on the effect of increases in the cost of fuel on the provision of school bus...

      Vehicle and Operator Services Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will place in the Library a copy of the outline business case prepared by the Department for Transport Board on outsourcing the Vehicle and...

      Vehicle and Operator Services Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will place in the Library a copy of the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency full Outline Business Case for outsourcing.

      Waterloo Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects to finalise the budget for the conversion of the five vacated Eurostar platforms at Waterloo for use by domestic rail services.

      Waterloo Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects work to commence on the five empty platforms at Waterloo Station to allow use by domestic rail services.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • 192.com

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if the Commission will (a) subscribe to the 192.com service and (b) make it available on the Parliamentary...

  • Olympics

    • Olympic Games 2012: Big Lottery Fund

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics (1) which Big Lottery Fund-approved grants to the London Olympic project have been (a) notified to and (b) authorised by the EU Commission for State aid...

  • Women and Equality

    • Departmental Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality whether it is her Department's policy to release the home addresses of (a) senior and (b) middle-ranking officials, if requested under the Freedom of...

    • Ethnic Minorities

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what proportion of staff at the Women's National Commission are (a) male, (b) female, (c) black and minority ethnic male and (d) black and minority...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Assets

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

    • Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies spent on training courses for staff in the last (i) 12 months and (ii) five years.

      George W. Bush: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost of policing and security was for the visit of President George W. Bush to Northern Ireland on 16th June 2008.

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he plans to erect additional fixed speed cameras in Northern Ireland.

  • Wales

    • Departmental Manpower

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

    • Departmental Written Questions

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

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Angling: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was collected from concessionary rod licensees in each of the last five years.

    • Fish Farming: Gordleton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much subsidy was paid from the public purse to the Aquabella Group in respect of the fish farm at Gordleton in the New...

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to buy back unused UK fishing quota at the end of 2008 and make it available to the under-10 metre...

      Regional Development Programme for England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many grant applications for Regional Development Programme for England money each regional development agency has...

      Regional Development Programme for England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much each regional development agency has allocated from the Regional Development Programme for England to specific...

      Rural Areas: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many of the recommendations made by the Commission for Rural Communities in its report, England's rural areas: steps to...

      Whales: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had on the compliance of the Japanese Government with the regulations of the International...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many of his Department's staff have access to the Department's IT infrastructure at home.

    • Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 26 November 2007, Official Report, column 9W, on departmental official hospitality, when he expects the list...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was claimed in reimbursable expenses by special advisers in his Department in each of the last 10 years.

      Education, Youth and Culture Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 18 June 2008, Official Report, column 50WS, on Education, Youth and Culture Council,...

      English Sports Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will place in the Library (a) an organogram of Sport England's key responsibilities under its new strategy and (b) a list of the...

      English Sports Council: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent by Sport England on specialist national facilities, excluding those on UK Sports Institute sites, in each year...

      English Sports Council: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Sport England has received in (a) grant-in-aid and (b) lottery funding in each year since 1999. [Official Report, 10...

      Government Art Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many items there are in the Government art Collection; and what the value of the collection is.

      Government Art Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many items from the Government art Collection are on loan to (a) UK and (b) overseas institutions, Governments and galleries.

      Government Art Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much it cost to maintain the Government art Collection in each of the last five years.

      Government Art Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people are employed to maintain and advise on the Government art Collection.

      Government Art Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many art works from the Government art Collection have been (a) sold and (b) loaned permanently to institutions and individuals...

      Government Art Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many art works were purchased by the Government art Collection in each of the last 10 years; and what the value was of such...

      Government Art Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will place in the Library the minutes of all meetings of the Government Art Collection Committee to discuss art work in the new...

      Government Art Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people have visited the Government art Collection in the last 12 months; and how many were not associated with (a) the UK...

      National Lottery: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) whether historic sites in overseas territories may apply for National Lottery funding; and what other Government funding is...

      Public Libraries: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many library closures have taken place since 1997; what the reasons have been for those closures; and how much is planned to be...

      Public Libraries: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) public and (b) mobile libraries there were in (i) Hampshire, (ii) the Test Valley and (iii) Southampton in each of the...

      Road Signs and Markings: Tourist Attractions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations he has received seeking the review of guidelines on the erection of brown road signs indicating tourist attractions.

      VisitBritain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans there are to close VisitBritain offices overseas.

      World Heritage Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the process for selecting places of interest for UNESCO World Heritage status; and...

  • International Development

    • Departmental Pay

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

    • Departmental Security

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

      Departmental Television

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

      Developing Countries: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department has taken to ensure that heavily indebted countries are able to access debt relief funds from the UK Government.

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to increase access to HIV positive preventative services for (a) injecting drug users and (b) men...

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans his Department has to provide technical, financial and political support to countries wishing to use TRIPS flexibilities.

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how gender-based differences in AIDS prevention, education, and aid are incorporated into his Department's AIDS Strategy.

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his policy is on the earmarking of AIDS aid for children; and whether such earmarked funds will be incorporated in the new AIDS...

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development by what means his Department will disburse the £2.5 billion allocated to AIDS in the Developing World over the next three years;...

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what programmes are being funded by his Department to facilitate universal access to HIV treatment; and what the estimated cost...

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what plans his Department has to commit funding to the global AIDS strategy to contribute to a reduction in the strategy's...

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to facilitate transparency in the reporting of AIDS funding in health budgets of those nations...

      Developing Countries: Infant Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to address child mortality in developing countries, with particular reference to those developing...

      Ethiopia: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department has given to Ethiopia to help with the recent grain shortage there; and if he will make a statement.

      Family Planning: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what payments his Department has made to (a) Marie Stopes International, (b) the International Planned Parenthood Federation and (c)...

      G8: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what steps are being taken by his Department to fulfil funding commitments made by the Government at the Heiligendamm Summit,...

      Overseas Aid: Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Health and (b) relevant stakeholders on the quality of the...

      Sierra Leone: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department allocated to the National Democratic Institute for learning and development provision for...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's policies in reducing the number of children in poverty.

    • Child/Pensioner Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he plans to take to speed up the reduction of child and pensioner poverty.

      Index-linked Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the Government's time scale is for restoring index-linking of pensions with earnings.

      Pensioner Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent steps he has taken to alleviate pensioner poverty.

      Welfare to Work Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he has taken to promote the availability of welfare to work programme contracts to voluntary organisations.

      Disabled Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proposals his Department is considering to improve the support given to parents of children with disabilities.

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the number of outstanding Child Support Agency cases; and if he will make a statement.

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent representations he has received on child support issues.

      Departmental Service Delivery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to encourage innovative policy development by his Department's staff to improve service delivery.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the number of Child Support Agency cases in arrears that will go uncollected in the next five years.

      Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what IT contracts his Departments and its agencies have entered into in the last two years.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) mobile telephones, (b) personal digital assistants and (c) laptop computers issued to departmental and agency staff were...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many civil servants were employed in each of his Department's main offices in North Wales in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Records: Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of personal information relating to members of the public that has been lost by his Department or its agencies since 1997 has...

      Departmental Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which projects in his Department have been subject to gateway reviews; and what the gateway review status of each is.

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what training courses were (a) available to and (b) taken up by civil servants in his Department in the last 12 months.

      Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to establish a strategy to tackle age discrimination and promote age equality in the provision of goods and services (a)...

      Foreign Workers: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the incidence of work-related injuries and illnesses to foreign migrant workers employed in the construction and...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on age additions to incapacity benefit in each of the last five years.

      Jobcentre Plus: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of each training course offered by Jobcentre Plus was on the latest date for which figures are available; how long each course...

      Jobcentre Plus: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been allocated to Jobcentre Plus for training staff on the Employment and Support Allowance.

      Manufacturing Industries: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on a possible relationship between contact with semiconductor production materials...

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people who have found jobs through the New Deal for (a) young people, (b) 25 plus, (c) disabled...

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many existing claimants of incapacity benefit requested, but were declined, a place on a Pathways to Work programme in each year for which...

      Pathways to Work: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the departmental commissioning strategy is applied when transferring work from one contractor to another under Pathways to Work.

      Pathways to Work: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps have been taken to improve service delivery by contractual providers to new clients under Pathways to Work; what contractual...

      Pensioners: Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what steps he plans to take to make access to the Social Fund easier for older people; (2) what steps he plans to take to ensure that...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he plans to take to make progress towards the Government's targets on child poverty reduction; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate his Department has made of the number and proportion of lone parents living in poverty and entitled to but not claiming...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the gross annual cost of increasing the basic state pension to £124.05; and if he will make a...

      Unemployment: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of measures to reduce (a) child poverty and (b) worklessness in Regent's Park and Kensington...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 12 June 2008, Official Report, column 431W, on winter fuel payments, whether the extra money referred to will be...

  • Home Department

    • Assaults on Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many assaults on police officers on duty in (a) Lancashire and (b) England there were in each year since 2000.

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures are in place to inform applicants or their legal representatives when their case is being considered by the Case Resolution...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many unresolved asylum applications are not being considered under the New Asylum Model; and by what date she plans to resolve unresolved...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many dependants are included on asylum applications that are to date unresolved and not being considered under the New Asylum Model; and...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) £5 cash support payments for children under 12 months, (b) £3 cash support payments for children aged one to three...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cash support payments are paid to (a) single people aged between 16 and 18 years and (b) single people under 16 years of age under...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanisms her Department has in place to monitor the treatment of failed asylum seekers after they return to their home country.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 13 June 2008, Official Report, columns 336-7W, on asylum, how many dependants of asylum seekers received...

      Asylum: Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons from Somalia (a) arrived in the UK, (b) sought asylum, (c) were granted refugee status and (d) were deported to Somalia...

      Asylum: Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum applications the Government has received from citizens of Zimbabwe in each of the last five years; how many of those...

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what basis those routes and carriers which will utilise other passenger information data through e-Borders were selected.

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects a fully automated authority to carry capability to be included in the eBorders programme.

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects all flights into the UK to be covered by manual authority to carry capabilities.

      Community Relations: Extremism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) on what her Department's share of the pledged £12.5 million to help prevent extremism in communities will be spent; and over what...

      Counter-Terrorism Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information she plans to provide to the House under her proposals to detain terrorist suspects for up to 42 days before each decision...

      Crime: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department was consulted about plans for the national staff dismissal register created by Action Against Business Crime while her...

      Crime: Closed Circuit Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many cases CCTV evidence was used to detect a crime in each year since 1998.

      Demonstrations: Parliament Square

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what applications have been made for authorisation for demonstrations in Parliament Square on 15 June 2008 under section 133 of the Serious...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how frequently her Department restates the asset values of its building estate.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) new builds and (b) major refurbishments were completed by her Department for a cost in excess of £0.5 million in (i)...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) new builds and (b) major refurbishments for a cost in excess of £0.5 million were completed by her Department in (i)...

      Departmental Conferences

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

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) civil servants, (b) permanent staff and (c) temporary staff work for (i) her Department and (ii) its agencies.

      Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will provide a breakdown of the training and running costs for her Department and its agencies associated with products of animal...

      Driving Under Influence: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance she issues to police forces on (a) training given to police officers in undertaking (i) field impairment tests and (ii)...

      Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what her policy is on whether the 999 emergency telephone number may be used to report all categories of crime; and if she will make a...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people identified by her Department as having been ineligible for a visa for entry into the United Kingdom were subsequently granted...

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent by her Department on (a) food and (b) food of British origin in each of the last five years.

      Fraud: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was recouped in fines for benefit fraud in England and Wales in each of the last two years (i) in total and (ii) broken down by region.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the UK Border Agency will make a decision on the immigration status of Mr. Christian Ofori-Addo of Torquay.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which categories of immigration will not be covered by the points-based system.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to create a dedicated EU passports channel at the UK border and immigration control points in the (a) Gare du Midi,...

      Immigration Officers: Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what minimum staffing levels her Department has put in place for front line immigration officers at Heathrow Airport; and on how many shifts...

      Immigration: Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the capacity is of the short-term holding facility at Heathrow Airport; and on how many occasions it has been (a) reached and (b) breached.

      Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will hold discussions with her Sri Lankan counterpart on preventing the transfer of funds from the UK to the Liberation Tigers of...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Minister of State (Borders and Immigration) plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Salisbury of 9 May 2008 on the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when her Department plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Manchester Central of 25 April 2008, re TB, reference M7953/8.

      Mr. K.M.

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to reach a decision in the case of Mr. K.M (Home Office ref M1198907).

      Passports: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the (a) range, (b) purpose and (c) cost of the antenna on the new biometric passport.

      Police: Bournemouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers, (b) special constables and (c) police community support officers were based in Bournemouth in the most...

      Police: Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much sick pay was paid to police officers in each of the last five years; what proportion of police staffing expenditure this...

      Police: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department has taken to improve policing in (a) Tamworth constituency and (b) Staffordshire since 1997.

      Revenue and Customs: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many ships were searched by HM Revenue and Customs in Northern Ireland ports in each of the last three years.

      Revenue and Customs: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many ships were searched by HM Revenue and Customs in UK ports in each of the last three years.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Islamic experts her Department employs to work on the Prevent aspect of the CONTEST strategy.

      Terrorism Act 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what date she received the independent reviewer's report on the operation of the Terrorism Act 2000 in 2007.

      Terrorism: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding her Department has allocated to institutions working to counter terrorism in (a) Leeds West constituency and (b) Leeds...

      UK Border Agency: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the staff turnover rate was of each grade of immigration personnel in the UK Border Agency and its predecessor organisations in each of...

      UK Border Agency: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will place in the Library telephone and fax numbers of desk officers at the UK Visas with the UK Border Agency upon which hon. Members...

      Wood

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much timber and timber products were procured by her Department originating from independently verified legal and sustainable sources or...

  • Treasury

    • Banking Services: Construction

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps (a) his Department and (b) the Office of Government Commerce is taking to promote the use of project bank accounts.

    • Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average time for new applications for child benefit to be processed was in the last period for which figures are available; what assessment he has...

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families received child tax credit in (a) England, (b) each region and (c) each London local authority area in (i) 2003 and (ii) 2008.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families have taken up childcare vouchers in each year since the scheme's inception.

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will ensure the Office of Government Commerce publishes the names of central Government construction clients who do not pay their suppliers within 30 days.

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of central Government construction clients pay their suppliers within 30 days.

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) monitors the implementation of the fair payment initiative's commitment to more efficient payment procedures by...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff have access to his Department's IT infrastructure at their home.

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what provisions in domestic legislation enable the UK to take action pursuant to measures adopted by the Council of Ministers under article 59 of the Treaty...

      Equality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to establish a strategy to tackle age discrimination and promote age equality in the provision of goods and services (a) by his...

      Financial Action Task Force

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the UK, Brazil and the Netherlands joint paper presented to the June 2008 plenary of the Financial Action Task Force.

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has the power to require the Financial Services Authority to undertake consultations.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the Office of Government Commerce review on procurement to be published.

      Housing: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 7 May 2008, Official Report, column 913W, on housing: valuation, if he will place in...

      Insurance: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will meet representatives of the Association of British Insurers to discuss the level of administrative and cancellation fees charged by the insurance...

      Insurance: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will meet members of the Competition Commission to discuss the fees charged by the insurance industry.

      Meat: Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much bush meat was seized on arrival into the United Kingdom in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Money Laundering

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what consultation was undertaken on the process of listing Chartered bodies who are able to regulate their members under the money laundering...

      National Debt: National Lottery

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Commissioners for the Reduction of the National Debt (a) received from and (b) returned to the National Lottery Distribution Fund in each...

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the savings in working tax credit of an increase in the adult rate of the national minimum wage of (a) 30 pence, (b) 50...

      Public Expenditure: Thames Gateway

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what Government (a) capital and (b) revenue expenditure in the Thames Gateway area there was in each year since 1 April 2003, broken down by local...

      Revenue and Customs: Closures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many HM Revenue and Customs offices have been closed in (a) London, (b) the South East, (c) the South West, (d) the East, (e) the East Midlands,...

      Revenue and Customs: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average length of service for staff employed by HM Revenue and Customs and its predecessor organisations is at each of its locations in Scotland.

      Revenue and Customs: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the running costs were for each HM Revenue and Customs office in Scotland in each of the last five years.

      Revenue and Customs: Vacancies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many HM Revenue and Customs posts at Civil Service Grade 6 and above are vacant.

      Revenue and Customs: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which overseas destinations were visited by HM Revenue and Customs staff in the financial year 2007-08; how many visits were made to each destination; and...

      Revenue and Customs: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the publication of the HM Revenue and Customs Workforce Change proposals on 11 June, what the estimated accommodation cost savings are for...

      Revenue and Customs: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions his Department had with (a) Welsh Assembly Government officials and (b) officials of other Departments officials on the proposed closure...

      Smuggling: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what percentage of fuel smuggling-related detections in Northern Ireland made in each of the last three years were made by (a) the Police Service of...

      Smuggling: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many vehicles were seized by the authorities in Northern Ireland as a result of being used for smuggling cross border fuel in each of the last three...

      Tax Allowances: Taxis

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will adjust the tax free mileage allowance for taxis and minicabs in line with changes in fuel prices.

      Taxation: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue the Exchequer received from (a) fuel duty and (b) value added tax on fuel in the last 12 months.

      Taxation: Oil

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue from oil movements was paid to HM Revenue and Customs by (a) Chevron Pembroke Refinery, (b) Murco/Total Fina EG Refinery, Milford Haven...

      Taxation: Rebates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department has paid in tax rebates in each year since 1979.

      Valuation Office: Northern Ireland Land and Property Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 6 May 2008, Official Report, column 829W, on Valuation Office: Northern...

      VAT: Lighting

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Montgomeryshire of 4 June 2008, Official Report, column 929W, on VAT: housing, what progress has been made on...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much was received on average in (a) working tax credits and (b) child tax credits by claimant families with a child (i) claiming and (ii) not...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Armed Forces

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many military service personnel are in receipt of (a) child tax credit and (b) working tax credit, broken down by service; and if he will make a statement.

      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 Bexleyheath and Crayford...

      Welsh Language

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the level of demand for the services provided by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies and non-departmental bodies...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to answer question 203260, tabled on 28 April 2008, on the Council of Ministers; and what the reasons are for the time taken to answer.

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of accident and emergency admissions which took place in the week commencing (a) 24 March and (b) 31 March 2008.

    • Baby Care Units: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many level 3 intensive care cots were available for neo-natal care in each of the acute trusts in the east of England strategic health authority area...

      Care Homes: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) private, (b) public and (c) voluntary sector care homes for the elderly in (i) Southend and (ii) Essex were inspected by the Commission...

      Care Homes: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish the responses to the consultation on changes to the Charging for Residential Accommodation Guide.

      Care Homes: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) private, (b) public and (c) voluntary sector homes for the elderly in (i) Tamworth constituency and (ii) Staffordshire were inspected by...

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of women in Tamworth constituency have received cervical smear tests within the recommended period of time in the last 12 months.

      Children: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to reduce the number of emergency hospital admissions of children with diabetes.

      Clinical Spine Application

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS service providers have implemented the Clinical Spine Application.

      Commission for Social Care Inspection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the average period of employment for a Commission for Social Care Inspection inspector was in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007 and (d) the most...

      Commission for Social Care Inspection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) budget and (b) staffing complement, broken down by (i) sex, (ii) age and (iii) grade of the Commission for Social Care Inspection was in...

      Dementia: Chester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many carers for people with dementia there are in (a) the City of Chester constituency and (b) Western Cheshire primary care trust.

      Dental Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dental students qualified as dentists in each of the last two years; and how many vocational training posts were available for the first...

      Departmental Expert Groups

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

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 26 November 2007, Official Report, columns 237-8W, on departmental official hospitality, when he expects the list of...

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what procedures his Department follows for checking the criminal records of employees; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Vetting

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

      Doctors: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 9 June 2008, Official Report, columns 55-6W, on doctors: housing, if he will make it his policy to collect centrally...

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date the euro changeover plan of (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies was last updated; and if he will place in the Library a copy of...

      Elderly: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance is issued by (a) his Department and (b) the Commission for Social Care Inspection to care homes on the prevention of elder abuse; what...

      Epilepsy: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance he has issued to spearhead primary care trusts on the reduction of health inequalities for people with epilepsy; (2) what...

      Epilepsy: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will review the level of counselling and support provided by the NHS to women with epilepsy during pregnancy; (2) what plans he has to...

      General Practitioners

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

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the results were of the most recent patient survey on access for GP practices in (a) Selly Oak constituency, (b) South Birmingham primary care...

      General Practitioners: Chorley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much is planned to be spent from the public purse in Chorley on the extension of GP opening hours.

      General Practitioners: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time general practitioners are registered to work in Bournemouth.

      General Practitioners: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the GP to patient ratio within Milton Keynes primary care trust was in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      General Practitioners: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the GP to patient ratio within the South Staffordshire NHS primary care trust area was in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Health Professions: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) health visitors, (b) nursery nurses, (c) support workers and (d) midwives there were in Hertfordshire in the most recent year for which...

      Health Services: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the operation of payment by results following the conclusion of the consultation on modifications to the existing system in...

      Health Services: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the effectiveness of payment by results in the acute sector in the east of England; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Services: Staffordshire

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

      Health: Summertime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on children's health of a change to British summer time in winter and double British...

      Heart Attacks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what percentage of heart attack victims had access to rehabilitation centres in (a) Gloucestershire and (b) England in the latest period for which...

      Hospitals: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the Mid-Essex Hospital Trust has been in each of the last five years of patients missing (a) first appointments and (b) follow-up...

      Hospitals: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which decisions on hospitals scheduled for closure were referred to him in each of the last five years; and how many decisions were not upheld.

      Hospitals: Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to ensure that the Health Act 2006: "Code of Practice for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections" is...

      Hospitals: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance he issues on the involvement of interested parties in decisions on the disposal of land formerly occupied by hospitals; (2) what...

      Hospitals: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government has taken to improve the performance of hospitals since 2000.

      Lung Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations his Department has received from the UK Lung Cancer Coalition in the last 12 months; what response has been made to such...

      Lung Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in implementing a lung cancer screening pilot; and what timetable he has set for the introduction of such a pilot.

      Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether arrangements exist for patients to have annual medical check-ups in the NHS in (a) Shropshire and (b) other parts of England.

      Neurology: Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how he plans to monitor progress towards implementation in 2015 of the National Service Framework for Long-term Neurological Conditions; (2) if he...

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms his Department has put in place to enable patients to provide feedback on their experience of local NHS services.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether (a) private providers and (b) NHS providers to the NHS are entitled to an uplift in fees in line with (i) inflation and (ii) public sector pay...

      NHS: Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much sick pay was paid to NHS employees in each of the last five years; what proportion of the NHS's staffing expenditure this figure represented in...

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the research paper What Matters to Staff in the NHS, what percentage of respondents ticked each box for each question in the survey on which...

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the survey What Matters to Staff in the NHS cost.

      NHS: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health to what extent his Department liaises with local authorities on the provision of bus routes serving NHS facilities.

      Nurses: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the proportion of newly-registered nurses who came from non-EU countries in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in what ways the Commission for Social Care Inspection assesses the extent to which care providers are offering effective nutritional care; what...

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many brain-stem dead organ donors the NHS has capacity to maintain on life support at any one time; and for how long such patients may be maintained.

      Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the current treatment for paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria is; and how services for PNH are currently commissioned and managed.

      Perinatal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) births, (b) stillbirths and (c) neonatal deaths there were in NHS operated units of each NHS hospital trust area in (i) 2006 and (ii) 2007.

      Pressure Sores

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures (a) the Healthcare Commission, (b) the Commission for Social Care Inspection and (c) the National Patient Safety Authority use to monitor...

      Prostate Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to improve information about treatment services to help men with metastatic hormone refractory prostate cancer.

      Public Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate the Government has made of the number of deaths from preventable illnesses in each of the last two years.

      Sheltered Housing: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what timetable he has set for the formulation of a protocol for the registration of core services in sheltered housing; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the figure of £6 billion funding gap in social care in 2027 contained in his Department's publication A Case for Change was calculated.

      Strokes: Speech Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to encourage improvements in the provision of support for people with a communication disability following a stroke.

      Testicular Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the survival rate from testicular cancer in (a) spearhead primary care trusts and (b) England was in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Transplant Surgery: Kidneys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the cost savings on dialysis treatments arising from increases in kidney transplants; and if he will make a statement.

      Ultra Orphan Therapies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria have been established for funding ultra orphan therapies; and if he will make a statement.

  • Scotland

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) apprenticeships and (b) advanced apprenticeships there were in his Department in the most recent year for which figures are available.

    • Departmental Planning Permission

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

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many days of sick leave were taken by his Department's employees in each year since 1997.

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland on what date the euro changeover plan of his Department was last updated; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the most recent version.

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (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...

      Morning Star

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

  • Justice

    • By-elections: Haltemprice and Howden

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what he expects the cost to the public purse to be of the by-election in Haltemprice and Howden; what the maximum cost of the freepost afforded to each...

    • Courts: Sight Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what procedures are in place in (a) magistrates' courts and (b) the Crown Court to assist defendants who are either blind or partially sighed.

      Criminal Justice Act 2003

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) which unimplemented parts of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 he plans to implement; and when; (2) which parts of the Criminal Justice Act 2003...

      Criminal Justice Act 2003

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to bring section 62 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 into force.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what IT contracts his Departments and its agencies have entered into in the last two years.

      Departmental Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what independent inquiries have been commissioned by his Department in the last five years; what the (a) purpose and (b) cost was of each; and what...

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Written Questions

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

      Domestic Violence: Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many men convicted of domestic violence offences have been released under the end of custody licence scheme; what risk assessment or accommodation...

      Elections: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of people who were unable to vote in the 2008 London Mayoral election owing to their vote having been used...

      Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many cases of tagged offenders (a) disarming their tags and (b) breaking curfews while tagged have been reported to police in each of the...

      European Convention on Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects the United Kingdom to accede to protocol 7 of the European convention on human rights.

      Information Commissioner: Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many press, marketing and communications staff are employed by the Information Commissioner's office.

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions he had with the Electoral Commission on the triggering proposals in the White Paper on party finance and expenditure before its publication.

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether an impact assessment, including a small firms impact assessment, will be produced in relation to the proposals in the party finance and...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) further to the publication of the party finance and expenditure White Paper, what his anticipated timetable is for the consultation by the...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether there will be transitional arrangements for the implementation of the new trigger rules proposed in the party finance and expenditure White Paper.

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's copy of the minutes of the inter-party talks on party funding of 31 October 2007.

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice further to the publication of the party finance and expenditure White Paper, whether the proposed new trigger rules will apply to (a) sitting...

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people convicted of (a) robbery and (b) actual bodily harm have been released on end of custody licence; (2) how many people have been...

      Prisoners: Open University

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners (a) took and (b) passed degree courses at the Open University in 2006; and in which subjects.

      Prisoners: Open University

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what facilities are available to prisoners to take Open University courses; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisoners: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people from (a) Tamworth and (b) Staffordshire committed suicide while in prison and (i) on and (ii) not on suicide watch in each of the...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what criteria are used in considering the location of a titan prison.

      Prisons: Telephones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 30 June 2008, Official Report, column 684W, on prisons: telephones, if as part of the re-tendering process he will undertake...

      Prospects Project: Exeter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average length of stay was of the 132 referrals to the Prospects Project in Exeter between December 2005 and February 2008; and what the cost...

      Prospects Project: Exeter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were admitted to the Prospects project in each year between December 2005 and February 2008.

      Prospects Project: Exeter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff were employed at the Prospects project in Exeter; and what their duties were.

      Reoffenders: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many ex-offenders were arrested for drug offences within a fortnight of leaving prison in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Television: Licensing

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

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he expects to begin the public consultation on carbon capture readiness.

    • Departmental Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many domestic air flights were undertaken within mainland Britain by representatives of (a) his Department and...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether any central government construction clients have been penalised for not adopting the Office of Government...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform to how many projects the Office of Government Commerce's Fair Payment Charter will be applied in 2008.

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what penalties will be imposed on central government construction clients which do not adopt the Office of Government...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on which buildings occupied by his Department's agencies and non-departmental public bodies the lease will be due for...

      Departmental Consultants

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

      Departmental Home Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many staff in his Department are authorised to work from home.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many and what proportion of his Department's employees are (a) male, (b) female, (c) from an ethnic minority,...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many and what proportion of staff in his Department received bonus payments in each of the last five years; what...

      Departmental Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much was spent by his Department on subscriptions for magazines, newspapers and other publications in each of the...

      Departmental Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what procedures his Department uses to ensure equal opportunities in relation to staff secondments to the Department.

      Departmental Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 19 May 2008, Official Report, columns 18-20W, on departmental standards, what the scope was...

      Departmental Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department has taken to reduce the volume of waste produced by it and sent to landfill in each of the...

      Departmental Information Officers

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

      Electricity Generation: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment his Department has made of the resilience of electricity substations to flooding.

      Energy: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the energy requirement in Scotland was on (a) 13 March 2008 and (b) 27 March 2008.

      Enterprise Investment Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether he plans to extend the Enterprise Investment Scheme to allow all relatives to be eligible for tax relief on...

      Exports: Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what support the Government is providing towards obtaining orders for the Hawk advanced jet trainer from (a)...

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 20 June 2008, Official Report, columns 1247-48W, on foreign investment in the UK, what...

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 20 June 2008, Official Report, column 1247W, on foreign investment in the UK, if he will...

      Grants: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what grants were made by his Department and its predecessor to the London borough of Bexley in each year since 1997;...

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform for what reasons former miners and their families in Scotland are entitled to claim damages under the miners...

      National Emergency Plan for Fuel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether discussions took place in his Department over whether to activate the National Emergency Plan for Fuel during...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Dounreay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the cost to the public purse has been of maintaining the Dounreay nuclear facility over the last 30 years; under...

      Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent estimate his Department has made of the (a) UK and (b) global demand and supply of oil; and if he will...

      Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent (a) cross-departmental and (b) international discussions his Department has had on the global production...

      Overseas Trade: Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent representations the Government have made to British companies operating in Burma to persuade them to...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what assessment he has made of the financial viability and sustainability of Post Office outreach services; (2)...

      Seals: Animal Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what progress has been made on discussions with the Environment Directorate-General of the European Commission on the...

      Seals: Animal Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment his Department has made of the likely effects of plans to introduce an EU-wide ban on the importation...

      Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what grants were made by his Department and its predecessor to (a) Tamworth borough council and (b) Staffordshire...

      Supermarkets: Farmers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what consideration he has given to the appointment of an independent ombudsman to monitor relations between...

      Trade Unions: Membership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what powers trades unions have to exclude individuals from trades union membership on the basis of their political...

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what UK Trade and Investment's target for strategic interventions was for 2007; and how many were achieved.

      Wood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much timber and timber products were procured by his Department originating from independently verified legal and...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Africa: Conflict Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs from which Government Departments the UK's regional conflict advisers based in Africa under the Africa Conflict Prevention Pool...

    • China: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government have raised the issue of the persecution of Chinese Christians with the Chinese authorities during the...

      China: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans the Government have to cease funding for work in China after 2011; what assessment he has made of the need for...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) how many (a) new builds and (b) major refurbishments were completed by his Department for a cost in excess of £0.5...

      Departmental Conferences

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

      Departmental Co-ordination: Dept for International Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the (a) parameters and (b) objectives are of the November 2006 FCO-DFID Shared Service Delivery plan; and if he will...

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of (a) his Department's strategic workforce plan of December 2007 and (b) the FCO High...

      Egypt: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK citizens, broken down by (a) sex and (b) age were (i) injured and (ii) killed in Egypt as a result of terrorist...

      Eritrea: Djibouti

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the recent conflict on the Eritrea-Djiboti border; what assessment he has made of the effects of...

      Ethiopia: Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 11 March 2008, Official Report, column 329W, on Eritrea: Ethiopia, to the right hon. Member for...

      European External Action Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Third Report of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Session 2007-08, on Foreign Policy Aspects of the Lisbon Treaty...

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was spent by his Department on (a) food and (b) food of British origin in each of the last five years.

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs from which five countries of origin the greatest amount of food was procured by his Department in the last year for which...

      Government Departments: Wines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library copies of all guidance issued to Government departments by the Government Hospitality Advisory...

      Guinea-Bissau: EC External Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what EU assistance is provided for the Guinea-Bissau security structure.

      Iceland: Whales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of Iceland on the resumption of commercial whaling by Iceland.

      International Criminal Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether mechanisms exist under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court for the UK to refer a situation in a third...

      Iran: Baha'i Faith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Iran about the arrest of six Baha'is on 14 May 2008; and if he will...

      Iraq: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will consider introducing visa issuing facilities at the UK consulate in Erbil in the Kurdistan region of Iraq; and if he...

      Maldives: Chevening Scholarships Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Chevening scholarships were awarded to citizens of the Maldives in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) sex and...

      Middle East: Administration of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his latest estimate is of the proportion of arrests in (a) the Palestinian occupied territories, (b) Israel, (c) Saudi...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will instruct the British Embassy in Tel Aviv not to entertain leaders of settler communities in the West Bank at public...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 23 June 2008, Official Report, columns 1-2WS, on the General Affairs and...

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times the Steering Committee set up by the Annapolis Agreement of November 2007 has met; and if he will make a statement.

      Morning Star

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

      Pakistan: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received from the Pakistani authorities of the presence of British converts to Islam in areas of Peshawar...

      Palestinians: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of Palestinian students with places to study in the UK who have been unable to obtain...

      Palestinians: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contribution the Government have made to the EU Police Mission for the Palestinian Territories; and if he will make a statement.

      South Africa: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the South African Government on instances of violence against foreigners in that country;...

      Sudan: Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has received reports on progress towards the establishment of women's desks and community policing programmes in...

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of UNAMID's proposed 6,600 police officers have commenced operations in Darfur; and what assessment he has made...

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the radio and satellite communications equipment provision of UNAMID units.

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the number of refugee camps in Darfur where the UN-AU hybrid force does not have a presence;...

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the Government of Sudan's compliance with the Status of Forces Agreement for the UN-AU...

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government have taken to ensure that the Government of Sudan comply with the provisions of the Abyei Protocol.

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government support proposals for a permanent UN military and civilian presence in the Abyei region of Sudan.

      Terrorism: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) how much was paid by his Department to British citizens under the Aftercare Plan in each year since 2004; (2) how many...

      Terrorism: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what research and analysis his Department carried out into the availability from commercial insurance companies of insurance...

      Terrorism: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK citizens have been the victim of terrorist incidents overseas in each of the last seven years.

      Tony Blair

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the right hon. Tony Blair has performed any official activities for his Department since 27 June 2007 to which fees and...

      Wines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the (a) average cost of wine, (b) cost and name of the most expensive wine bottle and (c) cost and name of the most...

      Wines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library an inventory of the stock in the Government wine cellar.

      Wines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his most recent estimate is of the market value of the Government wine cellar.

      Wood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) how much timber and how many timber products were procured by his Department in each of the last five years; and at what...

      Zimbabwe: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received from (a) South African Development Community member states, (b) the Pan-African...

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which countries have opposed the discussion of the political situation in Zimbabwe at the UN Security Council; and what reasons...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Allotments: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many allotments there are in each Lancashire local authority area; and how many should be provided for the population of...

    • Building Disaster Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Building Disaster Assessment Group; what reports the group has produced...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley of 4 June 2008, Official Report, column 981W, on carbon emissions, what...

      Catering: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance (a) her Department and (b) the Planning Inspectorate have provided to local planning authorities on whether...

      Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she plans to publish the risk management toolkit for asset transfer referred to on page 49 of the report entitled, "The...

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will publish the research on bridging activities that bring people from different backgrounds together, referred to in...

      Council Tax: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether military service personnel are obliged to pay council tax (a) if they return from a tour of duty early due to injury...

      Council Tax: Tax Yield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of people paid council tax in each local authority in each year since 1997; and if she will make a...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Valuation Office Agency's automated valuation model is used to assist with council tax valuations of domestic...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment (a) the Valuation Office Agency and (b) her Department have made of the number of dwellings in (i) England and...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) new builds and (b) major refurbishments were completed by her Department for a cost in excess of £0.5...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) new builds and (b) major refurbishments for a cost in excess of £0.5 million were completed by her...

      Departmental Conferences

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

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Tonbridge Wells of 7 May 2008, Official Report, column 1034W, on Connect Public...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department spent on consultancy fees in 2007-08; and how much it expects to spend in 2008-09.

      Departmental Expert Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what expert groups her Department has set up in each year since it was established.

      Departmental ICT

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

      Departmental Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department spent on (a) new capital investment and (b) refurbishment of property in each of the last 10 years,...

      Departmental Retirement

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

      Departmental Secondment

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

      Departmental Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much sick pay to staff in her Department and its predecessor cost in the last five years for which figures are available.

      Eco-towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 4 June 2008, Official Report, column 983W, on...

      Eco-towns: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to her Department's YouGov poll on eco-towns, how many people were questioned; how those questioned were...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assistance she is providing to help local housing authorities to purchase suitable empty properties on the housing market...

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the software for producing display energy certificates assessments has been finalised.

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable is for display energy certificates to be compulsory for buildings.

      European Charter of Regional Self-Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made in discussions on a European charter for regional self-government.

      Fairtrade Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 18 February 2008, Official Report, column 17W, on the Fair Trade initiative, how much her Department...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what mechanisms are in place to monitor the (a) effectiveness and (b) timeliness of the implementation of Fire and Rescue...

      Fire Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 2 June 2008, Official Report, columns 541-42W,...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether large-scale flood plain management projects will be dealt with by the Infrastructure Planning Commission, with...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the reasons for the take-up rates of home condition reports as part of the voluntary element of...

      Housing Associations: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what arrangements her Department has put in place to ensure that housing associations are able to provide urgent alternative...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effects of the downturn in the housing market on demand for each of the three Homebuy products.

      Housing: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government why (a) LPS or PAS standard products and (b) the Secure by Design accreditation are no longer elements of the Code for...

      Housing: Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new dwellings were built on brownfield land in the Thames Gateway area in 2007; and if she will make a statement.

      Local Authority Business Growth Incentives Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what criteria were used to determine the Local Authority Business Growth Incentives Scheme Grant 2008.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in what ways local authorities are compensated for an increased population due to inward migration.

      Local Government: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people were employed by each local authority in England on the most recent date for which figures are available.

      Non-domestic Rates: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 18 March 2008, Official Report, column 977W, on...

      Parking: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much revenue has been accrued in car park charges in each local authority in each of the last five years.

      Parking: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what advice she has given local authorities on the design specifications of car parking ticket machines, with particular...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether planning aid is available only to (a) groups and (b) individuals.

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have a public service agreement stretch target relating to (a) fuel poverty, (b) pensioner poverty and...

      Property Development: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of dwellings under the Government's plans for (a) growth areas and (b) designated new development sites will...

      Property: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many domestic or composite properties in England have an entry on the Valuation Office Agency's automated valuation model...

      Public Places: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will publish an annex to Planning Policy Statement 23 in respect of lighting in public places.

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the local education authority settlement in Devon was per pupil in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools in (i)...

      Recreation Spaces: Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will provide a breakdown by main budget heading of expenditure under the auspices of the Thames Gateway Parklands...

      Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her most recent estimate is of the number of rough sleepers is, broken down by (a) sex and (b) age group.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consultation took place prior to taking the decision to limit payment of benefits to three years under the recently laid...

      Squatting: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her Department's library holds a copy of the Squatters Handbook produced by the Advisory Service for Squatters.

      Valuation Office: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 5 June 2008, Official Report, column 1086W, on...

      Wood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much timber and timber products were procured by her Department and its predecessors in each of the last five years; and at...

      Wood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much timber and timber products were procured by her Department and its predecessors originating from independently verified...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Cervical Cancer: West Midlands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many women were diagnosed with cervical cancer in (a) Tamworth and (b) the west midlands in each of the last five years.

    • Death: Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many deaths of children there have been in each of the last five years, broken down by cause and ranked by frequency of cause.

      Death: Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many men died from prostate cancer in (a) Lancashire and (b) England in each of the last three years.

      Death: Weather

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people resident in Tamworth Borough Council area over the age of 65 years died during the winter months in each year since 2004; and if he...

      Employment: Mothers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many mothers are in employment.

      Food: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate the Office for National Statistics has made of changes in the average retail price of (a) bread, (b) butter, (c) milk, (d) eggs...

      Lone Parents: Greater London

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what his latest estimate is of the number of lone parents with children under 16 years old in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency, (b) the...

      Personal Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many (a) women and (b) men earned below the lower earnings limit in each of the last five years.

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in (a) Lancashire and (b) England in each of the last three years.

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many men were given chemotherapy treatment for prostate cancer in (a) Lancashire and (b) England in each of the last three years.

      Prostate Cancer: West Midlands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in (a) Tamworth and (b) the West Midlands in each of the last five years.

      Shipbuilding: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people were employed in the shipbuilding industry in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England...

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the conception rate for persons aged (a) under 14, (b) between 14 and 16 and (c) between 17 and 18 years per thousand women was in each...

      Teenage Pregnancy: Infant Mortality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the rate of infant mortality was of children born to teenage mothers in (a) the five most deprived areas in England and (b) England in each...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many apprenticeship (a) starts and (b) completions there were in (i) each region and (ii) each county in the most...

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what IT contracts his Departments and its agencies have entered into in the last two years.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many jobs his Department expects to relocate under the policy of civil service job dispersal.

      Departmental Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the standard retirement age in his Department is; and how many people worked beyond the standard retirement age since...

      Departmental Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what procedures his Department uses to ensure equal opportunities in relation to staff secondments to the Department.

      Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much funding the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) allocated to (a) research and (b) research...

      Essex University: INTO

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether he has had discussions with the University of Essex on proposals by that university to enter into a public-private...

      European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what information, communication and dissemination work in the UK the European Centre for the Development of Vocational...

      Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what proportion of working-age people had a degree or equivalent qualification in each year since 1997, broken...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of university courses for which foundation degrees are not accepted as a basis for entry.

      Higher Education: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many residents of (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency and (b) London entered higher education in each of the last...

      Labour Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what discussions he has had on the provision of a comprehensive labour market information service; what consideration he has...

      Languages: Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what his policy is on extending foreign language capability as part of lifelong learning courses.

      National Institute for Medical Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) what discussions have been held with Barnet Council over the future use of the National Institute for Medical Research...

      Overseas Students: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) what steps he has (a) taken and (b) plans to take to promote studying at British universities in Israel; and if he...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many students resident in the London Borough of Bexley made applications to the Access to Learning Fund in the last...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of individuals from whom the Student Loans Company has continued to collect payments...

      Students: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many students received monies from Learning and Skills Council funding in North Yorkshire in each of the last five years...

      Surveying: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the supply of qualified land surveyors; and if he will make a statement.

      Train to Gain Programme: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much the Train to Gain programme cost in the latest year for which figures are available, broken down by main budget heading.

      Vocational Education: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what his policy is on the making of grants under the EU Lifelong Learning Programme for projects to develop the credit system...

      Vocational Training: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many adults post-16 were in skills training in (a) Leeds Metropolitan District and (b) Leeds West constituency...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Academies: Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average class size in each secondary academy school is.

    • Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which local authorities are participating in the Building Schools for the Future programme; and how many schools in each...

      Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding has been committed to the Building Schools for the Future programme; and how much in private finance initiative...

      Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance he has issued on the consultations to take place before a local authority bids for Building Schools for the Future funds.

      Child Development Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the overall cost of implementing the Child Development Grant of £200 nationwide; and when he...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many looked-after children in each ethnic category there are in England; how many people or couples in each ethnic category in...

      Children in Care: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of looked-after children in Staffordshire achieved results equivalent to the average results achieved in (a)...

      Children in Care: General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what percentage of looked-after children in Staffordshire were entered for (a) no, (b) one, (c) two, (d) three, (e)...

      Children: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will issue guidance to (a) schools and (b) local authorities on managing the special needs of HIV positive children in (i)...

      Children: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of levels of sporting participation by children in inner London; and if he will make a statement.

      Children's Centres: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children's centres there are in (a) Tamworth and (b) Staffordshire.

      Children's Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of expenditure from the Children's Fund has been incurred by community and voluntary groups in (a) the London...

      Cowes High School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he plans to make a funding allocation through the Building Schools for the Future programme for the rebuilding of Cowes High...

      Departmental ICT

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

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what IT contracts his Departments has entered into in the last two years.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the average pay per hour worked by (a) permanent and (b) temporary staff in his Department in the...

      Departmental Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent by his Department on subscriptions for magazines, newspapers and other publications in each of the last 24 months.

      Departmental Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many educational researchers were employed by (a) his Department and its predecessor and (b) the Qualifications and...

      Departmental Retirement

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

      Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the cost of overseas visits by each Minister in his Department has been since 1997.

      Dyscalculia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effects of dyscalculia on school examination results; and if he will make a statement.

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many staff defrauded the education maintenance allowance system in each year since it was launched; and if he will make...

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils at schools in Greater London achieved level 5 or above in (a) English, (b) mathematics and (c)...

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils in maintained schools in England were entered for (a) the IGCSE, (b) the International Baccalaureate and (c)...

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he plans to decide on the extension of the single level tests to all schools; and if he will make a statement.

      Extended Schools: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what information his Department collates on the (a) charging policies for extended school services and (b) the proportion of...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of children gained five or more GCSEs at grade C and above in the Peterborough City Council area in the last year...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what programmes operating in the London borough of Bexley his Department has funded to encourage university applications; and how...

      National College for School Leadership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which hon. Members have been invited to visit the National College for School Leadership since its inception.

      Playing Fields: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of schools in (a) the West Midlands and (b) Staffordshire have disposed of playing fields since 1998.

      Pupils: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance his Department issues on assessing the ability of deaf children in examination in subjects where a listening...

      Qualifications and Curriculum Authority: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many press officers the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority employed in each year since 2001; and if he will make a...

      Qualifications and Curriculum Authority: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the budget of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority's press office was in each year since 2001; and if he will make a...

      Qualifications and Curriculum Authority: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what estimate he has made of the number of Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) staff who will (a) take voluntary...

      Qualifications and Curriculum Authority: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many Qualifications and Curriculum Authority staff have (a) been made voluntarily redundant, (b) taken early retirement and...

      Schools: Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what proportion of schools have had asbestos in their buildings in each year since 1997, broken down by local...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidelines his Department has issued to local authorities on the allocation of dedicated schools grant funding.

      Schools: Hemsworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the total financial allocation per pupil was in each (a) primary and (b) secondary school in Hemsworth constituency in each...

      Schools: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether requirements are placed on schools to have defibrillators on their premises and individuals trained to use them.

      Schools: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment his Department has made of the risks to children's health and safety posed by fallen leaves from monkey puzzle...

      Science: Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many mainstream maintained secondary schools entered one or more pupils for a GCSE in (a) biology, (b) chemistry and...

      Specialised Diplomas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many times he has met the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills to discuss the new diplomas for 14 to...

      Specialised Diplomas: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department and its predecessor has spent on developing the online assessment system required for the new diplomas in...

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many high- performing specialist schools he estimates will lose that status as a result of the changes made to the...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many students received Learning and Skills Council funding in North Yorkshire in each of last five years for which figures are...

      Male Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of (a) primary school and (b) secondary school teachers were male in each year since 1997, broken...

      Teachers: Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how much sick pay was paid to teachers in each of the last five years; what proportion of staffing expenditure on teachers...

      Teaching Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will make it his policy to implement one-to-one tuition as provided under the Making Good Progress pilots in areas with high...

      Teaching Methods: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what role his Department sees for the third sector in meeting the target of one-to-one tuition for 300,000 pupils in English by...

      UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families who is conducting the review of the UK's reservation against Article 37(c) of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; and...

      UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what reservations the UK has entered to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and its optional protocols; and...

      Westminster City Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what grants were made to Westminster City Council by his Department in each year since 2000-01.

      Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2008, Official Report, column 419W, on work experience, how much schools have spent on...

      Young People: Mothers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what proportion of teenage mothers aged under 18 years were in (a) paid employment and (b) full-time education in each...

      Youth in Action Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what EU Youth in Action programmes are in operation in England.

      Youth Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what funding his Department has provided for each London borough to support the provision of youth services in (a) cash and (b)...

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Bluetongue

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Answer by Lord Rooker to the Oral Question of Lord Livsey of Talgarth on 26 June that the United Kingdom has adopted a voluntary scheme of...

    • Agriculture: BSE

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 23 June (WA 202), whether the continuance of the bovine spongiform encephalopathy testing programme to identify 40...

      Better Regulation Executive

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is (a) the total annual budget of, and (b) and number of staff employed by, the Better Regulation Executive.

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what date the British Coal respiratory disease litigation is expected to conclude; and what will be the final cost of the scheme, broken down between (a)...

      Corporate Pay

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures they will put in place to prevent excessive salaries, bonuses and pension payments for senior company directors; and Whether they will propose...

      Crime: New Offences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many new criminal offences have been added to the statute book by both primary and secondary legislation since May 1997.

      Diplomatic Recognition

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they continue to recognise certain Governments after they have secured power in a manner deemed not to be free and fair; yet do not recognise certain other...

      Egypt: Religious Freedom

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have raised with the Government of Egypt the lack of official procedures for their citizens to convert from Islam to any other religion.

      Energy: Nabucco Gas Pipeline

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will support the European Union-sponsored Nabucco gas pipeline project between Iran and Vienna.

      EU: Lisbon Treaty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What recommendations they anticipate from the European Council on 19 and 20 June to deal with delays in the ratification of the Lisbon treaty; and When they plan...

      Flooding: Recovery Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will allocate money from the European Union Solidarity Fund for cleaning up damage from the floods of 2007.

      Freedom of Information

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In what circumstances the Northern Ireland Office charges fees for freedom of information inquiries; how they are calculated; and by whom.

      Housing: Affordability

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in order to stimulate the construction of affordable housing, they have any proposals to enable local authorities to dispose of land for housing at less...

      Housing: Affordability

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they propose to take to increase the construction of affordable housing on publicly owned land.

      Judicial Appointments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the names of members appointed to the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission who are (a) working within the legal profession, and (b) lay...

      Money Laundering and Counterterrorism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish the United Kingdom's revised third country equivalence list in relation to anti-money-laundering and counter-terrorist financing systems;...

      Parades: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which consultants received the £16,187 allocated for consultants' fees in section 3 of the annual report of the Northern Ireland Parades Commission; how much...

      Parades: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who is the accounting officer for the Northern Ireland Parades Commission; and when the accounting officer was first aware that income tax and national insurance...

      Parades: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 19 June (WA 192—3), whether the amount owed by the Northern Ireland parades commissioners was paid twice;...

      Police: Budgets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have issued guidance to any police force which does not yet know its financial budget for the current financial year; and What is their response to...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What have been the annual promotional advances within the grades of Police Service of Northern Ireland personnel by (a) gender and (b) community background, since...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What have been the community backgrounds of those police officers who have availed themselves of the Patten severance scheme, by rank within the Police Service of...

      Prisons: Population

      asked Her Majesty's Government: By how much the prison population in England and Wales has increased during the past decade; and what are the causes of the increase.

      Revenue and Customs: Varney Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Under the Varney delivery plan, how many large businesses managed by HM Revenue and Customs' Large Business Service had (a) a high, (b) a medium, and (c) a...

      Sudan: Reconstruction

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 18 June (WA 172) about the implementation of Security Council Resolution 1325, how many women have been...

      Suicide

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many suicides have been recorded in each of the past five years in Northern Ireland; and how such statistics are obtained in cases where no inquest has been held.

      Taxation: Large Companies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will require all United Kingdom companies with more than 1,000 employees to include in their annual reports a table showing the effective tax rate...

      Taxation: VAT

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 23 June (WA 207), whether the assessment of the VAT base may be altered during the course of a financial...

      Turkey: Criminal Justice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will draw the attention of the European Union Commissioner for Enlargement to the sentence of five months' imprisonment imposed by a Turkish court on...

      Zimbabwe

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total value of (a) annual United Kingdom exports to Zimbabwe, (b) annual United Kingdom imports from Zimbabwe, and (c) United Kingdom investment...

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