Written answers

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

  • Home Department

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what targets have been set within her Department for the time for processing applications for leave to remain at each stage; and what the...

    • Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with the Scottish Executive on procedures in place for dealing with unaccompanied minors seeking asylum...

      Asylum: Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals from Zimbabwe have claimed asylum in the UK in each of the last 24 months; how many of these claims have been rejected;...

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she will next meet her EU counterparts to discuss the use of passenger name record data held by airlines.

      Departmental Expert Groups

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

      Departmental Home Working

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

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 21 November 2007, Official Report, column 897W, on departmental official hospitality, when she expects the list of...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will review salary negotiations for public-sector employees in organisations within her Department's responsibility to reflect the...

      Departmental Visits Abroad

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

      Deportation: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many EU nationals were deported from the UK in each of the last five years.

      Deportation: Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on the deportation to Zimbabwe of (a) members of the Movement for Democratic Change and (b) those with strong links to...

      Driving Under Influence: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) breathalyser and (b) drug tests were carried out on drivers in each police force in each of the last three calendar years for...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many overseas students have been granted visas to study in the United Kingdom in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) age,...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate she has made of the (a) number and (b) average age on entry of gap year students entering the United Kingdom to work...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department plans to alter the visa requirements for gap year students entering the UK to work in the education sector; and if she...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many students participating in the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme did not return to their country of origin at the end of their...

      Food

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

      Immigrants: Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department from which countries inbound passengers to the United Kingdom are tested for tuberculosis; and what percentage of passengers from each...

      Immigration Controls: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has given consideration to collaborating with the French Government in establishing and training a combined border and...

      Immigration: Criminal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many criminal record checks were carried out on (a) EU foreign nationals and (b) non-EU foreign nationals seeking to enter the UK...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what circumstances EU citizens who have been deported may be prohibited from returning to the UK for a set period; and if she will make a...

      Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the cost of her visit to the United States in February 2008.

      Police: Dismissal

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with regard to how many police officers the incapability procedure was (a) started and (b) completed in each police force in each of the...

      Ports: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were refused entry into the United Kingdom on the advice of port medical inspectors in each year since 1997.

      UK Border Agency: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff of the UK Border Agency will be based in (a) Pembroke Dock and (b) Fishguard when they become fully operational.

  • Transport

    • Northampton Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to provide faster train services to and from Northampton.

    • City Region Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on funding public transport in city regions outside the comprehensive spending...

      Street Works Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will make a statement on progress by local authorities in utilising the street works regulations which entered into force on 1 April 2008.

      Driving Instructors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent steps she has taken to protect learner drivers from sexual assault by driving instructors.

      London-South Wales Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will hold discussions with Network Rail to persuade it to speed up its work on the main line between London and South Wales.

      Stoke-on-Trent: Integrated Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding her Department has provided for the development of integrated transport systems in the Stoke-on-Trent area in the last 10 years.

      Concessionary Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the national bus concessionary fares scheme.

      Train Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what her latest estimate is of levels of overcrowding on trains; and if she will make a statement.

      Airport Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans she has to improve security at airports.

      South Yorkshire Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of rail services in South Yorkshire.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding her Department has provided for (a) local authorities and (b) others to support the provision of training for cyclists in the last three...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent progress her Department has made on encouraging more people to cycle in towns and cities.

      Departmental Food

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

      Departmental Information Communications Technology

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

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department takes to ensure which registered car owners pay vehicle excise duty.

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many heavy goods vehicle or public service vehicle operators (a) have and (b) do not have the necessary facilities to carry out MOT tests.

      Transport: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what allocation (a) her Department and (b) the Highways Agency has made for consultancy fees in relation to (i) roads, (ii) railways and (iii) other...

      Transport: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans she has to enable community transport groups to extend the services that they offer.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Annual Leave

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many years' service with the House is required for officers of the House to receive 40 days' paid leave;...

    • Security

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many parliamentary identity cards or passes have been reported lost or stolen in the last 24 months.

  • Olympics

    • Departmental Television

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

    • Olympic Games 2012: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many firms based in Northern Ireland have made unsuccessful bids for contracts through the Olympic Delivery Authority.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with the BBC Trust on (a) the application of the public value tests to the BBC's proposals for (i) local...

    • BBC: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effect on the market for advertising on UK-based news websites of the sale of advertising on bbc.com.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what IT contracts his Departments and its agency have entered into in the last two years.

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 17 June 2008, Official Report, columns 856-58W, on departmental non-departmental public bodies, if he will...

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what evidence was submitted to his Department to inform the Digital Working Group interim report published in June 2008.

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of (a) the DAB+ system, (b) the DMB system and (c) the DVB-H system of digital radio...

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations he has made at EU level on harmonisation in digital radio technology.

      Sports: Handguns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in what circumstances people can practise in the UK for international pistol tournaments; and if he will make a statement.

      Television: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had on the implementation of requirements for subtitling of digital and satellite television services.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of British military engagement in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq was in (i) 2005-06, (ii) 2006-07 and (iii) 2007-08;

    • Armed Forces: Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent on council tax rebate for service personnel during the last six-month roulement.

      Armed Forces: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what guidance is given to family liaison officers on the provision of advice to service families on their benefit entitlements; and if he will make a...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 13 May 2008, Official Report, column 1519W, on armed forces training, how many of his Department's Fighting in Built-Up Areas...

      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, whether further Fighting in Built-Up Areas training...

      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, in what year each of the Fighting in Built-Up Areas...

      Armed Forces: Vehicles

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

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what were the (a) fewest, (b) most and (c) mean number of days taken to up-armour each Cougar vehicle to a finished Mastiff were in Mastiff tranche 1...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what control his Department has over who the ultimate owners are of armoured personnel carriers being sold by his Department to Witham (Specialist...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons his Department is selling armoured personnel carriers.

      Defence Export Services Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many foreign military delegations visited the Defence Export Services Organisation between (a) 1 August 2005 and 31 July 2006 and (b) 1 August 2006...

      Departmental Information Officers

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

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times (a) Harrier GR7, (b) Harrier GR9, (c) Tornado GR4, (d) Tornado F3, (e) Typhoon and (f) Nimrod aircraft have been cannibalised in...

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Agusta 109A, (b) Agusta 109AM, (c) Apache Ah Mk1, (d) Gazelle AH1, (e) Lynx Mk7, (f) Lynx Mk9, (g) Lynx Mk3, (h) Lynx Mk8, (i)...

      RAF Lakenheath

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the United States withdrew from RAF Lakenheath the last of its nuclear weapons stored there.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration he gave to purchasing off-the-shelf alternatives before commissioning the Watchkeeper unmanned aerial vehicle.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons his Department procured the Watchkeeper unmanned aerial vehicle; what consideration was given to procuring off-the-shelf alternatives;...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy to encourage farmers to grow fruit and vegetables not traditionally grown in the UK.

    • Agriculture: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 13 June 2008, Official Report, column 531W, on Agriculture: Young People, for what reason no...

      Animals: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to offer direct support to farmers who are able to prove that they have good on-farm biosecurity.

      Arable Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the financial position of arable crop farming in the East of England.

      Cooperative Wholesale Society: Leicestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what dates meetings have taken place between Ministers and officials from his Department and representatives of the...

      Deca-BDE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what representations his Department has received on the use of Deca-BDE from (a) the Bromine Science and Environmental...

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs over what period his Department depreciates the asset value of its (a) vehicles, (b) computer hardware, (c) bespoke...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on which buildings occupied by his Department's agencies and non-departmental public bodies the lease will be due for renewal...

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will review salary negotiations for public-sector employees in organisations within his Department's responsibility to...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many reviews of regulation (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have conducted or commenced since July 2007; and in...

      Departmental Vetting

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

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what date the euro changeover plan of (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies was last updated; and if he will...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, (1) Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made by local resilience forums in incorporating Environment Agency data on areas at risk of...

      Forests: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government are taking to protect the native fauna of natural woodland, with particular reference to the red...

      Forests: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress the Forestry Commission for England has made in developing a policy for the restoration of priority...

      Government Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies (i) are classified as Government communicators and (ii) have...

      Grasslands: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what areas of (a) lowland dry acid grassland, (b) lowland raised bog and (c) lowland heathland have been (i) restored or...

      Grey Squirrels: Pest Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons Warfarin is not permitted to be used for the control of grey squirrels during autumn and winter.

      Institute for Animal Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has for the Institute for Animal Health research facility at Compton.

      Leishmaniasis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) companion animals and (b) wild animals have been diagnosed with leishmaniasis in each of the last 10 years.

      Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what support his Department is giving to the 5-a-day campaign for consumption of fruit and vegetables.

      Pesticides: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on the recent agreement by the EU to introduce a positive list of pesticides; and how many...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the value of Warm Front grants made to people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) south Tyneside, (c) the north-east and...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the average waiting time for (a) heating measures and (b) insulation measures to...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many back boilers have been replaced under the Warm Front scheme in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) south Tyneside, (c)...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people have received a Warm Front Scheme grant in (a) Jarrow Constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East...

  • Treasury

    • Aviation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 17 June 2008, Official Report, column 861W, on domestic flights, if he will list the destination of each flight.

    • Child Benefit: EC Nationals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many European Economic Area nationals claiming child benefit in respect of children living overseas have been investigated for fraud in the last 12 months.

      Debts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average level of personal (a) secured and (b) unsecured debt expressed (i) in cash terms and (ii) as a percentage of income was in each year...

      Debts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the average total personal debt servicing level as a percentage of income; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average duration of single periods of sick leave taken by staff in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) the non-departmental bodies for...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the average duration of single periods of sick leave taken by staff in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) the non-departmental...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many days of sick leave were taken by his Department's employees in each year since 1997.

      Financial Action Task Force

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Financial Action Task Force's typology study on proliferation financing is expected to be published; what the UK's contribution to the study has...

      Fuels: Local Authorities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received on the use of red diesel by groundsmen employed by local authorities when driving on public roads between local...

      Natural Gas: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what gas price assumptions were used in compiling budget forecasts for each Financial Statement and Budget Report since 1997.

      Revenue and Customs: Buildings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what savings HM Revenue and Customs has made in the last three years through the sale of its buildings.

      Revenue and Customs: Buildings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what savings HM Revenue and Customs has made in the last three years through the termination of leases on buildings it formerly leased.

      Revenue and Customs: Closures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many HM Revenue and Customs offices have been closed in each Parliamentary constituency since 1997.

      Revenue and Customs: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many posts at Grade 6 and above there were in (a) Inland Revenue and (b) HM Customs and Excise before their amalgamation into HM Revenue and Customs;...

      Revenue and Customs: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the staff turnover rate was at each HM Revenue and Customs office in Scotland in each of the last five years.

      Revenue and Customs: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the staff absentee rate was at each HM Revenue and Customs office in Scotland in each of the last five years.

      Revenue and Customs: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions his Department had with representatives of senior management of the Large Business Service (oils) in HM Revenue and Customs before...

      Revenue and Customs: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the publication of HM Revenue and Customs Workforce Change proposals on 11 June, how much spare capacity there will be in Ty Glees...

      Revenue and Customs: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the publication of HM Revenue and Customs Workforce Change proposals on 11th June, how many staff will be transferred from Pembrokeshire...

      Revenue and Customs: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions HM Revenue and Customs officials have had with officials of the UK Border Agency on the co-location of their staff in Pembrokeshire.

      Tax Avoidance: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to prevent or inhibit the use of British Overseas Territories in tax avoidance by UK-based (i) companies and (ii) individuals.

      Taxation: Rebates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what budgetary provision his Department makes for the repayment of overpaid taxation; and by what means such provision is calculated.

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Adult Education: Hemsworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what funding has been allocated to adult education in Hemsworth constituency in each of the last five years.

    • Adult Education: Hemsworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the average cost of an adult education course is in (a) England, (b) Hemsworth constituency and (c) Wakefield District.

      Copyright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what progress the UK Intellectual Property Office has made in its consultation on copyright exceptions; and when he expects...

      European Space Agency: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of the value of the contracts awarded to small and medium-sized enterprises in the UK from...

      European Space Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of the value in sterling of industrial or governmental contributions to European Space Agency...

      European Space Agency: Job Creation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of employment created in small and medium-sized businesses in the UK by European Space Agency projects.

      European Space Agency: Job Creation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of employment created in the UK by European Space Agency projects.

      European Space Agency: UK Contributions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much the UK contributed to the European Space Agency in 2007.

      Learndirect

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what proportion of Learndirect centres are on the premises of (a) companies and (b) other private sector...

      Lung Cancer: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what funding the Medical Research Council has provided for research into lung cancer in each financial year since 1997-98;...

      Science: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much was spent on science research in each year since 1997; and what the projected spending is for each year to 2011.

      Service Industries: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what plans he has to fund research and development assistance to the services sector in 2008-09.

      UK Intellectual Property Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what progress has been made in the UK Intellectual Property Office's consultation on representative actions; and when he...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • British Telecom: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the effects of BT's policy of imposing a charge on customers who choose not to pay...

    • Deca-BDE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether his Department has issued guidance on the use of deca-BDE; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Co-ordination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the Answer of 23 June 2008, Official Report, columns 135-36W, on department co-ordination, when the...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the spinning reserve required for electricity generation from renewable sources at the...

      Imports: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the use of goods imported by Iran since 2001 relating to the nuclear industry.

      Nuclear Power: Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral answer to the hon. Member for Wolverhampton North East of 23 June 2008,...

      Renewable Energy: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what proportion of the planned increase in renewable energy by 2020 will be from nuclear sources.

      Renewable Energy: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what proposals he is (a) considering and (b) implementing on electricity generation from marine sources.

      Roads: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what plans he has to amend the regulatory regime affecting connections to electricity supplies for lighting public...

      Utilities: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many representations his Department has received opposing surcharges imposed by utilities companies on customers...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax: Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of (a) single pensioners and (b) pensioner couples who lived in homes in each council...

    • Council Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of households in each household income group who lived in homes in each council tax...

      Department for Communities and Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 12 May 2008, Official Report, columns 1397-98W, on the...

      Departmental Information Officers

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

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer of 2 June 2008, Official Report, column 539W, on departmental public participation, how much each piece...

      Government Communications

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

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions her Department has had with (a) English Partnerships, (b) the Housing Corporation and (c) the Housing and...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households in (a) local authority, (b) registered social landlord and (c) private accommodation have been assessed...

      Local Authorities: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what account is taken of low carbon travel in the national indicators for local authorities; and if she will make a statement.

      Parks: Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department issues to local authorities on enforcement of prohibitions on motorcycles being ridden in parks.

      Standard of Living: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authority areas in the West Midlands had the (a) highest and (b) lowest levels of deprivation in the latest period...

      Sustainable Communities Act 2007

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department is taking to disseminate information on the (a) duties of and (b) opportunities for local...

      Thames Gateway Bridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions she has had with (a) the Mayor of London and (b) Transport for London on the Thames Gateway Bridge;...

  • Health

    • Bone Cancer: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on treating bone cancer in young people in Staffordshire in each of the last five years; and what the rate of success was in each year.

    • Bone Diseases: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to monitor the policy of primary care trusts in respect of support for the clinical prescribing of anti-tumor necrosis...

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the extension of the 31-day treatment standard, as referred to in his Department's Cancer Reform Strategy of 3 December 2007, will include...

      Cancer: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what per capita public expenditure on cancer care within South Staffordshire NHS primary care trust area was in the latest period for which figures are...

      Care Homes: Buckinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) care homes, (b) residential homes and (c) nursing homes in (i) Milton Keynes and (ii) Buckinghamshire were ordered to close in each of the...

      Care Homes: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation covers the care provided to residents in care homes for the elderly; what changes are planned during the...

      Dementia: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what per capita public expenditure on dementia care within South Staffordshire NHS primary care trust area was in the latest period for which figures are...

      Dental Services: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many (a) adults and (b) children are registered with NHS general dental practices in the South Staffordshire NHS primary care trust area; and...

      Dental Services: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on NHS general dental services in (a) Tamworth constituency and (b) Staffordshire in (i) cash and (ii) real terms in each of the last...

      Dental Services: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent NHS general dental practitioners there are in (a) Tamworth constituency and (b) Staffordshire; and how many there were in...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the provision of emotional and psychological support to people diagnosed with diabetes.

      Doctors: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on charging junior doctors for their accommodation.

      Doctors: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions (a) he and (b) his ministerial colleagues have had with NHS acute trusts in London on the provision of NHS accommodation for...

      Doctors: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was to each NHS acute trust in the London strategic health authority area of housing junior doctors in NHS-provided accommodation in each of...

      Doctors: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of junior doctors were housed in NHS-provided accommodation in each NHS acute trust in the London strategic health authority area in each...

      Doctors: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assistance will be provided by the NHS to Foundation House Officer 1s requiring help in finding accommodation for their four month placements.

      Doctors: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the likely effect of the removal of free hospital accommodation for junior doctors on the recruitment of...

      Doctors: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 9 June 2008, Official Report, column 56W, on doctors: housing, what (a) data and (b) methodology his Department and NHS...

      Doctors: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason the right to free hospital accommodation for junior doctors has not been incorporated into their terms and conditions of service; and if...

      Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 26 June 2008, Official Report, column 506W, on doctors: working hours, which members states (a) supported and (b) did not...

      General Practitioners: Staffordshire

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

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for hospital treatment was in (a) Milton Keynes, (b) Buckinghamshire and (c) England in each year since 1997.

      Lung Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Healthcare Commission on (a) increasing the level of data collection on lung cancer and (b) including outcome data...

      Lung Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to include indicators of quality of care and clinical outcomes for lung cancer patients in the commissioning process.

      Lung Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what percentage of trusts participated in the National Lung Cancer Audit for 2007; what steps he has taken to encourage trusts and cancer networks...

      Lung Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to increase awareness of the symptoms of lung cancer among (a) healthcare professionals and (b) members of the public.

      Lung Cancer: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding has been provided from the NHS research and development budget into research into lung cancer in each financial year since 1997-98; what...

      Medical Records: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 23 June 2008, Official Report, columns 116-7W, on medical records: data protection, what his definition of a health community is.

      Medical Treatments: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many recommendations the National Commissioning Group has made on national funding for ultra-orphan therapies; whether his Department may overturn any...

      Medical Treatments: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what systems his Department has in place to prevent geographical variations in prescribing of novel and unique drug therapies for rare disorders...

      Medical Treatments: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health by what procedures and under what authority specialist commissioning groups assess funding for ultra-orphan therapies; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what dates the Spine functionality has failed (a) locally and (b) nationally; and for how long the failure lasted in each case.

      Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he plans to take to ensure that patients and clinicians at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre are consulted on proposals put forward by the...

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what response he plans to make to the recommendations contained in the report from the Organ Donation Taskforce; and whether he has made an estimate of...

      Radiotherapy: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for radiotherapy treatment in South Staffordshire NHS primary care trust area was in the latest period for which figures are...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements he has made to monitor the implementation of individual care plans for people with long-term conditions outlined in the Our Health, Our...

      Strokes: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to reduce early death rates for stroke victims.

  • Women and Equality

    • Equal Opportunities: Public Bodies

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what assessment she has made of whether Government-funded organisations have implemented the gender equality duty; and what steps she is taking to...

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality when she plans to answer the letter of 22 April from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, on Miss Rena Wood, transferred from the Home Department.

  • Prime Minister

    • Chequers

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for North Norfolk of 29 January 2008, Official Report, column 286W, on Chequers, whether the information on hospitality...

    • Dalai Lama

      To ask the Prime Minister in what venues either he or his predecessors met the Dalai Lama in the last 30 years.

      Departmental Written Questions

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

  • Northern Ireland

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) apprenticeships and (b) advanced apprenticeships there were in (i) his Department and (ii) the agencies for which he is...

    • Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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 Home Working

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

      Departmental Security

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

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many fixed speed cameras are in operation in each council area in Northern Ireland.

  • Justice

    • Approved Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) if he will make it his policy that local residents be consulted before a bail hostel is established in their area; (2) how many bail hostels (a)...

    • Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions a coroner acting under Rule 5 of the Coroners (Practice and Procedure) Rules (NI) 1963 exercised his power to exclude the public...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of his Department's staff have access to the Department's IT infrastructure at home.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many reviews of regulation (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have (i) conducted and (ii) commenced since July 2007; and in which areas.

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were convicted for the third time of (a) trafficking class A drugs and (b) domestic burglary in each of the last five years; and what...

      Fairtrade Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 7 February 2008, Official Report, column 1433W, on the fairtrade initiative, how much his Department spent on refreshments for...

      Firearms: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have received the mandatory five year sentence for being in possession of a firearm in the last five years.

      Judges: Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 1 July 2008, Official Report, column 879W, on judges: official residences, what the addresses were in respect of which the...

      Ministerial Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of his working week is taken up in duties arising from his role and responsibilities as Lord Chancellor.

      Prisoners: Personal Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what procedure is in place for recording and storing prisoners' personal property (a) in the prisoner's possession upon arrival in prison and (b) sent...

      Prisoners: Personal Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many items of prisoners' (a) clothing and (b) other property were stored by each prison in England and Wales between 1 April 2007 and 31 March...

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prisoner on staff assaults there were in each of the last five years, listed by prison; (2) how many prisoner-on-staff assaults were (a)...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisons are free of the use of controlled drugs.

      Prisons: Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many British Sign Language users worked in each prison at the latest date for which figures are available.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Armed Conflict: Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) which territories his Department considers as having being occupied at some time since 1954 for the purposes of the draft...

    • Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department and its agencies spent on branding and marketing activity in 2007-08.

      Developing Countries: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps the Government have taken to assist developing countries to improve their national security.

      Lebanon: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the UK plans to provide (a) financial and (b) technical support for the conduct of the 2009 parliamentary elections in...

      Lebanon: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support the UK is providing to security sector reform in Lebanon; and if he will make a statement.

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government have taken since January 2008 to secure the release of the Israeli soldiers kidnapped by (a) Hamas...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take steps at the United Nations to seek to secure the release of the Israeli...

      Religious Freedom: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports his Department has received of incidents of the persecution of Christians in other countries on the grounds of...

      Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the standard retirement age in his Department is; and how many people worked beyond the standard retirement age in each of...

      Somalia: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will hold discussions with the chairman of the African Union on increasing the number of AMISON troops in Somalia.

      Terrorism: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will place a copy of the policy document Exceptional Assistance Measures for Terrorist Incidents Overseas in the...

      Terrorism: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether there is a ceiling to the financial assistance offered under the Exceptional Assistance Measures for terrorist incidents...

      Terrorism: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what provisions the new Exceptional Assistance Measures for terrorist incidents overseas contain for financial support for the...

      Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government have taken to discourage other states from practising torture.

      Zimbabwe: British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to safeguard British nationals resident in Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Home Secretary over deportations to Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Chinese counterpart on bringing pressure to bear on the Zimbabwe Government to...

      Zimbabwe: Travel Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what advice his Department gives on the safety of travel to Zimbabwe for (a) Zimbabwean citizens and (b) citizens of other...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures are in place to prevent absent parents from investing their income with a pension fund as a means of avoiding Child Support...

    • Departmental Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 20 May 2008, Official Report, columns 218-20W, on departmental standards, what the scope was of the Gateway Review...

      Departmental Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 20 May 2008, Official Report, columns 218-20W, on departmental standards, what the scope was of the Gateway Review...

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of working age adults with fewer than five GCSEs at grade A* to C were in employment in each local authority area...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish the terms of reference for the housing benefit review his Department is undertaking; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of the guidance issued to Jobcentre Plus districts on payment of discretionary housing benefit; and if...

      Housing Benefit: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of housing benefit claims were from households where the claimant was (a) 65 years old or more and (b) in work in each London...

      Incapacity Benefit: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children aged (a) under five, (b) five to 11 and (c) 12 to 16 years are estimated to be living in households in receipt of...

      Incapacity Benefit: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households were in receipt of incapacity benefit in each parliamentary constituency in London in the most recent period for which...

      Income Support: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children aged (a) under five, (b) five to 11 and (c) 12 to 16 years are estimated to be living in (i) single parent and (ii) other...

      Income Support: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households with lone parents in receipt of income support are estimated to be living in (a) Regent's Park and Kensington North, (b)...

      Lone Parents: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate his Department has made of the average amount unclaimed by working lone parents entitled to but not claiming (a) council...

      Pathways to Work: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much he expects to spend on Pathways to Work programme costs in each of the next five years.

      Post Office Card Account: Clwyd

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much and what proportion of each type of state benefit payable to residents in Vale of Clwyd constituency was paid into Post Office card...

      Post Office Card Account: Newport Gwent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much and what proportion of each type of state benefit paid to residents in Newport East constituency was deposited into a Post Office card...

      Social Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what account the calculation of the amount allocated to each Jobcentre Plus district for the payment of discretionary housing payments...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claimed benefits in (a) each Scottish parliamentary constituency, (b) Scotland and (c) the UK in the most recent period for...

      Social Security Benefits: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of all children under 16 years old were living in households dependent on benefits in each parliamentary constituency in London...

      Social Security Benefits: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which 100 wards had the highest proportion of children dependent on benefits in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Social Security Benefits: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children were estimated to be living in households on (a) any benefits, (b) income support only, (c) jobseekers allowance, (d)...

      Social Security Benefits: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children were living in households dependent on benefits in each local authority ward in Westminster in 2008.

      Social Security Benefits: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much and what proportion of each type of state benefit paid to residents in Warrington North constituency was paid into Post Office card...

      Unemployment Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which ward in each local authority area in England has the (a) highest and (b) lowest proportion of households receiving workless benefits.

      Unemployment Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) which 50 parliamentary constituencies had the highest (a) number and (b) proportion of households in receipt of (i) jobseekers...

      Unemployment Benefits: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which 50 local authority areas had the highest proportion of children living in households in receipt of (a) jobseekers allowance, (b) income...

      Unemployment Benefits: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which 50 parliamentary constituencies had the highest proportion of children living in households in receipt of (a) jobseekers allowance, (b)...

      Unemployment Benefits: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children are estimated to be living in households in receipt of (a) income support and (b) incapacity benefit in each (i) borough...

      Unemployment Benefits: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many working age households were in receipt of (a) jobseekers allowance, (b) income support and (c) incapacity benefit in each London...

  • International Development

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how frequently his Department restates the asset values of its building estate.

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many of his Department's staff have access to the Department's IT infrastructure at home.

      Departmental Waste

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

      Departmental Written Questions

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

      Developing Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what standards are used to identify nations that qualify as poor countries under the expanded guidelines of the Export Credit Agency.

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with the Foreign Secretary on the promotion of human rights related to HIV.

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what programmes are organised by his Department that promote integration of HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights, as...

      Indonesia: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the objectives are for the fund his Department is establishing in Indonesia to be managed by the Indonesian Bio Diversity...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department has taken to improve the UK's position in the UN Commitment to Development Index.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how the European Commission's aim to co-ordinate all external policies that interwine with development objectives affect his...

      Southern Perspectives

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support his Department is providing to the Southern Perspectives project.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Cancer: Greater London

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people were diagnosed with cancer in (a) Bexley and (b) London in each of the last five years.

    • Cost of Living

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what assessment he has made of the effects of fuel prices on the cost of living; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what the average cost to his Department was of employing a press and media officer in 2007-08; (2) what the average cost to the Prime...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many (a) employees and (b) full-time equivalent employees there are in each sub-division of (i) the Prime Minister's Office and (ii) the...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the average fully-loaded cost is of a full-time equivalent member of staff of his Department working in Whitehall.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 9 May 2008, Official Report, column 1217W, on departmental ministerial policy advisers, which staff members in the Prime...

      Departmental Sick Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much sick pay to staff in the Cabinet Office cost in the last five years for which figures are available.

      Employment: North East

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people were in employment in the North East in each quarter since January 2003, calculated with reference to the December 2007 changes in...

      National Income: North East

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the gross value-added (GVA) figure per head for each NUTS 2 region in the North East is; what proportion of UK GVA each represents; and what...

      Prostate Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many men (a) were offered and (b) accepted first line hormone therapy to treat metastatic prostate cancer in each of the last three years.

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what percentage of births were to teenage mothers in each of the last 10 years, broken down by primary care trust area.

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many teenagers gave birth in each constituency in each of the last 10 years.

      Teenage Pregnancy: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the conception rate for women under 18 years living in (a) wards with a benefit claim rate of 25 per cent. or above and (b) wards in the 10...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 25 February 2008, Official Report, column 1185W, on trades unions, if he will place a copy of each partnership agreement...

      Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what training courses were (a) available to and (b) taken up by civil servants in the Cabinet Office in the last 12 months.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was awarded for personalised learning and pupil support (a) in England and (b) to each local education authority (LEA)...

  • House of Lords

    • Baggage Screening

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action has been taken to follow up the people and baggage screening trials conducted on the London rail and Underground in January and February 2006; and what...

    • Elections: Turnout

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Statement by the Leader of the House on 19 May (WS 77—78), what progress has been made in establishing a Speaker's conference to...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 24 June (col. WA 227), how many outgrowing embryos cultured for more than 14 days are required to derive...

      Food: Supermarkets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much food is discarded daily by supermarkets because of faulty or damaged packaging; and What is the cost of edible food discarded each day by supermarkets in...

      Government: Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the engagements in Northern Ireland of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland during April 2008.

      Health: Dentistry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people in (a) Elsenham, (b) Stansted Mountfitchet, (c) Uttlesford District, (d) the Saffron Walden constituency, and (e) Essex are not registered with an...

      Health: GPs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the number of general practitioners per head of population in (a) England, (b) the East of England and (c) Essex.

      Home Office: Interception Modernisation Programme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the aims of the Home Office's interception modernisation programme.

      Home Office: Interception Modernisation Programme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the current Comprehensive Spending Review allocation contains any financing for the Home Office's interception modernisation programme; and, if so, how much.

      Home Office: Interception Modernisation Programme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the Home Office's current budgetary estimates for demonstrating the feasibility of the interception modernisation programme.

      Home Office: Interception Modernisation Programme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the Home Office's current budgetary estimates for the interception modernisation programme.

      Local Transport Plans

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What guidance they are giving to local authorities on the priority to give to low-carbon travel in their local transport plans.

      Northern Ireland: National Stadium

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Tunnicliffe on 24 June (WA 232), whether the provision of funding out of the Northern Ireland block grant is a matter for the...

      Parades: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 19 June (WA 192) concerning the expenditure of the Northern Ireland Parades Commission in 2006—07, on what...

      Planning

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On how many occasions Ministers and officials have met representatives of (a) the Fairfield Partnership and (b) the Town and Country Planning Association in the...

      Planning: Eco-towns

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what date Mr David Lock ceased to be employed as a government adviser on planning and eco-towns; and on how many occasions Ministers or officials have met him...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 19 June (WA 176), what were the methods of disposal and the average immediate custodial sentence length (in months)...

      Prisons: Drugs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Tunnicliffe on 24 June (WA 232) concerning drugs found in Northern Ireland prisons, what prosecutions have resulted from the...

      Railways: West Coast Main Line

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What improvements are to be made to the west coast main line in the next 12 months.

      Social Work

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures they have in place to improve levels of retention and recruitment of teachers to social work.

      Terrorism: Independent Reviewer

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the terms of reference of the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, Lord Carlile of Berriew; and how much he is paid from public funds.

      Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 24 June (cols. WA 242-43), from which countries the 22 per cent of foreign heavy goods vehicles found...

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