Written answers

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

  • Scotland

    • Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister on the further devolution of powers to the Scottish Parliament.

    • National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has made an assessment of the effect of the national minimum wage upon working people in Scotland.

      Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps the Government is taking together with the Scottish Executive on cross-border issues in relation to Travellers.

      Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with Scottish broadcasters on the future of the industry in Scotland.

      Barnett Formula

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on auditing the Barnett consequentials received by Scotland under the Barnett formula.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Internet

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what the Commission's policy is on what (a) documents, (b) information and (c) database access to provide...

    • Internet

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what funding was allocated for development and maintenance of the parliament.uk website in each of the last...

  • Wales

    • Apprentices

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

  • Transport

    • East Coast Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will support the recent section 17 application to the Office of the Rail Regulator for enhanced route utilisation by National Express East Coast...

    • East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether she plans to introduce a high speed rail network on the East Coast.

      Electric Vehicles: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will bring forward proposals for a police trial of electric personal assistive mobility devices as part of the roadmap process to regulatory...

      Helicopters: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether any restrictions are in place on helicopter flights over Lambeth.

      Landing Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information she holds on the level of landing charges to UK flights arriving at (a) Heathrow, (b) Toronto, (c) Newark New Jersey, (d) Athens,...

      M60: Road Signs and Markings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) with reference to the answer of 11 June 2008, Official Report, column 727W, on M60: road signs and markings, whether a review of the use of...

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times the online vehicle excise duty website was unavailable in each of the last 24 months.

      Peterborough Railway Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will hold discussions with Network Rail on the redevelopment of Peterborough railway station in the near future; and if she will make a statement.

      Railways: Colchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations she has received on the effects of the weekend works on the Colchester to Clacton-on-Sea and Colchester to Walton-on-the-Naze line...

      Safety Belts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) front and (b) rear seat belt wearing rates are among (i) males and (ii) females, broken down by age group were in each of the last five...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what evaluation of the Year of Food and Farming his Department plans to undertake.

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) apprenticeships and (b) advanced apprenticeships there were in (i) his Department and (ii) the agencies for...

      Cattle: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost of the Older Cattle Disposal Scheme was in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.

      Cattle: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 1 July 2008, Official Report, column 768W, on cattle: imports, if he will break down the number of...

      Cetaceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many coastal cetacean strandings there have been in each (a) year since 2004 and (b) month in 2008; and how many of...

      Climate Change: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the UK will be participating in the conference to be held in Reunion from 7 to 11 July on the EU and its overseas...

      Coastal Areas: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to paragraph 3.22 of the National Security Strategy of the United Kingdom, Cm 7291, which coastal areas of the UK he...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many of his Department's staff have access to the Department's IT infrastructure at home.

      Departmental ICT

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

      Departmental Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what proportion of its staff his Department has provided vocational training in the last three years.

      Flood Control: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 1 July 2008, Official Report, column 776W, on flood control: planning, what his definition is of...

      Grasslands: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the potential for re-creation of (a) lowland dry acid grassland, (b) lowland raised bog and...

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) pensioner and (b) other households received support from the Warm Front scheme in each parliamentary...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much he has allocated to rural housing enablers for 2009-10.

      Primates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many animals of each species of primate were imported to the UK to be sold as pets in each of the last 10 years, broken...

      Primates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many primates were bred in the UK to be sold as pets in each of the last 10 years; (2) how many primates are kept...

      Primates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when codes for primate-keeping under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 will be published; and when they will be brought into force.

      Primates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what interim measures are being taken to safeguard the welfare of primate pets prior to the Animal Welfare Act 2006 codes...

      Red Squirrels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how often the size of the population of the red squirrel is estimated; and when it was last estimated; (2) what steps...

      Squirrels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consideration he has made of the merits of extending the period in which warfarin may be used for the control of grey...

      Summertime: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will commission research on the effects on UK energy consumption of a change to British Summer Time in winter and...

      Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the volume of average water leakages per megalitre per day was in each of the last five years, broken down by (a)...

      Water Supply: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the levels of compensation paid by water companies to their customers were last reviewed; and if he will make a statement.

      Water: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what plans he has to discuss water metering arrangements with water companies; (2) if he will hold discussions with...

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of violent offences in England and Wales were related to (a) alcohol abuse and (b) use of illegal drugs in each of the last...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of domestic violence offences were related to (a) alcohol abuse and (b) use of illegal drugs in each of the last five years.

      Deportation: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what average amount was paid to people leaving the UK under the Facilitated Returns Scheme in each month since its inception, broken...

      Detection Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the detection rate for (a) reported crimes, (b) violent crimes, (c) burglaries and (d) acts of theft in (i) each police force area...

      Driving: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department takes to prevent disqualified drivers from driving.

      Hunting: Foxes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were charged with offences relating to fox hunting in each police force area in each of the last two years.

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people who left the UK under the Facilitated Returns Scheme were arrested (a) trying to re-enter the UK and (b) while in the UK in...

      Sexual Offences: Travel Restrictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many registered sex offenders are known to have travelled abroad without informing the police.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of meeting urgent operational requirements in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan was in each year from 2001-02 to 2007-08; what provision he...

    • Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much service personnel in (a) the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine at Selly Oak Hospital and (b) Headley Court rehabilitation centre are charged...

      Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library the latest Defence Medical Services Continuous Attitude Survey.

      Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what provision the Government has made for the healthcare of service personnel serving overseas.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many units of (a) single living accommodation and (b) service family accommodation in (i) Germany, (ii) Cyprus, (iii) Gibraltar and (iv) the...

      Armed Forces: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps the Government has taken to guarantee access to clean water for personnel serving overseas.

      Chinook Helicopters: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what (a) routes and (b) altitudes Royal Air Force Chinook helicopters regularly fly over the London area; and what mechanism exists for concerns...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the change has been in the number of employees in his Department and its agencies since July 2006.

      Departmental Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average annual running cost of a crèche run by his Department is.

      Departmental Secondment

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

      Departmental Visits Abroad

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

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has paid in compensation to wounded servicemen and women and the families of those killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan...

      Military Bases: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether any changes will be made to the financial arrangements regarding the sale of redundant military sites following recent talks between the...

      Shipping: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost was to the Royal Navy of marine diesel per tonne plus lighterage on 30th May (a) 2008, (b) 2007 and (c) 2006.

  • Justice

    • Approved Premises: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) if he will make it his policy to restrict the use of houses previously used as privately occupied residences as bail hostels in residential areas;...

    • Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been sentenced for (a) trafficking and (b) selling skunk cannabis in each of the last 10 years.

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions a coroner acting under Rule 17 of the Coroners Rules (1984) has exercised his power to exclude the public from an inquest in each...

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many public interest immunity certificates have been served upon coroners in England and Wales seeking non-disclosure of evidence on grounds of...

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent representations he has received from bereaved families on the coroner's court procedures.

      Coroners: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many public interest immunity certificates have been served on coroners in Northern Ireland seeking non-disclosure of evidence on grounds of national...

      Criminal Cases Review Commission: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) when he expects to announce the name of the new head of the Criminal Cases Review Commission; (2) by what process the new head of the Criminal...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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 ICT

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

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many days of sick leave were taken by his Department's employees in each year since 1997; (2) how many working days have been lost due to...

      Departmental Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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.

      Land Registry Act 2002

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases the office of the Adjudicator to HM Land Registry has examined under section 73(7) of the Land Registry Act 2002 in each year since entry...

      Legal Profession: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the Government's policy is on the practice of no-win no-fee offers made by law firms.

      Morning Star

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 17 June 2008, Official Report, column 891W, on the Morning Star, which divisions of his Department receive the copies of the...

      Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the most effective interventions with regard to (a) reducing reoffending and (b) increasing offenders' capacities to...

      Offensive Weapons: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what percentage of people convicted of carrying an offensive weapon under section 1 of the Prevention of Crime Act 1953 received (a) a fine...

      Offensive Weapons: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what percentage of people convicted of encouraging violent behaviour involving the use of a knife under the Knives Act 1997 received (a) a...

      Offensive Weapons: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what percentage of people convicted of carrying an offensive weapon under section 139A of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 received (a) a fine...

      Offensive Weapons: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what percentage of people convicted of having an article with a blade or point under section 139 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 received...

      Offensive Weapons: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what percentage of people from each age group convicted under section 1 of the Restriction of Offensive Weapons Act 1959 received (a) a...

      Offensive Weapons: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were convicted for offences of selling knives to persons under (a) 18 and (b) 16-years-old in each of the last five years.

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what discussions he had with trades union representatives on the White Paper on party finance and expenditure prior to its publication; (2) what...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice over what period of time he plans to consult further with political parties on legislative or regulatory changes, further to the recommendations of the...

      Prisoners Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the receiving or sending prison is responsible for making arrangements with the escort contractor on a prisoner's transfer transport between...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what harm reduction strategies in respect of Class A drug taking are in place in prisons in England and Wales.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of the trends in the availability of drugs in prisons.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps are being taken to reduce the availability of Class A drugs in prisons.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were found guilty of television licence evasion in Leicester in 2007.

  • Women and Equality

    • Departmental Coordination

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality pursuant to the answer of 2 June 2008, Official Report, columns 528-29W, on departmental coordination, of which cross-departmental groups the...

    • Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what the average cost to the Government Equalities Office was of employing a press and media officer in 2007-08.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many permanent staff in the Government Equalities Office are classed as (a) staff without posts and (b) part of a people action team.

      Departmental Planning Permission

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what (a) planning applications and (b) licensing applications the Government Equalities Office has submitted since its establishment.

      Departmental Press

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how much was spent by the Government Equalities Office on subscriptions for magazines, newspapers and other publications in each of the last 24 months.

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many departmental identity cards or departmental passes have been reported lost or stolen by staff in the Government Equalities Office since its...

      Females: Public Sector

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps the Government has taken to encourage more black and minority ethnic women to (a) apply and (b) stand as candidates for public office.

      Morning Star

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many copies of the Morning Star publication the Government Equalities Office subscribes to each week; and at what cost.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Death: Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many deaths of children have been attributed to (a) brain cancer and (b) leukaemia in the last three years.

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many (a) new builds and (b) major refurbishments were completed by his Department for a cost in excess of £0.5 million in (i)...

      Departmental Retirement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the standard retirement age in the Prime Minister's Office is; and how many people worked beyond the standard retirement age in each of the...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Allotments: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance she has issued to local authorities on the use of waiting lists for allotments.

    • Approved Premises: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether planning permission is required to convert a domestic dwelling into a bail hostel.

      Co-operative Wholesale Society

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what dates meetings have taken place between Ministers and officials from her Department and representatives of the...

      Council Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities are due to receive a negative housing revenue account subsidy in 2008-09; what the level of each...

      Council Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much is expected to be (a) collected in negative subsidy and (b) allocated in positive subsidy in the housing revenue...

      Council Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much of the housing revenue account subsidy is expected to be retained by the Exchequer in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10.

      Council Housing: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has issued to local authorities on the criteria to be used in the allocation of social housing to...

      Council Housing: Tamworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many council dwellings have been (a) sold and (b) built in Tamworth constituency since 1997.

      Council Housing: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many applications for medical priority points were made in each London local authority in each of the last five years; and...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to what extent local authorities (a) keep and (b) equalise away the increased council tax revenue from the construction of...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of domestic residences pay only a single person occupancy council tax charge.

      Council Tax: Second Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding has been used to reimburse local council tax billing authorities under provisions for a council tax discount...

      Deprivation Indicators: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will redefine the Index of Multiple Deprivation to take better account of the facilities available for rural populations...

      East Midlands Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much money the East Midlands Development Agency has disbursed in (a) revenue and (b) capital spending in each of the...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many empty dwelling management orders have been made; and what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of such orders...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what processes are in place to measure the effectiveness of regional management boards in respect of regionalisation of fire...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what definition her Department uses of intermediate market in respect of housing; (2) whether her Department's targets...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new dwellings have been constructed in (a) Lower Lea and Stratford, (b) The Royals, (c) Greenwich Peninsula, (d)...

      Housing: Domestic Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information her Department collects on the implementation of the housing health and safety ratings system; and if she will...

      Housing: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate her Department and its agencies have made of the rate of change in sale prices of (a) flats and (b) houses in...

      Housing: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many consultation exercises her Department has initiated seeking the views of property managers since its consultation on...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of homes met the decent homes standard at the most recent date for which figures are available; and what...

      Housing: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many homes in each region meet the criteria for level (a) 3, (b) 4, (c) 5 and (d) 6 under the Code for Sustainable...

      Housing: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether homes with a level 6 Code for Sustainable Homes are restricted in the white goods that they can use, with particular...

      Housing: Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer of 18 February 2008, Official Report, column 39W, on Housing: Thames Gateway, if she will provide a...

      Local Authority Business Growth Incentives Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was allocated to each London local authority through the Local Authority Business Growth Incentive scheme in each year...

      Non-domestic Rates: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what notifications her Department has received from local authorities of cases of properties becoming intentionally dilapidated...

      Non-domestic Rates: Out of Town Shopping Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what rules apply to the apportionment of business rates for (a) out-of-town retail premises and (b) car parks which serve the...

      Non-domestic Rates: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent work has been undertaken by her Department on reviewing business rate exemptions.

      Olympic Delivery Authority: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what monies were vired from the growth area funding originally allocated to the Thames Gateway area to the Olympic Delivery...

      Pedestrian Crossings: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many school crossing patrol officers there were in each year since 1990, broken down by local authority area; and if she...

      Planning Obligations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what auditing procedures are in place to evaluate the use made of section 106 agreement monies received by local authorities as...

      Regional Planning and Development: Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what projects have been identified for funding under the auspices of the Thames Gateway Economic Development Investment Plan; at...

      Social Rented Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much capital has been spent on social housing in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d)...

      Social Rented Housing: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the extent of over-crowding in the registered social landlord sector in (a) England and (b)...

      Travelling People: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what planning guidance her Department and its predecessor has produced on Traveller camps.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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 ICT

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

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Planning Permission

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

      Departmental Press

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

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department spent on (a) new furnishings, (b) art and (c) new vehicles in (i) 2006-07 and (ii) 2007-08.

      Departmental Vetting

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

      Departmental Visits Abroad

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

      Departmental Written Questions

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

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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...

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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 Northern Ireland 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;...

  • Treasury

    • Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 19 November 2007, Official Report, column 581W, on departmental official hospitality, when he expects the list of hospitality...

    • Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department spent on sending mail overseas in each year since 2001, broken down by delivery company.

      Departmental Press

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent by his Department on subscriptions for magazines, newspapers and other publications in each of the last 24 months.

      Departmental Sick Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was paid in sick pay to staff in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) the non-departmental bodies for which it has responsibility in...

      Departmental Visits Abroad

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

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which road transport organisations receive rebates of fuel duty; and if he will make a statement.

      Excise Duties: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the change in revenue from vehicle excise duty resulting from the change in the effective registration date for band F...

      Excise Duties: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the number of motorists who will be liable for vehicle excise duty at (a) a higher, (b) a lower and (c) the same rate...

      Excise Duties: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Financial Secretary's statement of 14 May 2008, Official Report, column 1471, on vehicle excise duty, (1) if he will (a) list the 30...

      Excise Duties: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Financial Secretary's statement of 14 May 2008, Official Report, column 1474, on vehicle excise duty, what assumptions his Department made...

      Sequestration of Assets: Iran

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what amount of funds in the UK is frozen in accordance with Council Decision 2008/475/EC of 23 June 2008 concerning restrictive measures against Iran.

      Sequestration of Assets: UN Resolutions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what amount of funds in the UK is frozen in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution (a) 1737 (2006), (b) 1747 (2007) and (c) 1803 (2008).

      Social Security Benefits: Elderly

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimated annual cost to the Exchequer was of people over 65 years of age being (a) on benefits and (b) drawing pensions in the last period for...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • African Union: Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the African Union to recommend the suspension of Zimbabwe from that body.

    • Caribbean Community: Montserrat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has agreed to the request of the Chief Minister of Montserrat for the island's accession to the Caribbean community...

      China: Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Chinese Government on restrictions imposed on Tibetans during the parade of the...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has spent on (a) new capital investment in and (b) refurbishment of departmental property in (i) each...

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 26 November 2007, Official Report, column 216W, on Departmental official hospitality, when he expects...

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 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 Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 23 June 2008, Official Report, column 75W, on departmental public expenditure, what net effect...

      Departmental Television

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

      Departmental Written Questions

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

      Embassies: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which UK missions overseas are run by locally-engaged staff.

      Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which foreign language training providers are providing language training services to his Department under framework agreements.

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the number of (a) rockets and (b) mortar bombs launched into Israeli territory from Gaza since...

      Western Sahara: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the Government will make it their policy to seek the implementation of the recommendations of the Office of the High...

      Zimbabwe: Sequestration of Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the effect of freezing Zimbabwean assets on Zimbabwe; and if he will make a statement.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Amusement Arcades: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the economic effect on seaside arcades of B3 machine entitlement.

    • Brass Bands: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what financial support his Department provides to brass bands associated with former coal fields.

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many freedom of information requests his Department received in each of the last three years; and in how many the information...

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Sick Pay

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

      Departmental Visits Abroad

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

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (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...

      Reaching Communities Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding has been provided from the Reaching Communities Scheme in each constituency.

      Sport Action Zone Sub-Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on how many occasions the Sport Action Zone Sub-Committee has met since its establishment; and if he will place in the Library a copy of...

      Sports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many projects aimed at (a) ethnic communities, (b) disabled communities and (c) women and girls have received funding from Sport...

      Swimming: London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 1 July 2008, Official Report, column 884W, on swimming: London, with which London boroughs his Department's...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • 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...

    • Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the scale of regional price differentials in domestic gas and electricity prices; and...

      Export Credits Guarantee Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what data the Export Credits Guarantee Department collects on greenhouse gas emissions arising from high and medium...

      Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of employees taking flexible working in the 15...

      Internet: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on how many occasions Ofcom has required a broadband provider to issue a Migration Authorisation Code and not secured...

      Manufacturing Industries: Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent discussions his Department has had with the European Commission on support for the UK furniture industry.

      Manufacturing Industries: Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent discussions he has had with the EU Trade Commissioner on support for the UK furniture industry.

      Manufacturing Industries: Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what support his Department has provided to the furniture industry which meets the criteria of the EU Structural Funds...

      Microgeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his Department's assessment is of the effect of banding of the renewables obligation on the take-up of (a) micro...

      National Grid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment his Department has made of the robustness of the national grid in (a) the UK and (b) the London area.

      Nuclear Power Stations: Foreign Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the Government's policy is on foreign ownership of new nuclear power stations built in the UK.

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many post offices closed in each parliamentary constituency in each year between 1997-98 and 2007-08.

      Postal Services: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the effect of EU Directives (a) 96/67/EC and (b) 2002/39/EC on the operation of the...

      Radioactive Materials: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many transport plans for the movement of nuclear materials have been approved by the Office for Civil Nuclear Security.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what advice he has received from (a) the National Audit Office, (b) the Carbon Trust and (c) Ofegm on the...

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 3 July 2008, Official Report, column 1014, on Sellafield, what factors he will take into...

      Small Businesses: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will place in the Library a copy of each report commissioned by his Department which has examined the impact of...

      Tribunals: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps can be taken against those who do not abide by recommendations made by employment tribunals.

      Tribunals: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what consideration he has given to making the recommendations of employment tribunals binding.

      Utilities: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent discussions he has had with BT and other utility companies on surcharges for customers who choose not to...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much renewables obligation subsidy went to (a) onshore and (b) offshore wind farms in 2006-07.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate his Department has made of the number of onshore wind farm developments in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008 to...

      Summertime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will undertake research into the economic effects of the introduction of British Summer Time in winter and...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Carers Allowance: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received carer's allowance in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency and (b) the London Borough of Bexley in the latest...

    • Carers' Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average income of a household receiving carer's allowance was in the last period for which figures are available.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of staff in his Department received bonus payments in each of the last five years for which information is...

      Departmental Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the Answer of 14 May 2008, Official Report, column 1613W, on departmental voluntary work, for which organisations members of his...

      Directgov

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consultation his Department has undertaken with providers and suppliers involved in the development of Directgov.

      Directgov

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what opportunities there are for small businesses to tender for work on the continuing development of Directgov.

      Directgov

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment his Department has made of the value for money obtained from expenditure from the public purse on Directgov.

      Directgov

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on progress in the delivery of his Department's services via the Directgov portal.

      Directgov

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what risk assessment his Department has made in respect of the transfer of delivery of online public services via the Directgov portal; and...

      Government Communications

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

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of incapacity benefit claimants had dependants under the age of 16 years in each year since 1997, broken down by...

      Incapacity Benefit: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of the working age population in Peterborough was in receipt of incapacity benefit in each year since 2001, broken down by...

      Jobcentre Plus: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many full-time jobcentre staffing positions have been (a) lost and (b) created in each parliamentary constituency since 1997; (2)...

      Lone Parents: Income Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much the Department intends to spend before (a) October 2008, (b) October 2009 and (c) October 2010 on advertising and communicating to...

      Lone Parents: Income Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent on advertising and communicating to lone parents the changes to eligibility criteria for income support...

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many times jobseeker's allowance claimants requested, but were declined, fast track access to a New Deal Programme in each year since 1997...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people made a claim for backdating of pension credit of (a) nine to 12 months, (b) six to nine months, (c) three to six months,...

      Post Office Card Account: Sedgefield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people used the Post Office card account for the payment of benefits and pensions in Sedgefield constituency in 2007-08.

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of (a) 18 to 24-year-olds and (b) 24 to 30-year-olds lived in households with below 60 per cent. of median...

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate has been made of the proportion of (a) disabled and (b) non-disabled people living in poverty in (i) Kettering, (ii)...

      Poverty: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of 18 to 24-year-olds lived in households below 40 per cent. of median income (a) before and (b) after deducting...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in England and Wales have been prosecuted for benefit fraud on (a) more than one occasion and (b) more than two occasions in...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the annual cost of increasing the basic state pension to £124.05, net of income related benefits and...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on alcohol dependency problems in different generations of...

    • Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 28 November 2007, Official Report, column 460W, on departmental official hospitality, when he expects...

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many reviews of regulation his Department and its agencies have conducted or commenced since July 2007; and in which areas.

      Morning Star

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2008, Official Report, column 780W, on the Morning Star, whether his Department's (a) press...

      Play: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what funding allocations his Department will make for children's play to each London local authority in ( a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10.

      Playing Fields: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 12 June 2008, Official Report, columns 453-4W, on playing fields: Hampshire, what the status was of the...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils received fixed period exclusions in schools with pupils with (a) more and (b) fewer than...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what proportion of (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupils in areas of each decile of multiple...

      Sure Start Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which local authorities receive Sure Start funding; and which have children's centres not based in wards among the 20 per cent....

      Young People: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people aged 16 to 24 years old not in education, employment or training (NEETs) there were in each year since 1992; how...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he plans to answer Questions (a) 203546 and (b) 203547 on adoption, tabled by the hon. Member for Southend West on 29 April...

  • Health

    • Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many children aged under six months were registered for adoption in each year since 1978; (2) how many adoptions there were in each year since...

    • Dental Services: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was charged for NHS treatment by dentists in the Peterborough Primary Care Trust area in each year since May 2005; and if he will make a statement.

      Dental Services: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Band 3 treatments were carried out by NHS dentists in the Peterborough Primary Care Trust area in each quarter since January 2005.

      Dentistry: Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many students graduated from dental schools in the UK in each of the last five years; and how many of each graduation cohort are working in the NHS.

      Departmental Responsibilities

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

      Departmental Visits Abroad

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

      Departmental Written Questions

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

      Doctors: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has issued to NHS trusts on the future use of accommodation units formerly provided free of charge to junior doctors; and if...

      Ipsos MORI

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) title and (b) date was of each report produced for his Department by Ipsos MORI in the last 12 months.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what restrictions there are on the release of information from the secondary user's database; and what assessment he has made of the restrictions which...

      Medical Treatments: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many exceptional funding requests for treatment were (a) approved and (b) declined by primary care trusts in each financial year since 2002-03.

      Medical Treatments: Lasers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which clinical and patient support bodies (a) support and (b) oppose his Department's proposals to deregulate Class 3B and 4 lasers and intense...

      Medicine: Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many students from medical schools in the UK have graduated in each of the last five years; and how many of each graduation cohort are working in the NHS.

      Morning Star

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

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what representations he has received on the case for introducing an NHS constitution in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      NHS Interim Management and Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans the NHS Interim Management and Support will be established, as referred to on page 4 of his Department's document, Developing the NHS...

      NHS: Chilvers McRae Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department's commercial directorate has made of the range of services provided to the NHS by Chilvers McRae.

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the total lifetime length of each of the Connecting for Health systems.

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 23 June 2008, Official Report, column 121W, on NHS ICT, what recent estimate he has made of the minimum annual revenue funding...

      NHS: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS patients resident in the London borough of Havering have been referred to a private hospital for an operation in the last three years.

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what comparative information about (a) commissioners and (b) providers will be published by the Care Quality Commission, as referred to by the Chief...

      Post-neonatal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department plans to take to reduce the mortality rate of babies born prematurely.

      Xansa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what contracts his Department has signed with Xansa plc in the last five years.

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how many publicly-funded adult education classes were provided in each year since 2001; (2) how many adults...

    • Apprentices: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much funding was allocated for the development and maintenance of apprenticeships in Bexley in each year since 2005.

      Departmental Buildings

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

      Departmental Conferences

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

      Departmental Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills 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...

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills 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 Innovation, Universities and Skills from which five countries of origin the greatest amount of food was procured by his Department in the last year for which...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) what information his Department holds on the number of 18-year-olds with (a) an academic and (b) a vocational Level 3...

      Higher Education: Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the answer of 11 June 2008, Official Report, column 321W, on higher education: medicine, which university...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the reasons are for using the retail price index to calculate interest due on student loans; and if he will consider the...

      Vocational Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) what the planned level of expenditure on sector compacts for (a) engineering, (b) construction, (c) hospitality and...

      Vocational Training: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what his policy is on the promotion of equality in skills learning in sectors where one sex has traditionally been...

  • International Development

    • Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what offices his Department has in each African country; and how many staff work in each office.

    • Africa: Conflict Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding his Department plans to provide to the Africa Conflict Prevention Pool in 2008-09.

      Cocoa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2008, Official Report, column 1036W, on cocoa: children, if he will make it his policy to seek a...

      Cocoa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2008, Official Report, column 1035W, on cocoa, what recent reports he has received of progress on...

      Cocoa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2008, Official Report, column 1035W, on cocoa: children, if he will support the Stop the Traffik...

      Departmental Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how much was paid in sick pay to staff in (a) his Department and (b) the non-departmental bodies for which it has...

      Departmental Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how many staff in (a) his Department and (b) the non-departmental bodies for which it has responsibility have received sick pay...

      Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made on the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation scheme; what meetings officials in his...

      Sub-Saharan Africa: Conflict Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will place a copy of the latest UK Sub-Saharan Strategy for Conflict Prevention in the Library.

      United Nations Population Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions there have been between his Department and the United States Administration on funding for the United Nations...

  • House of Lords

    • Asylum Seekers: Military Deserters

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following BE (Iran) v Secretary of State for the Home Department ([2008] EWCA Civ 540), whether they will issue an asylum policy instruction stating that when an...

    • Badgers and Bovine Tuberculosis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will make an announcement on the control of bovine tuberculosis and a possible badger cull.

      Beaches

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many beaches in the north west of England did not achieve Blue Flag status in 2008.

      Bees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What funding was allocated into honeybee disease research in each of the past seven years.

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 30 June (WA 2) concerning the cost of naturalisation as a British citizen, whether there were any...

      Crime: Fuel Laundering

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 23 June (WA 204—5) concerning revenue lost due to fuel laundering in Northern Ireland, why the...

      Cycling: Hyde Park

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why cyclists were banned from cycling through the car park at the west end of Serpentine Road in Hyde Park on 2 July unless they were in possession of a disabled...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Research Section

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs research sections have been closed in each of the past 10 years; and when.

      Environmental Protection: Access to Justice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which department has responsibility for ensuring compliance with Article 9 (access to justice) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Convention on...

      Flooding: Recovery Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 4 June (WA 57—8), whether the extra funding for flood recovery will be available only for damage to...

      Foreign Nations: Exclusions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many foreign nationals have been excluded from entering the United Kingdom on grounds of (a) national security, and (b) unacceptable behaviour in each year...

      Fuel Duty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much revenue was generated for the Exchequer from vehicle fuel duty in each year from 1997—98 to 2007—08; and how much revenue they estimate will...

      Health: Training

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer from Lord Darzi of Denham on 2 June (WA 14) concerning strategic health authorities and the objectives in the service-level...

      Justice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 25 June (WA 253) concerning 34 Questions on human rights, whether the letter containing the Answers...

      Planning: Eco-towns

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many responses were received to the public consultation on the proposed eco-town at Elsenham; and what proportion of these were (a) in favour of, and (b)...

      Questions for Written Answer: Costs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 19 June (WA 197) concerning the disproportionate cost of answering Written Questions, why the current level is set...

      Revenue and Customs: Varney Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they take into account unacceptable tax planning and behaviours, as set out in HM Revenue and Customs' Varney report, in determining public procurement...

      Sudan: Asylum Seekers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In what circumstances they deport Darfuri asylum seekers to Sudan; what assessment they have made of the likely treatment of such asylum seekers by the Sudanese...

      Waste Management: Brofiscin Quarry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 4 June (WA 66), whether they are aware that the solicitors representing the Environment Agency Wales now claim that...

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