Written answers

Monday, 14 July 2008

  • Wales

    • Departmental Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what estimate he has made of (a) the number of computer devices left on overnight in his Department when not in use and (b) the cost of leaving computer...

    • Departmental Public Expenditure

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

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many working days have been lost due to sickness amongst employees for which his Department is responsible in each year since 1997.

      Fish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much fish was procured by his Department and at what cost in each of the last five years, broken down by species; and what amount and value of such...

      Lost Working Days

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many working days have been lost due to industrial action by employees for which his Department is responsible in each year since 1997.

      Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will discuss increasing Welsh trade representation at the British Embassy in Washington with the Foreign Secretary.

  • Transport

    • A14: Kettering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she plans to make a decision on proposals to improve the A14 around Kettering.

    • Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 3 July 2008, Official Report, column 1024W, on official cars, for which Minister outside the Cabinet a car manufactured in...

      Departmental Official Visits

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

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the effect of rising petrol prices on the usage of cars in England and Wales.

      Official Cars: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the Government Car Service spent on fuel in each of the last six months for which records are available.

      Official Cars: Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether there are any circumstances in which a Minister's request to be provided with a British-built car would not be met by the Government Car and...

      Olympic Games 2012: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many meetings (a) she and (b) Ministerial colleagues have had with (i) the Olympic Delivery Authority, (ii) Transport for London, (iii) the...

      Railways: Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the Office of Rail Regulation has assumed Network Rail will receive in payments from third parties who wish to build a bridge across a railway...

      Railways: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what her policy is on EU proposals to harmonise (a) training and (b) licences for train operators.

      Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what change there has been in levels of traffic congestion in the 10 largest urban areas of England in the last three years.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many fatalities of (a) drivers, (b) passengers, (c) other vehicle occupants and (d) other road users there were in crashes in which one of the...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding has been allocated to (a) road repair, (b) road improvement and (c) road building schemes in each local authority area in each of the...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which rail franchises have approached her Department prior to a formal application being submitted to request additional rolling stock during the...

      Rolling Stock: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the process is by which rolling stock companies are consulted on franchise specifications before they are decided; and if she will make a statement.

      Safety Belts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance she has (a) produced and (b) plans to produce on the importance of wearing seat belts correctly; how many (i) males and (ii) females,...

  • Scotland

    • Fish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much fish was procured by his Department and at what cost in each of the last five years, broken down by species; and what amount and value of such...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental ICT

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

    • Departmental Television

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

      Domestic Animals: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many reports of theft of domestic animals in Northern Ireland there were in each of the last five years.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much funding was allocated to domestic abuse prevention initiatives in (a) A District Command Unit area, (b) B District Command Unit area...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the Police Service of Northern Ireland spent on the Pentameter 2 initiative in the last 12 months; what financial and logistical...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much it cost to establish the new Police Service of Northern Ireland Pentameter 2 office in Belfast; what the annual operating costs of the...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many full-time equivalent (a) police officers and (b) civilian support staff are working on the Pentameter 2 initiative in (i) Northern...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Computer Devices

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what estimate the Commission has made of (a) the number of computer devices left on overnight in the House...

    • Fish

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how much fish was procured by the House and at what cost in each of the last five years, broken down by...

      Members' Centre

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what the cost has been of the refurbishment of the e-Library to create a new Members' Centre in Portcullis...

      Members: Allowances

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Aberdeen (Mr. Doran) North, of 30 June 2005, Official Report,...

      Members: ICT

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what steps are being taken to ensure that hon. Members' staff based off the parliamentary estate are offered...

      Members: ICT

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if the Commission will undertake a review of (a) the contract with Demon and (b) the service offered to hon....

  • Women and Equality

    • Departmental Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality whether the Government Equalities Office met the Civil Service diversity targets set out on page 51 of Cabinet Office Annual Report 2007 by April 2008.

    • Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what recent representations she has received on the gender pay gap in the (a) private and (b) public sectors.

  • Prime Minister

    • 10 Downing Street

      To ask the Prime Minister what the cost of 10 Downing Street was in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.

    • 10 Downing Street

      To ask the Prime Minister how many staff were employed by 10 Downing street in (a) April 2007 and (b) April 2008.

      Departmental Aviation

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2008, Official Report, column 919W, on departmental aviation, in what format information on domestic flights and expenditure incurred...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Prime Minister how many (a) new builds and (b) major refurbishments were completed by 10 Downing Street for a cost in excess of £0.5 million in (i) 2005-06, (ii) 2006-07 and...

      G8: Japan

      To ask the Prime Minister which Ministers and officials will accompany him to the G8 Heads of Government Summit in Japan; and if he will (a) place in the Library and (b) post on his office's...

      Members: Electronic Surveillance

      To ask the Prime Minister whether communications traffic data on telephone calls made (a) by and (b) to hon. Members are covered by the Wilson Doctrine.

      Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister which special envoys he has appointed since taking office; what remuneration is paid to each; what allowance each receives for expenses; and how much each has been...

      Paul Sinclair

      To ask the Prime Minister what the (a) job title and (b) job specification of Mr. Paul Sinclair is in Downing Street.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Children: Communication Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to ensure the effective development of speech and language skills in children; and if he will make a statement.

    • Children: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance his Department issues to local authorities (a) on the status of a disabled child whilst in short-term respite care...

      Donors: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to make materials available to schools and colleges for 16 to 18-year-olds on registering for bone marrow...

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what arrangements his Department has agreed with examination boards in England on the timely marking of GCSE and A level...

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 24 June 2008, Official Report, column 280W, on pre-school education, which local authorities have...

      Secondary Education: Stoke on Trent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what submissions his Department has received from Stoke-on-Trent City Council in respect of its preferred option for the...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Batteries: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of discarded portable household batteries which have been (a)...

    • Batteries: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made towards establishing a compliance system for the recycling of household batteries to ensure...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department has taken to develop and promote sustainability criteria for the production of agrofuels.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government has taken to (a) encourage other countries to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and (b) assist poor...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which (a) individuals and (b) organisations have been funded by his Department to conduct research on personal carbon...

      Carbon Emissions: Government Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) through what mechanism payments to the Government Carbon Offsetting Fund are made by individual Departments; and...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has received from the Breaking the Climate Deadlock group on climate change.

      Domestic Wastes: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of household waste was recycled in each English local authority area in 2006-07.

      Domestic Wastes: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill) of 29 January 2008, Official Report,...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what procedures are in place for the Environment Agency to co-ordinate catchment flood management plans with river basin...

      Flood Control: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of levels of provision of training of flood defence and drainage engineers to ensure...

      Flooding: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will discuss with the Environment Agency the condition of the Glynbridge Gardens site of the River Chelt in Swindon...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what types of critical infrastructure were categorised as at risk of flooding by the Environment Agency in each of the...

      Food: Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he has taken to reduce food waste by (a) producers, (b) wholesalers, (c) processors, (d) retailers and (e)...

      Forests: Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the environmental implications of the release of genetically-modified trees.

      Hazardous Substances: Fly Tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many instances of fly-tipping involving hazardous waste have been investigated by the Environment Agency in each of the...

      Incinerators: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will publish the results of the sampling studies which informed the recently revised Environment Agency WM2 guidance on...

      Incinerators: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether further changes are proposed to Environment Agency WM2 guidance on incinerator bottom ash; and if he will undertake...

      Incinerators: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to incorporate small waste oil burners within the remit of the European Waste Incineration Directive...

      Recycling: Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what requirements and regulations are in place on recycling of glass, plastic and metal waste products by businesses in the...

      Seas and Oceans: Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department has commissioned into the (a) feasibility and (b) environmental consequences of ocean...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many applicants were offered a grant from the Warm Front scheme but declined it in (a) St. Ives constituency, (b)...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people resident in Stroud constituency applied for Warm Front grants in each year since 2000; how many of these were...

      Waste Management: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 9 May 2008, Official Report, column 1244W, on waste management: prisons, whether Schedule 2...

      Whales: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of Japan on the illicit trade in whale-meat from Japan's scientific...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason he has asked the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to respond to the question 216797...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Construction: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make a statement on progress made towards the zero waste construction target in the Thames Gateway area.

    • Co-operative Party

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what meetings (a) she and (b) Ministers in her Department have had with representatives of (i) the Co-operative Party and (ii)...

      Council Tax: Second Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many properties are entitled to a second home council tax discount; and what proportion of these are charged at (a) 50 per...

      Council Tax: Second Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which council tax billing authorities have exercised the power to charge (a) 90 per cent. and (b) between 50 per cent. and 90...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on which buildings occupied by her Department's agencies and non-departmental public bodies the lease will be due for renewal in...

      Departmental Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of (a) the number of computer devices left on overnight in her Department when not in use and (b)...

      Departmental Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many staff in her (a) Department and (b) Department's agencies have taken early retirement in the last two years.

      Departmental Email

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether (a) civil servants, (b) Ministers and (c) special advisers in her Department are permitted to access webmail accounts...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of staff of her Department and its agencies did not receive the maximum bonus possible under a bonus scheme...

      Deprivation Indicators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will rank (a) the bottom 100 super output areas as measured by the index of multiple deprivation, showing the local...

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2008, Official Report, column 950W, on economic and monetary union, if she will place in the...

      Eco-towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 1 July 2008, Official Report, column 715, on eco-towns, whether the required planning consents for...

      Eco-towns: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 19 May 2008, Official Report, column 38W, on eco-towns: motor vehicles, how the composition of a New...

      Eco-towns: North East Elsenham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the proposed eco-town development at North East Elsenham on the...

      Eco-towns: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the provision of (a) roads, (b) railways, (c) water and (d) sewage infrastructure serving eco-towns will be (i)...

      Eco-towns: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what geographical criteria were used when selecting interviewees for the Andrew Irving Associates YouGov survey on eco-towns,...

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which public agency will be responsible for (a) enforcing the display energy certificate requirements and (b) issuing fines...

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the impact assessment for display energy certificates.

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has provided on compliance with the display energy certificates requirements.

      Essex County Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much the Essex Fire and Rescue Service spent on (a) overseas training courses and (b) overseas conferences or visits...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of those compiling home information packs supplemented the required local searches with searches commissioned by...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of homeless households had duty discharged to them because they rejected temporary accommodation...

      Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what functions relating to the Thames Gateway undertaken by the Thames Gateway Executive she plans to transfer to the Homes and...

      Housing and Planning Delivery Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what final allocation criteria are being used for housing and planning delivery grant; what the timetable is for the first...

      Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the surplus in the national housing revenue account was in 2007-08; what estimate she has made of the likely account...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the home-building industry adopts lifetime homes standards in new housing.

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made in establishing a Green Homes Service in the Thames Gateway area; and if she will make a statement.

      Local Authorities: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what requirements she plans to impose on local authorities to establish a tension monitoring committee; and whether such groups...

      Local Authorities: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the functions of local authority tension monitoring groups will include monitoring the activities of local political parties.

      Parish Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what criteria parish councils are required to meet to be eligible to use the power of well-being.

      Property Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will put in place measures to inform local authorities to criminal convictions of development companies.

      Recreation Spaces: Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of open green space in the Thames Gateway area is managed to Green Flag award standards; and if she make a statement.

      Regional Planning and Development: Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made towards the Thames Gateway Delivery Plan's objectives for the capital development programme of the...

      Safer and Stronger Communities Fund: Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding under the Safer and Stronger Communities Fund has been drawn down in the Thames Gateway area in each year since...

      Sustainable Development: Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made on the establishment of an eco-quarter in the Thames Gateway area in 2008-09; and if she will make a...

      Sustainable Development: Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department has allocated to fund the Thames Gateway element of (a) the green homes project and (b) the Act on CO2...

      Transport: Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will provide a breakdown of the expenditure to date in respect of local transport projects identified for funding under...

      Working Neighbourhoods Fund: Thanet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department has allocated to Thanet from the Working Neighbourhood Fund; for what purposes it has been allocated;...

  • International Development

    • Africa: Infant Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's policies designed to reduce the rate of child mortality in Central...

    • Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development from what sources the $60 billion committed to fighting HIV and AIDS by the G8 at Heiligendamm in June 2007 will be provided; and what...

      Developing Countries: Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department takes to advocate particular trade proposals to developing countries; and what factors are taken into account...

      EU Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of the Lisbon Treaty not coming into effect on the delivery of the EU humanitarian aid...

      France: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department has taken to strengthen relations with France prior to its assuming the EU presidency, as referred to in his...

      Independent Advisory Committee on Development Impact

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development who appointed the members of the Independent Advisory Committee on Development Impact.

      Independent Advisory Committee on Development Impact

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the salary and other remuneration is of the Chairman of the Independent Advisory Committee on Development Impact.

      Independent Advisory Committee on Development Impact

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the cost has been of running the Independent Advisory Committee on Development Impact since its inception.

      Independent Advisory Committee on Development Impact

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what authority the Independent Advisory Committee on Development Impact has to expose shortcomings in his Department.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department has taken towards delivering the millennium development goals call to action in 2008.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which members of his Department plan to attend the high-level meeting on the millennium development goals in New York in September...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which countries have agreed to support the Call to Action initiative as a result of UK intervention; and whether his Department...

      Overseas Aid: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what provision the International Health Partnership makes for (a) co-ordination among aid donors and (b) a development focus on...

      Overseas Aid: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what criteria were used to select the eight countries where the International Health Partnership has been implemented; and what plans...

      Tamils

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the humanitarian situation of Tamils in Sri Lanka.

      Transparency International: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding his Department provided to Transparency International in (a) 2005, (b) 2006 and (c) 2007; and how much of such funding...

  • Justice

    • Credit Cards: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been convicted of fraud involving credit card skimming in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff in his Department and each of its agencies are assigned to a people action team.

      Departmental Press

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

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 23 June 2008, Official Report, column 55W, on departmental security, what types of data breaches were notified by public...

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 17 June 2008, Official Report, column 886W, on economic and monetary union, for what reasons he is not planning to place a...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of people eligible to vote who are not on the electoral register in (a) England, (b) each...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the proportion of those eligible to vote who are registered as electors in (a) Luton South and (b) the UK; and what steps...

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how much was spent by his Department on (a) food and (b) food of British origin in each of the last five years; (2) from which five countries of...

      George Kelly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what (a) discussions and (b) correspondence officials in his Department have had (i) internally and (ii) with the Treasury Solicitor's Department...

      Government Departments: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidance (a) his Department and (b) the Information Commissioner has provided to Departments on whether the cost of time taken to redact...

      Hunting Act: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions have (a) been brought and (b) resulted in convictions under the Hunting Act 2004; and whether any convictions have been...

      Information Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the Answer of 30 June 2008, Official Report, columns 683-84W, on the Information Commissioner, what steps he is taking to assist the...

      Michael Shields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what decision he has reached on the determination of his jurisdiction in the case of Michael Shields; and if he will make a statement.

      National Identity: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans there are to use citizens' juries or citizens' panels to discuss the Government's policy on Britishness.

      Offensive Weapons

      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 have been (a)...

      Offensive Weapons: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to amend the sentencing guidelines for magistrates courts for offences of possession of an offensive weapon due to commence on 4th...

      Recovery of Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidance he issues to the judiciary on the amount of costs that can be recovered by a litigant from an opponent ordered to pay costs in litigation.

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent assessment he has made of developments in carbon capture and storage technology.

    • Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the number of jobs which would be created by development and implementation of carbon...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the value of the property held by (a) his Department and (b) associated public bodies was at the most recent...

      Departmental Conferences

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

      Departmental Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on how many occasions he has visited (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland in an official capacity in...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 27 March 2008, Official Report, column 351W, on ministerial policy advisers, which former...

      Departmental Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when each of his Department's and its agencies' green transport plans were introduced; and if he will place in the...

      Departmental Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what percentage of successful applicants for jobs in his Department are subjected to a criminal records check; how...

      Energy Supply: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent assessment he has made of energy price differentials for (a) domestic and (b) industrial consumers in...

      Energy: Disconnections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 2 July 2008, Official Report, column 949W, on energy disconnections, if he will provide a...

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what funding he has allocated for provision of information to domestic consumers on purchasing their energy supply in...

      EU Energy Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what matters were (a) discussed and (b) decided at the EU Energy Council meeting on 4 and 5 July; and if he will...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the number and percentage of (a) heating oil and (b) other fuel users living in fuel...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many and what percentage of (a) heating oil and (b) other fuel users lived in fuel poverty in each of the last...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what targets his Department has set on assisting heating oil users in fuel poverty.

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what grant funding is available to businesses in Leeds under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme in 2008-09; and if he...

      Microgeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much his Department has allocated to fund the microgeneration element of (a) the green homes project and (b) the...

      Mines Rescue Service: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what consideration he has given in the last year to the proposal that the Government serve as a guarantor of the...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what discussions he has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on its submission to the consultation on the future of...

      Nuclear Power: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the availability of (a) electrical engineers and (b) systems engineers for the future...

      Oil: Production

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will hold discussions with Ministerial colleagues on the production of contingency plans for each Department to...

      Renewable Energy: Incentives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment his Department has made of the operation of feed-in tariff policies in other EU countries; and if he...

      Renewable Energy: National Grid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the average connection charges to the National Grid are for (a) renewable generation in Scotland and (b)...

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent communications or discussions (a) he, (b) other departmental Ministers and (c) officials, have had with...

      Social Fuel Tariff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many consumers there are on a social fuel tariff from each of the six top energy suppliers, broken down by...

      Wind Power: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what plans his Department has to increase the number of wind farms in the United Kingdom in the next 10 years.

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Adult Education: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the UK's progress towards achieving the EU benchmark on adult participation in lifelong...

    • Departmental Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many individual domestic air flights were undertaken within Great Britain by representatives of (a) his Department since...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much his Department spent on (a) new capital investment and (b) refurbishment of property in each of the last 10 years,...

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many staff in his Department and its agencies have been (a) dismissed and (b) disciplined for their conduct since the...

      Departmental Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many staff in (a) his Department and (b) his Department's agencies have taken early retirement since the Department was...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills 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 Innovation, Universities and Skills what the change in the number of employees of his Department and its agencies has been since the Department was established.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of staff of his Department and its agencies did not receive the maximum bonus possible under a bonus scheme...

      Departmental Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what (a) planning applications and (b) licensing applications his Department has submitted since its establishment.

      Departmental Press

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

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many departmental identity cards or departmental passes have been reported lost or stolen by staff in (a) his Department...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many working days have been lost due to sickness among employees for which his Department and its predecessor were...

      Departmental Television

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

      Education: Hyndburn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of the percentage of the population of Hyndburn constituency which has been educated to NVQ level 4...

      EU Education and Training 2010 Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the performance of the EU Education and Training 2010 Work Programme.

      European Pact for Youth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what his Department's role is in activities being carried out in England under the European Pact for Youth.

      European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the UK's role is in the European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning.

      European Space Agency: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of the likely effects of European Space Agency projects on levels of employment in small and...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of 17 and 18 year olds who took A-levels in 2007 (a) applied to and (b) have enrolled in a higher education...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what research has been undertaken by his Department on the reasons why 18-year-olds with an academic or vocational Level 3...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what percentage of 18 year olds from the 20 (a) most and (b) least deprived local authority areas entered higher education...

      Higher Education: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of the percentage of the population of Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency which has been...

      Higher Education: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) what the average age of a lecturer was (a) in 1997 and (b) at the latest date for which figures are available; (2)...

      Morning Star

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

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Chancellor of the Exchequer and (b) others on the contribution that...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the answer of 24 April 2008, Official Report, columns 7187-8W, how much debt incurred by students from EU member...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much was spent on (a) maintenance grants, (b) student loans, and (c) teaching costs for students at English...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how much is owed to the Student Loans Company by (a) people resident in each county of the UK, (b) people resident in...

      Television

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

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what his policy is on creating systems for the validation of non-formal and informal learning and the incorporation of such...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations he has received from regional newspapers on the local video news services which the BBC proposes to develop.

    • BBC: Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will discuss with the BBC coverage of any human rights protests during the Beijing Olympics.

      Bookmakers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 3 July 2008, Official Report, column 1046W, on bookmakers, if he will make it his objective for the...

      Clore Leadership Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what payments Arts Council England made to the Clore Leadership Programme in each of the last five years; and for what purpose.

      Clore Leadership Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he plans to answer Question 214008, tabled by the hon. Member for South West Surrey on 23 June, on the Clore Leadership Programme.

      Departmental Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the Answer of 16 May 2008, Official Report, column 1802W, on departmental accountancy, on what date he expects to (a) lay...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the value of the property held by (a) his Department and (b) associated public bodies was at the most recent date for which...

      Departmental Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of (a) the number of computer devices left on overnight in his Department when not in use and (b) the cost...

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff in his Department and its agency have been (a) dismissed and (b) disciplined for their conduct in the last two years.

      Departmental Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff in his Department have taken early retirement in the last two years.

      Departmental Local Area Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what local area agreements his Department has entered into in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost was of (a) internet and website design and hosting, (b) print media design and (c) broadcast media of each of his...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of staff of his Department and its agency did not receive the maximum bonus possible under a bonus scheme applying to...

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on publishing in each of the last three years, broken down by publication.

      English Sports Council: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many projects have received funding from Sport England's Community Projects Revenue Fund since 1999; and what estimate he has made...

      English Sports Council: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many awards Sport England made to projects encouraging (a) school, (b) after-school and (c) community club links in each year...

      Fast Track

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what services Fast Track supplies to his Department; and at what cost.

      Fast Track

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what meetings (a) he, (b) other Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his Department have had with representatives of Fast...

      Festivals and Special Occasions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on promoting (a) St Patrick's Day, (b) St David's Day, (c) Eid, (d) Diwali and (e) Hanukkah in the...

      Fish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much fish was procured by his Department and at what cost in each of the last five years, broken down by species; and what amount...

      Government Art Collection

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

      Licensing: Circuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the Licensing Act 2003 on travelling circuses; what steps he plans to take to...

      Listed Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding was available for the upkeep of (a) Grade I, (b) Grade II and (c) Grade III listed buildings in (i) Ribble Valley...

      Oceanic House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made on the disposal of Oceanic House.

      Personal Injury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the highest 10 payments made by his Department in settlement of personal injury claims brought against it were over the last 12...

      Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether he has conducted or evaluated research on the contribution of public houses to British culture.

      Sports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made towards the Government's target of securing £20 million per year of funding for elite sport from...

      Video Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent progress has been made on establishing a centre for excellence for computer games production, as proposed in the...

      Video Games: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what EU grant aid may be provided for development of computer games in the UK with an EU cultural element; and what the qualifying...

  • Home Department

    • UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the performance of the UK Border Agency.

    • National DNA Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of detections of crimes made possible by the retention of DNA samples on the National DNA Database.

      Asylum Seekers: Iraqi Minorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the Government's policy is on those from Christian and other minorities in Iraq seeking asylum in the UK.

      Asylum Seekers: Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations she has received on the detention in the UK of Zimbabwean asylum seekers.

      Newport Passport Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to close Newport passport office.

      Knife Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department What recent assessment she has made of trends in levels of knife crime.

      Knife Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of measures to reduce knife crime.

      Police Service: Public Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations she has received on improving the public accountability of the police service.

      Trafficking: Sexual Exploitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to reduce the trafficking of women for sexual exploitation.

      Prostitution: Decriminalisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research she has evaluated on the effects of decriminalisation of prostitution in other countries.

      Crime: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps her Department has taken to reduce crime in rural areas.

      Asylum: Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of Zanu-PF members in (a) Southend and (b) the UK.

      Departmental Buildings

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the hourly rates of pay of all non-permanent staff working for her Department and its agencies were in each of the last 12 months; and...

      Departmental Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of sickness pay to staff within her Department was in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff in her Department and its agencies have attended the (a) Influencing with Integrity, (b) Emotional Intelligence, (c)...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of cases resulting in conviction secured to date in which evidence based on DNA profiles from the...

      Heathrow Airport: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2008, Official Report, column 676W, on Heathrow Airport: security, what further checks UK Border Agency...

      Illegal Immigrants: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many employers found to have employed illegal workers have been (a) cautioned, (b) charged and (c) prosecuted in (i) 2007 and (ii)...

      Immigration: Latin America

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many nationals of Latin American countries were in detention under immigration law in each month since April 2007.

      Immigration: Latin America

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were removed under immigration laws to (a) Colombia, (b) Ecuador, (c) Bolivia and (d) Peru in (i) each month since April...

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which organisation is responsible for regulating (a) Bebo, (b) YouTube and (c) other internet sites; and if she will make a statement.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire dated 16th May 2008, about the UK residency requirement on...

      Passports: Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passports were reported (a) lost and (b) stolen in the last year for which figures are available.

      Schengen Agreement: Borders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what obligations there are on the UK under the Schengen Borders Code.

      Terrorism: Travel Restrictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make it her policy to refuse entry to any foreign or Commonwealth citizen seeking to enter the UK who is known to have publicly...

      Travel Restrictions: al Qaeda

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions the EU flight ban on individuals associated with al-Qaeda has been invoked.

      Waterside Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment was made of the likely impact of the flood plain of the River Aire on Waterside Court short-term holding facility before it...

      Waterside Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department has taken to prevent the re-flooding of Waterside Court short-term holding facility on Kirkstall Road by the River...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Departmental Aviation

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many individual domestic air flights were undertaken within Great Britain by representatives of the Attorney-General's Office in the most recent year for which...

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the Solicitor-General what IT contracts the Law Officers' Department and its agencies have entered into in the last two years.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Solicitor General how many permanent staff within the Attorney-General's Office are classed as (a) staff without posts and (b) part of a people action team.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will review salary negotiations for public sector employees in organisations within her Department's responsibility to reflect the rise in the consumer price...

      Departmental Press

      To ask the Solicitor General how much was spent by the Law Officers' Departments on subscriptions for magazines, newspapers and other publications in each of the last 24 months.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many reviews of regulation the Attorney-General's Office has conducted or commenced since July 2007; and in which areas.

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many departmental identity cards or departmental passes have been reported lost or stolen by staff in the Attorney-General's Office in the last 24 months.

      Departmental Television

      To ask the Solicitor-General to what premium Sky, digital terrestrial or cable television channels the Attorney-General's Office subscribes; and at what yearly cost in the most recent period for...

      Fish

      To ask the Solicitor-General how much fish was procured by her Department and at what cost in each of the last five years, broken down by species; and what amount and value of such fish met the...

      Harassment

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many cases of (a) sexual and (b) racial harassment have been brought against her Department in each year since 1997; and what sum of payments resulted from such...

      Lotfi Raissi

      To ask the Solicitor-General what steps are being taken by the Law Officers in response to the findings of misconduct by the Crown Prosecution Service in the Court of Appeal judgment in Raissi v...

      Morning Star

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many copies of the Morning Star publication the Law Officer's Department subscribes to each week; and at what cost.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Burma: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Burmese government on the assassination of Padoh Mahn Sha, Secretary General of the...

    • Cuba: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will hold discussions with the government of Cuba on detention of political prisoners.

      Departmental Buildings

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

      Departmental Coordination: Dept for International Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in delivering the FCO-DfID Shared Service Delivery plan objectives of increasing the proportion of...

      Departmental Coordination: Dept for International Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in which countries his Department shares offices with the Department for International Development; and how many staff from each...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of staff in his Department and its agencies did not receive the maximum bonus possible under a bonus scheme...

      Departmental Secondment

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

      EU Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the French government has proposed a military ERASMUS programme for the exchange of members of EU member states' armed...

      Kurds: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to convene a peace conference to bring together representatives of Kurdistan, Turkey, Armenia and Iraq.

      Laos: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the government of Laos on the treatment of Christians in that country.

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of relations between Hezbollah and (a) Hamas, (b) Islamic Jihad and (c) the al-Aqsa Martyrs...

      Pakistan: BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what arrangements have been made by the BBC World Service with the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority for control of...

      Russia: Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what recent discussions he has had with the government of Russia on (a) anti-semitism and (b) anti-semitic (i)...

      Russia: Politics and Government

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

      Transparency International: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what funding his Department provided to Transparency International in (a) 2005, (b) 2006 and (c) 2007; and how much of such...

      USA: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the oral statement of 25 October 2007, Official Report, column 510, on the Office of Foreign Assets Control List,...

      Zimbabwe: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent meetings he has held in South Africa with refugees from Zimbabwe; what assessment he has made of the safety of...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether there are any circumstances in which 100 per cent. benefit payments can be appropriated by Jobcentre Plus for repayment of (a) a...

    • Crisis Loans: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress has been made in implementing the 0800 crisis loan number; and if he will make a statement.

      Economic and Monetary Union

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

      Housing Benefit: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many new claims for housing benefit were received in each London local authority in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will reconsider his decision to apply local housing allowance to claimants who are required to change address; and if he will make...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest estimate is of the number of people receiving incapacity benefit (IB) in each parliamentary constituency; how many people made...

      Jobcentres: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many closures of Jobcentre or Jobcentre Plus offices are planned; and in which locations; (2) which Jobcentre and Jobcentre Plus...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were receiving jobseekers allowance in each month since 2005, broken down by region; and if he will make a statement.

      Medical Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of sick notes issued by doctors in each of the last five years, broken down by region.

      Pathways to Work: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he considered a departmental in-house bid following the entry into administration of the Pathways to Work contractor Instant Muscle.

      Pensioners: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of pensioner couples one or both of whom are aged 85 years or over entitled to but...

      Social Fund: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the administrative costs of paying (a) crisis loans, (b) budgeting loans and (c) community care grants were in each year since 2003;...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the value of (a) income support and (b) jobseekers allowance as a percentage of forecast (i) mean and (ii)...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Forest of Dean of 23 June 2008, Official Report, columns 7-8W, on social security benefits, what...

      Social Security Benefits: Polygamy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate has been made of the annual cost of allowing benefit payments to polygamous families for each additional wife in line with...

      Social Security Benefits: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many calls were made to benefit delivery centres in each year since their inception, broken down by category of call; and if he will make a...

  • Treasury

    • Cambridge Online Learning: KMI Offshore Trust

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will direct HM Revenue and Customs to investigate the (a) VAT treatment and (b) taxation treatment of the acquisition of the assets of Cambridge...

    • Child Benefit: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent progress has been made in the search for the discs containing data lost by HM Revenue and Customs last year; what the cost to his Department of...

      Consumer Goods: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library copies of forecasts prepared by his Department for the prices of basic household goods for the next 12 months.

      Cost of Living

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what steps he has taken to assist vulnerable adults with rising household bills; (2) what recent steps he has taken to assist low income families...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 6 May 2008, Official Report, column 818W, on council tax: valuation, what the official name is of the mapping software provided...

      Credit Unions: Post Offices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will hold discussions with the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform to examine the feasibility of offering the public...

      Departmental Computers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of (a) the number of computer devices left on overnight in his Department when not in use and (b) the cost per year of leaving...

      Departmental Early Retirement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff in (a) his Department and (b) his Department's agencies have taken early retirement in the last two years.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what objectives his Department's Property Benchmarking Service IT project was designed to meet.

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many special advisers have been employed in his Department in each month since January 2007.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of staff in his Department and its agencies did not receive the maximum bonus possible under a bonus scheme applying to them in the last two...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many reviews of regulation his Department and its agencies have conducted or commenced since July 2007; and in which areas.

      Equity Release

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what his policy is on equity release to enable older people to remain in their homes; what recent representations he has received on the issue; what...

      Financial Services: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) financial service providers and (b) banking institutions have been served with section 20 notices by HM Revenue and Customs since September...

      Government Departments: Assets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance (a) the Office of Government Commerce and (b) his Department has provided on the use of eBay to sell surplus government stock or assets.

      HM Revenue and Customs: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 29 October 2007, Official Report, column 905W, how many reported breaches of security have been recorded by HM Revenue and...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been spent on legal costs in relation to the Office of Government Commerce and the Identity Cards Gateway Review.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Financial Secretary plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire, dated 28 May 2008, PO Ref: 3/05867/2008, on the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Exchequer Secretary plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire, dated 22 April 2008, on taxation of 4x4 vehicles.

      Motor Vehicles: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will review the approved mileage allowance payment in respect of volunteer drivers to reflect trends in the price of fuel.

      Northern Rock

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the rate at which Northern Rock has repaid loans of public money made to it; and if he will make a statement.

      Office of Government Commerce

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which (a) companies and (b) other organisations have a framework agreement with the Office of Government Commerce.

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what account he takes of trends in the consumer price index in determining the timing of reviews of public pay policy; and if he will make a statement.

      Research and Development Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the take-up of research and development tax credits in each of the last five years; what estimate he has made of the...

      Revenue and Customs: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) staff were prosecuted for (a) attempting to defraud and (b) defrauding HMRC in each of the last 10 years; and...

      Revenue and Customs: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what bonus payments were made to HM Revenue and Customs staff in each of the last three financial years, broken down by (a) grade and (b) department.

      Revenue and Customs: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cases have been passed from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) call centres to HMRC offices in Scotland which are currently earmarked for closure in...

      Revenue and Customs: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) costs and (b) savings he expects to arise from the closure of HM Revenue and Customs' Brecon office, broken down by budget heading.

      Revenue and Customs: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many redundancies he expects will take place if HM Revenue and Customs' Brecon (Powys) tax office closes.

      Taxation: Rebates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what average annual amount was paid out in tax refunds in each of the last five years.

      Valuation Office: Cameras

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 22 May 2008, Official Report, column 440W, on Valuation Office: cameras, what makes and models of digital camera were purchased.

      Valuation Office: Eurostar

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Weybridge of 2 June 2008, Official Report, columns 715-6W, on Departmental travel, how many journeys on...

      Valuation Office: Video Recordings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the Valuation Office Agency's videos entitled (a) Breaking the Code—an aid to understanding Dwellinghouse...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit overpayment notices his Department issued in each of the last 12 months.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credits enquiries his Department received through its 0800 and 0845 numbers in each of the last three years.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Departmental Aviation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether staff in (a) his Department and (b) the Central Office of Information who are entitled to travel on a business class or first class...

    • Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how frequently the Cabinet Office makes a payment to the Government Carbon Offsetting Fund; and whether the calculation of the cost of the...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will review salary negotiations for public sector employees in organisations within the Cabinet Office's responsibility to reflect the rise...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how much was claimed in reimbursable expenses by special advisers in his Department in each of the last 10 years; (2) how much was claimed...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many reviews of regulation the Cabinet Office has (a) conducted and (b) commenced since July 2007; and in which areas.

      Departmental Secondment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what procedures his Department uses to ensure equal opportunities in relation to staff secondments to the Department.

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the Answer from the Prime Minister of 18 June 2008, Official Report, column 920W, on departmental security, whether records are kept...

      Departmental Telephones

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what contracts the Cabinet Office has with mobile telephone operators for the provision of mobile telephones for (a) staff and (b) ministerial use.

      Ecovert FM

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will place in the Library a copy of the schedule of charges levied for minor works under the Cabinet Office facilities management contract...

      Futurebuilders England Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of expenditure made from the Futurebuilders England Fund.

      Office of the Third Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many staff worked in the Office of the Third Sector in April 2008; and what plans there are for the number of staff which will be in place in...

      Office of the Third Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the estimated cost to the public purse, including office costs, is of employing the five policy officers for the Office of the Third Sector in...

      Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the average mean full-time (a) male earnings and (b) female earnings were in each local authority area in Great Britain in the most recent...

      Public Participation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on how many occasions since 1 June 2007 (a) focus groups have been consulted and (b) polling surveys have been undertaken; and what subject was...

      Voluntary Work: Car Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in what ways the Cabinet Office monitors effects on volunteer car and minibus drivers of fluctuations in the price of fuel; and what estimate he...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer from the Secretary of State for International Development to the right hon. Member for Richmond, Yorks (Mr. Hague) of 30 June...

    • Afghanistan: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the role of elements of the Pakistani (a) military and (b) intelligence services in assisting (i) the Taliban and...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many rounds of ammunition were discharged in Helmand province in each roulement since Operation Herrick 4, broken down by type.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent on providing bottled water to British troops operating in Afghanistan in each of the last 12 months; and how much has been...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence by what means water is supplied to troops operating in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the performance of (a) British forces and (b) ISAF forces in Afghanistan against their objectives; and if he will make a...

      Afghanistan: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what security reviews (a) the British armed forces and (b) other NATO forces have carried out on Afghan prisons in the last five years.

      Armed Forces: Amphibious Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which vessels comprise the amphibious fleet; and how many (a) officers and (b) crew serve on each.

      Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to acknowledge the work of cadet forces as part of the Cadet 150 celebrations.

      Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will take steps to offer equal access to Ministry of Defence logistical support to cadet force units based in rural and urban areas.

      Armed Forces: Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons the Government have legal representation at all inquests involving deceased military personnel.

      Armed Forces: Eyesight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many applicants to the armed forces have been rejected due to poor vision or visual impairments in the last 12 months.

      Armed Forces: Eyesight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much of the annual defence medical budget is allocated to eye care.

      Armed Forces: Eyesight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel have been taken off front-line duty due to visual impairments sustained in service.

      Armed Forces: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average (a) start up and (b) running cost of a Department of Community Mental Health is.

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what proportion of salary payments for personnel in all three services were paid on time in the last two years; (2) how many RAF employees (a)...

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will provide a breakdown of recruitment to the armed forces against targets by region for the last five years.

      Armed Forces: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service family accommodation properties in (a) Scotland and (b) Northern Ireland have been identified as awaiting (i) disposal and (ii)...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the impact on Defence Training Review project financing of levels of demand from residential developers for his...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent progress his Department has made on the proposed sale of sites at (a) Arborfield and (b) Bordon; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contingency plans have been agreed by his Department for managing affordability gaps identified in the Defence Training Review.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to discuss with the Comptroller and Auditor General the treatment of the financing of the Defence Training Review programme in his...

      Defence Training Review Executive Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the minutes of the last meeting of the Defence Training Review Executive Board.

      Defence: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what defence expenditure (a) including and (b) excluding the cost of operations was in the latest 12 month period for which figures are available in...

      Departmental Car Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what mileage allowance is provided to each category of entitled worker by his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff in (a) his Department and (b) his Department's agencies have taken early retirement in the last two years.

      Departmental Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) pursuant to the answer on 19 January 2007, Official Report, columns 1363-64W, on departmental equipment, how many of the computers which have been...

      Departmental Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much of the land owned by his Department has been deemed surplus to requirements; and what the estimated value of such land is; (2) what the...

      Departmental Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on legal fees defending cases in the courts in each financial year since 1997.

      Departmental Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the internal guidance available on his Department's staff intranet on the drafting of answers to Parliamentary...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of staff in his Department and its agencies did not receive the maximum bonus possible under a bonus scheme applying to them in the last...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what bonuses were paid to senior civil servants in his Department in 2007-08; (2) what proportion of bonus payments to senior civil servants in...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will break down his Department's main estimate in (a) near cash and (b) non-cash terms on the same basis as in his Answers to the hon. Member for...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answers to (a) the hon. Member for Aldershot of 10 September 2007, Official Report, column 1893W and (b) the hon. Member for Lancaster...

      Departmental Responsibilities

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

      Departmental Television

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

      Departmental Training

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

      Departmental Training

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

      Departmental Wastes

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

      EU Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which UK (a) military units and (b) vessels have taken part in EU military operations.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many civilian contractors employed by his Department serving on (a) Operation Telic and (b) Operation Herrick have been (i) wounded and (ii) killed...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of Iraqi insurgents his Department estimates to be (a) Ba'athists, (b) Nationalists, (c) Kurdish Worker Party members, (d) the...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how often armoured vehicles have been penetrated by insurgent ordnance in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many contact lens infections have been reported in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan amongst armed forces personnel since 2003 in each country.

      Korean War

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British servicemen who went missing in action during the Korean War remain unaccounted for.

      Martyn Compton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 7 July 2008, Official Report, column 1175W, on Martyn Compton, when he expects to make a decision on the compensation payable...

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average number of (a) planned and (b) actual flying hours for each helicopter type in the (i) Army Air Corps, (ii) Fleet Air Arm and (iii)...

      National Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many of the National Security Strategy's objectives in areas within his Department's responsibility have been implemented; and if he will make...

      Nord Anglia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effect on the Metrix Consortium and the Defence Training Review programme of the sale of Nord Anglia to Baring, an...

      RAF Halton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) armed forces and (b) civilian personnel are stationed at RAF Halton.

      RAF Halton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel have received recruit training at RAF Halton in each year since 1998.

      RAF Halton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel have received basic trade training at RAF Halton for (a) supply roles, (b) catering and (c) administration roles in...

      RAF Halton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much income was received by his Department from RAF Halton selling (a) spare capacity training and (b) spare capacity resources in each year since 1998.

      RAF Halton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which customers purchased (a) spare capacity training and (b) spare capacity resources from RAF Halton in each year since 1998.

      RAF Halton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many civilian staff vacancies have been advertised at RAF Halton in each year since 1998.

      South Korea: Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has held with his South Korean counterpart on strengthening the defence procurement relationship between the UK and the...

      Trident Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether any Trident warheads have experienced specified abnormal or severely abnormal environments, as defined by JSP 538 in the last 30 years.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration he has given to purchasing MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from overseas rather than UK-assembled UAVs.

  • Health

    • Abortion: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many times the 2007 Abortion Statistics have been downloaded from his Department's website. (2) how many hard copies of the 2007 Abortion...

    • Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many ambulances have been decommissioned by the NHS in each of the last five years for which records are available.

      Ambulance Services: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent representations he has received from the East of England Ambulance Service on the effect of increases in the cost of fuel on ambulance...

      Ambulance Services: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department provides to ambulance authorities on procurement of vehicles; and what makes of ambulance are recommended for purchase by...

      Autism: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to ensure that there is no gap in the provision of prescribed drugs to a person suffering from autism on reaching the age of...

      Cancer: Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the average numbers of years of life lost for (a) all cancers, (b) brain tumours, (c) prostate cancer and (d) breast cancer in...

      Breast Cancer: Genetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of women in England considered to have an increased risk of breast cancer as a result of a genetic defect.

      Breast Cancer: Genetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS healthcare trusts offer double screening of mammograms and MRI mammograms to women at increased risk of breast cancer as a result of family...

      Care Homes: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria are used by the Commission for Social Care Inspection to judge the performance of care homes; how many (a) care homes, (b) residential...

      Care Homes: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how often care homes are subject to inspection; and if he will make a statement; (2) what the standard of care was in each care home inspected in...

      Children: Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on research into the psychotic effect of skunk cannabis on children in the last 10 years.

      Commission for Social Care Inspection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) title, (b) date of issue and (c) consultation period was of each document issued for consultation by the Commission for Social Care...

      Cord Blood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to change the arrangements for supply of cord blood units to the NHS; and if he will make a statement; (2) whether he plans to...

      Departmental Aviation

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

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on (a) new capital investment and (b) refurbishment of property in each of the last 10 years, broken down by project.

      Departmental Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) chairs, (b) desks and (c) other office furnishings have been purchased by his Department and its agencies in each of the last five years;...

      Departmental ICT

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

      Departmental ICT

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

      Departmental Inquiries

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

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Retirement

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

      Departmental Secondment

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

      Departmental Security

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

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many days sick leave were taken by staff in his Department (a) on average per full-time post, (b) on average per head and (c) in total in the most...

      Departmental Sick Leave

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

      Departmental Television

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

      Departmental Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when each of his Department's and its agencies' green transport plans were introduced; and if he will place in the Library a copy of each such plan.

      Food

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

      General Practitioners: Chorley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has held on the establishment of a polyclinic in Chorley.

      General Practitioners: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) GPs, (b) GPs working in single-handed practices and (c) GPs working in practices of two there were in each London primary care trust in...

      Health Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 19 May 2008, Official Report, column 119W, on health centres, on what dates officials in his Department attended...

      Polyclinics: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated cost is of the polyclinics which are to be set up in London.

      Health Centres: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the effect that GP-led health centres will have on levels of access to primary healthcare in rural areas.

      Health Centres: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has issued to primary care trusts on access criteria for GP-led health centres in rural areas.

      Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were waiting for treatment in each London primary care trust in (a) 2003 and (b) 2007.

      Health Services: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what quality incentive payments have been made in respect of each practice in the (a) Newcastle upon Tyne Primary Care Trust, (b) North Tyneside Primary...

      Health Services: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of (a) each response to the consultation on the Health Care and Associated Professions (Miscellaneous Amendments)...

      Health Services: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of the Core Standards for Better Health were met by hospitals in the South Staffordshire NHS Primary Care Trust area in the most recent period...

      Health Services: Wirral

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to reduce health inequalities between the two Wirral primary care trust populations.

      HIV Infection: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children in England are receiving NHS treatment for HIV/AIDS.

      Human Papilloma Virus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which drugs, manufactured by which companies, his Department is considering for use in the programme to vaccinate girls against cervical cancer.

      Human Papilloma Virus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he had with his counterparts in other EU member states on the effectiveness of a human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination programme based...

      Human Papilloma Virus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what account was taken of the effect of potential vaccines on the prevention of vulval and vaginal cancers in the decision to procure a two-type vaccine...

      Human Papilloma Virus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) for what reasons he decided to procure a two-type vaccine for the human papilloma virus vaccination programme in schools; (2) for what reasons he...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to ensure robust data collection systems are in place during an influenza pandemic to capture data on (a) attack rate, (b)...

      Injuries: Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were treated for (a) gunshot and (b) knife wounds at hospitals in each London borough in each of the last five years.

      Lasers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) research he has undertaken and (b) evidence he has used to compile the draft partial impact assessment of deregulating Class 3B and 4 lasers...

      Leicester Primary Care Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on the reconfiguration budget of Leicester primary care trust.

      Medical Treatments Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects NHS patients living outside a pilot area to be able to travel abroad for operations.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire, dated 3 June 2008, on Government proposals for changes to GP surgeries.

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 25 February 2008, Official Report, column 1211W, on the NHS, which (a) hospitals and (b) other organisations were visited;...

      NHS: Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons the national health service has legal representation at all inquests involving deaths in hospital.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what contracts there are for the supply of drugs by Merck, Sharp and Dohme Limited for use under the NHS; what drugs and how much of each type of...

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) initial budget and (b) outturn for both (i) revenue and (ii) capital were for the National Programme for IT in the 2007-08 financial year.

      NHS: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of the downturn in the property market on the financial position of NHS trusts which have factored in...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in which areas primary care trust commissioning is immature, as referred to on page 10 of his Department's document, Developing the NHS Performance...

      NHS: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to make a full-time appointment to the post of head of the NHS Commercial Directorate. [R]

      NHS: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 16 June 2008, Official Report, column 766W, on NHS: telephone service, what the reasons are for the disparity between calls to...

      Regulatory Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria are used by his Department to determine whether a regulatory impact assessment should be undertaken on primary legislation; and if he will...

      Smoking: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects of (a) tobacco advertising and promotion and (b) displays of tobacco at the point of sale on young people's...

      Smoking: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has undertaken or evaluated on how under 18 year-olds obtain tobacco products.

      Social Care Journal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with publishers on the implementation of the recommendation of the Platt Review on the establishment of a social care journal.

      Southern Cross Healthcare: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will take steps to investigate the reports by Southern Cross Healthcare that it is experiencing higher than normal attrition rates in its...

      St Mary's Hospital NHS Trust: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the median waiting time in weeks was at St. Mary's NHS Trust for (a) ordinary admissions, (b) first out-patient attendance from GP referral and...

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which manufacturers have supplied vaccines to the NHS; over what period of time each vaccine was supplied; and if he will make a statement.

      Vaccination: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what restrictions there are on the provision of the drugs (a) Pedaciel, (b) Repevax, (c) Infanrix-IPV and (d) Menitorix to GP surgeries; whether any...

      Wood

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

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Future Aircraft Carriers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Statement by Baroness Taylor of Bolton on 3 July (WS 15) announcing the signature of the contracts and of the alliance agreement to build...

    • Aviation: Passengers Deprived of Liberty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will seek to ensure that, following the recommendations of Amnesty International, member states of the Council of Europe require all aircraft...

      Badgers and Bovine Tuberculosis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much money was allocated to research into a tuberculosis vaccine for cattle and badgers in 1997—2007; and Further to the Statement by the Secretary of...

      Banking: Iceland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the total assets of the Icelandic Deposit Guarantees and Investor-Compensation Scheme which protects the first €20,887 of deposits by United Kingdom...

      Bees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are increasing their research programme into honeybee diseases in the light of the state of the bee population.

      Bloody Sunday: Saville Inquiry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect the Bloody Sunday inquiry, chaired by Lord Saville of Newdigate, to report.

      Bonuses: DfT

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many staff working for the Department for Transport were paid a bonus in each of the past five years; and what was the total amount of bonuses paid by the...

      British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the role of the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference Secretariat, based in Belfast, has changed since its creation; and, if so, what is its current role.

      British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the budget of the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference Secretariat in each year since creation.

      British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many staff there are in the British section of the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference; and what are their ranks.

      Burma: Sanctions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, following the allegations on the BBC News 24 programme "Our World" on 29 June on imports of gems and timber of Burmese origin, they will consult other...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the debate at the Report stage of the European Union (Amendment) Bill on 4 June, whether they are aware of research which estimates the number of (a)...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the debate at the Report stage of the European Union (Amendment) Bill on 4 June, what is their latest estimate of the additional cost per person of food...

      Common Fisheries Policy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the debate at the Report stage of the European Union (Amendment) Bill on 4 June, how many tonnes of dead fish are thrown into the sea each year under...

      Crime: Age of Responsibility

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 21 April (WA 23), whether they plan to increase the age of criminal responsibility in Northern Ireland.

      Crime: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many foreign nationals (except nationals of the Republic of Ireland) in each of the past five years have been (a) charged with, and (b) convicted of, murder or...

      Dartford Crossing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much additional funding is given by the Department for Transport to local authorities in the Dartford crossing area in recognition of the impact of the...

      Department for Transport: Parking Fines

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much money was spent on parking fines incurred by vehicles belonging to the Department for Transport and its subsidiary agencies in each of the past three years.

      Elections: Weekend Voting

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Statement by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 24 June (WS 93—5) on weekend voting in elections, what consideration has been given to...

      Energy: Renewables

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have calculated the relative cost of producing 1 per cent of the energy required by the United Kingdom annually by 2020 in each of the following ways:...

      First World War

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to mark or celebrate the 90th anniversary of the end of First World War.

      Food: Supermarkets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Food Standards Agency has addressed the issue of supermarkets discarding food because of faulty or damaged packaging.

      Government: Regional Offices

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the total annual budget of each of the regional government offices for each of the past five years.

      Health: Haemophilia

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Haemophilia Society's Section 64 core grant has been reduced from £100,000 to £30,000; whether the reduction took account of deprivation in the...

      Health: Hepatitis B

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they will take to ensure universal vaccination for Hepatitis B.

      Health: HIV

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What support the Department of Health will give the Department for International Development to ensure the development of new HIV prevention tools such as (a)...

      Health: Sickle Cell Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Answer by Baroness Thornton on 16 June (Official Report, House of Lords, col. 802) which stated that additional funding is provided to primary care...

      Health: Sickle Cell Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Answer by Baroness Thornton on 16 June (Official Report, House of Lords, col. 801), what are the timescales for implementing the training programme...

      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 which underspent on their non-medical education...

      Human Rights: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Tunnicliffe on 30 June (WA 21) concerning late answering of Parliamentary Questions, what are the terms of reference of the...

      Iran: Nuclear Facilities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the extent of any retaliation by Iran to an attack on their nuclear facilities.

      Israel and Palestine: Quartet

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they intend to take to follow up their representations and those of the quartet to Israel, such as on 2 May, about the Palestinians.

      Navy: Carrier Battle Groups

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What warships and other vessels will be required to form carrier battle groups led by the new aircraft carriers; and what steps they are taking to provide such...

      Northern Ireland Office

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who owns the building in London occupied by the Northern Ireland Office; and why they do not allow a Northern Ireland flag to be flown.

      Northern Ireland Office: Business Cases

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 3 March (WA 156—7), on what occasions the Northern Ireland Office funds organisations which have not...

      Northern Ireland Office: Staff Numbers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 11 December 2007 (WA 26) concerning the number of employees in the Northern Ireland Office, what is the CSR07...

      Northern Ireland Office: Staff Sickness

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 3 June (WA 42) concerning sick leave among employees of the Northern Ireland Office, how many times the counselling...

      Northern Ireland: Bill of Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 9 June (WA 87) concerning the travel expenses of the chairman of the Northern Ireland Bill of Rights Forum, when...

      Northern Ireland: Bill of Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 16 June (WA 136), what were the "changing resource requirements for work" which allowed the Northern Ireland Office...

      Northern Ireland: Murder Prosecutions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 2 July (WA 42) concerning the murders of Ulster Defence Regiment and Royal Irish Regiment members, how they can...

      Pakistan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much money they have granted to the project entitled "I am the West" based in Pakistan.

      Parades: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place a copy of the Confederation of British Industry Code of Prompt Payers, to which the Northern Ireland Parades Commission is committed, in...

      Parades: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what basis the Northern Ireland Parades Commission employs monitors; how they are selected; by whom; after what equality process; and what costs are involved in...

      Parades: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Tunnicliffe on 24 June (WA 233) concerning costs of the Northern Ireland Parades Commission, on what the £1,200 for...

      Parades: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Tunnicliffe on 24 June (WA 234) concerning the Northern Ireland Parades Commission, whether they will publish the information...

      Parades: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Tunnicliffe on 25 June (WA 254—5) concerning funding awards made by the Northern Ireland Parades Commission, who...

      Parades: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the agreed amount payable to the commissioners of the Northern Ireland Parades Commission since 2005; what were their terms and conditions of employment;...

      Parades: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 2 July (WA 43) concerning the Northern Ireland Parades Commission, whether the Northern Ireland Office inquired...

      Personal Finance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What they intend to do to improve education about managing personal finance in the United Kingdom for young people and adults.

      Pesticides

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Jonathan Shaw, on 11 June...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many police officers were on duty in County Fermanagh during the weekend of 14 and 15 June; where they were located; and what rank they were.

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many officers of the Police Service of Northern Ireland are currently suspended on full pay; and how many of that number are former Royal Ulster Constabulary...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Lord Tunnicliffe on 25 June (WA 259) and 24 June (WA 236—7), whether "a 24-hour, seven days a week response service to...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Tunnicliffe on 25 June (WA 259), where the Police Service of Northern Ireland response service for Clogher Valley between...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Tunnicliffe on 24 June (WA 225), whether the Police Service of Northern Ireland will in future seek reports from the Northern...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 6 May (WA 57) concerning levels of policing in Northern Ireland, when the review of police and staff in F district...

      Political Parties: Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether (a) Irish citizens and (b) British citizens living in the Republic of Ireland can donate funding to political parties inside the United Kingdom; and, in...

      Population

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 13 May (WA 130) concerning the population of the United Kingdom, why the UK Statistics Authority did not...

      Prisons

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the system for managing women in the prison system; and which official is responsible and accountable for the overall direction of that management; and...

      Prisons: SP Inquiry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place the Article 2 compliant inquiry into the treatment of SP while in Prison Service custody on a statutory footing, with an independent,...

      Public Prosecution Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 3 June (WA 47), how many legally qualified staff were employed in the Public Prosecution Service for Northern...

      RAF: Transport Aircraft

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What transport aircraft are currently chartered for troop movements by the Royal Air Force; and from which companies.

      Religious Freedom

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they last drew to the attention of other Governments Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights concerning the right to religious...

      Revenue and Customs: Approved Mileage Allowance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When HM Revenue and Customs approved mileage allowance payments were last revised; and when they will next be revised.

      Russia: BP Joint Venture

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the Government of Russia regarding BP's joint venture with Teekay Tankers Ltd.

      Smart Meters

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will consider new measures to accelerate the growth of smart metering units in United Kingdom dwellings.

      Sudan: Oil

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the link between the possible existence of oil in eastern Abyei, Sudan, and the recent conflict in that area; and whether they...

      Traffic Commissioners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What guidance they are issuing concerning the future roles of the Traffic Commissioners.

      Vaccination and Immunisation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation will publish their annual report for 2007.

      Voluntary Organisations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which voluntary organisations in Northern Ireland have been recognised for their contribution in recent decades.

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