Written answers

Wednesday, 16 July 2008

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Departmental Publications

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, how many consultation or issues papers the Electoral Commission published in (a) March, (b)...

    • Elections: Local Government

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, which local authority election counts the Chairman of the Electoral Commission visited in May...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Electronic Publications

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what consideration has been given to publishing electronic versions of Bill amendment papers in PDF format.

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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...

    • Departmental ICT

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

  • Wales

    • Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many recorded deaths from road traffic accidents there have been in Wales in each of the last five years.

  • Olympics

    • Olympic Games 2012: West Midlands

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what steps the Government plan to take to encourage children and young people in the West Midlands to participate in events that are part of the London 2012...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many and what proportion of staff in his Department received bonus payments in each of the last five years; what the total amount of bonuses...

    • Young Offenders: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many children under the age of 18 years are detained in adult prisons in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.

      Young Offenders: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the (a) re-offending rate and (b) breach of condition rate of young offenders participating in youth justice conferences was in each of...

      Young Offenders: Reparation By Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average length of time between a court recommending a youth justice conference, and the conference taking place, was in each of the...

  • Women and Equality

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many staff have access to the Government Equality Office's IT infrastructure at their home.

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Cryptography: Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many export licences were granted by his Department for the export of cryptography equipment including...

    • Data Protection: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent action the Government has taken to ensure that internet users are not sharing personal information to...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much his Department has spent on measures to alleviate fuel poverty since 2000, broken down by (a) initiative and...

      Internet: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent discussions he has had with internet service providers on internet tracking services and security online.

      Members: Constituents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will investigate the delay in payment of compensation to the constituent of the hon. Member for Swansea East, Mr...

      Members: Constituents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will investigate the delay in compensation for respiratory disease for the constituent of the hon. Member for...

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which nuclear power stations have been (a) out of commission and (b) stopped for repairs since January 2007.

      Nuclear Power Stations: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what expenditure his Department incurred in organising and hosting the investor conference for new nuclear build held...

  • Transport

    • Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the most commonly used model of aircraft for domestic flight routes in the UK is.

    • Airports: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what restrictions apply to liquids carried in carry-on hand baggage prior to passing security checkpoints at (a) Heathrow, Stansted and Gatwick and...

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many commercial passenger flights there were between London Heathrow Airport and (a) Birmingham, (b) Manchester, (c) Edinburgh and (d) Glasgow...

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average load factor was for domestic flights in each year since 1997.

      Aviation: Luggage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 30 June 2008, Official Report, columns 564-65W, on aviation: luggage, which airports have received permission to relax the...

      Aviation: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passengers took flights from London Heathrow Airport to (a) Birmingham, (b) Manchester, (c) Edinburgh and (d) Glasgow in each of the last...

      Departmental Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the 10 highest payments made by her Department were under property compensation cases brought against it over the last 12 months for which figures...

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) which make and model of car is provided for the Leader of the House of Lords by the Government Car and Despatch Agency; (2) what car the...

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Retirement

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

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for how many miles of car travel staff in her Department claimed expenses in each of the past three years.

      Government Car and Dispatch Agency: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the Government Car and Dispatch Agency has spent on the London congestion charge in the last financial year.

      Heathrow Airport: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many letters and other representations were received by her Department in the course of the consultation process Adding Value at Heathrow; and what...

      Heathrow Airport: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 17 June 2008, Official Report, column 791W, to the hon. Member for Chipping Barnet, on Heathrow airport: security, how many...

      Motor Vehicles: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many cars were registered in each London borough in each of the last 10 years.

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many drivers in England are using a foreign licence.

      Personal Injury

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

      Ports: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much Government funding has been allocated to each port in Wales in each of the last five years.

      Road Traffic Offences: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 1 July 2008, Official Report, column 746W, on traffic offences: cameras, if she will issue guidance to local authorities;...

      Roads: Safety Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will urge local authorities to stop the introduction of shared surfaces schemes until the completion of her Department's research in this area.

      Taxis: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what requirements there are for taxi licensing authorities to perform Criminal Records Bureau checks on applicants for taxi licences.

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations she has received on the necessity of acute toxicity studies in animals to ensure the safety of medicines prior to...

    • Animal Experiments: Primates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will introduce legislative proposals to prohibit the use of great apes for experimental and other scientific purposes, in the context...

      Animal Experiments: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 19 February 2008, Official Report, column 587W, on statistics of scientific procedures on living animals, what...

      Criminal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of people whose details are recorded on the Criminal Records Bureau database have not been charged, convicted of...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many organisations submitted tenders to operate the Criminal Records Bureau contract when it was last renewed; and when the contract is...

      Criminal Records: Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of records of offences committed outside the United Kingdom held by the UK Central Authority were made available to the...

      Passports: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department has taken to prevent the sale of stolen passports.

      Schengen Agreement: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the UK's participation in the Schangen SISNet system is.

      Vetting: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether payments are required for each Criminal Records Bureau check on an individual seeking to perform one or more roles during the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the volume of opium produced in Afghanistan in each of the last five years; and what proportion is...

    • Afghanistan: Stabilisation Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many members of the Stabilisation Unit are working in Afghanistan.

      Departmental ICT

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

      Departmental ICT

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

      Embassies: Festivals and Special Occasions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many embassies and other posts held events to celebrate (a) St George's Day, (b) St Andrew's Day and (c) St Patrick's Day...

      Embassies: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2008, Official Report, column 2309W, on embassies: manpower, how many UK-based staff his...

      EU: Foreign Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the (a) budget and (b) entertainment budget of EU missions overseas is in 2008-09.

      Fish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 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...

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs by what means his Department alerts embassies and high commissions overseas to the tabling of parliamentary Questions on human...

      Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff in his Department took second language training in each of the last five years; and what the five languages in...

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the advice given by the United Kingdom on the recent Group of 6 talks in Beijing on...

      North Korea: Forced Labour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to his North Korean counterpart on closing North Korea's forced labour camps.

      Raoul Wallenberg

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether any evidence on the fate of Raoul Wallenberg has been supplied to the Government by (a) the government of Sweden and...

      Raoul Wallenberg

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will ask the Russian authorities to publish their records relating to Raoul Wallenberg; and if he will make a...

      South Korea: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will discuss with the government of South Korea the involvement of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in...

      Tamils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the political situation of Tamils in Sri Lanka; and if he will make a statement.

      Zimbabwe: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proposals the Government have put forward to seek to strengthen women's rights in Zimbabwe and their involvement in the...

      Zimbabwe: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance the Government has given to women's groups operating in Zimbabwe.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Carbon Emissions: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding from the public purse was provided to (a) the Carbon Trust, (b) Envirowise and (c) the Energy Saving...

    • Construction: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to eliminate the illegal landfilling of construction waste, as part of its strategy to...

      Domestic Wastes: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance (a) his Department and (b) the waste and resources action programme has given to waste collection authorities...

      Domestic Wastes: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many householders have been issued with fixed penalties for putting household waste out for collection at a time other...

      Fertilisers: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment has been made of the merits of proposals to sell carbon offsets from the first generation of commercial scale...

      Fertilisers: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the potential environmental effects of ocean fertilisation.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent on flood prevention measures in each county in England in each year since 2005.

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with insurers on areas adversely affected by the 2007 floods.

      Fly Tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect on fly-tipping of the review of inert waste regulation.

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made in identifying and engaging owners of undermanaged woodland since the publication of the England...

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps the Government have taken to regulate the activities of the Warm Front scheme to protect the consumer.

      Incinerators: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what requirements his Department imposes on the management of ash residues arising from pyrolysis of (a) biodegradable...

      Incinerators: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the (a) accessibility and (b) capacity of facilities to destroy through incineration...

      Landfill: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many landfill sites have been investigated as a result of suspected contamination with chemical waste by Monsanto.

      Manure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what representations his Department has received on the effects on horticulture of Aminopyralid in manure; (2) how...

      Manure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment his Department has made of the effects on agricultural production of the use of manure containing...

      Manure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the risk to (a) human and (b) animal health of consuming vegetables grown in...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the Waste and Resources Action Programme document, "Management of green waste at...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Big Lottery Fund: Regional Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding the Big Lottery Fund provides to each regional equality and diversity partnership.

    • Broadcasting Reception

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of households which cannot receive (a) television transmission, (b) the internet and (c) a...

      Casinos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the timetable for the review of the effect of the new casinos permitted under the Gambling Act 2005 is.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his Department's accommodation costs were in each year since 1997.

      European Union: Citizenship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what Europe for Citizens programmes are operating in the UK.

      Holocaust Memorial Day: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on events to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day in each of the last five years.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many home information packs have been commissioned by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies to market a residential property;...

      Licensing laws

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 22 January 2008, Official Report, columns 1810-12W, on licensing,...

      Orchestras: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding the (a) Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, (b) Hallé Orchestra and (c) City of Birmingham Orchestra has received...

      Public Houses: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of closures of establishments in the public house sector in (a) 2000, (b) 2003 and (c) 2007.

      St. David's Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department took to celebrate St. David's Day in 2008.

      St. David's Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on promoting St. David's Day in each of the last five years.

      Theatres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the (a) seating capacity, (b) occupancy rate, (c) salary of the Chief Executive and (d) amount of support provided from the...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether there are limitations on the quantity of fuel which can be transported by each of the military lorries operating in Afghanistan.

    • Armed Forces: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many operational ration packs his Department has purchased in each of the last five years.

      Armed Forces: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) content and (b) (i) nutritional and (ii) calorific value is of an operational ration pack.

      Armed Forces: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will provide a breakdown by region of the (a) number and (b) cost of properties rented as substitute service family accommodation and substitute...

      Armed Forces: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been allocated to urgent operational requirement spending on vehicles since 1997.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which armoured vehicles procured since 1997 have been paid for out of (a) planned budgetary provision and (b) urgent operational requirements provision.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) mobile telephones, (b) personal digital assistants and (c) laptop computers issued to departmental staff were reported (i) lost, (ii)...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of his Department's personal digital assistants have been (a) lost and (b) stolen in each of the last five years; and what the value of those...

      EU Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2008, Official Report, column 721W, on EU defence policy, how many of the UK military staff worked (a) exclusively on...

      Iraq: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the protection strategy for the dependants of Iraqi former UK interpreters.

      RAF Halton

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

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the (a) unit cost and (b) date of commissioning of each Type 42 Destroyer was; (2) what the (a) unit cost and (b) date of commissioning...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Childbirth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate he has made of (a) the percentage of children living in one parent families, (b) the number of live births per thousand teenage...

    • Community Infrastructure Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether the Office for National Statistics will classify the Community Infrastructure Levy as a tax.

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many Freedom of Information Act 2000 requests to the Cabinet Office are being considered on grounds of a possible public interest...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many freedom of information requests the Cabinet Office received in 2007-08; what each request was for; and what action has been taken on each.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many staff have access to the Prime Minister's Office's IT infrastructure at their home.

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2008, Official Report, column 1187W, on economic and monetary union, if he will place a copy of the Central...

      Morning Star

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many copies of the Morning Star are purchased each day by the Media Monitoring Unit.

      Non-profit Making Associations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what plans he has to develop the capacity of the social enterprise sector to deliver public services; and if he will make a statement.

      Non-profit Making Associations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what discussions he has had on social enterprise as part of the development of the proposals in the Enterprise White Paper.

      Non-profit Making Associations: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much he provided to the (a) social enterprise and (b) voluntary and community sector in each of the last five years.

  • Treasury

    • Child Benefit: EU Nationals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many nationals of each A8 country were receiving child benefit for a child or children living in another EEA member state at the end of June 2008; and...

    • Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what percentage of staff in his Department have had more than two periods of sickness absence of less than five days in each of the last three...

      Mapeley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether consideration was given to the status of Mapeley as a Guernsey-based company when choosing it as a strategic partner for HM Revenue and Customs.

      Non-domestic Rates: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 14 May 2008, Official Report, column 1627W, on taxation, whether (a) the 2005 business rates revaluation and (b) the most...

      Revenue and Customs: Chorley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 2 July 2008, Official Report, column 966W, on HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC): Chorley, what the evidential basis is for his...

      Revenue and Customs: Chorley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff at HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Lingmell House, Chorley are (a) full-time and (b) part-time; how many and what proportion of HMRC staff at...

      Tax Credits: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment his Department has made of the possible effect on child poverty if fraud and error were eradicated from working tax credit payments;...

  • Justice

    • Courts: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps the Government has taken to minimise any harmful effects on children arising from their participation in court proceedings.

    • Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent steps the Government has taken to work with the third sector when supporting victims of crime.

      Family Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he has taken to improve the procedures of family courts.

      Family Courts: Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent steps the Government has taken to improve accountability in family courts.

      Firearms: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to his answer of 8 July 2008, for what reasons individuals found in unlawful possession of a firearm were not given the mandatory sentence of...

      Legal Services Commission: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the merits of (a) audit and (b) scrutiny of the recording of (i) complaints to the Legal Services Commission and (ii)...

      Legal Services Commission: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many complaints under the Legal Services Commission's complaints procedures were recorded by the Legal Services Commission in each year since 2004-05.

      Legal Services Commission: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what procedures are used to process complaints on action by the Legal Services Commission in breach of its complaints procedures guarantee.

      Legal Services Commission: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how the Legal Services Commission's national customer service score is calculated.

      Magistrates: Personation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions since 2003 he has been informed of instances where individuals have claimed falsely to be a justice of the peace; and if he will...

      Members: E-mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State plans to reply to the email from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire, dated 18 June 2008, Ref:...

      Members: Mentally Ill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make it his policy to bring forward proposals to remove the current provisions in common law which prevent a person with mental illness from...

      Offensive Weapons: Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 9 July 2008, Official Report, column 1620W, on offensive weapons: young people, what sentence was imposed in each case in each...

      Prisoners: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what arrangements there are to provide therapeutic services for prisoners with mental health problems whose first language is not English.

      Prisoners: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what arrangements there are to provide Welsh-medium therapeutic services for prisoners with mental health problems.

      Young Offenders: Custodial Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to provide a greater range of non-custodial sentencing options in cases where young offenders are convicted for non-violent offences.

      Young Offenders: Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the intensive fostering pilots in reducing the number of young offenders sentenced to custody; and if...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Support Agency: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy that Child Support Agency staff respond personally to correspondence marked for their attention.

    • Crisis Loans: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average waiting time was between making a phone call and speaking to a member of staff for all calls made to his Department crisis...

      Departmental Early Retirement

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

      Departmental Information Officers

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

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which make and model of car he has chosen as his Ministerial car to be provided by the Government Car and Despatch Agency.

      Departmental Security

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

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many working days have been lost due to sickness among employees for which his Department and its predecessor were responsible for each...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many days it took on average to answer written parliamentary questions tabled by each hon. Member for answer by him in the last six months.

      Disadvantaged: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recommendations in the Commission for Rural Communities report, England's rural areas: steps to release their economic potential,...

      Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of (a) men and (b) women who were required to take early retirement in (i) Leeds West, (ii) Leeds...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent tackling fuel poverty among heating oil users in each of the last 10 years; and how much it plans to spend in the...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on fuel poverty amongst heating oil users.

      Fuel Poverty: Part-time Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assistance his Department is giving to people in part-time work to meet their fuel bill payments; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of how much and what proportion of private rented accommodation in (a) Southend-on-Sea local authority area, (b)...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will make it his policy to publish information on the level of benefit reductions experienced by those local housing allowance...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much he estimates will be spent on each type of incapacity benefit in each of the next five years.

      Incapacity Benefit: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was paid in incapacity benefit to (a) current and (b) former armed services personnel in 2007-08.

      Income Support: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many and what proportion of lone parents that will be affected by the changes to the eligibility criteria for income support taking...

      Income Support: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of Jobcentre Plus staff (a) have received specific training and (b) will receive specific training before...

      Local Housing Allowance: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the number of people in (a) Southend and (b) Essex in the deregulated private rented sector who will be in...

      Personal Injury

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

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of (a) children, (b) pensioners and (c) working-age adults were in poverty in each English region in (i) 1990, (ii) 2000 and...

      Social Security Benefits: Newcastle upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children were living in households in receipt of benefits in each local authority ward in the City of Newcastle upon Tyne in 2008.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Capacity Building Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department has provided to each local authority under the Capacity Building programme to date.

    • Community Relations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) administrative, (b) staffing and (c) other costs of the Preventing Violent Extremism programme have been since...

      Council Tax: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the maximum period is that a house made inhabitable by flooding may be exempt from council tax.

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many staff in her Department and its agencies have been (a) dismissed and (b) disciplined for their conduct in the last...

      Departmental Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many employees in her Department and its predecessor have been asked to retire on reaching 65 years of age in each year...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many sick days were taken by employees in (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) the non-departmental bodies...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average duration of single periods of sick leave taken by staff in (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) the...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many staff in her Department have had five or more periods of sickness absence of less than five days in two or more...

      Eco-towns: Curborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether Curborough remains on her Department's list of potential locations for eco-towns following the Curborough Consortium's...

      Eco-towns: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what location for the proposed eco-town at Curborough, Staffordshire is indicated in the promotional materials published by her...

      Essex Police Authority: Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the police precept was on Band (a) A, (b) B, (c) C, (d) D, (e) E and (f) F bills for Essex Police Authority in each...

      Ethnic Groups: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many black and minority ethnic organisations are receiving funding from local authorities in 2008-09; and what assessment...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the research produced for her Department by the Centre for Economics and Business...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to require local authorities to produce local surface water management plans.

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much was spent by her Department on (a) food and (b) food of British origin in each of the last five years; (2)...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many house sales have taken place under the HomeBuy scheme in each month since April 2006; and what the Government's targets...

      Interreg Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 14 May 2008, Official Report, column 1636W, on the Interreg Programme, if she will place in the...

      Interreg Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 14 May 2008, Official Report, column 1636W, on the Interreg Programme, whether bodies set up under...

      Landfill Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer of 21 May 2008, Official Report, column 318W, on landfill tax, what the notional amount of funding given...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment her Department has made of the effects of oil price changes on local authority costs.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the capacity of local authorities to increase their revenue through greater use of charging...

      Local Government: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average turnout for local council elections in Halifax has been since 1988.

      Local Government: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what targets she plans to set for local authorities for national indicator 154 under local area agreements.

      Maps: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what geo-spatial and geo-demographic data from her Department's Maps on Tap database are used by the Valuation Office Agency.

      Michael Clark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer of 20 May 2008, Official Report, columns 267-8W, on Michael Clark, when she expects the review by West...

      Non-domestic Rates: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost to her Department was of providing business rate revaluation transitional relief in each year from 2000 to 2005.

      Parish Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what criteria parish councils must meet to achieve Quality Parish status.

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Beckenham of 14 May 2008, Official Report, column 1636W, on planning, whether the...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Beckenham of 14 May 2008, Official Report, column 1636W, on planning, whether the...

      Property: Photographs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 25 June 2007, Official Report, columns 177-78W, on property: photographs, if she will provide...

      Regional Planning and Development: Eco-towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer of 19 May 2008, Official Report, column 47W, on regional planning and development: eco towns, whether...

      Travelling People: Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what criteria are applied by the Valuation Office Agency to determine whether a Traveller caravan should be rated for council...

      Valuation Office: Maps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the Answer of 19 June 2006, Official Report, columns 1600-01W, whether the Valuation Office Agency holds hard...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Children: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent steps the Government has taken to assist schools with disabled pupils.

    • Children: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what estimate he has made of the number of children entitled to but not taking up free school meals; (2) what estimate he...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children were in poverty in (a) Leeds West, (b) Leeds Metropolitan District and (c) the UK in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2007;...

      Departmental Co-ordination: Dept for Innovation Universities and Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he last met the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills to discuss co-ordination of policy between the two...

      Departmental Co-ordination: Ministry of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he last met the Secretary of State for Justice to discuss co-ordination of policy between their two Departments.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how much the directors in his Department have been paid in bonuses in the last 12 months; (2) how much has been paid in...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many staff in his Department have had five or more periods of sickness absence of less than five days in two or more of the...

      Fish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families 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...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many home information packs have been commissioned by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies to market a residential...

      Parents: Alcoholism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of children living with an alcoholic parent in each of the last 10 years.

      Personal Injury

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

      Positive Activities for Young People Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he took in choosing local authorities to take part in the COO-L positive activities bursary pilot.

      Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2008, Official Report, columns 1149-51W, on pre-school education: finance, if he will break...

      Pupil Referral Units: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils with statements of special educational needs in pupil referral units obtained one or more GCSEs at...

      Pupil Referral Units: Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many pupils received (a) temporary and (b) permanent exclusions from pupil referral units in school year 2006-07; (2)...

      Pupils: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to ensure that children and young people with diabetes receive the support they need to manage...

      Schools: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proposals he has to reduce levels of bureaucracy in schools following the introduction of the New Relationship with schools;...

      Schools: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many (a) secondary schools, (b) special schools and (c) primary schools have put a disability equality scheme in...

      Schools: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many local authorities did not produce a transport policy statement under Schedule 19 of the Education Act 2002 in each of the...

      Specialised Diplomas: Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many young offender institutions he expects will offer teaching for the new diplomas in (a) September 2008, (b) September...

      Wood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how much timber and timber products were procured by his Department and its predecessor in each of the last five years; and...

      Young People: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what datasets his Department publishes which include information on the number of young people who are not in employment,...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Departmental Information Officers

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

    • Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many reviews of regulation (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have conducted or commenced since its establishment;...

      Education: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment the Learning and Skills Council has made of transport policy statements produced under Schedule 19 of the...

      European Institute of Technology and Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what his policy is on the establishment of a European Institute of Technology and Innovation.

      Higher Education: Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what proportion of students studying for a higher education qualification in a further education college are...

      Higher Education: Student Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many undergraduates in universities in England from households with incomes of (a) up to £25,000, (b) £25,000...

      Mathematics: Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent representations he has received on the adequacy of supply of graduates in mathematics and sciences.

      Medicine: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what discussions he and his Department's officials have had with their counterparts in the Department of Health on the...

      Pupil Referral Units: Speech Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many speech and language therapists are employed in pupil referral units.

      Students: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will promote opportunities for students from ethnic minorities living in urban areas to undertake studies in the...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the average time taken by graduates to pay off student loans following receipt of a salary of £15,000 per annum was...

      Video Games: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how many computer games development courses, and other related degree courses, have been accredited by Skillset, the...

      Vocational Training: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much funding is being provided for trades union educational programmes in 2008-09.

  • International Development

    • Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent humanitarian assistance has been provided by the Government to Zimbabwean refugees in neighbouring countries.

    • Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe; and if he will make a statement.

      West Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development What assessment he has made of the likely effect on the Palestinian economy of the measures recently agreed on movement and access in...

      Leprosy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid his Department has given to developing countries to eradicate leprosy in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      G8 Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the outcome for development policy of the G8 summit was.

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what provision has been made in his Department's five-year research strategy for more effective drugs, diagnostics and vaccines for...

      Microfinance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department is giving to microfinance initiatives in developing countries.

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans he has to improve the provision of aid to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

      Disabled Children in Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to increase the proportion of disabled children in Africa completing schooling.

      Afghanistan: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment has been made of the effects of drought on the major food-producing areas in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether the UK has put forward proposals for a new humanitarian action plan for Afghanistan addressing rising food prices and...

      Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) whether the Government supports the deployment of additional UN staff to assist with the co-ordination of the humanitarian relief...

      Africa: Food Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which countries in Africa are receiving World Food Programme support.

      Africa: Food Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimates his Department has made of changes in food aid costs to (a) Ethiopia, (b) Gambia, (c) Afghanistan and (d) Zambia in...

      Africa: Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the effect of recent energy and fuel price rises on levels of spending required between 2008...

      Africa: Social Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate his Department has made of (a) the percentage of infants with low birth weight, (b) the proportion of the population...

      Burma: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the impact of rising fuel prices on maintaining levels of relief assistance to Burma; and if...

      Developing Countries: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government plan to take to implement the findings of the International Assessment of Agriculture Technology for Development.

      Economic Growth

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate his Department has made of likely economic growth in (a) India, (b) China, (c) Brazil and (d) Venezuela in (i)...

      Horn of Africa: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on food shortages in the Horn of Africa; and what assistance his Department is offering to those countries...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of financial aid from his Department to developing countries is for (a) education, (b) health, (c) earthquake...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what work his Department has commissioned on social protection systems; in which countries his Department has engaged in work on social...

      Progressio

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what payments his Department has made to Progressio in each year since 1997-98; how much is planned for 2008-09; what restrictions his...

      Ukraine: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) type and (b) level of assistance his Department is providing to increase agricultural outputs in Ukraine in 2008-09; and if...

      Zimbabwe: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the number of refugees who have left Zimbabwe since the March 2008 elections.

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library copies of representations received by his Department from interested parties used in the preparation of the partial...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people under the age of 18-years-old who were alcoholics in each of the last 10 years.

      Back Pain: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which primary care trust areas offer botulinum toxin injections for patients with back pain; (2) how many patients in West Sussex were refused...

      Back Pain: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the efficacy of the use of botulinum toxin injections for back pain.

      Breast Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to implement the recommendations arising from the National Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction Audit.

      Car Allowances

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

      Chiropody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of NHS chiropody provision.

      Chlamydia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps he has taken to raise awareness of (a) levels of chlamydia in young people and (b) chlamydia screening programmes.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether (a) his Department and (b) his Department's non-departmental public bodies provide (i) tax-free benefits and (ii) other allowances for their...

      Dementia: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people with dementia in Bexley who are paying for care.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists have (a) started to provide NHS services and (b) ceased to provide NHS services since the inception of the new contract.

      Dental Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the number of dentists required in (a) the London borough of Bexley and (b) Greater London to meet demand for...

      Dental Services: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the number of NHS dentists required to meet demand in (a) the non-metropolitan county of Hampshire and (b) Southampton.

      Dental Services: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Hampshire residents in each local authority area have accessed NHS dental treatment in each of the last five years.

      Dental Services: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dental practices in (a) the non-metropolitan county of Hampshire and (b) Southampton have stopped accepting new NHS patients in the last 12 months.

      Diabetes: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many ambulance trusts in England have a specific support plan for people with diabetes; and what guidance his Department has issued to ambulance...

      Diseases: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of prisoners infected with (a) HIV and (b) hepatitis C; and what proportion of that number have been diagnosed...

      Diseases: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to ensure that prisoners who are at risk of contracting HIV and hepatitis C in prisons receive harm reduction measures equivalent to...

      Diseases: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what collections of specific data on HIV and hepatitis C diagnosis in prisons are made by the Health Protection Agency.

      Epilepsy: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the number of people taking anti-epileptic drugs unnecessarily as a result of misdiagnosis; and what estimate he...

      Epilepsy: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate his Department has made of the effects of full implementation of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's...

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding his Department provided for (a) the prevention of female genital mutilation and (b) the treatment of cases arising from female genital...

      Fluoride

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the health effects of fluoridation of public water supplies in the last three years;...

      Fluoride

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on alternative sources of fluoride available for ingestion by the public to promote dental...

      Fluoride

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has evaluated research carried out in other European Union member states on the fluoridation of public water supplies in the last three years.

      Fluoride

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the levels of tooth decay in countries (a) that fluoridate and (b) do not fluoridate public water supplies for the...

      General Practitioners: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to review the allocation formula; and for what reason work on the formula has been suspended.

      Health Visitors: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many health visitors there were in Gloucestershire in each of the last five years.

      Human Papilloma Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what selection criteria were applied to the tender process for a human papilloma virus vaccine; what role the criteria played in the decision-making...

      Human Papilloma Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effectiveness of the human papilloma virus vaccine Gardasil.

      Human Papilloma Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his most recent estimate is of the cost of delivering a course of treatment of the human papilloma virus vaccine Cervarix as part of the national...

      Human Papilloma Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what factors underlay the decision not to issue catch-up Cervarix vaccinations against the human papilloma infection to female patients older than 18...

      Human Papilloma Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the respective assessments of the cost and benefits of providing (a) Cervarix and (b) Gardasil as the human papilloma virus vaccine...

      Incontinence: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to his Department's June 2008 consultation on the proposed new arrangements for the provision of stoma and urology services and related...

      Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people diagnosed with (a) colitis and (b) Crohn's disease in the London Borough of Bexley.

      Liver Diseases: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what work is being undertaken to (a) raise awareness of the benefits of specialist care and (b) support patient choice in referral to specialist...

      Medicine: Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on paying graduate medical students' university tuition fees in each of the last five years.

      Medicine: Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department expects to spend on paying graduate medical students' university tuition fees in each of the next five years.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance is provided by his Department to mental health trusts on the provision of emergency psychiatric teams; (2) which mental health trusts...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many mental health nurses were employed in NHS hospitals in each of the last five years; and how many experienced a violent assault in connection with...

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 21 February 2008, Official Report, column 962W, on the NHS, on what specific elements of the constitution his Department is...

      NHS Cord Blood Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much of the NHS blood and transplant budget for 2008-09 is allocated to the NHS Cord Blood Bank for (a) donation, (b) collection, (c) storage...

      NHS: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS trusts put on special events to mark the 60th anniversary of the NHS; and at what cost in each case.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to publish the findings of the Advisory Committee for Resource Allocation review of the geographical apportionment of health funding.

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if his Department will publish the transcripts of the consultations undertaken as part of the Next Stage Review; (2) who was consulted as part of...

      Nurses: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many specialist nurses have been made redundant as a result of reconfiguration of services in each of the last three years.

      Occupational Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many occupational therapists qualified in 2007.

      Pain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance is to be included in the forthcoming NHS Next Stage Review report on the management of chronic pain in (a) primary care, (b) secondary...

      Physiotherapy: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress the Health Professions Council has made on the statutory regulation of sports therapists; and if he will make a statement.

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many prescription forms were submitted in each of the last three years, broken down by region; (2) what the average number of prescription...

      Primary Care Trusts: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which primary care trusts have completed a local equality impact assessment; and whether those assessments are centrally collated; (2) what...

      Primary Care Trusts: Managers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which primary care trusts employ a medical director; (2) whether each primary care trust employs a medical director.

      Senior Salaries Review Body

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what factors underlay his decision to accept the Senior Salaries Review Body recommendation for an increase to basic pay of 2.2 per cent. for executive...

      Sight Impaired: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children aged (a) less than six, (b) six to 10 and (c) 11 to 16 years old have been prescribed glasses in each of the last five years.

      Wheelchairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the adequacy of provision of wheelchair transportation to and from NHS hospitals.

      Wheelchairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the implementation of the new model for the delivery of wheelchair services is intended to reduce waiting times for (a) assessment for and (b)...

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What notice was given of the meeting held on 20 June by the senior president of tribunals with representatives of some ex-service organisations to discuss the...

    • Badgers and Bovine Tuberculosis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any research is being undertaken on other species in relation to bovine tuberculosis; and whether such research covers any link between badgers, the loss...

      Buses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to improve the operation of the national concessionary bus fare scheme around the Welsh border where cross-border services operate; and...

      Criminal Justice: Women

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Statement by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 24 June (WS 921—3) stating that "a cross-departmental Criminal Justice Women's Unit has been...

      Crown 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 and at what average cost in the Crown Prosecution...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Lord Darzi of Denham on 21 April (WA 234), 2 May (WA 109—10), 19 June (WA 177—78), 24 June (WA 227 and 1 July (WA...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 1 July (WA 28) regarding Clause 4 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill, to what extent the...

      Employment Agencies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many executives and advisory non-departmental public bodies use employment agencies to find or shortlist candidates for vacancies; and what standards are...

      Energy: Nuclear Plants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the updated transmission entry capacity register, published on 7 July by National Grid plc, which looks seven years forward at the demand for grid access,...

      Extremism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following the publication of Preventing Violent Extremism: A Strategy for Delivery (May 2008, Ref. 288113), whether they will issue new guidance to the police or...

      Faith Communities Capacity Building Fund

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which Muslim organisations have received funding from the Faith Communities Capacity Building Fund since January 2006.

      Food: Wheat

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the current wheat resource in the United Kingdom and the European Community; and what that represents in terms of days of consumption.

      Government Equalities Office

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many and what proportion of staff employed by the Government Equalities Office are (a) from black and minority ethnic groups, and (b) female.

      Health: GPs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many general practitioners there are per head of population in each (a) county, and (b) region in England.

      Health: Hepatitis B

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the current vaccination policy to protect people in high risk groups from hepatitis B infection; and Whether...

      Health: Junior Doctors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the average lodging charge for non-resident junior doctors staying overnight in hospital for part of their shift.

      Health: Pain Relief

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to carry out an audit of the current provision of services for the treatment of pain in England.

      Health: Pain Relief

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made into provision of services for the treatment of pain since the recommendation of the Clinical Standards Advisory Services Group report...

      Health: Sexually Transmitted Infections

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the light of the review of the National Health Service by Lord Darzi of Denham and their commitment to reducing the burden of sexually transmitted infections on...

      Health: Vaccines

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the light of the recent review of the National Health Service by Lord Darzi of Denham, whether they will extend the commitment to greater transparency to the...

      House of Lords: Pork and Bacon

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Further to his Written Answers on 3 April (WA 198) and 29 April (WA 18), what priority is given to (a) the Public Sector Food Procurement Initiative; (b) farm...

      Housing: Unoccupied Dwellings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many unoccupied dwellings there are in (a) England, (b) the east of England, and (c) Essex.

      Money: Banknotes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of each denomination of banknote is allowed to be printed and circulated in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

      Planning: Brownfield Land

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the estimated total area of brownfield land available for development in (a) England, (b) the east of England, and (c) Essex.

      Planning: Eco-towns

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What response they will send to the United Kingdom Federation of Master Builders concerning its statement of 1 July objecting to the plan for separate new eco-towns.

      Prisoners: Increased Sentences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many prisoners had their sentences increased in each of the past five years as a result of contravening prison rules.

      Public Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many non-departmental public bodies were listed in the Public Bodies Directory in each of the past 10 years.

      Public Prosecution Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 19 June (WA 197), whether the Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland will review its...

      Public Prosecution Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 19 June (WA 196), how many difficult, complex or sensitive cases were referred to the...

      Roads: Charging

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to extend charges for road use.

      Roads: Schemes under Construction

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In respect of each local authority road scheme under construction or with full approval, what is (a) the estimated cost at full approval stage; (b) the benefit to...

      Tax Credits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much the working tax credit has cost to administer in each of the past five years.

      Thames Gateway Bridge

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What recent discussions they have had with external stakeholders regarding the proposed Thames Gateway bridge.

      Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) how many heavy goods vehicles have been checked on the A55 in North Wales during the last year for (1) weight offences, (2) drivers' hours offences, (3)...

      UN: Convenant on Civil and Political Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will accept the right of individual petition under the Optional Protocol to the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

      Vaccination and Immunisation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How strategic health authorities (a) assess and (b) report the impact on National Health Service resources of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation's...

      Vehicles: Checks

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many checks on foreign-registered vehicles were carried out by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency in each of the past three years; and how many vehicles...

      Waste Management: Brofiscin Quarry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Answer by Lord Rooker on 28 March 2007 (Official Report, col. 1645), whether the Environment Agency Wales has obtained clarification of the...

      Waste Management: Brofiscin Quarry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Answer by Lord Rooker on 28 March 2007 (Official Report, col. 1645) and the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 2 April (WA 184), whether, in the light...

      Whitehall: Pavement Works

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What will be the total cost, including fees and other expenses, of the pavement works in Whitehall and Great George Street; and when they expect these to be completed.

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