Written answers

Thursday, 17 July 2008

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fruit and Vegetable Grading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress is being made in discussions on revising the EU grading rules for fruit and vegetables.

    • Upper River Ray

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make funding available for environmental projects for the Upper River Ray catchment area in Oxfordshire.

      Agricultural Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on the likely effects on trends in the theft of agricultural equipment...

      Chewing Gum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward proposals for incentives to encourage manufacturers of chewing gum to create a biodegradable product.

      Food Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government are taking to seek reductions in food prices.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on making consumer products more energy efficient.

      Consumer Council for Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the Consumer Council for Water; and what matters were discussed.

      Fishing Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the performance of the UK fishing industry.

      Single Payment Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the Rural Payments Agency's performance against its targets in delivering the single...

      Marine Habitats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps he has taken to safeguard marine habitats; and if he will make a statement.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the global economic situation on individual consumers' carbon footprints.

      Environment Protection: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 7 May 2008, Official Report, column 905W, on...

      Pesticides: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason the Government abstained from the vote on the proposed Pesticides Directive in the Council of Ministers in...

      Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of progress against his Department's objective of achieving fair access to public services...

  • Wales

    • Departmental Official Cars

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

    • Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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 last five years.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Sick Leave

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

    • Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what procedures are in place to identify (a) mental health problems, (b) learning difficulties and (c) addictions among those entering...

      Young Offenders: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of those detained in young offender centres have been at any time a looked-after child or otherwise in the care of the state.

      Young Offenders: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of children who have (a) been arrested, (b) appeared in court, (c) gone through youth conferences and (d) been imprisoned in...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • British Grand Prix

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions his Department had with (a) the organisers of Formula 1, (b) Milton Keynes Council and (c) other interested parties...

    • Departmental Sick Leave

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

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what meetings the Gambling Commission has held with (a) Gala Coral, (b) William Hill and (c) Ladbrokes or their representatives on...

      Reaching Communities Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of funding from the Reaching Communities Scheme has gone to projects in (a) rural areas and (b) urban areas.

      Reaching Communities Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what guidance is provided on funding of programmes in rural areas when deciding on grants from the Reaching Communities Scheme.

      Sports: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding his Department has provided to (a) amateur sports clubs and (b) sport in schools in Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the opportunities for people completing apprenticeships to achieve higher education...

    • Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what percentage of staff in his Department and its predecessor have had more than two periods of sickness...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many staff in his Department have had five or more periods of sickness absence of less than five days since establishment.

      Home Information Packs

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

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Leader of the House (1) how many and what percentage of staff in her office have had more than two periods of sickness absence of less than five days in each of the last three years;...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Electoral Register: Marketing

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how much the Electoral Commission has spent on (a) its own voter registration campaigns and...

    • Electoral Register: Marketing

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how much the Electoral Commission spent on voter registration advertising in each of the last...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the hourly charging rates of staff of the Treasury Solicitor's Department were in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08.

    • Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Solicitor-General what steps she plans to take following the publication in June 2008 of the final report on the review of the Serious Fraud Office; which organisations will be...

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Solicitor-General what discussions the Attorney-General has had with the (a) Secretary of State for Justice and (b) the Home Secretary on the Final Report on the review of the...

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Solicitor-General what plans there are to enhance co-operation between the Serious Fraud Office, the Crown Prosecution Service and the Revenue and Customs Prosecution Office.

      Serious Fraud Office: Contracts

      To ask the Solicitor-General with how many external contractors the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has contracts; what estimate she has made of the average annual cost to the public purse of such...

      Serious Fraud Office: Operating Costs

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the cost of running the Serious Fraud Office was in each of the last 10 years.

      Serious Fraud Office: Powers

      To ask the Solicitor-General what plans there are to increase the Serious Fraud Office's investigatory powers; and whether these plans have been amended to take account of the findings in the...

      Serious Fraud Office: Prosecutions

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many prosecutions were initiated by the Serious Fraud Office in each of the last 10 years; and what the conviction rate from such prosecutions was in each year.

      Serious Fraud Office: Prosecutions

      To ask the Solicitor-General in what proportion of Serious Fraud Office prosecutions was pre-trial abuse claimed by the defence in each of the last 10 calendar years.

      Serious Fraud Office: Recruitment

      To ask the Solicitor-General whether the Attorney-General plans to issue guidance to the Serious Fraud Office on its recruitment practices, with particular regard to recruitment of former police...

      Serious Fraud Office: Resignations

      To ask the Solicitor-General what reasons were given to the Attorney General for the resignation of the former Chief Executive of the Serious Fraud Office.

      Serious Fraud Office: Standards

      To ask the Solicitor-General whether the (a) targets and (b) priorities of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) are to be reviewed following the review of the SFO Final Report published by the...

      Serious Fraud Office: Standards

      To ask the Solicitor-General whether there are proposals to (a) improve the Serious Fraud Office's case management procedures and (b) seek efficiency savings in Serious Fraud Office...

      Serious Fraud Office: Working Conditions

      To ask the Solicitor-General what assessment she has made of the findings in the recent final report on the Serious Fraud Office on its working culture; and if she will make a statement.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Children in Care: Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what regulations and guidelines govern the participation of children in care in drug trials.

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) new builds and (b) major refurbishments were completed by his Department for a cost in excess of £0.5 million...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department spent on developing the 'Build your PlaySpace' on the departmental website; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people have used the 'Build your PlaySpace' on his Department's website; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department has spent on hospitality in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much has been paid in bonuses to staff of each non-departmental body for which his Department has responsibility in the last...

      Education: Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many young offenders were assessed on reception into custody as having literacy and numeracy skills below level one at...

      Education: Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many hours per week of education young people in young offender institutions received on average in each year since...

      Education: Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what targets his Department has set to improve the educational provision and performance of young offender institutions; what...

      Foster Care: Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many foster carers received fixed penalty notices for non-attendance of children in their care at school in each of the last...

      National Healthy Schools Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department has spent on implementation of (a) the Healthy Schools initiative and (b) the Sustainable Schools...

      Pupil Referral Units: Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils attending pupil referral units were (a) convicted of a criminal offence and (b) received an official police...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent discussions the Youth Sport Trust has had with the Association for Physical Education on the delivery of the National...

  • Justice

    • Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) officials in his Department and (b) employees of (i) agencies and (ii) other bodies reporting to his Department were (A) dismissed and (B)...

    • Departmental Pay

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

      Domestic Violence: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convictions there were for offences connected to domestic violence in each of the last three years, broken down by criminal justice area.

      Driving Offences: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions for offences related to driving without insurance there were in each police force area in each of the last 10 years; and what the...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the percentage of voter registration is estimated to be in each (a) constituency and (b) local authority area in England; (2) what the...

      Incapacity Benefit: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people previously in receipt of incapacity benefit who have had their entitlement to benefit withdrawn following a medical assessment appealed...

      Land Registry Act 2002

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if the Government will bring forward proposals to amend section 73(7) of the Land Registry Act 2002.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effects of regional variation in sentencing practices, including custodial sentences, affecting young offenders.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidance his Department has issued to secure establishments on screening of young offenders for (a) mental illness, (b) learning difficulties and...

      Young Offenders: Custodial Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will take steps to prohibit imprisonment of offenders under the age of 14 years.

      Young Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what facilities there are for the detoxification of children in each (a) secure training centre, (b) secure children's home and (c) young offender...

      Young Offenders: Remand in Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of trends in the number of children remanded in custody while awaiting trial.

      Young Offenders: Reparation by Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidance his Department has issued to (a) local authorities and (b) police services on the use of restorative justice techniques as a way of...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax: Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of local authorities exercising their discretionary powers to discount council tax for...

    • Departmental Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what measures are in place in her Department to monitor expenditure on alcohol for hospitality purposes.

      Departmental Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the communications and press budget for her Department has been in each year since its establishment.

      Departmental Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of her Department's budget and that of its predecessor was used for research within its areas of responsibility...

      Digital Switchover Help Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the presentation on the inclusion of a return path within help scheme equipment...

      Eco-towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reason the advertisement from her Department on eco-towns published in the Stratford Herald indicated that the site of...

      Eco-towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to speed up planning procedures in respect of applications for developments of eco-towns.

      Eco-towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in which of the sites proposed for an eco-town and not included on the shortlist her Department or its predecessor has (a) sold...

      Eco-towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government by what means she plans to accelerate the planning process for eco-towns.

      Eco-towns: Greenbelt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 7 May 2008, Official Report, column 1037W, on eco-towns:...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 7 July 2008, Official Report, column 1355W, on empty property, what estimate she has made of the...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate her Department has made of the number of A-rated energy labelled circulator pumps installed in (a) domestic and...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when her Department plans to include energy efficient circulator pumps within Part L of the Buildings Regulations for domestic...

      Housing Renewal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what timetable she has set for establishing new (a) output targets and (b) funding agreements for Housing Market Renewal...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the likely effect of conditions in the economy on plans to build 83,200 houses in Hertfordshire...

      Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of current trends in the housing market; what steps she plans to take to implement the lifetime...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the savings which will accrue to local authorities from implementing the lifetime homes standard.

      Local Authorities: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment she has made of the role of parish and town councils as (a) residential landlords and (b) housing enablers.

      Local Authorities: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) guidance and (b) financial assistance her Department has provided to local authorities to invoke (i) mandatory and...

      Planning: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the use of charrettes to involve local people in the planning process (a) in Hertfordshire and...

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the 100 most deprived wards in the UK were in (a) 2004 and (b) the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Regional Spatial Strategies: Eco-towns

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

      Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation governs regulation of the private rented sector; and what plans she has to...

      Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which organisations have (a) met the team leading the independent review of the private rented sector announced by her...

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) arrests and (b) prosecutions for (i) being drunk and disorderly, (ii) being found drunk on a highway, public place or on...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were convicted of crimes in which alcohol was a contributory factor in England and Wales in each of the last three years.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) fixed penalty notices were issued and (b) prosecutions were brought for the offences of (i) selling alcohol to a person under...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) cautioned, (b) prosecuted and (c) given a penalty notice for disorder for selling alcohol to people under the age...

      Corporate Alliance on Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who the members are of the Corporate Alliance on Domestic Violence; what the outcomes of (a) meetings and (b) initiatives of the alliance...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the performance of local authority areas in England and Wales in implementation of local crime and disorder...

      Crimes of Violence: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of people under the age of 18-years-old in criminal gangs in each of the last 10 years.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will publish the minutes of meetings of the Inter-ministerial Group on Domestic Violence; what the outcomes of (a) meetings and (b)...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to establish a register of domestic violence offenders; and if she will make a statement.

      Domestic Violence: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on the treatment of domestic violence issues...

      Domestic Violence: Re-offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the levels of reoffending rates by perpetrators of domestic violence.

      Domestic Violence: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when she plans to begin the new scheme targeted at domestic violence victims with no recourse to public funds, which will pay their...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons the recommendation of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs that benzodiazepines should be included in Schedule II of...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research her Department has conducted or evaluated on possible links between skunk cannabis use and employment rates.

      Firearms: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) shotguns, (b) rifles and (c) handguns were stolen in (i) England and Wales and (ii) each police force area in each year since...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many instances of human trafficking for sexual purposes were discovered in each of the last three years; from which countries the persons...

      Human Trafficking: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the 167 women and children recovered under Operation Pentameter 2 have been removed from the UK; and what arrangements have been...

      Money Laundering

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment (a) her Department and (b) the Serious Organised Crime Agency has made of the extent of money laundering from social...

      Police Deaths on Duty

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) social workers were unlawfully killed while carrying out their duties in each year since 1997.

      Police: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many stop and account forms have been issued since their introduction, broken down by police force area.

      Road Traffic Offences: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will increase the fixed penalty for offences under section 14(3) of the Road Traffic Act 1998 to £80; what recent representations...

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 12 June 2008, Official Report, column 335W, on sexual offences, how many and what proportion of visas issued were...

      Violent and Sex Offender Register: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals of each (a) sex and (b) age group in Wales were placed on (i) List 99 and (ii) the sex offenders register in each year...

  • Transport

    • A36

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons the Highways Agency spent £449,000 on work associated with the construction of the roundabout on the A36 at Ower in New Forest...

    • Aviation: Luggage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the changes to aviation carry-on luggage rules since January 2008.

      Aviation: Luggage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how long on average applications have taken for an airport wishing to end the one-bag rule between the application being made and permission being...

      Aviation: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether her Department has had discussions with the European Commission on a possible derogation from the NOx provisions of the EU Air Quality directive.

      Aviation: Royal Family

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 26 March 2008, Official Report, column 1W, on Royal and Ministerial air travel, if she will place in...

      Bus Services: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many private bus companies are in operation.

      Departmental Early Retirement

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

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many pages have been added to her Department's website in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost was of (a) internet and website design and hosting, (b) print media design and (c) broadcast media for each of her Department's public...

      Departmental Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether her Department has a standard retirement age.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 12 June 2008 to the hon. Member for Chipping Barnet, (Mr Villiers) Official Report, column 400W, on departmental travel, on...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what income her Department received from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's 0870 number in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2005-06.

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what increase in the driving test fee would be required to raise the amount of money expected to be saved through closures of driving test centres.

      Eurostar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will bring forward proposals to develop a regional Eurostar link.

      Fish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions staff employed by her Department defrauded her Department in each of the last 10 years; and if she will make a statement.

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the losses to her Department from fraud committed by staff of her Department in each of the last 10 years; and if she...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff were prosecuted for (a) attempting to defraud and (b) defrauding her Department in each of the last 10 years; and if she will make a...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff of her Department were responsible for each instance of fraud or attempted fraud in her Department in each of the last 10 years; and if...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2008, Official Report, columns 939-40W, on Heathrow Airport, which of her Department's staff worked with BAA on the...

      High Speed Trains: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate has been made of the costs of implementing Commission Decision 2008/164/EC on the high speed rail network; and if she will make a statement.

      Highways Agency: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2008, Official Report, Question 209057, whether the Putting Things Right procedure is made available to the public...

      Leicester to London Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) who the main service provider of the Leicester to London high speed train will be; (2) what effect the construction of the high speed train link...

      Leicester to London Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the railway track improvements between Leicester and London will be completed.

      London to Cardiff Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 1 July 2008, Official Report, column 745W, on the London to Cardiff railway line, where the potential new rail line along...

      Lorries: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport in how many serious injury accidents left-hand drive heavy goods vehicles were involved in each of the last three years.

      Motor Vehicles: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 10 July 2008, Official Report, columns 88-90WS, on new cars: emissions targets, what position she has...

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency spent on its vehicle testing centres in 2007-08.

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicle test centres are managed by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency.

      Motorways: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road accidents involving stationary vehicles on motorway hard shoulders were reported in each year since 2004, broken down by motorway; and...

      Park and Ride Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department is taking to encourage the operation of park and ride schemes.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passenger delay minutes for Virgin Trains there were in each quarter since January 2006; and what proportion of these delays were caused by...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passenger delay minutes for Arriva Trains Wales there were in each quarter since January 2006; and what proportion of these delays were caused...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what account her Department takes of the provision of unadvertised rail services to compensate for network repairs or other unforeseen events when...

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the potential for electrification of those main line railway lines served exclusively by diesel locomotives at present.

      Railways: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2008, Official Report, column 1068W, on railways: rolling stock, whether her Department previously held or collated...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Government is taking with local authorities to ease traffic congestion in local communities.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many fatalities there have been in road traffic accidents per hundred thousand passenger miles in each year since 1995.

      Roads: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much extra funding has been requested by Gloucestershire County Council under the emergency capital highways maintenance scheme in the last...

      Roads: Safety Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what improvements her Department has made to road safety since 2005.

      Roads: Surveying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) for what reason the CHART visual survey data collected by local highway authorities on principal and classified roads across England for the 2007...

      Roads: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether her plans for a national road pricing scheme will be limited to roads under the jurisdiction of the Highways Agency; (2) how much her...

      Roads: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport in which areas road pricing trials will take place.

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 7 July 2008, Official Report, column 1194W, on rolling stock, if she will publish the quantitative analysis her Department...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the percentage of forecast passenger growth to 2014 which will be carried by the 1,300 new carriages planned to be...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 7 July 2008, Official Report, column 1194W, on rolling stock, what estimates her Department made in preparation of the 2007...

      Schools: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether her Department has conducted research into the likely effect on the number of children and parents choosing to walk or cycle to school of the...

      Schools: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of implementing 20 mph zones in the vicinity of (a) nurseries and (b) schools.

      Stansted Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the likely effect of conditions in the economy on proposals to build a second runway at Stansted Airport.

      Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects to make a decision on whether to introduce national road pricing.

      Transport: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she next expects to meet the Mayor of London to discuss transport in London.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

  • International Development

    • Africa: Food Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much the World Food Programme's programme of food aid to Africa has cost in each of the last 10 years; and what his Department's...

    • Departmental Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of his Department's budget was spent on research in each of the last 10 years.

      Developing Countries: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of those regions which will be worst affected by land degradation between 2008 and 2015; and if...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what models his Department uses to project the effects of (a) food shortages, (b) fuel price increases, (c) climate change and (d)...

      Somalia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent reports he has received on the situation of British aid workers in Somalia; and whether all British aid workers known to be...

      Zimbabwe: Sanitary Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to help women in Zimbabwe access sanitary protection.

  • Treasury

    • Double Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many reports he received under the terms of each double taxation agreement with a non-EU tax jurisdiction in each of the last five years.

    • Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will reduce levels of fuel tax.

      Investment Income Surcharge

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the income to the Exchequer in 2007-08 had an investment income surcharge of the form in existence until 1983 been in place.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of the minimum wage on (a) child poverty, (b) pensioner poverty and (c) poverty in working age households...

      National Insurance Contributions: Females

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the flyer that employers were asked to pass to married women with their pay slips in the 1970s with an election to...

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many PAYE records have not been clerically reviewed for (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06.

      Revenue and Customs: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the effect on costs of increased travel allowances for staff relocated from HM Revenue and Customs' Brecon office to an...

      Revenue and Customs: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the environmental impact of closures of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) offices in Wales, including the impact of additional...

      Revenue and Customs: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what visits have been made by the workforce change team to each HM Revenue and Customs office in Wales which is proposed for closure; and what the date of...

      Revenue and Customs: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff employed by HM Revenue and Customs in the debt management field force in Wales are fluent in the Welsh language.

      Revenue and Customs: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what savings it is estimated will be made from the proposed closure of each HM Revenue and Customs office scheduled for closure in Wales.

      Revenue and Customs: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the assessment he has made of the effect on local economies of closure of HM Revenue and Customs offices in Wales.

      Revenue and Customs: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the annual estate cost is of (a) Swinson House, York, (b) Hilary House, York, (c) Cherry Court, Hull and (d) Custom House, Hull; and until what...

      Revenue and Customs: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff Hilary House, York can accommodate; whether the Government intend to retain this building until 2011; whether they are considering...

      Revenue and Customs: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people used the HM Revenue and Customs enquiry centre at Swinson House in York in each of the last three years.

      Revenue and Customs: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if the Government will retain in York an HM Revenue and Customs inquiry centre, open to the public from 8.30am until 5.00pm Monday to Friday providing the...

      Stamp Duties: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Exchequer received in stamp duty from Scotland in each year since 2002.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will direct HM Revenue and Customs to seek information from the US Internal Revenue Service on the sale of illegal tax shelters; and what information...

      Trusts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment (a) he and (b) HM Revenue and Customs have made of the implications for the Exchequer of new forms of trust created by the states of...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Citizens' Advice Bureaux: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what additional (a) funding and (b) other support his Department plans to provide to Citizens Advice Bureaux in anticipation of the...

    • Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people were subject to a county court claim by his Department for defaulting on repayments of a (a) crisis loan and (b) budget...

      Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of crisis loan applications were alignment payments in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of (a) crisis loans and (b) budgeting loans were being repaid at (i) 12 per cent., (ii) 10 per cent. and (iii)...

      Departmental Computers

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

      Departmental ICT

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

      Departmental Information Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to his Department's proposals to replace progressively its IT contracts by 2015, if he will list (a) the contracts in place,...

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of his Department's budget and that of its predecessor Department was spent on research in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many enquiries his Department received through its 0800 and 0845 numbers in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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.

      Home Information Packs

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

      Incapacity Benefit: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of the working age population of Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency receive incapacity benefit.

      Incapacity Benefit: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of children who were aged (a) under five, (b) five to 11 and (c) 12 to 16 years living in households...

      Incapacity Benefit: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households were in receipt of incapacity benefit or severe disablement allowance in each parliamentary constituency in London in each...

      Incapacity Benefit: Hyndburn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of the working population of Hyndburn constituency received incapacity benefit in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Incapacity Benefit: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what arrangements are in place for the medical assessment of persons in receipt of incapacity benefit; which companies are used to carry out...

      Incapacity Benefit: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many persons in receipt of incapacity benefit were required to attend a medical assessment in the last year for which figures are...

      Incapacity Benefit: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of children aged (a) under five, (b) between five and 11 and (c) between 12 and 16 years living in...

      Incapacity Benefit: North East

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

      Income Support: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the Answer of 2 July 2008, Official Report, columns 890-1W, on income support: disabled, if he will investigate the reasons for...

      Post Office Card Accounts: Bexley

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

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many staff at each of his Department's offices were employed to process (a) crisis loans, (b) budgeting loans and (c) community...

      Social Security Benefits: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of children under 16 years old in London parliamentary constituencies had at least one parent or guardian who was claiming one...

      Social Security Benefits: North East

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

      Social Security Benefits: North East

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

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people receive the UK state pension in a form which (a) is and (b) is not frozen, broken down by country of residence. [Official...

      State Retirement Pensions: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of pensioners in Bexley receiving the 25 pence age allowance.

      State Retirement Pensions: Eligibility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many British nationals over state pension age failed the habitual residence test when resuming a residence in the UK in (a) 2004, (b)...

      State Retirement Pensions: Eligibility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons the habitual residence test is applied to older British nationals who are returning to live in the UK.

      Swimming: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department is contributing to the £140 million fund announced on 6th June 2008 to encourage local authorities to offer free...

      Vaccination: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many payments have been made under the Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme in each year since its inception; and for which vaccines the payment...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many visits have been made by personnel from his Department to detainees transferred from the custody of British forces to the government of...

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the level of enhancement provided by the British armament package to the operational abilities of the Mastiff in Afghanistan.

      Armed Forces: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what planning assumptions his Department made regarding the unit cost of principal hydrocarbon fuels used by HM Armed Forces in determining its budget...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the user capability statement of the MOD Mastiff is; and what role it is to perform in Afghanistan.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armoured vehicles have been provided out of the future rapid effect system budget.

      Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average cost of equipping an individual serviceman or woman is with (a) basic, (b) specialist and (c) personal kit.

      Departmental Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the statement of 21 January 2008, Official Report, column 1225, on MOD (data loss), how many of the 347 laptops stolen or lost from the...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on urgent operational requirements in near cash terms in each financial year since 2001-02.

      Fish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

      Flag Office Sea Training: Plymouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many foreign naval vessels and auxiliaries visited HM Naval Base Devonport under the auspices of Flag Office Sea Training in each of the last five years.

      Flag Office Sea Training: Plymouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Naval vessels have taken part in training exercises in Plymouth under the auspices of Flag Office Sea Training for each of the last five years.

      Flag Office Sea Training: Plymouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Royal Naval personnel and (b) civilian staff are employed in Plymouth by Flag Office Sea Training.

      Fuels: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent estimate he has made of his Department's expenditure on fuels in the financial year 2008-09; and what his Department's budget allocation for...

      Gazelle Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans are in place to cover capability gaps left by the withdrawal from service of the Gazelle helicopter in 2012.

      Gazelle Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 1 April 2008, Official Report, column 797W, on military aircraft: helicopters, by what means his Department plans to replace...

      HMS Vivid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the trained strength of HMS Vivid is.

      Iraq: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of the contents of the review of detention practices in Iraq and Afghanistan he disclosed in his letter to the hon. Member for Chichester...

      Navy: Antiship Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when the Sea Skua system entered service with the Royal Navy; (2) what improvements have been made to the Sea Skua system since it entered service...

      RAF Halton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to upgrade the training facilities at RAF Halton; and if he will make a statement.

      RAF Halton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to upgrade the accommodation facilities at RAF Halton.

      RFA Fort Victoria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the status of RFA Fort Victoria is; and for what reasons it has been alongside for an extended period in Portsmouth Dockyard.

      Tanks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) unit cost and (b) in-service date of the (i) Chieftain, (ii) Challenger I and (iii) Challenger II main battle tanks was.

      Upholder Class Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) unit cost and (b) date of commissioning of each Upholder Class submarine was.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the unit cost of (a) HMS Astute, (b) HMS Ambush and (c) HMS Artful was.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the unit cost of (a) HMS Daring, (b) HMS Dauntless and (c) HMS Diamond is.

  • Prime Minister

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Prime Minister how many (a) new builds and (b) major refurbishments for a cost in excess of £0.5 million were completed by his Office in (i) 2005-06, (ii) 2006-07 and (iii) 2007-08.

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Prime Minister how many staff he plans to employ in 10 Downing Street in 2009-10.

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Prime Minister what vehicle excise duty band his official car falls into.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Prime Minister how many reviews of regulation Downing Street has conducted or commenced since July 2007; and in which areas.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Prime Minister what the staff cost of his Office was in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.

      Honours

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what the procedure is for a (a) Canadian and (b) British citizen to return an honour; and if he will make a statement; (2) how many honours were returned by...

      Intelligence and Security Committee

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will take steps to ensure that the secretariat of the Intelligence and Security Committee is staffed by officials under the authority of the Clerk of the House.

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2008, Official Report, columns 920-1W, on the Olympic games, what estimate he has made of the cost of his officials' attendance at the...

      Oman: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Prime Minister when he next plans to meet representatives of the Government of Oman in Muscat.

  • Health

    • Antidepressants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been prescribed anti-depressant medication in each of the last three years, broken down by region; and what percentage of the...

    • Care Homes: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many registered care homes for the elderly there were in (a) Ribble Valley constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c) England in each year since...

      Care Homes: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) private, (b) public and (c) voluntary sector homes in (i) the London Borough of Bexley and (ii) Greater London were inspected by the...

      Cervical Cancer: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons his Department selected Cervarix as the vaccine for cervical cancer protection.

      Cord Blood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) who has been consulted as part of his Department's review of the collection and use of cord blood; and if he will make a statement; (2) when the...

      Departmental Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of (a) beef, (b) lamb, (c) pork and (d) dairy products used in his departmental headquarters were imported products in the most recent...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the change has been in the number of employees of (a) the NHS and (b) his Department and its agencies since July 2006.

      Epilepsy: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the effects on people's health of taking anti-epileptic drugs unnecessarily as a result of misdiagnosis.

      Fish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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...

      General Practitioners: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which primary care trusts carried out appraisals of all GPs in their area in the last three years; (2) which primary care trusts have appraised...

      Health Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he plans to review the effectiveness of new GP-led health centres; (2) when he expects the first GP-led health centre to open; (3) what...

      Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many (a) health promotion centres and (b) health promotion resource centres have been (i) opened and (ii) closed in England in each of the...

      Hospitals: Leasehold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration he has given to extending leasehold enfranchisement to NHS hospitals occupying sites on long leases; and if he will make a statement.

      Human Papilloma Virus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether those born before 1 October 1991 and who are aged between 18 and 25 years will be offered the Cervarix 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...

      Intensive Care: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many level three intensive care cots were available for neo-natal care in each of the acute hospital trusts in the South Central Strategic Health...

      Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust: Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many bed days have been lost due to delayed discharges in the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust since the year to 14 October 2007.

      Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust: Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information he has received from the West Kent Primary Care Trust on the financial support it provided to the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were allocated an individual budget in the pilot sites during the Individual Budget Pilot Programme; and how many were eligible for a...

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will require NHS organisations to follow the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's technology appraisals, ethical guidelines and...

      Nicotine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward proposals for the establishment of a body with responsibility for the regulation of all nicotine products; and if he will make a...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 6 May 2008, Official Report, column 568, on the review of prescription charges, on what date he plans to publish the outcome of...

      Smoking: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has conducted or evaluated on the influence of tobacco packaging on smoking rates in young people.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on options for care and funding in respect of the (i) consultation and (ii) forthcoming Green...

      Tobacco: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what account he has taken of research on the effects in other countries of (a) prohibiting and (b) restricting the sale of tobacco from vending machines...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was spent by his Department on translation and interpretation services in Afghanistan in 2007-08.

    • Africa: Conflict Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what funding his Department plans to provide to the Africa Conflict Prevention Pool in 2008-09.

      Armenia: Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to Turkey on the issue of the Armenian massacres.

      British Nationality: Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) how many British nationals have asked the Government to espouse their claims for damages following allegations of torture...

      China: Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the government of China about trends in China's population since 2006; and if he will make a...

      Civil Disorder: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in respect of which countries he has received reports of riots because of the price of food in 2008.

      Departmental Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's (a) chart of accounts and (b) resource account codes and usage...

      Departmental Inquiries

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

      Departmental Wastes

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

      Economic and Monetary Union

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

      Horn of Africa: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the extent of illicit trafficking of small arms and weapons from Somalia into neighbouring...

      Iran: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 18 March 2008, Official Report, column 1032W, on Iran: inspections, whether it is Government policy...

      Japan: Whales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has had with the government of Japan on the illicit trade in whale meat from Japan's scientific...

      Japan: Whales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the government of Japan pressing for the immediate release of the two Greenpeace activists...

      Moldova: BBC External Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of the BBC World Service's cessation of broadcasting to Moldova and Romania from 1...

      Moldova: BBC External Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the BBC World Service's policy on broadcasting to Eastern European countries is, with specific reference to Moldova and...

      Moldova: British Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to improve access to the services of the British Council for the people of Moldova.

      Nigeria: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has held with Nigerian officials regarding military attacks on Shell Oil facilities recently;...

      Raoul Wallenberg

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what recent reports he has received on the case of Raoul Wallenberg; and if he will make a statement; (2) what steps he...

      Somalia: Al-Qaeda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment has been made of the operations of al-Qaeda in Somalia and the influence of Abu al-Libi.

      Somalia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Richmond Yorks, (Mr. Hayne) of 30 June 2008, Official Report, column 675W,...

      Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of (a) allegations of the International Criminal Court's prosecutors against the President of Sudan...

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what further measures the EU plans to take against any party (a) impeding the joint UN-AU hybrid force for Darfur, (b)...

      Tibet: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of Tibetan monks held in prisons and detention centres by the Chinese authorities...

      Travel Restrictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2008, Official Report, columns 770-71W, on UN resolutions: frontiers, how many further...

      Turks and Caicos Islands: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will investigate allegations of corruption and intimidation of citizens in the British overseas territory of the Turks and...

      Uganda: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking against sources of funding for the Lord's Resistance Army, including from the Ugandan...

      Uganda: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the strengthening of the UN Mission in the Congo to act against the Lord's Resistance Army and its leader...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans to answer Question 201936 on China, tabled by the hon. Member for Southend, West on 22 April; what the reason for...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans to answer Question 199081, on Iran sanctions, tabled on 1 April 2008.

      Zimbabwe: British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of British nationals who have left Zimbabwe since the March 2008 elections.

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Broadband: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will hold discussions with industry representatives on measures to increase the affordability of access to...

    • Cambridge Online Learning Ltd

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) if he will investigate the circumstances surrounding the transfer of funds related to EU Objective 1 from KMI...

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 20 June 2008, Official Report, column 1274W, on economic and monetary union, for what...

      Internet: Privacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the implications for the privacy of British internet users of the requirement for...

      Manufacturing Industries: Shoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many and what proportion of shoes purchased in the UK had been manufactured in the UK in each year since 1997.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he plans to reply to the letters of 4 March and 15 May from the hon. Member for Forest of Dean, on BT payment charges.

      Public Telephones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what representations he has made to BT on its observance of its universal service obligation in its proposed payphone...

      Radio Waves: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what EU legislation on the regulation of radio band waves has been agreed since 1997.

      Regional Planning and Development: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the surplus remaining unspent in the Marine Renewable Deployment Fund has been in each year since its inception.

      Regional Planning and Development: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what spending from the Marine Renewable Deployment Fund has been in each year since its inception on (a) wave and...

      Regional Planning and Development: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many projects the Marine Renewable Deployment Fund has funded in each year since its inception, broken down by...

      Severn Barrage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will hold discussions with the Welsh Assembly Government and Ministerial colleagues on the environmental effects...

      Telephone Services: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what consideration he has given to measures to outlaw unsolicited text messages which encourage people to return...

      Video Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the number of people employed by (a) games developers, (b) games publishers, (c) games...

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Recycled Plant Matter

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of the stalks, leaves and roots of food crops grown commercially in the United Kingdom are recycled for (a) composting; (b) biogas; (c) biomass;...

    • Airports: Heathrow

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will re-appraise the cost-effectiveness of transport projects, including expansion of Heathrow Airport, following their revision of the projected...

      Airports: Heathrow

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are in favour of a sixth terminal and a third runway at Heathrow Airport.

      Airports: Heathrow

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which individual flights obtained a waiver to land at Heathrow Airport prior to 6 am over the past six months; and, in each instance, what was the reason for the...

      Bonuses: DCLG

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

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the European Commission have confirmed that their decision not to cull badgers in bovine tuberculosis-affected areas will not result in infraction...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they finance or direct research into claims that the spread of bovine tuberculosis is encouraged where farmers use maize as cattle feed or where badgers...

      Cluster Munitions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ask the Government of the United States to remove the maximum possible amount of American cluster munitions stored in the United Kingdom during...

      Environmental Protection: Protective Costs Order

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many protective costs orders have been granted by the Supreme Court of England and Wales for environmental cases since 2000.

      Equality: Disabled People

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in view of the petition of the European Disability Forum calling for a specific European Union directive on disability, which gathered 1.3 million...

      Food: Pork and Bacon

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action the Department for Culture, Media and Sport is taking to implement the Public Sector Food Procurement Initiative in respect of its purchasing of pork...

      Football: Crowd Surges

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many (a) deaths, (b) injuries, and (c) other incidents caused by crowd surging, have occurred at football matches involving teams from the top two English...

      Government: Minister for the East of England

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On how many occasions the Minister for the East of England has visited (a) the east of England and (b) Essex since her appointment.

      Health: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many treatments for depression using the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence-approved computerised cognitive behavioural therapy, Beating the...

      Health: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many primary care trusts provide National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence-approved computerised cognitive behavioural therapy at a level...

      Health: Cord Blood

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What recent contact they have had with the private cord blood banking industry; and What stakeholder meetings have taken place as part of the Department of Health...

      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 proposals to speed up the National Institute...

      Homelessness

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they will take to encourage local authorities in London to introduce a pan-London programme to help the homeless and rough sleepers.

      Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL]

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many amendments Ministers have tabled to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill since it was introduced; how many hours of debate have been held on such...

      Iraq and Afghanistan: Northern Ireland Regiments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to mark the role played by the Royal Irish Regiment and other service members from Northern Ireland in Iraq and Afghanistan.

      Olympic Games 2012: Weymouth

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action the South West Regional Development Agency is taking to maximise cruise ship tourism in connection with the 2012 Olympic events at Weymouth, in...

      Olympic Games 2012: Weymouth

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much the South West Regional Development Agency has budgeted to ensure a legacy for south-west ports and tourism after the 2012 Olympic events at Weymouth.

      Pesticides

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the proposed banning of pyrethroids will extend to household products for the treatment of flea, mite and tick infestations; and Whether the inclusion of...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Tunnicliffe on 24 June (WA 236) concerning a Police Service of Northern Ireland officer injured in a recent car bomb, whether...

      Public Prosecution Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 3 June (WA 47), why the average salary of a legally qualified employee in the Public Prosecution Service for...

      RAF: Transport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What transport aircraft for troop movements are currently on order by the Ministry of Defence; and what are the make, cost, and anticipated delivery date of each.

      Temporary Accommodation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the document Sustainable Communities: Settled Homes; Changing Lives—A Strategy for Tackling Homelessness, published in March 2005, still represents...

      Tourism: Cruise Ships

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the average amount spent per cruise ship passenger in south-west ports.

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