Written answers

Monday, 21 July 2008

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) 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...

    • Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many visits he has made to each Scottish parliamentary constituency over the last two years.

      Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many visits have been made by the Minister of State for Scotland to each parliamentary constituency over the last two years.

      Government Communications

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

      Lost Working Days

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

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues in the last 12 months on securing benefits to Scotland from the 2012 Olympic Games.

  • Olympics

    • Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics which make and model of car she has chosen as her ministerial car to be provided by the Government Car and Despatch Agency.

    • London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games: Manpower

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many people are employed by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG); what the staffing costs of LOCOG will be in 2008-09; and how...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics on what date invitations will be sent to prospective competing nations for the London 2012 (a) Olympic and (b) Paralympic Games.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what recent estimate she has made of the number of nations that will compete in the London 2012 (a) Olympic and (b) Paralympic Games.

      Olympic Games 2012: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what discussions she has had with Ministers in the Department for Communities and Local Government on the funding of Olympic developments from funds released...

      Olympic Games 2012: Halifax

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how the London 2012 Olympics will assist regeneration and sports projects in Halifax.

      Olympic Games 2012: West Midlands

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what steps the Government has taken to promote the use of sporting venues in the West Midlands for pre-games training for the London 2012 Olympics.

      Olympic Lottery Distributor: Manpower

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many people are employed by the Olympic Lottery Distributor; and at what cost in 2008-09.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the resale value of untaxed spirits intercepted in Northern Ireland was in each of the last three years.

    • Cigarettes: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the resale value of illegal cigarettes intercepted in Northern Ireland was in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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 Northern Ireland how many officials work in his Department.

      Departmental Official Cars

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

      Departmental Secondment

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

      Departmental Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which trades unions represent members of staff in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies.

      Departmental Training

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

      District Policing Partnerships: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which district policing partnerships did not meet the key performance indicator targets set by the Policing Board in 2006-07; and by how much...

      Elections: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent assessment he has made of the changes in the levels of electoral fraud in Northern Ireland as a result of the introduction of...

      Fairtrade Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 13 March 2008, Official Report, columns 567-68W, on the Fair Trade initiative, how much his Department spent on...

      Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many murders committed in Northern Ireland in each year since 1978 remain unsolved.

      Lost Working Days

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

      Maze Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he has had discussions with the Culture, Arts and Leisure Minister in Northern Ireland on the former Maze site (a) before and (b)...

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much revenue has been generated from fines imposed as a result of offences detected by speed cameras in each council area in Northern...

  • Treasury

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the resale value of untaxed spirits intercepted in England and Wales was in each of the last three years, broken down by region.

    • Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the proposal to allow major banks to translate certain mortgage debts into Government bonds was first considered by his Department; and what the...

      Banks: Government Securities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Special Liquidity Scheme in meeting its objectives.

      Cash Dispensing: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of access to free-of-charge cash withdrawals in Mid and West Wales.

      Child Benefit: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to date has been of (a) the investigation into the loss of data discs by HM Revenue and Customs and (b) the planning and implementation of...

      Cigarettes: Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the resale value of illegal cigarettes intercepted in England and Wales was in each of the last three years, broken down by region.

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the projected (a) oil and (b) gas price used in the assumptions for modelling the North Sea oil and gas element of corporation tax was in each Budget...

      Council Tax: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 14 May 2008, Official Report, column 1622W, on council tax: Wales, what the timetable is for the Valuation Office Agency's...

      Departmental Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures are in place in his Department to monitor expenditure on alcohol for hospitality purposes.

      Departmental Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the 10 highest payments made by his Department were under property compensation cases brought against it over the last 12 months for which figures are...

      Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the conferences hosted by his Department in each of the last two years; and what the cost was of each conference.

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department spent on consultancy fees in 2007-08.

      Departmental Expert Groups

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what expert groups his Department has set up in each year since 1999.

      Departmental Furniture

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

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department's IT (a) systems and (b) services conform to the ISO 27001 standard.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many permanent staff within (a) his Department and (b) its agencies are classed as (i) staff without posts and (ii) part of a people action team.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost was of (a) internet and website design and hosting, (b) print media design and (c) broadcast media of each of his Department's public...

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) which make and model of car the Chief Secretary to the Treasury has chosen as his ministerial car to be provided by the Government Car and Despatch...

      Departmental Planning Permission

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what planning applications were made by his Department between May 1997 and May 2001; and for what purpose in each case.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department's policy is on requesting discounts from its suppliers in return for swift payment of invoices.

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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.

      Departmental Wastes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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.

      Devolution: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will conduct a needs-based analysis of Government funding of the devolved administrations.

      Economic Stability Team

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) civil servants, (b) special advisers and (c) members of the Council of Economic Advisers were members of the Economic Stability team in his...

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the revenues that will arise from the auctioning of emissions permits in Phase 111 of the European Emissions Trading Scheme;...

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what plans the Government has for spending revenues raised through the auctioning of allowances from the (a) second and (b) third phase of the EU...

      EU External Trade: Israel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many proof of origin certificates HM Revenue and Customs has accepted under the 1 February 2005 technical arrangement enabling companies operating...

      Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether he has made an assessment of the effects on public houses of (a) past and (b) future increases in levels of taxes on alcohol; (2) whether...

      Excise Duties: Diesel Fuel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of receipts from duty paid on diesel by the rail industry in 2007-08.

      Excise Duties: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people paid vehicle excise duty at the pre-graduated rate in 2007-08 in respect of cars of engine size (a) 1549cc and below and (b) above...

      Financial Services Authority: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will establish an office of the Financial Services Authority in Northern Ireland.

      Fish

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 fish...

      Fruit: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the amount the Exchequer received from the Scottish fruit industry in each of the last five years.

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the relationship between speculation on futures markets and prices of crude oil and gas.

      Insurance: Unfair Practices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department proposes to take on overcharging in relation to payment protection insurance policies as reported by the Competition Commission.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the hon. Member for Walsall, North will receive a reply to his letter of 12 May regarding a constituent, reference 96705.

      Minimum Wage: Hampshire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people aged (a) under 18, (b) under 21 and (c) over 60 years were found to be paid below the minimum wage in (i) Hampshire and (ii) Southampton...

      Minimum Wage: Tamworth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many companies in Tamworth have been (a) fined and (b) required to cease trading for non-compliance with national minimum wage provisions since 2005.

      Mortgages: Repossession Orders

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many homes have been repossessed by Northern Rock since nationalisation.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many applications for exemption from business rates have been submitted to the Valuation Office Agency in each of the last five years.

      Northern Rock

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether (a) he and (b) another of the tripartite authorities has conducted an inquiry into the leak of the offer of emergency assistance to Northern Rock...

      Occupational Health: Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to (a) the economy and (b) the Exchequer of stress-related illnesses in the last year.

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) Ministers and (b) officials from his Department plan to attend the Beijing Olympic Games; to what purpose in each case; and what estimate he...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has set a date for the publication of the Government's factual paper on the Barnett Formula.

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) economic models and (b) mechanisms his Department uses to estimate the effect of average public sector pay increases on inflation.

      Public Transport: Rural Areas

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on spending on public transport in rural areas.

      Revenue and Customs: Leave

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many HM Revenue and Customs staff or call centre staff have been asked to postpone leave arrangements in the last six months; how many have agreed to do...

      Revenue and Customs: Salisbury

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when in 2009 HM Revenue and Customs' lease on Alexandra House, Salisbury terminates; whether the office will be co-located with Jobcentre Plus officials at...

      Revenue and Customs: Vacancies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in which HM Revenue and Customs operational areas in Wales there are staff shortages, broken down by role.

      Smuggling: Wildlife

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many products made from endangered wildlife sources have been seized by HM Revenue and Customs in 2008 to date.

      Stamp Duty Land Tax: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many dwellings in (a) Leeds Metropolitan District and (b) Leeds West constituency have been subject to stamp duty tax relief on zero carbon homes.

      Taxation: Aviation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made for benchmarking purposes of levels of taxes on passengers and flights in other European Union member states.

      Taxation: Aviation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made for benchmarking purposes of aviation taxation systems in other European Union member states which generate revenue other...

      Taxation: Aviation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent studies he has commissioned on the economic effects of aviation duty on the aviation industry.

      Taxation: Aviation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent studies he has commissioned to evaluate the effect of UK aviation taxation on UK businesses competing with other businesses in Europe and globally.

      Taxation: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many compliance enquiries following the receipt of a P810 form were carried out in Wales in each of the last five years.

      Taxation: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate HM Revenue and Customs has made of the loss of revenue to the Exchequer arising from (a) unprocessed and (b) destroyed P810 forms in each of...

      Taxation: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many P810 forms have been received from people resident in Wales in each month of the last five years; on how many of these forms action has not been...

      Valuation Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 14 May 2008, Official Report, column 1629W, on the Valuation Office, how many households in England received a visit from a...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which HM Revenue and Customs enquiry centres are piloting the face to face interviews in working tax credit take-up.

      Working Tax Credit: Halifax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Halifax received working tax credit in 2007-08.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to answer Questions (a) 208270, (b) 208268, (c) 208271 and (d) 208269 on vehicle excise duty, tabled by the hon. Member for Putney on 30...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Aggregates Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to reach conclusions following his Department's aggregates levy consultation; and whether he plans to publish...

    • Agriculture: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of foreign workers participating in the seasonal farm workers scheme in each of the...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to make the Single Farm Payment for 2007 to the constituent of the hon. Member for West Worcestershire, Mr....

      Animal Welfare: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills on the sharing of funding for...

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding his Department provided to (a) the National Bee Unit and (b) the Bee Inspectorate in 2001-02.

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent by his Department on bee health research in each of the last 10 years.

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much per annum is contributed to the agricultural economy by the honey bee sector.

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of recent trends in the honey bee population in England.

      Bees: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the threat of the Varroa mite to the honey bee population.

      Bees: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent studies he has commissioned on tackling the Varroa mite.

      Bees: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of exotic threats to the honey bee population, with particular reference to the small hive...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department has commissioned on the role of maize and trace element deficiency in the spread of M.bovis.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the cattle testing regime in preventing cattle-to-cattle transmission of...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimates he has made of the number of cattle likely to be slaughtered under the bovine tuberculosis regime in the next...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the Statement of 7 July 2008, Official Report, columns 1157-8, on bovine TB, if he will publish the evidence...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will give a breakdown of his Department's expenditure on bovine tuberculosis expenditure in 2007-08 by main budget...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) under what budget heading expenditure on vaccination against bovine tuberculosis will be incurred over the next three...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what cost-benefit analysis his Department has undertaken of pre-movement testing of cattle.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the statement in the Climate Change Bill Committee of 3 July 2008, Official Report, column 252, by the Minister...

      Climate Change: Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to his Department's press release of 19th May 2008, how much the Regional Climate Change Partnerships received...

      Departmental Marketing

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of staff of his Department and its agencies did not receive the maximum bonus possible under a bonus scheme...

      Departmental Sick Leave

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

      Domestic Wastes: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many local authorities have installed (a) bin weighing technology and (b) RFID chips in household bins, according to...

      Domestic Wastes: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment of the effectiveness of bin weighing technology was undertaken as part of his Department's evaluation of the...

      Domestic Wastes: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will place in the Library copies of the household waste incentive pilot scheme reports for the pilots conducted in (a)...

      Domestic Wastes: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his Department's policy is on the use of commingled collections of household waste.

      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 provided to waste collection...

      Electronic Equipment: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the quantity of UK electronic waste exported outside the EU which has been (a)...

      Electronic Equipment: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many UK companies have been fined under the transfrontier shipment of waste regulations for illegally exporting...

      Fish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural 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...

      Fly Tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many fly-tipping incidents were reported in England in 2007-08 according to the Flycapture database; what estimate he has...

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much was spent by his Department on (a) food and (b) food of British origin in each of the last five years; (2)...

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to develop a comprehensive food policy; and if he will include in the policy measures to reduce (a) food...

      Green Belt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations Natural England has made to his Department on Green Belt (i) designation and (ii) protection.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government on (a)...

      Insulation: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the rate of natural leakage of ozone-depleting substances from plastic foam insulation.

      Joint Waste Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs under what circumstances a local authority which joins a Joint Waste Authority (JWA) will be permitted to leave the JWA...

      Metals: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to reduce the amount of scrap metal exported from the UK; what discussions he has had with colleagues...

      Microgeneration: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason the permitted noise level from domestic microgeneration equipment has been set at a level five decibels...

      Nappies: 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 Environment Agency's research report, WR0705-Updated Lifecycle Study on...

      Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to publish a noise strategy for England.

      Noise: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what remedies are available to people disturbed by persistent amplified noise in public places made (a) in the cause...

      Pandas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many giant pandas have been presented by the Government of China to the UK Government since 1979; and if he will make a...

      Pandas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he has taken to encourage the breeding of giant pandas in English zoos; and if he will make a statement.

      Pandas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of China on its export of giant pandas; and if he will make a statement.

      Pigs: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will meet representatives of the British pig industry to discuss the animal welfare standards adhered to by pig breeders.

      Ports: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent meetings he has had with officials and Ministers from the French Government on blockades at ports and port security.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average rejection rate of recycled materials at material recycling facilities was in the latest period for which...

      River Thames: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs under what legislation (a) passenger and (b) freight traffic on the River Thames is regulated; what (i) statutory...

      Royal Agricultural Society

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Royal Agricultural Society of England on (a) its future and (b) the future of the...

      Rural Areas: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will discuss with colleagues in the Department for Communities and Local Government means of altering planning...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will place in the Library a list of the sources for fly-tipping and waste placed out which informed the most recent...

      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 research commissioned by his Department and the Environment Agency from ENCAMS...

      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 Low Participation Areas—Effective Communications Planning guidance...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many civic amenity sites each waste authority in England provides.

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what guidance (a) his Department and (b) the Waste and Resources Action Programme has provided to waste collection...

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what powers waste collection authorities have to charge (a) domestic households and (b) waste producers classified by...

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what penalties may be imposed on householders for non-payment of charges for the delivery of waste receptacles.

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether householders resident in areas serviced by a waste collection authority which charges for the provision of waste...

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many local authorities have expressed an interest in levying charges for the collection of household waste; and how many...

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the maximum penalty is that may be levied against a household for non-payment of charges for the collection of household...

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects the pilots for the new charges for the collection of household rubbish to begin.

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the gross costs to (a) his Department and (b) participating local authorities of the pilots...

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how long the pilot schemes for the new charges for the collection of household rubbish are expected to last.

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department has spent to date on (a) planning, (b) piloting, (c) consultancy, (d) publicity and (e) research...

      Water: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the independent review of water charges and tariffs announced in the Future Water Strategy will commence; who will lead...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to reply to question 206802, tabled by the hon. Member for Havant on 25 May 2008, on apprenticeships in his...

  • Prime Minister

    • Departmental Sick Pay

      To ask the Prime Minister how much sick pay to staff in his office cost in the last five years for which figures are available.

    • Intelligence Services

      To ask the Prime Minister what reports he has made to the Cabinet Secretary to ensure that any intelligence material put in the public domain should be properly verified and validated; when he...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Arm's Length Management Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) arm's length management organisations (ALMOs) there are; and how many houses each ALMO manages.

    • Arm's Length Management Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what regard a local authority must have to views of tenants before termination of an arm's length management organisation; and...

      Arm's Length Management Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance she issues to local authorities on the termination of arm's length management organisations, with particular...

      Arm's Length Management Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether Decent Homes funding allocated to an arm's length management organisation is automatically switched to an alternative...

      Batteries: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities offer recycling facilities for (a) batteries, (b) light bulbs and (c) energy-saving light bulbs.

      Carbon Emissions: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what estimate she has made of the average building carbon dioxide emission per square metre of floor area in each year...

      Central-Local Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) on what dates the Central-Local Partnership has met since December 2007; and what arrangements have been made for regular...

      Community Development: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether voluntary organisations and other third sector bodies in Wales will have access to the Empowerment Fund announced at...

      Council Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people have been registered as council tenants in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans are under consideration by her Department for the reform of council tax.

      Council Tax: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the Government's policy is on the application of council tax to empty industrial and commercial properties.

      Council Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made on her plans to reform council tax bands; what steps she plans to take on such reform in the next 12...

      Council Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of properties there were in each band in each council tax collection authority in England on 1...

      Departmental Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on how many occasions her Department and its predecessors instructed the Treasury Solicitor to seek leave to appeal to the House...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what account her Department takes of the level of energy efficiency of buildings before entering into agreements to (a) rent...

      Departmental Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the 10 highest payments made by her Department were under property compensation cases brought against it over the last 12...

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) which make and model of car the Minister for Housing has chosen as her ministerial car to be provided by the Government...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was claimed in reimbursable expenses by special advisers in her Department in each of the last 10 years.

      Derelict Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effects on her programme to develop brownfield land of the loss in value of land banks...

      Economic Partnership Agreements: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she will respond to the application by the Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole economic partnership to run a pilot multi-area...

      Emergency Services: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) on what date the Tri-service centre at Quedgeley, Gloucestershire was opened; what the cost was of construction and other...

      European Charter of Regional Self-Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 7 July 2008, Official Report, column 1356W, on the European Charter of Regional Self-Government, when...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which fire services (a) own and (b) operate a helicopter.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what research she has commissioned into the effectiveness of fire service helicopters in (a) urban and (b) rural areas.

      Flats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of new build dwellings were flats in each year since 1996-97.

      Floods: Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 10 June 2008, Official Report, columns 140-1W, on floods: Hull, what Bellwin payments were made to...

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions she has had with insurers on areas adversely affected by the 2007 floods.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many capital grants her Department has awarded under the Places of Change Programme.

      Homelessness: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of homeless people in London in each of the last five years; what measures she plans to...

      Homelessness: Northampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consideration her Department has given to the conversion of Robinson House, Northampton under the Places of Change programme.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people are on social housing waiting lists in each region.

      Housing: Bournemouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new dwellings were built in Bournemouth in each of the last 10 years.

      Housing: Migration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 9 May 2008, Official Report, column 1206W, on housing: migration, what research she has (a)...

      Housing: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of families living in overcrowded conditions in each London borough in each of the last...

      Housing: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will develop policies to ensure exclusive provision to the local population of housing supply in remote rural locations;...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 3 July 2008, Official Report, columns 1062-3W, on housing: standards, what estimate she has made of...

      Housing: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the potential contribution of high energy efficiency pumps for (a) central heating, (b) air...

      Lighting: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance she has given to local authorities on providing recycling facilities for energy-saving light bulbs.

      Local Authorities: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities operate choice-based letting schemes that include private rented housing options; and if she will make a...

      Local Authority Business Growth Incentives Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authorities have funded social enterprise under the local authority business growth incentive scheme.

      Local Government Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the operation of the central-local concordat; what progress she has made with the Local...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what changes there have been to the mechanisms for the allocation of money from central government to local government since 1997-98.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what changes there have been to the measurement of deprivation for the purposes of allocation of funding from central government...

      Local Government: Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities received a capitalisation direction for equal pay in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08; and what the (i)...

      Local Government: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to create a unitary authority for Gloucestershire.

      Local Government: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate she has made of the (a) transition costs and (b) effect on long-term costs anticipated to arise from the...

      Local Government: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions she has had with local authorities on the use of funds released by the creation of unitary authorities.

      Local Government: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has for a further round of local government re-organisation; and if she will make a statement.

      London Assembly: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the running costs of the Greater London Assembly were in each year since its creation; (2) what the cost of the...

      McKinsey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 3 April 2008, Official Report, column 1250W, on departmental contracts, what the function and purpose...

      Migration Impact Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she plans to publish the minutes of the Migration Impact Forum held on 21 May 2008.

      Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if her Department will publish (a) the findings of the research it has commissioned into houses in multiple occupation (HMOs)...

      Personal Care Services: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what provisions there are for local authorities outside London to license establishments carrying out (a) botox treatment, (b)...

      Personal Injury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the highest 10 payments made by her Department in settlement of personal injury claims brought against it were over the...

      Places of Change Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many capital grants her Department has awarded under the Places of Change programme and subsequently rescinded following...

      Planning: Recreation Spaces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will require local authorities to publish an audit of their compliance with Planning and Policy Guidance 17.

      Regional Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to consult the devolved administrations on the proposed European Charter for Regional Democracy.

      Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate her Department has made of the average (a) age of tenant and (b) length of tenure of those living in the private...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people are awaiting social housing in (a) Chorley, (b) the rest of the North West region and (c) England.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average social rent is in each region for (a) one bedroom, (b) two bedroom, (c) three bedroom and (d) four bedroom...

      Social Rented Housing: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 16 May 2008, Official Report, column 1800W, on social rented housing: foreigners, if she will break...

      Trees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consideration she has given to reinstating the annual condition survey for amenity trees.

      United Nations Human Settlements Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Government has taken to discuss the United Nations Human Settlements Programme guidelines on decentralisation and...

      Waste Disposal: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of the budget of each local authority was spent on the disposal of household and commercial rubbish in each of...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • 10 Downing Street: Catering

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will place in the Library copies of the menus, including prices, for the 10 Downing Street canteen from 30 June to 4 July 2008.

    • Departmental Land

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which areas of land are held for development by the Duchy of Lancaster as outlined on page 20 of its 2007 report and accounts.

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which make and model of car he has chosen as his ministerial car to be provided by the Government Car and Despatch Agency.

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on what date and for what reason the Duchy of Lancaster staff pension final salary scheme was closed to new entrants.

      Departmental Research

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what proportion of his Department's budget was used for research within its areas of responsibility in each of the last 10 years.

      Fish

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster 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...

      Non-profit Making Associations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what (a) programmes and (b) support he provides for the promotion and development of social enterprise.

      Non-profit Making Associations: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's funding of black and minority ethnic social enterprise.

      Non-profit Making Associations: Trade Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what recent discussions he has had with trades unions on the role of social enterprise in public service delivery.

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much the Duchy of Lancaster received from the Rural Payments Agency in the last financial year for which figures are available.

      Smith Institute

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) on what date the Charity Commission began its current investigation into the Smith Institute; (2) how many complaints the Charity Commission...

      Trade Unions: Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will amend the text on www.direct.gov.uk in the sections entitled Introduction to Trade Unions and Your Right to Join (or Not to Join) a...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Annual Leave

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to the answer of 8 July 2008, Official Report, columns 1452-53W, on annual leave, on what basis the...

    • Portcullis House: Energy

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what estimate he has made of the energy efficiency of Portcullis House in each of the last five years; and if...

  • International Development

    • Africa: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what practical assistance his Department has provided to countries in Africa to mitigate the adverse effects of rising energy prices.

    • Burma: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what response his Department is making to the humanitarian situation in Chin State, western Burma.

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many and what percentage of staff in his Department have had more than two periods of sickness of less than five days in each of...

      Developing Countries: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent estimate he has made of long-term trends in the price of food in developing countries; what assessment he has made of the...

      Diplomatic Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's 10 highest-staffed missions abroad are; and how many (a) UK-based and (b) locally-engaged personnel are...

      Home Information Packs

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

      Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 1 July 2008, Official Report, column 762W, on languages, how many of his departmental staff have received...

      Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 15 July 2008, Official Report, column 318W, on languages, how many (a) Pashto and (b) Dari speakers there...

      Pakistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development to what (a) regions and (b) projects the new UK development assistance to border areas in Pakistan will be allocated; and what...

  • Women and Equality

    • Departmental Research

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what proportion of the Government Equalities Office's budget has been spent on research since its inception.

    • Departmental Waste

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps the Government Equalities Office has taken since its establishment to reduce the volume of waste produced by it and sent to landfill.

      Single Equality Bill: Draft

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality when she plans to publish the draft Single Equality Bill; and what work has been done on the key principles of the Bill prior to discussion in Cabinet.

  • Leader of the House

    • Abortion: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Leader of the House (1) what (a) representations she has received and (b) discussions she has had since January 2008 with hon. and right hon. Members wishing to introduce an...

    • Departmental Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Leader of the House (1) what measures are in place in her Office to monitor expenditure on alcohol for hospitality purposes; (2) what purchasing process is used by her Office for...

      Departmental Paper

      To ask the Leader of the House what percentage of paper used (a) for photocopying and (b) in printed publications by her Office was from recycled sources in each of the last two years.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Leader of the House what her Office's policy is on requesting discounts from its suppliers in return for swift payment of invoices.

      Departmental Public Buildings

      To ask the Leader of the House which organisations have received (a) free and (b) discounted room hire from (i) her Office and (ii) its agencies in each of the last five years; and what the...

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Leader of the House if she will list (a) the reviews and (b) public consultations initiated by her Department since 27 June 2007.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Leader of the House which projects her Office has commissioned from (a) think tanks and (b) charities in each of the last two years for which figures are available; what the aim of...

      Disabled

      To ask the Leader of the House how many and what proportion of staff in her Office are disabled; and what the average salary in her Office is of (a) full-time disabled staff, (b) full-time...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Appeals

      To ask the Solicitor-General when she plans to answer Question 214873, on applications for leave to appeal, tabled on 25 June 2008.

    • Appeals: Central Government

      To ask the Solicitor-General pursuant to the answer of 21 May 2008, Official Report, column 352W, on appeals: central Government, which departments the Treasury Solicitor's Department represents...

      BAE Systems

      To ask the Solicitor-General what progress the Serious Fraud Office has made in its investigations into allegations against BAe Systems; and if she will make a statement.

      Departmental Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Solicitor-General what measures are in place in the Attorney-General's Office to monitor expenditure on alcohol for hospitality purposes.

      Departmental Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Solicitor-General what purchasing process is used by the Law Officers' Departments for the procurement of alcohol for hospitality purposes.

      Departmental Public Buildings

      To ask the Solicitor-General which organisations have received (a) free and (b) discounted room hire from the Attorney-General's Office in each of the last five years; and what the commercial...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many working days have been lost due to sickness amongst employees for which the Law Officers Department is responsible in each year since 1997.

      Lost Working Days

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many working days have been lost due to industrial action by employees for which the Law Officer's Department is responsible in each year since 1997.

      Prosecutions: Hunting Act

      To ask the Solicitor-General what training on the provisions of the Hunting Act 2004 staff of the Crown Prosecution Service receives.

      Serious Fraud Office: Manpower

      To ask the Solicitor-General what proportion of Serious Fraud Office staff are (a) lawyers, (b) accountants and (c) police officers; and what the equivalent numbers were on 31 December 2007.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts: Leicester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many projects and organisations in Leicester have received Arts Council funding in the last 12 months.

    • Arts: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent by publicly-funded bodies for which his Department is responsible on the promotion of Welsh culture overseas, in each...

      Betting Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many betting shops in each region have been visited as part of the Gambling Commission Annual Visit Programme since September 2007;...

      Cultural Relations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding his Department plans to provide to the Connections through Culture initiative in the next three years.

      Departmental Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what measures are in place in his Department to monitor expenditure on alcohol for hospitality purposes.

      Departmental Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what purchasing process is used by his Department for the procurement of alcohol for hospitality purposes.

      Departmental Official Cars

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

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his Department's policy is on requesting discounts from its suppliers in return for swift payment of invoices.

      Departmental Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many employees of his Department have been asked to retire on reaching 65 years of age in each year since 2000.

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) Wales, (d) Scotland and (e) Northern Ireland (i) was covered by a minimum...

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number and distribution of households expected to be unable to receive a television signal, either via...

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent estimate has been made of the number of households which have switched over to digital television in (a) Forest of Dean...

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment has been made of the effect of recent changes in the cost of living and disposable household income on...

      Digital Radio Working Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will publish the evidence the Independent Digital Radio Working Group considered in preparation of its interim report.

      Digital Switchover Help Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent estimate has been made of the number of (a) people aged over 75 and (b) disabled people who have taken advantage of the...

      Digital Switchover Help Scheme: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what restrictions there are on the use by stakeholders involved with the delivery of the Digital Switchover Help Scheme of personal data...

      Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many and what proportion of staff in (a) his Department and (b) the executive agencies for which he is responsible are disabled;...

      Festivals and Special Occasions: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many requests his Department received for funding to be allocated to the promotion and celebration of specific celebratory days in 2007.

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to his Department's press release 131/04, on the publication of the Gambling Bill, how many mystery shopper surveys the...

      Gambling: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent research his Department has commissioned into levels of gambling amongst young people aged (a) between 16 and 18 and (b)...

      Government Olympic Executive: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent on staffing for the Government Olympic Executive in each year since 2004.

      Sports: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the benefits for children and young people of participation in...

      Television: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the revenue generated from product placement on ITV in the last 12 months.

      Television: Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) if he will discuss with those involved in the production of entertainment media the possible relationship between the on-screen...

      UNESCO Convention on Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the cultural effects of ratification of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which make and model of car he has chosen as his ministerial car to be provided by the Government Car and Despatch Agency.

    • Funding: Energy Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how much funding his Department has provided through the Technology Strategy Board for projects relating to (a) energy...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what options, other than reducing funding on students studying for an equivalent or lower qualification, were presented by...

      Maize Production in Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment his Department made of the accuracy of the statement by the Chief Scientific Adviser broadcast on 27 November...

      Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the sterling value of the UK space industry was in (a) 1998 and (b) 2007.

      Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of the global market for space products and satellite-enabled services he estimates will be provided by UK...

      Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the British National Space Centre's UK Civil Space Strategy in...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much was repaid to graduates who (a) were paying off their loans and (b) had paid off their loans as a result of...

      Trade Associations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills when his Department plans to publish the results of the consultation on the introduction of representative actions for trade...

      Universities: Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the use that (a) international and (b) disabled students make of post office branches...

  • Health

    • Colorectal Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many patients screened were found to have bowel cancer in each month since the start of the NHS bowel cancer screening programme, broken down by...

    • Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people resident in registered care homes for the elderly in (a) Ribble Valley constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c) England and Wales had...

      Dementia: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps the Government have taken to improve NHS healthcare services for dementia sufferers.

      Dental Services: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were waiting for NHS dental treatment in Plymouth Primary Care Trust area in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he...

      Departmental Buildings

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

      Departmental Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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.

      Depression: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the relationship between dark evenings and depression in the elderly.

      Depressive Illnesses: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps the Government has taken to improve treatment for people with depression.

      Epilepsy: Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that every school pupil with epilepsy has an individual education plan.

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the establishment of a local better regulation office on the work of the Food Standards Agency.

      Game: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many full-time equivalent staff are employed by the Food Standards Agency in the licensing of establishments processing wild game; (2) how many...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what support his Department makes available to general practitioner practices to support a transition to practice-based commissioning.

      Health Services: Non-profit Making Associations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which primary care trusts which have commissioned clinical services from groups of former NHS employees have set up as social enterprise companies or...

      Health Services: Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many young people in (a) Ashfield and (b) Huntercombe young offender institution were transferred to St. Andrew's hospital, Northampton in each year...

      Health Services: Private Sector

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

      Hospital Beds: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many assessment and treatment beds were commissioned for young people in each year since 2000.

      Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many hospitals (a) opened and (b) closed in each primary care trust area between 2002-03 and 2007-08; (2) how many hospitals (a) opened and...

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department has taken to consult primary care trusts to ensure they have sufficient staff to meet the 18-week waiting time commitment;...

      Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been hospitalised following injuries caused by (a) seagulls, (b) pigeons, (c) rats and (d) other pests in each of the last five years.

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the number of people with learning disabilities; what assessment he has made of the age distribution of such people;...

      Mental Health Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to introduce a compulsory kitemark system of accreditation for all in-patient psychiatric wards.

      Muscular Dystrophy: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children have been diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy in (a) Lancashire and (b) nationally in each of the last five years.

      NHS Treatment Centres: Christchurch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18 February 2008, Official Report, column 300W, on NHS treatment centres: Christchurch, when he expects the former NHS health...

      NHS: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will take steps to ensure that lesbian, gay and bisexual people are not discriminated against in the delivery of NHS services; (2) what steps...

      NHS: Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in the (a) current and (b) planned initiatives announced by the NHS Information Centre in its presentation to the Inaugural...

      NHS: Managers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's accounting guidelines are on the declaration of the pay received during the tenure of acting chief executives of NHS trusts who were...

      NHS: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions since 2001 the breach of a contract between NHS organisation and a private sector provider of clinical services has been referred to...

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the Ministerial responsibilities are of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, Lord Darzi, following publication of the NHS Next...

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what EU healthcare benchmarks he takes into account when assessing the National Health Service as a provider of health care.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government plans to take to address health-related problems due to obesity.

      Occupational Therapy: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many fully qualified occupational therapists have been employed by the NHS in each year since 2002.

      Osteoporosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress is being made in including monitoring for osteoporosis within the Quality and Outcomes Framework.

      Physiotherapy: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many fully qualified physiotherapists have been employed by the NHS in each year since 2002.

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to begin his consultation on prescription charges and exemptions; and whether that consultation will include the question of whether asthma...

      Speech Therapy: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many fully qualified speech therapists have been employed by the NHS in each year since 2002.

      Surrey Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the membership of Surrey primary care trust's exceptional cases panel is; (2) what criteria are used by Surrey primary care trust's...

      Transsexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the provision of (a) transgender procedures and (b) gender reassignment; and what direction he gives to NHS trusts on the matter.

      Transsexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost of a complete gender reassignment is; and if he will make a statement.

  • Defence

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the security situation in Iraq.

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on troop numbers in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his plans are for drawing down British forces in Iraq in 2008.

      Service Personnel: Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on arrangements for the payment of benefits for service personnel.

      Service Personnel: Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent steps his Department has taken to improve the standard of accommodation provided for armed forces personnel.

      Defence Maritime Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to implement the defence maritime strategy.

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the provision of helicopters for operational service in Afghanistan.

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will increase the number of helicopters available for the use of UK troops in Afghanistan.

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many future medium helicopters his Department plans to order; and when they are due to enter service.

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has to extend the operational service life of the Puma HC1 helicopters beyond 2012-13.

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many search and rescue helicopters his Department plans to order in the next 10 years.

      Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress is being made on the regional pilots to improve mental health care for veterans.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.

      Combined Cadet Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what support his Department gives to the combined cadet force to increase its membership.

      Royal Army Medical Corps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what pinch-points he has identified within the Royal Army Medical Corps.

      IT Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the performance of the ATLAS consortium in delivering the contract to network the IT systems of his Department and...

      Departmental Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the total cost overrun on projects sponsored by his Department which are under construction.

      Armed Forces: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many injuries to personnel have been sustained in transit as a result of (a) collisions and (b) other accidents in Snatch Landrovers since 2003.

      Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what funding his Department has allocated to the (a) army cadet force, (b) air training corps and (c) sea cadet corps for 2009-10.

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK personnel are deployed on operations at each location.

      Armed Forces: Eyesight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) opticians, (b) ophthalmists and (c) other eye specialists there are among defence medical personnel.

      Armed Forces: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of the increase in his Department's expenditure on fuel costs in the last 12 months has arisen as a result of (a) an increase in unit...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's estimate is of the number of television sets installed in (a) single living and (b) service family accommodation in the UK.

      Armed Forces: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many civil actions have been brought against his Department relating to illnesses and injuries sustained (a) on operations abroad and (b) whilst...

      Armed Forces: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress his Department made towards the target for the provision of wireless internet facilities for the Armed Forces by Easter 2008.

      Armed Forces: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate (a) the number and (b) the proportion of the population which has served at any time in the armed forces.

      Armed Forces: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which regiment or battalion forms the Spearhead Land Element (SLE); whether it is fully equipped; whether the present SLE is deployed; when the future...

      Armed Forces: Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the armed forces will be competing in the forthcoming Olympic games in China.

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) value of unclaimed armed forces' preserved pensions; and what steps he has taken to reconcile armed...

      Defence Medical Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the (a) required and (b) actual complement is of each medical personnel type in each branch of the armed forces of the Defence Medical...

      Departmental Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures are in place in his Department to monitor expenditure on alcohol for hospitality purposes.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what proportion of residential properties owned by his Department are vacant, broken down by county.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what proportion of staff in his Department received bonus payments in 2007-08; what the total amount of bonuses paid was; what the largest...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what bonus was awarded to his Department's permanent under secretary in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much expenditure his Department has incurred on the (a) Long Service Advance of Pay, (b) New Build HomeBuy, (c) Open Market Homebuy, (d) English...

      Departmental Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of his Department's budget was used for research within its areas of responsibility in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Sick Leave

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

      Departmental Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which trades unions represent members of staff in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies.

      Hydrographic Meteorological and Oceanographic Training Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Royal Naval personnel and (b) civilian staff are employed by the Hydrographic, Meteorological and Oceanographic Training Group.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Snatch Landrovers have been blown up in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan since 2003; and what the date of each incident was.

      Lost Working Days

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

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many break-ins were reported at UK military facilities in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Navy, Army and Air Force Institute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the (a) turnover and (b) profit of Navy, Army and Air Force Institute, Germany was in each year since 2005; (2) if he will place in the...

      Trident: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of civilian jobs in Scotland dependent on the Trident programme; what the locations are of those jobs; and how...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Backdated Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment his Department has made (1) of the effect on levels of (a) child poverty and (b) pensioner poverty of the Department's...

    • Carers' Allowances: Darlington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received carer's allowance in Darlington constituency in each of the last five years.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the hon. Member for West Lancashire's constituent Miss Lorraine Preston's claim for child maintenance payments will be resolved by the...

      Departmental Buildings

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

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff in his Department and its agencies have been (a) dismissed and (b) disciplined for their conduct in the last two years.

      Departmental Furniture

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

      Departmental Orders and Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many statutory instruments have been (a) made and (b) revoked by Ministers in his Department and its predecessor since 1997.

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2008, Official Report, column 732W, on departmental public participation, what the cost was of each project...

      Departmental Responsibilities

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

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of Parliamentary questions for answer on a named day to his Department received a (a) holding and (b)...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many written questions to his Department had not received an answer as at 25 February 2008 for (a) between two and four, (b) between four...

      Disability Discrimination Act 2005

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what guidance on reasonable adjustments for people with mental health conditions he has issued to assist organisations in complying with...

      Disabled: Respite Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to paragraph 3.11 of the paper, Carers at the heart of 21st-century families and communities, how much of the £150 million...

      Equality 2025

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 1 July 2008, Official Report, column 818W, on Equality 2025, how much of the expenditure was (a) capital and (b)...

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) total and (b) average amount paid out under the Financial Assistance Scheme has been in each month since it was established; and...

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what legal costs have been incurred by his Department in relation to the Financial Assistance Scheme in each month since the scheme was...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was paid in housing benefit in the UK in each of the last three years.

      Incapacity Benefit: Bedfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many incapacity benefit claimants there were in South West Bedfordshire constituency in November 2007.

      Incapacity Benefit: Tamworth

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

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the estimated additional annual costs (1) of allowing the pension credit assessed income period to continue automatically after the age...

      Pension Credit: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost saving from the proposed reduction in the maximum period for claiming backdated pension credit from 12 to...

      Pension Credit: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 26 November 2007, Official Report, column 138W, on pension credit: overpayments, if he will break down (a) how much...

      Personal Accounts: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received from representatives of the small business sector on the introduction of personal accounts in 2012.

      Rented Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff worked for the Rent Service (a) at the most recent date for which figures are available and (b) in 1997.

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2008, Official Report, column 740W, on social security benefits: fraud, how many people (a) received a...

      Winter Fuel Payments: Halifax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Halifax received the winter fuel allowance in 2007-08.

      Young People: Mothers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of (a) the proportion of teenage mothers who receive benefits and (b) the proportion of benefits payments that are...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British police officers are to be deployed with EUPOL Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.

    • Aghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British police officers were stationed in Kabul at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Aghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which Government Departments he (a) consulted and (b) involved in the decision to authorise the deployment of British police...

      Ballistic Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which countries have made their annual declaration to the Hague Code of Conduct against ballistic missile proliferation for (a)...

      China: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the deportation from China of the British citizen Dechen Pemba.

      China: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps the Government have taken to encourage the Chinese government to promote and protect the human rights of the...

      Departmental Information Officers

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

      Diplomatic Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the cost of employing a full-time overseas security officer (a) as an employee of his Department...

      Diplomatic Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the cost of the Control Risks contract for the provision of overseas security officers in each year...

      Ethiopia: Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will hold discussions with the Government of Eritrea on incursions into the international demilitarised area in the border...

      Iran: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff were employed in the British embassy in Tehran on (a) 30 June 2007 and (b) 30 June 2008, broken down by...

      Iran: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 24 June 2008, Official Report, columns 147-48W, on Iran (nuclear programme), what the evidential...

      Iran: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions the UN Security Council Committee on Iran sanctions established under UN Resolution 1737 (2006) has...

      Iran: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions the UN Security Council Committee on Iran sanctions established under UN Resolution 1737 (2006) has...

      Iran: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of breaches of UN sanctions prohibiting the supply, sale or transfer of arms or related material...

      Iran: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many written reports have been submitted to the UN Security Council following an inspection of cargoes to and from Iran in...

      Iran: Travel Restrictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many requests for exemptions from UN travel restrictions on Iran have been received by the committee established pursuant to...

      Iraq: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on (a) the provisions in the recent technical support contracts between oil multinational...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on the legal immunity of private military contractors in the successor agreement to the UN...

      Israel: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what guidance his Department has issued on the obligations of UK companies under the International Criminal Court Act 2001 in...

      Israel: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what reports he has received on UK companies buying goods from illegal Israeli settlements; (2) what representations he...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans to reply to the letter of 22 April 2008, reference M7079/8, from the honourable Member for Wycombe, forwarded from...

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the implementation of Road Map commitments by the Palestinian and Israeli governments, in respect...

      North Africa: EU External Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his French counterpart on the EU's political and economic strategy towards north Africa during...

      Qatar: Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will hold discussions with the Government of Qatar on the use of funds from Qatar by the Eritrean Government for...

      Saudi Arabia: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) his Saudi counterparts and (b) ministerial colleagues in the Department for Business,...

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the recent attacks on UN-AU peacekeepers in Darfur which resulted in the death of six peacekeepers.

      Sudan: War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the International Criminal Court on the possible citation of President al-Bashir of Sudan; and...

      Tibet: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Chinese government on reported human rights abuses against Tibetan people.

      Tibet: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government have taken to establish the extent to which human rights abuses have occurred in the Tibetan province...

      Tibet: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Chinese authorities on the systematic removal by Chinese troops of symbols of religious...

      Tibet: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Chinese authorities on the situation in occupied Tibet.

      USA: Administration of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his US counterparts on the exercise of the principle of extraterritoriality of US...

      Western Sahara: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to ensure that the UN mission to the Western Sahara monitors the human rights situation; and what...

      Western Sahara: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in negotiations at the UN on the future of the Western Sahara; and what recent representations the...

      Western Sahara: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Moroccan Government on progress towards meeting its obligations to the people of...

  • Transport

    • A1(M): Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will bring forward plans to widen the A1(M) between Welwyn and Stevenage.

    • A10: Royston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will bring forward plans for a Royston southern by-pass on the A10.

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will make it her policy to revise the carbon sustainability and reporting requirements for biofuels in respect of biodiesel from palm oil grown...

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will bring forward proposals to extend concessionary bus travel for school and college students.

      Bus Services: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the year-on-year percentage change in adult bus fares in (a) passenger transport executive areas, (b) London and (c) other areas of England was...

      Calder Valley Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans there are to introduce additional rolling stock on the Calder Valley line; and how many units are to be introduced.

      Departmental Computers

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

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

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

      Departmental Research

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

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many working days have been lost due to sickness among employees for which her Department and its predecessor were responsible for each year since 1997.

      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, Official Report, columns 399-400W, on departmental travel, if she will...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much her Department spent on taxi travel for staff in each of the last three years.

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she has had with her European colleagues on the possibility of penalty points given to foreign drivers by UK authorities being...

      Exhaust Emissions: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps have been taken to make low carbon travel a priority in (a) local transport plans, ( b) local area agreements and (c) local development...

      Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what volume of goods was transported within the UK by (a) road, (b) rail, (c) aeroplane and (d) waterway in each of the last five years.

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of taxes on fuel in decreasing car usage.

      Helicopters: Sea Rescue

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many search and rescue helicopters the Maritime Coastguard Agency plans to order in the next 10 years.

      High Speed Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when she informed Network Rail that they had to consider the possibility of introducing new high speed lines in the United Kingdom; (2) if she...

      High Speed Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the capacity which could be created on the (a) West Coast Main Line and (b) East Coast Main Line by the formation of...

      High Speed Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what meetings she has had with Network Rail to discuss high-speed rail in the last 12 months.

      High Speed Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the study being conducted by Network Rail into high-speed rail lines was commissioned by her Department.

      Highways Agency: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what income her Department received from the Highways Agency 0845 number in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2005-06.

      Lorries: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what percentage of reported motorway traffic incidents involved a heavy goods vehicle with left-hand drive in (a) 2005, (b) 2006 and...

      Motor Vehicles: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many reported deaths there were in (a) Leeds West constituency, (b) Leeds Metropolitan District and (c) Yorkshire and Humberside as a result of...

      Motor Vehicles: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what legislative changes are required to extend the target dates for the renewables transport fuel obligation.

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the effects on (a) safety and (b) access to incidents for emergency services of the opening of hard shoulders on...

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the risks to the operation of hard shoulder running on motorways arising from power failures to (a) CCTV cameras and...

      Motorways: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents have occurred on motorways since 2005.

      Railway Network: Bicycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance her Department issues to train operating companies on the carriage of bicycles on trains.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Epsom and Ewell (Chris Grayling) of 29 March 2007, Official Report, column 1694W, on...

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the Answer of 19 June 2008, Official Report, column 1066W, on railways: electrification, how many staff were engaged in this work in each...

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the effect of currency fluctuations on the cost of the Intercity Express programme.

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2008, Official Report, columns 1066-7W, on railways: finance, how much of the financial allocation for rail (a) has...

      Railways: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answers of 19 June 2008, Official Report, column 1067W, on railways: overcrowding, when her Department's formula to determine train...

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 12 June 2008, Official Report, column 405W, to the hon. Member for Chipping Barnet (Mrs. Villiers) on railways: standards,...

      Road Safety Act 2006

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects the continuous insurance enforcement body provided for in the Road Safety Act 2006 to be established.

      Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the level of road congestion in each of the last five years, broken down by constituency.

      Roads: Delays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average delay was on the (a) A23, (b) A52, (c) A158, (d) A338, (e) A35, (f) A522, (g) A243, (h) A3, (i ) A390, (j) A30, (k) A429...

      Roads: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether any Transport Innovation Fund pump priming funds are being used to promote congestion charging in Manchester; and what restrictions apply...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many new items of rolling stock have been approved by her Department for use by each train operating company in the current franchise period of each.

      Rolling Stock: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the effect of the strength of the euro on the cost of new Pendolino carriages on the West Coast Main Line.

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many proposals for the acquisition of rolling stock have been made at the informal discussion stage to her Department by train operating companies...

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the effect of changes over the last 12 months in (a) the sterling to euro exchange rate, (b) raw material costs and...

      Severn Tunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether her Department has identified any long-term structural problems in the Severn Tunnel.

      Thames River Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent progress has been made on the Thames River Crossing; and if she will make a statement.

      Thameslink: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which company manufactured, and in which country, the trains in service on Thameslink routes.

      Transport: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 16 July 2008, on roads, if she will estimate the annual change in carbon dioxide emissions that will...

      Transport: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what allocation (a) her Department and (b) the Highways Agency has made for consultancy fees, excluding technical transport related consultancy, in...

      Transport: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 8 July 2008, Official Report, column 1452W, on transport: consultants, what consultancy services are budgeted for by her...

      Transport: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 7 July 2008, Official Report, columns 1195-6W, on transport: fuels, if she will place in the Library copies of the most...

      Transport: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what spending her Department has provided to improve the transport infrastructure of West Sussex in the last 10 years.

      Transport: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to reduce traffic congestion in (a) West Sussex and (b) Mid Sussex.

      Travelling People: St. Leonards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when her Department will take steps to remove the unauthorised encampment at the Avon Heath lorry park off the A31 at St. Leonards.

      West Coast Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the consequences for the delivery to schedule of the West Coast Main Line upgrade of any failure by Network Rail to...

      West Coast Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will provide a monthly report on progress towards the 25 milestones for the West Coast Main Line upgrade agreed between the Office of Rail...

  • Justice

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prosecutions have been brought and (b) fixed penalty notices have been issued by (i) police and (ii) local authorities for (A)...

    • Bail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many suspects have been granted conditional bail in courts in England and Wales in each of the last 10 years; (2) how many suspects were...

      Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether time spent travelling to unpaid work appointments counts towards an offender's community sentence.

      Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether hours in which an offender is available to perform unpaid work but work cannot take place count towards an offender's community sentence.

      Departmental Computers

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

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many files containing information about members of the public have been lost by his Department and its predecessor in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Early Retirement

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

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the percentage of (a) white, (b) African, (c) Bangladeshi, (d) Pakistani and (e) African-Caribbean people are...

      House of Lords: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the White Paper on the reform of the House of Lords, what his working assumption is on the number of working peers appointed by the...

      Mentally Disturbed Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to ensure that the rights of victims and their families are safeguarded when a convicted person is subject to a hospital order...

      Offenders: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice in how many cases of the unexpected death of an offender while serving a custodial sentence in a prison or a young offender institution the family or...

      Offensive Weapons: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) under 19 and (b) over 18-year-olds have been convicted for illegally carrying (i) knives and (ii) other weapons in (A) 2007 and (B) 2008,...

      Offensive Weapons: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people aged (a) under 16, (b) 16 to 18 and (c) over 18 years were (i) charged, (ii) convicted and (iii) sentenced to immediate custody for...

      Offensive Weapons: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people aged (a) between 10 and 17 years, (b) between 18 and 24 years and (c) 25 years and over were (i) prosecuted and (ii) convicted of...

      Parc Prison: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what facilities there are to provide health care to young people at Parc (a) prison and (b) young offender institution.

      Personal Injury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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 which...

      Pleural Plaques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to his Department's consultation paper CP 1408 on pleural plaques, which Government department will have responsibility for any disbursement of...

      Pleural Plaques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to his Department's consultation paper CP14/08, on pleural plaques, what estimate he has made of the potential liability falling on the public...

      Police Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners (a) convicted of drugs offences, (b) assessed as requiring drug treatment and (c) undergoing drug treatment have been housed in...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders (a) began and (b) were released from an indeterminate sentence for public protection in the last month.

      Prisoner Escorts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions court authorities have not produced a defendant in court in due time in the last period for which figures are available.

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners do not have their case recorded on the NOMS pre-release section database.

      Prisoners: Mentally Ill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) adult and (b) juvenile prisoners have been diagnosed with dangerous and severe personality disorder.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which companies or employers are members of the corporate alliance working with prisons.

      Prisons: Electronic Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 9 June 2008, Official Report, column 104W, on prisons: electronic surveillance, how many covert surveillance operations...

      Prisons: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the cost per day of the food allowance for prisoners in (a) prison cells and (b) police station cells.

      Prisons: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many homicides have occurred in (a) prisons and (b) young offender institutions in England and Wales in each year since 1997.

      Prisons: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prisons and (b) young offender institutions are equipped with readily accessible and operational defibrillators; and what measures are in...

      Prisons: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which prisons employ a voluntary sector coordinator.

      UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress has been made towards the UK withdrawing its reservation to article 36(c) of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

      Volunteer Referral Order Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reason members of the Volunteer Referral Order panel are disqualified from serving in that capacity for more than six years; and if he will make...

      Young Offender Institutions: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many violent incidents involving knives and other offensive weapons occurred in (a) young offender institutions and (b) prisons in England...

      Young Offender Institutions: Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what mechanisms are in place in (a) young offender institutions and (b) prisons in England and Wales to ensure that staff invoke appropriate response...

      Young Offender Institutions: Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what protocols are invoked upon the discovery of a knife or other offensive weapon in prisons and young offender institutions in England and Wales.

      Young Offender Institutions: Speech Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what research his Department has commissioned on the effects of providing speech and language therapy in young offender institutions and secure training...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of juvenile offenders were attending school at the time of their conviction in 2007.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether responses to the Youth Justice Board's consultation exercise on the scaled approach will be published in full; (2) when the responses to...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Boilers: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps the Government have taken to protect consumers from excessive charges for replacement boilers.

    • Business: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his definition of a rural business is; and what estimate he has made of the number of rural businesses in England.

      Business: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what plans he has to reduce the level of administrative burdens on rural businesses.

      Carbon Emissions: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the UK's capacity to meet its carbon dioxide emissions reduction targets with the...

      Companies: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) to which authority Companies House refers for prosecution complaints relating to false registration of a...

      Departmental Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of (a) the number of computer devices left on overnight in his Department when not in use...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many and what percentage of staff in his Department and its predecessor have had more than two periods of sickness...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimates his Department has made of the amount of energy consumed by circulator pumps in (a) domestic and (b)...

      Environment Protection: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much additional funding the Government have committed to (a) the Clean Technology Fund and (b) the Strategic...

      EU Trade: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the value has been of imports of produce into (a) the UK and (b) the EU under the interim EU-Palestinian...

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department plans to take to encourage safe and responsible celebrations on and around Guy Fawkes Night...

      Fish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much fish was procured by his Department and at what cost in each of the last five years, broken down by species;...

      Independent Food Stores

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his latest estimate is of the change in the number of independent food stores in the last 12 months; and what...

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the number of jobs (a) safeguarded and (b) created by inward investment into the UK in...

      Post Offices: Bedfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the (a) income, (b) expenditure and (c) profitability of the (i) Linslade, (ii) Hockliffe Street, Leighton...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what consideration he has given to the provisions of section 62 of the Environment Act 1995 in respect of the...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many of the 2,500 post offices proposed for closure in May 2007 have been allowed to continue in operation.

      Post Offices: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what sanctions there are in postmasters' contracts with Post Office Limited for breaking confidentiality agreements in...

      Postal Services: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many cases of fraudulently redirected mail the Royal Mail discovered in each of the last three years for which...

      Regional Development Agencies: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which board members of each regional development agency have responsibility for rural affairs.

      Small Businesses: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) how many business start-ups took place in Bexley in each of the last three years; (2) how many business...

      Supermarkets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will appoint an independent ombudsman and draw up a code of practice to regulate trade between supermarkets and...

      Trade Unions: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much has been spent on the Trade Union Modernisation Fund in each year since its establishment.

      Utilities: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his policy is on compulsory payment of bills by direct debit; and if he will make a statement.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of GCSE results at grade A* to C were achieved by schools that have had (a) full and (b) partial refurbishment...

    • Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many Building Schools for the Future projects are planned to take place in schools which had fewer than 30 per cent. of...

      Building Schools for the Future Programme: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the expenditure which has been incurred by schools and local authorities on consultancy services...

      Children in Care: Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in care have taken part in drug trials in each of the last 10 years, broken down by pharmaceutical company involved.

      Children: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of (a) all pupils and (b) pupils eligible to receive free school meals did not attain any GCSE...

      Council for Learning Outside the Classroom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) when the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom will be established; (2) what research has been undertaken since 2004...

      Drama: Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many colleges listed drama as (a) a specialism, (b) a second specialism and (c) a combined specialism in each of the last...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much he expects his Department to spend on the education maintenance allowance in each of the next five years; and if he will...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effects of the education maintenance allowance on (a) improving retention and (b) widening...

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what comparative assessment he has made of the (a) reliability and (b) accuracy of marking of key stage 2 and key stage 3 tests...

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in Halifax did not receive their key stage 2 and 3 results on the expected date in 2008.

      Education: Travelling People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to improve education provision for gypsy and traveller communities.

      Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families for what reasons the Disability Discrimination (General Qualifications Bodies) (Relevant Qualifications, Reasonable Steps and...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils in each local authority did not gain five A* to C GCSEs including English, mathematics,...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many maintained schools offer a Chinese GCSE course; (2) how many pupils in year 11 were not entered for any GCSE...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils gained five GCSEs at A*-C including English, mathematics, science, a modern foreign language and either history or...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many maintained mainstream schools entered one or more pupils for GCSE examinations in (a) mathematics, (b) English, (c)...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many eligible pupils did not gain (1) a GCSE in mathematics in each year since 1997; (2) a GCSE in English in each year...

      Gorton Education Village

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the sources of funding are for the rebuilding of Cedar Mount School and Melland School into Gorton Education Village; and...

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) primary and (b) secondary age children took music lessons in schools outside the national curriculum in each London...

      Personal Income: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what account was taken of the parameters set by the devolution settlement in the development of the proposed powers to pass...

      Private Education: Specialised Diplomas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which independent schools sent representatives to the national conference to discuss the new diplomas.

      Schools: Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what powers local authorities have to include schools from outside their areas in their school bus pass schemes; (2) who is...

      Schools: Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) secondary and (b) primary schools have been criticised by Ofsted for having poor toilet provision in each year...

      Schools: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what progress has been made against each of the eight existing doorways in achieving the aspirational 2020 targets for...

      Secondary Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families of the cohort which began secondary school in 2003-04, how many were on the school register at the beginning of the school year in...

      Secondary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many National Challenge schools have been visited by Ministers in his Department and its predecessors in the last three...

      Secondary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which National Challenge schools achieved an improvement in their GCSE results which was greater than the national average in the...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many placements of children with special educational needs in each local authority have been appealed against in each of the...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average time was between the lodging of an appeal with a special educational needs and disability tribunal and a tribunal...

      World Book Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department took to involve schools in celebrating World Book Day in 2008.

      Wright Robinson Sports College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the sources of funding for the rebuilding of Wright Robinson Sports College in Manchester, Gorton constituency are; and what...

  • Home Department

    • Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the net financial effect of the e-borders programme on the aviation industry.

    • Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when she expects all passenger movements to utilise passenger name record data; (2) for which UK routes she expects passenger name...

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when her Department plans to launch the consultation into the Authority to Carry scheme.

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 7 July 2008, Official Report, column 1241W, on borders: personal records, when she expects the first manual phase...

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what extended functionality and services in relation to the e-borders programme have been agreed.

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what role Deloitte have played in the e-borders programme; at what cost to date; and what the full contractual cost of using Deloitte is...

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what extended functionality and services to the e-borders programme have been agreed since the contract with Raytheon began; whether the...

      Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government has taken to minimise any harmful effects arising from police questioning of victims of crime.

      Departmental Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanisms are in place in her Department to monitor expenditure on alcohol for hospitality purposes.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will place in the Library a copy of the schedule of charges levied for minor works under the Home Office facilities management...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department to which external agencies and companies personal data held by her Department has been transferred in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

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

      Departmental Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of her Department's budget was used for research within its areas of responsibility in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Secondment

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

      Departmental Waste

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

      Deportation: Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been deported to (a) Darfur and (b) Khartoum in each year since 1997.

      Domestic Violence: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Government plans to extend the domestic violence rule to include all abused women with insecure immigration status.

      Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of emergency calls were met within the target time by the Metropolitan Police in each of the last three years.

      Entry Clearances: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints the British Embassy in Tehran received on the visa application procedure in each of the last 36 months; and how many were...

      Essex Police Authority: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) operational police officers per head of population there were in Essex Police Authority in (i) 2007...

      Fish Supplies

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

      Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the percentage of foreign nationals who will be counted (a) in and (b) out of the UK under the border and...

      Heathrow Airport: Security

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

      Heathrow Airport: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Answer of 16 June 2008, Official Report, column 676W, on Heathrow Airport: security, on what date each of the flights...

      Heathrow Airport: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2008, Official Report, column 676W, on Heathrow Airport: security, on what date she was informed of each...

      Heathrow Airport: Security

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

      Home Information Packs

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

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to publish statistics on human trafficking including information from police and UK Border Agency operations that have taken...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many trafficked persons have been placed in (a) the fast track system and (b) the new asylum model since March 2007.

      Illegal Immigrants: Ostend

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of people attempting to enter the UK illegally via Ostend in the most recent period for which...

      Illegal Immigrants: Ostend

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to try to reduce the number of illegal immigrants entering the UK from Ostend via Harwich and other UK ports.

      Illegal Immigrants: Police Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance her Department has issued to local police forces on the detention of illegal immigrants.

      Immigrants: Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the numbers of skilled restaurant staff, especially chefs, who speak English to the required level, whom the...

      Immigrants: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) failed asylum seekers and (b) illegal immigrants were deported from the United Kingdom between October 2006 and October 2007.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance her Department has issued on the application of new paragraph 327B of the Immigration Rules.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if the Government will exempt from the no recourse to public funds rule persons fleeing all forms of violence who are subject to immigration...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will ensure that the Minister of State gives personal consideration to the exceptional aspects of the case of Mrs. Sara Said, the...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average waiting time was at immigration for non-EEA citizens entering the UK via London Heathrow Terminal One in the first six...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average waiting time was at immigration for non-EEA citizens entering the UK via London Gatwick South Terminal in the first six...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many educational establishments are expected to be involved as sponsors under the proposed points-based immigration system.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether a foreign international in the UK may apply to immigrate under the points-based system while remaining in the UK.

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many appeals against immigration decisions were allowed by the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal in each of the last three years; in how...

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what target time her Department sets for the issue of status documents following a determination by the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal to...

      Immigration: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children who are British citizens are in immigration detention; and for how long they have been there.

      Immigration: Latin America

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with her EU counterparts on removal of people without documents to Latin America; and if she will make a...

      Immigration: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) targets have been set, (b) guidance issued and (c) objectives determined in relation to (i) the time to be taken for processing...

      Metropolitan Police: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the percentage of Metropolitan Police officers who are (a) in uniform and (b) in plain clothes at any one time.

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether there are any exceptions to the rule which provides that a person deported from the UK having been convicted of a criminal offence...

      Office of the Surveillance Commissioners: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 23 October 2007, Official Report, column 202W, on the Office of the Surveillance Commissioners: Inspections,...

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) Ministers and (b) officials from her Department plan to attend the Beijing Olympic Games; to what purpose in each case; and...

      Personal Injury

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

      Police Cautions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many cases of (a) violence against the person, (b) sexual offences, (c) robbery, (d) burglary, (e) theft, (f) fraud and forgery,...

      Police: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of time on average (a) all officers and (b) patrol officers spent on (i) incident and (ii) non-incident related paperwork...

      Police: Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was raised from the police precept in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) each police authority in England and Wales in 1997-98; and...

      Police: Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers have received firearm injuries while on duty (a) in England and Wales and (b) broken down by police force area in...

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers in England and Wales were in post on the latest date for which figures are available, broken down by rank; and how...

      Police: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of police officers left the police service (a) within two to five years, (b) within five to 10 years and (c)...

      Police: Sight Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Metropolitan Police officers trained in firearms handling have been taken off front line duty due to vision problems or impairments...

      Police: Sight Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police recruit applications have been turned down due to vision problems or impairments in the last three years.

      Police: Stun Guns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions Taser stun guns have been (a) drawn, (b) arced as a demonstration warning, (c) applied in a drive stun and (d)...

      Police: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she has taken to support volunteers who work for the police, with particular reference to staffing police stations.

      Political Parties: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the costs were of policing the annual party political conferences in each of the last three years; and from what budget these costs were met.

      Powers of Entry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the timetable is for the review of state powers of entry into private property; (2) what the timetable is for the review of...

      Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police forces are equipped with readily available test kits to secure samples in the event of a complaint of drug rape.

      Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment she has made of the effect on (a) the Scottish fruit industry and (b) seasonal agricultural workers of changes to the...

      Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of complaints the Investigatory Powers Tribunal has upheld since it was created.

      Surveillance: Local Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance her Department has issued to local authorities on the use of surveillance and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will place in the Library a copy of the heat map produced by her Department's Office for Security and counter-terrorism showing the 30...

      Westminster City Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what projects undertaken by Westminster city council have received grant-aid funding from her Department since 1999.

      Written Questions: Administrative Delays

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to reply to question 206678 tabled by the hon. Member for Torbay on 15 May 2008, on Mr. Christian Ofori-Addo.

      Yarl's Wood Detention Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many detainees at the Yarl's Wood Detention and Removal Centre have been in detention for (a) between three and six months, (b) between...

      Yarl's Wood Detention Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department to which countries those people detained at Yarl's Wood Detention and Removal Centre who have been detained there for more than nine months...

      Young Offenders: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many re-convictions of young offenders there were in each police force area in each year since 1997; and what percentage of convictions...

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Vaccines

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why, if the European Union rules against vaccinating cattle for tuberculosis apply in practice only to the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, they are not...

    • Armed Forces: Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House the letters sent by the Royal British Legion to Sir Robert Carnwath and by the National Gulf Veterans and...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the replies by Lord Rooker on 7 July (Official Report, cols 575-6), why, if the Continent does not have bovine tuberculosis, the European Union decided...

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For which courses and qualifications they have approved or accredited the Citizenship Training School in Leyton.

      British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 14 July (WA 106), what is meant by "mutual interest"; and who takes the decision whether an issue is of "mutual...

      Civil Service: Administrative Posts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the annual employers' cost of each grade used to decide whether to create administrative posts or take on new administrative staff in (a) the Northern...

      Common Agricultural Policy: Single Farm Payment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many farmers in Essex receive single farm payments; and what proportion this represents of the total number of farmers in the county.

      Copyright

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to implement any proposals of the European Commission to extend the term of copyright protection for sound recording performers from 50 to 95 years.

      Copyright

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions have they held with the European Commission on extending the term of copyright protection for sound recording performers since the proposals...

      Copyright

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions have been held between the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills on extending the...

      Copyright

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people within the United Kingdom who currently receive royalties for sound recording performance will no longer receive royalties in the next 10 years as...

      Crime: Burglary

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many burglaries there were in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years; how many successful convictions there were; how many of those convicted were...

      Disabled People: Communication Aids

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration they have given to the recommendations in SCOPE's recent report, No Voice, No Choice: disabled people's experiences of accessing communication...

      Disabled People: Leonard Cheshire Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration they have given to the findings of Leonard Cheshire Disability's report, Up Close and Personal; and whether they will be taking any action...

      Disabled People: UN Convention

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following the decision of the House of Lords in London Borough of Lewisham v Malcolm, whether they will introduce legislation to enable the United Kingdom to...

      Equality Commission: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was meant by the conclusion "the rights dimension of the Agreement needs to be taken seriously, to ensure a common foundation of basic rights in Ireland and...

      EU: Lisbon Treaty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What costs they have incurred to date as a result of the judicial review brought by Mr Stuart Wheeler over the Lisbon treaty.

      European Union Committee: Letters to Ministers

      asked the Leader of the House: Further to her reply on 10 June (Official Report, House of Lords, col. 840), what action she has taken about two letters sent on 26 July 2007 by Lord Grenfell as...

      Family Planning: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to ensure that the Northern Ireland Assembly adheres to Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the elimination of all forms of...

      Firearms: Licensing Management System

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the results of the review of the efficiency of the interface between the National Firearms Licensing Management System and the...

      Food: Pork and Bacon

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action the Department for Work and Pensions is taking to implement the public sector food procurement initiative in respect of its purchasing of pork and...

      Food: Pork and Bacon

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action the Department for Children, Schools and Families is taking to implement the public sector food procurement initiative in respect of its purchasing of...

      Food: Pork and Bacon

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action the Ministry of Defence is taking to implement the public sector food procurement initiative in respect of its purchasing of pork and bacon; what...

      Grid Computing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their assessment of the growth of grid computing techniques and innovations in the United Kingdom compared to that in other countries; and whether they...

      Health: Biosimilars

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to ensure that, while the Parliamentary Review Health Review report on the introduction of biosimilars into clinical practice outlines...

      Health: Hepatitis B

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of the prison population has received a full course of hepatitis B vaccine.

      Health: Pain Relief

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the proposed new Care Quality Commission will consider the provision of services for the management of chronic pain in England.

      Health: Star Wards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What support they are giving to the Star Wards initiative; and whether they will be making any response to the publication Star Wards 2—The Sequel, edited by...

      Housing: Disabled Children

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration they have given to Disabled Children and Housing, published by the Council for Disabled Children at the National Children' Bureau; and what...

      Immigration: Ancestry Provisions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many Commonwealth citizens sought leave to remain in the United Kingdom under ancestry provisions in each of the past five years; and whether such applicants...

      Immigration: Employment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they will make to foreign embassies in London about (a) protecting the employment rights of domestic workers coming to the United Kingdom; and...

      Immigration: Failed Asylum Seekers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many failed asylum seekers were returned to Zimbabwe in the past three years.

      Immigration: Failed Asylum Seekers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will have a moratorium on the return of failed asylum seekers to (a) Iran, (b) Sudan, and (c) Zimbabwe.

      Immigration: Personal Information

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the United Kingdom Border Agency always discloses, when so requested by Ministers answering Parliamentary Questions, personal information about immigrants...

      Immigration: Sexuality

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For each of the years 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2007, how many people applying for asylum on the ground of fear of persecution because of their sexuality have been (a)...

      Immigration: Zimbabwe

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will give refused asylum seekers from Zimbabwe exceptional leave to remain in the United Kingdom on humanitarian grounds until it is safe for them to...

      Inquiries: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 1 July (WA 31—2) concerning the cost of inquiries in Northern Ireland, how much of the £16.75 million...

      Inquiries: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 1 July (WA 31—2) concerning the cost of inquiries in Northern Ireland, how much of the £27.39 million...

      Inquiries: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 1 July (WA 31—2) concerning the cost of inquiries in Northern Ireland, how much of the £15.62 million...

      Inquiries: Pat Finucane

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the cost to date of the public inquiry into the death of Pat Finucane.

      Jury Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will introduce legislation to remove the age limit of 70 for jury service in England and Wales.

      Justice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 25 June (WA 253) and on 9 July (WA 87), whether the Answers to the 34 Questions on human rights will...

      Northern Ireland Office: Bonuses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who assesses staff bonuses for the Northern Ireland Office and on what bases; and who assesses the payments to those who are assessing the payments.

      Northern Ireland: Bill of Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 5 February (WA 171) concerning the chairman of the Northern Ireland Bill of Rights Forum, how they knew that Mr...

      Northern Ireland: Bill of Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 5 February (WA 172—3) concerning the funding of the Northern Ireland Bill of Rights Forum, whether they will...

      Northern Ireland: Bill of Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 1 July (WA 33) concerning the number of days worked by the chair of the Northern Ireland Bill of Rights Forum,...

      Northern Ireland: Bill of Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Lord Rooker on 16 June (WA 136) and on 12 May (WA 113) concerning sponsorship paid by the Northern Ireland Office, what were the...

      Northern Ireland: Equality and Parity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: During June 2008, what promises they gave to parties in Northern Ireland concerning extra funds outside the block grant to (a) Ulster Scots language and culture,...

      Northern Ireland: Equality and Parity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How equality and parity for the two major cultures and identities in Northern Ireland are upheld.

      Northern Ireland: Equality and Parity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have received this year concerning extra funding for Irish culture and language in Northern Ireland; from whom; and what was the result.

      Northern Ireland: Former Paramilitary Weapons

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they reconcile the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 20 May (WA 180) stating that they are not in possession of any former paramilitary weapons with the...

      Northern Ireland: Murder Prosecutions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 13 May (WA 129), who calculated the disproportionate cost threshold; and what is the hourly or daily rate of the...

      Northern Ireland: National Stadium

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any conditions are attached to funding for a national stadium for Northern Ireland; and, if so, what they are.

      Pakistan: Blasphemy Laws

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made, or intend to make, to the Government of Pakistan over the alleged misuse of blasphemy laws against Hindus and Christians in...

      Pakistan: Blasphemy Laws

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made, or intend to make, to the Government of Pakistan concerning the imprisonment and welfare of the Punjabi Christian Doctor,...

      Parades: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 19 June (WA 192—3) concerning income tax payments for members of the Northern Ireland Parades Commission,...

      Parades: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 19 June (WA 192—3) concerning income tax payments for members of the Northern Ireland Parades Commission,...

      Parades: Northern Ireland

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

      Parades: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Tunnicliffe on 24 June (WA 233—4) concerning the processing of invoices by the Northern Ireland Parades Commission, as...

      Parades: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 7 July (WA 66) concerning the Northern Ireland Parades Commission's payments to consultants, on what basis the...

      Parades: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the chairman of the Northern Ireland Parades Commission was selected; after what process; how and when the job was advertised; who made the selection; and what...

      Parades: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 14 July (WA 121), who were the individuals on whom the £1,200 was spent on hospitality by the Northern Ireland...

      Parades: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 14 July (WA 120-21), who have been used as monitors by the Northern Ireland Parades Commission since its creation.

      People Trafficking: OperationPentameter 2

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many prosecutions they anticipate will be brought following the arrests made in Operation Pentameter II; and what are the main lessons learnt from that operation.

      Planning: Eco-towns

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Andrews on 1 July (WA 34), why they did not include Thurrock Council and Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council on the...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the average attendance at public meetings convened by the district policing partnerships in Northern Ireland.

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many members of the Police Service of Northern Ireland are resident outside the United Kingdom.

      Schools: Statements of Educational Need

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is (a) the average cost and (b) the average length of time undertaken to prepare a statement of educational need for children in each of the 10 districts of...

      Terrorism: Artistic Projects

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether public funding is given to artistic projects which celebrate terrorists in the process of committing suicide.

      Terrorism: Suspect U

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the technical error said to have caused the Ministry of Justice to give the media the address of terrorist suspect U after his release from custody on...

      Vaccination and Immunisation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (a) assess and (b) report the impact on National Health Service resources of their guidance for non-routine...

      Visas

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many visas were issued to citizens of the Russian Federation in each of the years 2002 to 2007; and how many have been issued in each month of 2008.

      Workers Registration Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will allow those joining the workers registration scheme to defer paying the fee of £65 until they are earning.

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