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Written answers

Monday, 15 September 2008

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Working Conditions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster further to page 52 of the Cabinet Office Annual Report 2007-08, how many new reflection rooms have been established in (a) Downing Street and (b)...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Camelot: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much additional income he expects (a) UK Sport and (b) each of the other national lottery distributors to receive as a result of...

    • Digital Broadcasting: Borders Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been made available by Digital UK to the digital outreach scheme in the Scottish Borders area; and if he will make a statement.

      Digital Switchover Help Scheme: Borders Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people are eligible for assistance under the Digital Switchover Help Scheme in the area covered by the Selkirk television...

      Fast Track

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department has paid to Fast Track for services related to the raising of £100 million in private sector sponsorship...

      Heritage Lottery Fund: Miners' Institutes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many former miners' institutes applied for Heritage Lottery Fund grants in each year since 1997; and what percentage of such...

      Historic Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding his Department provides for the upkeep of buildings relating to 20th century industrial heritage.

      Historic Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to improve and preserve buildings relating to working-class history.

      Horse Racing: Bookmakers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what meetings there have been between his Department and the Racecourse Association on racecourse bookmakers since December 2007; and if...

      Leisure: Blackpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding his Department has provided for (a) swimming pools and (b) other leisure facilities in Blackpool since 2005.

      National Lottery Promotions Unit: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the running costs of the National Lottery Promotions Unit have been in each year since its establishment; and how much and what...

      National Lottery Promotions Unit: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the (a) National Lottery Distribution Fund and (b) Olympic Lottery Distribution Fund has paid to the National Lottery...

      National Lottery: Historic Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what criteria are used to assess applications for Lottery funding for renovations to historical buildings.

      National Lottery: Historic Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Lottery funding was awarded to preserve historical buildings built (a) before 1900 and (b) after 1900 in the last 12 months.

      Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department has taken to encourage people to undertake sporting activity for at least 30 minutes a day.

      Swimming Pools: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the cost of works associated with providing all municipal swimming pools with a 30-year life.

      VisitBritain: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effect of the recent funding decisions and levels of staffing at VisitBritain on his Department's...

      World Heritage Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans he has to put forward sites to UNESCO for designation as world heritage sites.

  • Prime Minister

    • Banks

      To ask the Prime Minister what matters were discussed at his meeting with bank representatives in April 2008; what undertakings were made by (a) him and (b) the bank representatives at the...

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Prime Minister how much the most recent redesign of the No. 10 website cost.

  • Justice

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many private contractors have been granted access to personal data held by his Department in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

    • Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which projects his Department has commissioned from (a) think-tanks and (b) charities in each of the last two years for which figures are available;...

      Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his policy is on the Electoral Commission's recommendation that changes to electoral law and regulation should not be introduced or commenced within...

      Electoral Administration in the United Kingdom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the Electoral Commission's recent report "Electoral Administration in the United Kingdom".

      Magistrates Courts: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many magistrates courts have access to full Libra functionality; and when he expects all magistrates courts to have such access.

      Political Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward proposals to require trade unions to inform members and putative members of their right to opt out of the political levy prior...

      Political Parties and Elections Bill 2007-08

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what timetable he proposes for the (a) parliamentary passage of the Political Parties and Elections Bill and (b) the (i) commencement and (ii)...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make it his policy to ensure that the proposed new trigger rules on election candidates spending will not come into force until final guidance...

      Prison Service: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many senior staff in the Prison Service are from an ethnic minority background.

      Prisons: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many incidents of (a) a sexual nature other than sexual assault, (b) sexual assault, (c) violence, (d) theft and (e) other offences occurred in...

      Prisons: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 21 July 2008, Official Report, column 1247W, on prisons: mental health services, what the weekly cost is of commissioning...

      Secure Training Centres: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department plans to take in response to the recent child restraint rules court judgment; and if he will make a statement.

      Witnesses: Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the operation of the Witness Charter pilots in the 10 beacon areas.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bromine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to make a decision on the appeal relating to the Sandridge bromate contamination in Hertfordshire.

    • Carbon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the carbon price on page seven of the Financial Impact Assessment, if set at the optimal level, differs from the...

      Departmental Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what purchasing process is used by his Department for the procurement of alcohol for hospitality purposes.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his Department's policy is on improving the energy efficiency of the buildings which it (a) rents and (b) owns; what...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what account his Department takes of the level of energy efficiency of buildings before entering into agreements to (a) rent...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which organisations have received (a) free and (b) discounted room hire from (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies in...

      Departmental Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the 10 highest payments made by his Department were under property compensation cases brought against it over the last...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what IT contracts his Departments and its agencies have entered into in the last two years.

      Departmental Inquiries

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

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the change in the number of employees in his Department and its agencies has been since July 2006.

      Departmental Procurement

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

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) reviews and (b) public consultations have been initiated by his Department since 27 June 2007.

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many staff in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) the non-departmental bodies for which it has...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many and what percentage of staff in his Department have had more than two periods of sickness of less than five days in...

      Departmental Sick Leave

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

      Energy Efficiency: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to help domestic consumers on low and middle incomes to improve the energy efficiency of their homes;...

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department has taken to increase the proportion of allowances auctioned under Phase II of the Emissions...

      Flood Control: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with OFWAT on the imposition of surface drainage charges on churches, schools and hospitals.

      Flood Control: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures have been put in place to ensure that rural areas affected by floods in 2007 will receive resources and...

      Flood Control: Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much internal drainage boards in the Somerset Levels and Moors have spent on infrastructure projects for the maintenance...

      Flood Control: Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the risk of flooding in the Somerset Levels and Moors was assessed as (a) in 1987 and (b) at the latest date for which...

      Floods: River Derwent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2008, Official Report, columns 465-70W, on floods: River Derwent, what progress has been...

      Home Information Packs

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

      Morning Star

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many copies of the Morning Star publication his Department and each of its agencies subscribes to each week; and at what...

      Pets Travel Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many spot checks were carried out under the Pets Travel Scheme at ports of entry into the UK in each year since 2000; and...

      Rural Areas: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will develop policies to assist rural motorists who have no alternative to car transport in areas where petrol prices...

      Seas and Oceans: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what vessel monitoring systems data have been used in assessing the levels of fishing in proposed offshore Special Areas of...

      Seas and Oceans: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether steps to prevent fishing activity in offshore sites designated as being of UK importance must be taken under the...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Adult Education: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many adults took part in publicly-financed education courses in (a) Leeds West constituency, (b) Leeds Metropolitan...

    • Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps his Department has taken to monitor the cost of its mail services in the last 12 months.

      Economic and Monetary Union

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

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of the proportion of 16 year olds who achieved five GCSEs at grades A* to C including English and...

      Lip Reading: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of lip-reading classes were provided free to learners in each year since 2004-05; and if he will make a statement.

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what targeted information and advice his Department has given to people who drink at harmful levels, as referred to in paragraph 2.36 of his Department's...

    • Drugs: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the Pooled Drug Treatment budget for England was in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05, (c) 2005-06, (d) 2006-07 and (e) 2007-08.

      Eculizumab

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to refer the use of Eculizumab to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence for assessment.

      Health Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many additional (a) GPs and (b) other staff, broken down by type of staff, he estimates will be required to staff the new GP-led health centres.

      Health Professions: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to require the strategic health authorities to reinstate the practice of awarding return to practice bursaries for midwifery,...

      Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice he has received on the appropriateness of the incremental cost effectiveness ratio; and if he will make a statement.

      Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward proposals to abolish car parking charges at hospitals in England.

      Hypothermia: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to assist elderly people to avoid hypothermia during winter months.

      Independent Reconfiguration Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding his Department has given to the Independent Reconfiguration Panel in each of the last five years.

      Independent Reconfiguration Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the percentage of his decisions on healthcare reconfiguration that have (a) reflected and (b) rejected the view of the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will issue a direction to the transport co-ordinator of the South West Thames Retrieval Service to reply to the letters sent to her by the right...

      NHS: Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists per head of population there were in (a) Torbay and (b) England at the latest date for which figures are available.

      NHS: Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the extent to which NHS trusts employ staff on short term contracts who have left other NHS employers with substantial...

      Pharmacy: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria are being used in reviewing the operation of dispensaries in doctors' surgeries in rural areas; and what safeguards are being put in place...

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration is being given to the role of track and trace systems for tobacco products in the current consultation on the future of tobacco...

  • Transport

    • Bus Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what sources of public funding bus operators can access to support their provision of services; and against what criteria applications for payments...

    • Departmental Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which contractors her Department uses to undertake cleaning duties; and what the hourly rates of pay are for cleaners working in the Department.

      Departmental Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) cost and (b) quantity of fuel used by her Department's road vehicles was in the last 12 months.

      Heavy Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many offences of vehicle overloading by (a) overseas and (b) UK hauliers have been detected by weigh in motion sensors each quarter since their...

      Official Cars: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps have been taken to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the Government's fleet of ministerial cars; and what steps she plans to take in the...

      Official Cars: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the ministerial car fleet is subject to the standard road tax regime.

      Public Transport: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the accessibility of public transport to people with macular degeneration; what steps her Department is taking to...

      Railways: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will place in the Library a copy of the response by Passenger Focus to her Department's South Central Franchise Consultation document of May 2008.

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the cost of electrifying one mile of railway.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment her Department has made of the likely effects of using lane space for (a) hard shoulder running, (b) car share lanes and (c) tolled...

      Roads: Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent by the Highways Agency on litter collection from land for which it is the responsible authority in each of the last 10 years.

      Roads: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations she has received on the proposed congestion charge in the Greater Manchester area from organisations and residents (a) in Bolton,...

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions her Department has had with the Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership on proposals to introduce unmarked speed cameras.

      Stations: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if her Department will make an assessment of the effects on (a) the local community and (b) regeneration in the King's Cross area of Network Rail's...

      Trains: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times trains have been forced to wait for platform availability at York station in each of the last 52 weeks; what steps she is taking to...

      Transport: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the volume of carbon dioxide emissions from (a) road transport and (b) domestic aviation in each year since 1997.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department plans to take to (a) measure and (b) offset the carbon dioxide emissions caused by producing...

    • Children in Care: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in what ways he expects revised statutory guidance on looked-after children to affect the provision of healthcare assessments and...

      Children in Care: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the likely effects of new joint strategic needs assessments on the health and well-being of...

      Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he plans to issue revised guidance on the implementation of sections 10 and 11 of the Children Act 2004; what plans he has to...

      Children: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has for funding for disabled children in schools in the next three years.

      Children's Centres: Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of Sure Start Children's Centres run positive parenting programmes.

      Departmental Conferences

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

      Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will take steps to establish a strategy to tackle age discrimination and promote age equality in the provision of goods and...

      Head Teachers: Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many head teachers have left their post as a result of a stress-related illness in each of the last five years.

      Personal Records: ContractPoint Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether police forces will have access to the ContactPoint database; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the real change in spending per school child has been (a) since 1997, (b) in the last 10 years and (c) in the last five...

      Schools: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of head teachers who have left their post within six months of the completion of an Ofsted...

  • Home Department

    • Biometrics: Fingerprints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the capability of external suppliers to provide for the secure collection of fingerprint biometrics; and if...

    • Closed Circuit Television: Bolton

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much public funding has been spent on CCTV security cameras in Bolton North East since 1997.

      Criminal Records: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects the discussions between the Criminal Records Bureau and the Association of Chief Police Officers on seeking access to (a)...

      Essex Police Authority: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people employed by Essex Police Authority of each grade have (a) partial and (b) full access to data held by her Department; what...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her latest estimate is of the number of DNA samples taken and loaded onto the national DNA database since the Criminal Justice and...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the estimated one million people whose records are held on the national DNA database who have not been convicted of any crime are...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) children and (b) adults resident in Bexley had their DNA recorded on police records in each of the last five years.

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 6 June 2008, Official Report, column 999W, on the national identity register, how many contacts for verification...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department under activity-based costing analysis, what the average (a) total direct staff cost, (b) total operational support cost, (c) total...

      Police: Sirens

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will review the guidance on police siren usage (a) in urban areas and (b) at night.

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many registered (a) sex offenders and (b) paedophiles were resident in each police authority area in each of the last five years.

      Stop and Search: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the reasons for black people to be two and a half times more likely than white people to be stopped by police...

      UK Border Agency: Patrol Craft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) cutters, (b) inflatable craft and (c) other boats have been in use with (i) the UK Border Agency and (ii) other agencies...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many members of the armed forces recruited in the last five years from (a) Cumbria and (b) Copeland were killed in service in (i) Iraq and...

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much of receipts from assets sales his Department has allocated to expenditure on armed forces personnel accommodation in each of the last five years.

      Army: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of (a) all personnel and (b) officers in the army were nationals of overseas countries (A) in 1997, (B) in 2001, (C) in 2005 and (D) at...

      Army: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many non-UK citizens there were in (a) the Army excluding the Gurkhas and (b) the Gurkhas at the latest date for which figures are available; and...

      Army: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel were enlisted in the Army at the latest date for which information is available.

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the agenda is for the NATO defence ministers' meeting in London on 18 September 2008; and if he will make a statement.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the UK's policy on nuclear first use is; and if he will publish the relevant guidelines.

      Poland: Ballistic Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the Government's policy is on Poland's hosting of US missile defence facilities and Russia's position on such hosting; and if he will make a statement.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Boilers: Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many gas boilers were installed in homes in England and Wales in each year since 2004; and how many were (a) A-rated, (b)...

    • Councillors: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether councillors who are members of a joint committee with another council are required to (a) sign the code of conduct and...

      Departmental Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which companies her Department has contracts with for the provision of cleaning services; and what the hourly rate of pay is for...

      Departmental Overseas Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 21 April 2008, Official Report, column 1392W, on departmental overseas visits, which overseas...

      Eco-Towns: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department spent on the eco-town policy and its implementation in each of the last three years for which figures...

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether data gatherers for energy performance certificates, who are not domestic energy assessors, will need to be accredited...

      English Regions Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will abolish the English Regions Network.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what representations she has received on the FiReControl Project from (a) Chief Fire Officers, (b) chairs of local fire...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable for the regional fire control centres in England to be fully operational as a national network is.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she plans to publish the full business case for the FiReControl Project.

      Fire Services: Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many fire appliances there are in service in each brigade; and how many in each brigade carry (a) defibrillators and (b)...

      Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) domestic and (b) non-domestic ground source heat pump installations there are; and what percentage of dwellings...

      Heating: Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) domestic and (b) non-domestic solar thermal hot water installations to buildings there were in each year since...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effects of home information packs on the incidence of (a) gazumping and (b) gazundering in...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the maximum shelf life of each element of a commissioned home information pack is.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will take steps to ensure that building affordable family homes is a key component of delivery for development in (a)...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) councils and (b) housing associations are offering the Social HomeBuy scheme.

      Housing: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people there are on housing waiting lists in each housing authority area in Cornwall and Devon; and what percentage of...

      Local Government: Maladministration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many complaints of maladministration upheld by the Local Government Ombudsman resulted in a formal ruling that was not...

      Property Information Questionnaires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the information collected from property information questionnaires will be sorted in an electronic database.

      Property: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what forecast she has made of the likely number of residential property sales in each of the next 12 months.

      Supporting People Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was distributed via Supporting People grants to each relevant local authority in England in each of the financial years...

      Thermal Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what percentage of households with lofts installed loft insulation in each year since 2004; and what proportion of...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Bereavement Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will revise the regulations determining bereavement benefit to ensure that (a) widows and widowers are informed in writing of...

    • Care Homes: Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons those living in care homes are classified as ineligible for winter fuel payments by his Department; and if he will make a...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many (a) liability orders and (b) deduction of earnings orders have been issued by the Child Support Agency to non-resident parents...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) liability orders and (b) deduction of earnings orders have been issued by the Child Support Agency to non-resident parents in...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which organisations have received (a) free and (b) discounted room hire from (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies in each of the last...

      Departmental ICT

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

      Departmental Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of paper used (a) for photocopying and (b) in printed publications by his Department was from recycled sources in each of the...

      Departmental Written Questions

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

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of income-based claimants who will be (a) better and (b) worse off following the introduction of...

      Industrial Health and Safety: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what consideration he has given to seeking an exemption for professional paint removers should the European Commission's proposals to prohibit...

      Jobcentre Plus: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobseeker's allowance claimants there were per member of frontline staff in Jobcentre Plus and its predecessor agencies in each of the...

      New Deal Schemes: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many sanctions have been applied to claimants on each New Deal scheme during their (a) first, (b) second, (c) third and (d) fourth or...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were granted backdated pension credits going back further than three months (a) in England, (b) in London and (c) in the...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent by his Department on backdated payments of pension credit in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of pension credit claimants who will be affected by the change in the limit on backdating claims for...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the savings to his Department from changes to the backdating of pension credit from 12 to three months in each of...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of pension credit recipients received backdated payments (a) in total and (b) for a period covering (i) up to...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average sum received in backdated pension credit was (a) in total and (b) per month for pension credit recipients who received...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to his letter of 9 July to the right hon. Member for Tonbridge and Malling what (a) EU and (b) UK legislation creates a legal...

      Post Office Card Account: Sandwell

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of state benefits were paid into Post Office card accounts in Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council area in the...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what research his Department has undertaken into the relationship between alcohol pricing and problem drinking.

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what advice he has received on the compliance with (a) UK and (b) EU competition law of minimum pricing for a unit...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what research his Department has undertaken into the effects that minimum pricing of alcohol would have on people on...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many (a) domestic and (b) non-domestic biomass installations there are.

      British Wind Energy Association: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much the British Wind Energy Association received from the public purse in each of the last five years.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent discussions he has had with telecommunication providers on the delivery of broadband services to remote...

      Bromine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he last met representatives of the bromine industry.

      Business: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps he has taken to provide support for black and ethnic minority women entrepreneurs.

      Carbon Emissions: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of progress made by UK energy companies in reducing their carbon dioxide emissions.

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what discussions his Department has had with other EU Governments on development of carbon capture storage policy; and...

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department is (a) taking and (b) planning to take to encourage greater international collaboration in...

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will place in the public domain the report of the consulting engineers on the feasibility of a UK-based carbon...

      Carers: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to paragraph 3.11 in the Carers at the Heart of 21st-century families and communities report, how much of the...

      Climate Change: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how the Government plan to take forward the commitment to work through the G8 on (a) climate change...

      Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what plans he has for expenditure on clean coal technology over the next 10 years.

      Coal Fired Power Stations: Kingsnorth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what fuel oil grade will be used to fire the two 50MW gas turbines at the proposed coal-fired power station at...

      Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many companies removed from (a) the Register of Companies in England and Wales and (b) the Register of Companies...

      Companies Investigation Branch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will ask his Department's Companies Investigation Branch to enquire of liquidators Moore Stephens of...

      Companies Investigations Branch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many investigations the Companies Investigations Branch (a) began and (b) completed in each of the last 10...

      Departmental Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform 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 Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what purchasing process is used by his Department for the procurement of alcohol for hospitality purposes.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what account his Department takes of the level of energy efficiency of buildings before entering into agreements to...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much was paid to outside consultants used by his Department or its predecessor in each year since 2000.

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many (a) officials in his Department and (b) employees of (i) agencies and (ii) other bodies reporting to his...

      Departmental Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what progress his Department has made towards its diversity targets for 2008.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many of his Department's staff have access to the Department's IT infrastructure at home.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what information technology projects initiated by his Department and its predecessors have been cancelled prior to...

      Departmental Official Cars

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

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much his Department and its agencies spent on entertainment in each financial year since its establishment.

      Departmental Overtime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many hours of overtime were worked by staff in each pay grade in his Department in each of the last 12 months.

      Departmental Overtime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the cost of overtime payments paid to staff in his Department was in each of the last 12 months, broken down by...

      Departmental Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what percentage of paper used (a) for photocopying and (b) in printed publications by his Department and its...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many and what proportion of employees in his Department who received a performance-related bonus at their last...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much was claimed in reimbursable expenses by press officers in his Department and its agencies in each of the last...

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department has taken to monitor the cost of its mail services in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Procurement

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

      Departmental Public Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which organisations have received (a) free and (b) discounted room hire from his Department's agencies in each of...

      Departmental Public Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which organisations have received (a) free and (b) discounted room hire from his Department since its inception; and...

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what (a) listening exercises and (b) public forums his Department has held in each of the last two years; what the...

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what (a) reviews and (b) public consultations have been initiated by his Department since 27 June 2007.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which projects his Department has commissioned from (a) think tanks and (b) charities in each of the last two years...

      Departmental Sick Leave

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

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how long on average his Department took to answer (a) ordinary written and (b) named day questions in each of the...

      Electricity Generation: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what proportion of electricity generated in (a) Cornwall, (b) the South West region and (c) nationally comes from...

      Electronics Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of (a) the number of semiconductor companies based in the UK and (b) the number of people...

      Energy: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many of his Department's staff work on (a) nuclear energy and (b) combined heat and power issues.

      Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his Department's budget will be for supporting UK companies in their exporting activities in each of the next...

      Exports: Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the value of goods exported from the UK to illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied...

      Fair Trade Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 18 February 2008, Official Report, column 387W, on the Fairtrade initiative, what Fairtrade...

      Firearms: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what support his Department provides to UK companies who export sporting firearms.

      Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) how many requests for flexible working by (a) (i) mothers and (ii) fathers were refused by employers in each...

      Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) how many working parents were (a) eligible to request, (b) asked for and (c) were refused flexible work in...

      Flexible Working: Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many employment tribunal cases were brought successfully by (a) (i) mothers and (ii) fathers in each year since...

      Fluoride

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent assessment he has made of the national demand for fluorspar of UK origin; and if he will make a statement.

      Fuel Poverty: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the number of households in Scotland which were not in fuel poverty on 31 December 2007...

      Gambling: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what discussions he has had with (a) his EU counterparts and (b) European Commissioners on the conclusion of...

      Government Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many staff in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies (i) are classified as Government communicators and (ii)...

      Hazardous Substances: Textiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the Government's policy is on the possibility of extending the scope of the revised restriction of hazardous...

      Homeworking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform for what reasons the UK has not signed the International Labour Organisation Convention on Homework; if he will make...

      Hydroelectric Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many small hydro schemes supplying electricity to buildings there are.

      Imports: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the value of Israeli settlement produce entering the UK in the latest period for which...

      Imports: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether his Department maintains a record of produce from illegal Israeli settlements which is imported into the UK.

      Imports: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will bring forward proposals to ban the sale of produce from illegal Israeli settlements in the UK.

      Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the six industries which make the largest contribution to GDP are in the UK.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when the Minister of State for Employment Relations and Postal Affairs plans to respond to the letter from the right...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform for what reasons he has not replied to the hon. Member for Weston-super-Mare's letters of 19 May and 18 June 2008 on...

      Microgeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of potential levels of microgeneration in the UK using (a) solar power and (b) wind power...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the cost of the national minimum wage information tour bus initiative is, broken down by main budget heading.

      Motor Sports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which successful bids for the Spring 2007 technology programme were linked to motor sports.

      National Grid: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he plans to publish national grid's full report into the sequence of events and causes of the drops in system...

      Natural Gas: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the average cost of gas to (a) domestic and (b) commercial consumers in each of the...

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what expenditure his Department incurred in retaining King Sturge to market the Berkeley Nuclear Decommissioning...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what research his Department has commissioned on (a) nuclear energy and (b) combined heat and power in the last two...

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the costs of providing additional electricity to make up for the loss from nuclear power...

      Nuclear Reactors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the refuelling dates were of each nuclear reactor in the United Kingdom in the last 20 years.

      Nuclear Reactors: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the time needed to decommission graphite cores of redundant nuclear reactors.

      Nuclear Reactors: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what mechanisms exist to retain those trained in the National Nuclear Skills Academy within the nuclear...

      Overseas Trade: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will place in the Library a copy of the speech he made to the annual dinner of the British-Israel Chamber of...

      Overseas Trade: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps (a) he has taken since January 2008 and (b) plans to take during the next 12 months to increase trade...

      Overseas Trade: Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his Department's policy is on offering support to UK companies to gain or maintain contracts with illegal Israeli...

      Parental Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his Department's estimate is of the number of (a) mothers and (b) fathers who were eligible for parental leave...

      Photovoltaics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many photovoltaic panels he estimates will be installed in the UK in (a) 2008, (b) 2009 and (c) 2010.

      Photovoltaics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many (a) domestic and (b) non-domestic photovoltaic installations to buildings there were in each year since...

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much profit (a) Post Office Ltd and (b) the Royal Mail made in each year since 1997; and how many companies were...

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will place in the Library the minutes of the meeting of 12 September 2007 in Brussels between his Department,...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many Post Office branches subject to the Network Change programme have been submitted for further review by...

      Post Offices: Cash Dispensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department is taking to encourage the installation of free cash machines at post office branches.

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what annual cash savings the Post Office expects to make from the closure of the post office branch at (a) 157...

      Post Offices: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will take steps to lift the restrictions on sub-post masters offering services which compete with Post Office...

      Post Offices: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will require Post Office Ltd to publish details of the objections raised to each of the proposed branch closures...

      Post Offices: Stoke on Trent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate has been made of the likely financial savings which will arise from the closure of (a) Dresden post...

      Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many (a) forfeitures, (b) involuntary surrenders and (c) voluntary surrenders of tied public houses there were...

      Radioactive Wastes: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the length of time spent nuclear fuel discharged from the reactor cores of the new...

      Regional Development Agencies: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what pay scales are used by regional development agencies; and what guidance is provided to regional development...

      Regional Planning and Development: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what funding each of the regional development agencies plans to provide to each of the regional equality and diversity...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the evidential basis is for the Government's calculation that £100 billion is required for investment in...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the cost (a) on average to the consumer and (b) to the economy of the renewables...

      Renewable Energy: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of supply chain constraints in (a) the renewable energy sector and (b) the nuclear...

      Severn Barrage: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether the feasibility study on the Severn Barrage commissioned by his Department is examining the possibility of the...

      Shropshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the value was of each grant provided by his Department, its associated agencies and non-departmental public...

      Small Businesses: Video Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many small and medium enterprises were created in the UK games industry in each of the last three years.

      Small Businesses: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many and what proportion of businesses in (a) West Midlands and (b) each parliamentary constituency in the West...

      Solar Power: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what plans he has to encourage the installation of solar panels on domestic properties.

      Trade Fairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the guidelines are for deciding which firms will be allocated funding to attend overseas trade shows.

      Trade Fairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much funding was made available through UK Trade and Investment to assist firms in attending overseas trade shows...

      Trade Unions: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the planned expenditure on the Trade Union Modernisation Fund is in each of the next three years.

      Trading Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many people there are in the shareholder executive team undertaking the trading fund assessment; and what the...

      Trading Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which public sector bodies the shareholder executive team (a) has met and (b) plans to meet as part of the trading...

      UK Trade and Investment: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many staff worked for UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) in April 2008; and what UKTI's budget is for 2008-09.

      UK Trade and Investment: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the Answer of 23 June 2008, Official Report, columns 147-50W, on UK Trade and Investment: manpower, how...

      UK Trade and Investment: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when the head of the UK Trade and Investment's Defence and Security Organisation will be appointed.

      Unionlearn: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what funding has been allocated to Unionlearn by (a) his Department and (b) the European Social Fund for 2007-08.

      Video Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many (a) highly skilled and (b) other jobs were associated with the UK computer games industry in each of the...

      Video Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many highly skilled jobs were created by the UK computer games industry in each of the last three years.

      Video Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what funding from the public purse was received by UK-based computer games studios in each of the last three years.

      Video Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what revenue UK-made computer games generated globally in each of the last five years.

      Video Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of potential revenues to UK companies of worldwide sales of UK-made computer games in 2008.

      Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent assessment he has made of the level of demand for the services provided by (a) his Department and (b)...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what percentage of buildings have small wind turbines installed.

      Wind Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the results of the planning application for each onshore and offshore wind farm in the UK have been in each of...

  • Treasury

    • Crosby Report

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the interim Crosby report on the mortgage market.

    • Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department and its agencies have spent on (a) alcohol and (b) entertainment in the last three months.

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the evidential basis is for his analysis of the state of the economy contained in his interview published in T he Guardian newspaper on 30 August 2008.

      Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the revenue that would accrue to his Department annually as a result of auctioning (a) seven per cent. and (b) 10 per cent....

      Equitable Life Assurance Society

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what mechanisms the Government are using to assess compensation payable to former Equitable Life policyholders.

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what level of duty each EU member state imposes on fuel for trains.

      Excise Duties: Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many of his Department's staff work in support of the Minister of State with responsibility for revenue protection at the UK border; (2) whether...

      Excise Duties: Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what events the hon. Member for Birmingham, Hodge Hill has attended in his capacity as Minister of State with responsibility for revenue protection at the...

      Excise Duties: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many vehicles were exempted from vehicle excise duty in the disabled tax class as a result of (a) disability living allowance and (b) war pensioner's...

      Import Controls

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of crates imported to the UK were screened or searched at UK ports by HM Revenue and Customs in 2006-07.

      Northern Rock: Repossession Orders

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many homes Northern Rock has (a) repossessed and (b) initiated action to repossess in the last six months.

      Public Buildings: Empty Property

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of maintaining empty public buildings in the last 12 months; and what estimate he has made of the...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish a table showing public expenditure per head of population for each year since 1997, broken down by parliamentary constituency and ranked...

      Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to extend the suspension of stamp duty announced on 2 September 2008 for all properties up to the value of £175,000 to...

      Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the evidential basis is for his statement that the suspension of stamp duty on the purchase of residential properties costing £175,000 or...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many recipients of tax credit renewal packs were subsequently found not to be eligible for tax credits in the latest period for which figures are...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the cost to the public purse arising from the introduction of credit card processing fees for tax bills paid by telephone by credit card.

      Taxation: National Lottery

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate his Department has made of the effect on (a) prize levels, (b) good causes revenue and (c) taxation revenues of a change to the...

      Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the excise duty lost on tobacco products due to smuggling in tax year (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05, (c) 2005-06, (d) 2006-07...

      Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what analysis has been undertaken of the potential cost to the Exchequer of introducing a track and trace system for tobacco products (a) exported to and...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding his Department has allocated to support the training of accountants in Afghanistan; what support his Department has...

    • Africa: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development on what projects his Department is collaborating with the African Development Fund; at what cost in 2008-09; and what programmes the...

      African Development Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what influence the UK has over the way the African Development Bank uses the UK's contribution of funding; and what assessment he has...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his latest estimate is of refugees flows to neighbouring countries in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Burma: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of British aid to Burma in 2008-09 will (a) be used to enhance logistic capacity for aid delivery and (b) support...

      Departmental Computers

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

      Departmental Home Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many staff in his Department are authorised to work from home.

      Departmental Marketing

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

      Departmental Pay

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

      Developing Countries: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what methods his Department uses to fund disease prevention in developing countries besides the use of health budget support.

      Gaza: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect of rising food prices on the humanitarian situation in Gaza; and if he will...

      Governance and Transparency Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which 10 countries have received the most funding from the Governance and Transparency Fund since its inception; and how much each received.

      Governance and Transparency Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what programmes have been run through the Governance and Transparency Fund; how much money has been spent on each programme (a) in...

      India: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with (a) the government of India and (b) non-governmental organisations on (i) improving sanitation in...

      India: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what contribution his Department has made to humanitarian relief following the recent flooding in Bihar state, India; and if he will...

      International Health Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development on what programmes his Department is working in partnership with the International Health Partnership.

      Iraq: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid his Department has allocated to Sadr City, Baghdad to improve (a) electricity, (b) sanitation and (c) medical...

      Namibia: Territorial Waters

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations his Department has made on visits to Namibia about illegal fishing by other states in Namibian waters; and if he...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made towards meeting the Gleneagles pledge to double development assistance, from G8 countries by $15 billion by...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department has taken with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Ministry of Defence with the objective of...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's objectives are for the outcome of the Accra High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness to be held in September.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what programmes were funded by the £89 million contributed by his Department to the Partnership Programme Agreement; and what the...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what private sector contracts are funded through the £86 million that his Department spends through its country programmes.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what programmes his Department operates to increase awareness of (a) black and minority ethnic groups, (b) faith groups and (c)...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of new development aid committed at the G8 summit is planned to go to (a) Africa, (b) South America, (c) South East...

      Overseas Aid: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the outcomes were of the Accra conference on aid effectiveness; and if he will make a statement.

      Renewable Energy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what contribution his Department has made to the (a) Clean Technology Fund, (b) Strategic Climate Fund and (c) the DfID/Defra...

      United Nations Development Fund for Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support his Department provides to the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNDFW); at what cost in 2008-09; and what UNDFW...

      United Nations: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how the £307 million provided by his Department through central contributions to the UN agencies was distributed in (a) 2002-03...

      Zimbabwe: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with Zimbabwean authorities on the provision of humanitarian assistance to that country.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff his Department has based in Afghanistan, other than those engaged locally; and how many of those hold a...

    • Afghanistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many pictures of Afghan poppy fields have been taken by the Surveillance, Monitoring, Targeting and Verification project in...

      Afghanistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff the British Embassy Drug Team (BEDT) in Afghanistan has; and how often BEDT has met Afghan counter-narcotics...

      Afghanistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what expenditure his Department has incurred in establishing and maintaining the British Embassy Drug Team in Afghanistan since...

      Afghanistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what expenditure his Department has incurred in establishing and maintaining the Surveillance, Monitoring, Targeting and...

      Afghanistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what criteria his Department used to determine its support for the nomination of General Khodaidad to the post of Minister of...

      Afghanistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which projects his Department sponsors as part of its counter-narcotics programme; what the objectives of each such project are;...

      Afghanistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will publish the Government's counter-narcotics strategy for Afghanistan together with the names of its authors and...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what publicity strategy his Department adopted in respect of the recent deployment of British police officers to Kabul.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to consult the relevant Select Committees of the House on any future deployment of British police...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much the UK has contributed to the costs of deployment of British police officers in EUPOL Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the EU police mission in Afghanistan; which states are contributing to the...

      Afghanistan: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in establishing the Afghan national police; and if he will make a statement.

      China: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of (a) Chinese and (b) Tibetans (i) killed and (ii) injured in the recent earthquake...

      China: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Chinese Government to ensure that it uses the name Taiwan, in Chinese, Chinese Taipei,...

      Commonwealth Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received from other Commonwealth countries on his decision to withdraw from the Commonwealth...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the Government will make representations to seek to ensure that the salary arrears of former diplomats from Democratic...

      Departmental Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 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 Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what purchasing process is used by his Department for the procurement of alcohol for hospitality purposes.

      Departmental Computers

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

      Departmental Furniture

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was claimed in reimbursable expenses by press officers in his Department and its agencies in each of the last three...

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken to monitor the cost of its mail services in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) listening exercises and (b) public forums his Department has held in each of the last two years; what the (i) purpose...

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) reviews and (b) public consultations have been initiated by his Department since 27 June 2007.

      Departmental Research

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

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which projects his Department has commissioned from (a) think tanks and (b) charities in each of the last two years for which...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many and what percentage of staff in his Department have had more than two periods of sickness absence of less than five...

      Departmental Sick Leave

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

      Developing Countries: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what guidance his Department provides to charitable organisations on the direction of their operations in third-world countries.

      Diego Garcia: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 7 May 2008, Official Report, columns 932-33W, on Diego Garcia: detainees, what investigation his...

      Diplomatic Service: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what percentage of British ambassadors and high commissioners were educated at (a) a private school, (b) a state school, (c)...

      France: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost was of maintaining the Embassy in Paris was in (a) 2005, (b) 2006 and (c) 2007.

      Gaza: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much the EU has provided to Israel for fuel and electricity for Gaza in the last 12 months; and whether such payments are...

      Iceland: Whales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the issue of whaling was raised during his meeting with the Icelandic Foreign Minister on 12 May; and if he will make a...

      Iceland: Whales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations the Government have made to the Icelandic Government on the possible resumption of whaling in Iceland.

      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 147-8W, on Iran (nuclear programme), what the evidential basis...

      Iran: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which members of the Iranian government (a) he and (b) his Ministers have met in the last year; and where each meeting took place.

      Iran: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the efforts of Brigadier-General Mohammed Reza Naqdi to get round UN sanctions on Iran were, as referred to in Annex 1 of...

      Iraq: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will ensure that the applications to enter the UK from the group of Iraqi interpreters, who arrived in Amman, Jordan on 21...

      Iraq: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 July 2008, Official Report, column 1826W, on Iraq: asylum, how many of the 422 applications...

      Iraq: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 July 2008, Official Report, column 1826W, on Iraq: asylum, against which criterion of the Locally...

      Iraq: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 July 2008, Official Report, column 1826W, on Iraq: asylum, how many applications for assistance...

      Israel: EU External Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what criteria are used to determine whether Israeli representation is relevant in particular working groups established by the...

      Israel: EU External Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs at what stage in its development he expects hon. Members to have the opportunity to scrutinise the next European Neighbourhood...

      Israel: EU Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the extent to which settlement products have benefited from the mutual trade concessions agreed...

      Israel: EU Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the extent to which products from the Palestinian Territories exported through Israel have...

      Israel: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of proposals for an EU-Israel Association Council Sub-Committee on Human Rights; what agreement has...

      Israel: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what issues were discussed at the EU-Israel Association Council's informal working group on human rights on 30 April 2008; what...

      Israel: Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the compatibility of Israeli law with EU and international law in the areas of (a) torture and...

      Israel: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the 80 Israeli students who have received scholarships under the Erasmus Mundus exchange programme, how many were of (a)...

      Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's budget is for expenditure in Kosovo on (a) embassy staff and other operational costs, (b) support for...

      Kosovo: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many officials are based at the UK Embassy in Kosovo; to which departments they are attached; and whether there are any...

      Kosovo: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in which areas the government of the Republic of Kosovo has requested assistance from his Department in the last 12 months.

      Kosovo: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British personnel are seconded to or otherwise engaged with (a) UNMIK, (b) EULEX, (c) ICO and (d) each other...

      Kosovo: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the legal basis is of the (a) UNMIK, (b) EULEX and (c) ICO missions in Kosovo; and how long each lasts.

      Kosovo: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's policy objectives are for its engagement with the Republic of Kosovo.

      Kosovo: Recognition of States

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many countries have recognised the Republic of Kosovo; and what steps he is taking to assist the Government of Kosovo to...

      Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what budget allocation his Department has made for language training for its staff in 2008-09.

      Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2008, Official Report, columns 924-5W, on languages, how many of those employed by his...

      Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2008, Official Report, columns 924-5W, on languages, how many of those employed by his...

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps the Government have taken to assist the peace process between Israel and Palestine; and what recent...

      Nigeria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made proposals for the instigation of peace talks in the Niger Delta in Nigeria; and what representations he has...

      Nigeria: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the effects of militant attacks in Nigeria on overall Nigerian oil output; and if he will make a...

      Occupied Territories: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs following the EU's calls to freeze all settlement activity and dismantle outposts erected since March 2001, how many such...

      Occupied Territories: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of homes which have been built in settlements since the EU's initial call for a halt to...

      Occupied Territories: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what public statements he has made on Israeli settlement expansion since the Annapolis peace conference; and which of these...

      Pakistan: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the government of Pakistan on reports of the abduction of Christian women and their forced...

      Rendition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the statement of 21 February 2008, Official Report, columns 547-48, on terrorist suspects (renditions), what status...

      Rendition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the statement of 21 February 2008, Official Report, columns 547-48, on terrorist suspects (renditions), what the...

      Rendition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the statement of 21 February 2008, Official Report, columns 547-48, on terrorist suspects (renditions), whether...

      Saudi Arabia: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Saudi Arabia on the case of Muhammad Geloo, detained without charge in...

      Somalia: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what meetings his Department has held with Somali officials on the recent military attacks on the parliament town of Baidoa; and...

      Somalia: Conflict Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what conflict resolution projects the UK is supporting in Somalia under the Africa Conflict Prevention Pool.

      South Africa: Chemical and Biological Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 12 May 2008, Official Report, column 1403W, on South Africa: chemical and biological welfare, for...

      Sri Lanka: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the causes of the escalation in violence between the Sri Lankan Government and the Tamil Tigers;...

      Terrorism: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken to inform the public that Exceptional Assistance Measures for terrorist incidents overseas...

      Tibet: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Chinese Government encouraging that government to participate fully in the eighth round...

      Turks and Caicos Islands: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what fiduciary risk assessment he has undertaken of the debts and liabilities of the Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

      Turks and Caicos Islands: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment has been made of (a) the budget of the Turks and Caicos Islands and (b) the sustainability of the (i) current...

      Venezuela: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Venezuela on international drug trafficking.

      Western Sahara: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to oppose any further enhancement of Morocco's relationship with the EU until it complies with its...

      Zimbabwe: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 26 June 2008, Official Report, column 34WS, on diplomatic missions...

      Zimbabwe: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's policy is on relations with Zimbabwe following the re-election of Robert Mugabe.

      Zimbabwe: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many dependants of Zimbabwean officials subject to EU sanctions are (a) studying and (b) resident in the UK.

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