Written answers

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

  • Church Commissioners

    • Churches: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what recent discussions the Church Commissioners have had with HM Treasury on funding for the repair and upkeep of...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bluetongue Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information he holds on which EU countries currently have bluetongue epidemics; and what strain is prevalent in each case.

    • Departmental Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of paper used (a) for photocopying and (b) in printed publications by his Department was from recycled...

      Departmental Press

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

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what critical infrastructure has been identified as vulnerable to flooding; and what the location and level of risk of each is.

      International Panel on Climate Change: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of correspondence between Dr. John Mitchell, Chief Scientist at the Hadley Centre, and...

      Non-Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 29 September 2008, Official Report, columns 2421-2W, on non-departmental public bodies, what is...

      Prawns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if he will assess the relative health benefits and safety from toxins of wild prawns farmed in the UK with farmed...

      Primates: Pets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) wild-caught and (b) captive-bred primates have been imported into the UK as pets since 2000.

      Primates: Pets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many pet primates have been seized in the UK as a result of noise or other nuisance since 2000; and where such seized...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much Warm Front spent in labour costs associated with installing central heating in each of the last three years; and how...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many properties in Bassetlaw constituency received Warm Front grants for (a) insulation and (b) central heating in the...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether those living in residential park homes may be eligible to participate in the Warm Front scheme.

      Warm Front Scheme: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who the largest five contractors were, in terms of business value, installing Warm Front-funded central heating in Bassetlaw...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress has been made on the commitments undertaken at the ministerial G8 Gleneagles Dialogue meeting in Berlin, Germany in...

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress has been made on the Gleneagles Plan of Action on climate change to exploit cleaner technologies, promote energy...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress the Government has made on Public Service Agreement 27 on leading the global effort to avoid dangerous climate change;...

      Insulation: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of (a) people able to carry out insulation work in winter 2008-09 and (b) council-owned or...

      Interdepartmental Analysts Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps the Interdepartmental Analysts Group (a) has undertaken and (b) plans to undertake on climate change and the low carbon...

  • Justice

    • Driving Offences: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were (a) cautioned and (b) fined for speeding in Leeds in each of the last 10 years.

    • Lancaster Farms Young Offender Institute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he has taken in response to recommendations in the 2006 Annual Report of the Independent Monitoring Board for Her Majesty's Young Offender...

      Lancaster Farms Young Offender Institute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he has received representations from the Governor of Her Majesty's Young Offender Institute, Lancaster Farms on late drop offs from court; and if...

      Law Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reasons a full tendering process is undertaken for the setting up of community legal advice networks.

      Law Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions he has had with representatives of Citizens Advice Bureaux on the proposed changes to the community legal systems.

      Legal Advice and Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 26 June 2008, Official Report, column 473W, on legal advice and assistance,...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases in the (a) criminal and (b) civil courts were funded wholly or partly through legal aid in the last year for which figures are...

      Prisoners: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which closed (a) adult (i) male and (ii) female prisons and (b) (A) male and (B) female young offender institutions in England and Wales have...

      Prisoners: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign national prisoners were held in prisons on 30 September, broken down by nationality; and how many prisoners held in England and Wales on...

      Prisoners: Mentally Ill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of those in custody in England and Wales have been diagnosed with mental health problems.

      Probation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) budget and (b) budget deficit was for each probation board in each of the last five years; and what the (i) budget and (ii) projected...

      Repossession Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many house repossessions were laid before the courts in each month in each of the last three years, broken down by (a) constituency and (b) region;...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he plans to take to ensure former juvenile prisoners move to young offender prisons or wings once they reach their 18th birthday.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to make arrangements for members of the armed services serving in Afghanistan to be able to receive Christmas parcels after the end of...

    • Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Armed Forces personnel were deployed on operations on the latest date for which figures are available, broken down by location of operation.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many complaints Modern Housing Solutions received in each month since January 2008.

      Armed Forces: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made in the TRiM project for post-conflict trauma, depression and stress training; what the project's budget is; where the...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Mastiffs, (b) Vector, (c) Jackal and (d) Ridgeback vehicles have been ordered by his Department; and how many have been delivered.

      Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Christmas functions (a) he, (b) officials from his Department and (c) officials from its executive agencies (i) hosted and (ii) attended in...

      Departmental Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) chairs, (b) desks and (c) other office furnishings have been purchased by his Department for (i) main buildings and (ii) other...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of invoices for goods and services procured from small and medium-sized businesses were paid within 30 days of receipt by (a) his...

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much (a) his Department and (b) its Executive agencies spent on (i) recruitment consultants and (ii) external recruitment advertising to recruit...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what proportion of written Questions for answer on a named day his Department has answered on the due date in the current session of...

      Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many and what percentage of ex-service personnel were defined as living in absolute poverty in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside,...

      Ex-servicemen: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of people eligible for veterans badges who are resident in the Scottish Borders area; and how many badges have...

      Hercules Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of Hercules C-130 aircraft have been fitted with explosive suppressant foam.

      Nuclear Weapons: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the costs to his Department to date of legal advice relating to claims made by nuclear test veterans claiming compensation...

      Powers of Entry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation sponsored by his Department has (i) amended and (ii) enhanced existing powers of entry since May 1997.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times Royal Navy (a) destroyers, (b) frigates, (c) submarines, (d) mine countermeasure vessels, (e) patrol vessels, (f) amphibious assault...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Export Credits Guarantee Dept

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the operating costs of the Export Credits Guarantee Department were in each of the last five years.

    • Exports: Sanctions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he plans to publish a list of items embargoed for export and black-listed end users.

      Exports: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his policy is on the export of thermobaric weapons; and if he will make a statement.

      Manufacturing Industries: Trade Competitiveness

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent steps the Government has taken to assist the UK manufacturing sector to compete internationally.

      SPIRE System

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the average time taken to process export licences granted under the SPIRE system involving countries...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Palace of Westminster: Utilities

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what progress has been made with preparations for the planned works to replace the mechanical and electrical...

  • Transport

    • A555: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to decide upon the possible completion of the A555 beyond its junction with the A34; and if he will make a statement.

    • Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 17 September 2008, Official Report, columns 2242-3W, on aviation, what estimate he has made of the number of small claims...

      Buses: Vandalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost was of vandalism to buses in each of the last five years.

      Crossrail Line: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what financial commitments have been made by the Government as part of the Crossrail scheme for each of the next five years.

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department has spent on consultancy fees since its establishment.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) electronic and (b) manual requests using reasonable cause provisions were received by the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency in each...

      Driving Under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent consideration he has given to changing maximum levels of alcohol for drivers; and what factors were taken into account as part of such...

      Railways: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his Department's high level output specification plan update for July 2008, what steps he is taking to ensure that carriages designed for...

      Railways: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to her statement on 22 April 2008, Official Report, column 1184, that a high-speed rail service emits approximately double the carbon dioxide...

      Roads: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 7 May 2008 to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar, Official Report, column 893W, on roads: tolls, what progress has been...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will reply to question 220177, on staff, tabled on 15 July.

  • Women and Equality

    • Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what estimate she has made of the number of people who will be required to monitor compliance of the provisions of the Equality Bill, if enacted.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many maintenance calculations were made by the Child Support Agency in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East...

    • Employment Vacancies: Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many notified vacancies there were in Chelmsford local authority area in each of the last six months for which figures are available.

      Income Support: Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to offer additional support to householders who are having difficulties meeting their mortgage repayments; and if he will...

      Jobcentre Plus: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how long on average it took for Royal Mail Opening Units to receive, open, sort and deliver post to Jobcentre Plus sites using the service in...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much was paid in jobseeker's allowance in each financial year since 2005; (2) how much was paid in jobseeker's allowance in each...

      Pensioners: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what response he has made to recent representations by the National Pensioners' Convention on the number of pensioners living on less than 40...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to make a decision on the award of the contract for the Post Office card account.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will ensure that his forthcoming decision on the Post Office card account does not jeopardise the viability of local post offices; and if...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what professional qualifications are required of doctors who carry out personal capability assessments for his Department; and under what level...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Bolivia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the Union of South American Nations' special summit on 15 September on developments in Bolivia.

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information technology projects initiated by his Department have been cancelled prior to completion in the last five years;...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many and what proportion of written questions for answer on a named day his Department has answered on the due date in the...

      Georgia: South Ossetia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information his Department holds on whether the US administration was informed in advance about Georgian plans to take...

      Malta: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last visited Malta; what recent steps he has taken to strengthen United Kingdom economic, commercial, cultural and...

      Malta: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of relations with Malta; and if he will make a statement.

      Somalia: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on trends in the levels of piracy and theft affecting shipping transporting food aid to Somalia; if...

      Sri Lanka: EU External Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government plans to make over the EU General System of Preference Plus (GSP+) status of Sri Lanka for...

      Tamils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the numbers of Tamil women and children displaced in Sri Lanka since the end of July 2008; and if...

  • Prime Minister

    • Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Prime Minister on how many occasions he has left the United Kingdom since his appointment in pursuit of his official duties; what the purpose of each visit was; what the total cost of...

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Leader of the House how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in her Department in the last 12 months; and at what total cost.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Fine Defaulters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of prisoners in Northern Ireland are fine defaulters.

    • Fuel Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of smuggling of fuel into Northern Ireland.

      Policing and Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the budget for Northern Ireland policing and justice is over the next three years; and if he will make a statement.

      Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister and Deputy First Minister on security in Northern Ireland.

      Drug-related Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of policing of drug-related crime in Northern Ireland.

      Paramilitary Activity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent assessment he has made of levels of paramilitary activity in the Province.

      Prison Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the likely size of the prison population in Northern Ireland in each of the next three years.

      Omagh Bombing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to ensure full disclosure to the families of the victims of the Omagh bombing of information to be made available to Sir...

      On-the-run Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the number of on-the-run prisoners; and if he will make a statement.

      2008 Olympic/Paralympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on the performance of sportsmen and women from Northern Ireland in the...

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many antisocial behaviour injunctions have been issued in Northern Ireland since April 2007.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on increases to the winter fuel payment; and if he will make a statement.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Departmental Buildings

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

    • Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham of 14 July 2008, Official Report, column 238W, on departmental carbon emissions, if he...

      Departmental Computers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what recent advice he has issued to departments on the storage of personal data on memory sticks or other portable data storage devices.

      Departmental Video Recordings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham of 4 June 2008, Official Report, column 1046W, on departmental recordings, what the...

      Powers of Entry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation sponsored by his Department has (i) amended and (ii) enhanced existing powers of entry since May 1997.

  • Home Department

    • Criminal Investigation: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what protections are planned in the proposed use of deep packet inspection equipment to ensure that data obtained by these means is not lost...

    • Extradition: Crimes Against Humanity

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many individuals have been subject to extradition proceedings for (a) suspected war crimes, (b) crimes against humanity and (c)...

      Investigatory Powers Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times the Investigatory Powers Tribunal has met to investigate specific cases in each year since it was established.

      Investigatory Powers Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she last met the Chairman of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal.

      Investigatory Powers Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) name and (b) title is of each person who sits on the Investigatory Powers Tribunal.

      Investigatory Powers Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) cost was of establishing and (b) expected annual running cost is of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal.

      Investigatory Powers Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers she has to ensure that cases of abuse of intrusive surveillance are investigated by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal; and what...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to answer the letter of 12 June 2008 to her from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on Florence Gachvgi.

      Police Arbitration Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make it her policy to (a) implement the decisions of the Police Arbitration Tribunal and (b) backdate that implementation.

      Police Custody: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average cost of investigating the death by non-natural causes of a prisoner held in police custody was in the latest period for...

      Police Custody: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are taken to investigate the death from non-natural causes of a prisoner held in police custody.

      Police: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers (a) below superintendent rank and (b) of superintendent rank and above have been suspended by Lancashire Constabulary.

      Police: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has for the implementation of the outcomes of the police pay and conditions arbitration process; and if she will make a statement.

      Police: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the marginal costs of duplicate procurement cycles in police forces in England and Wales.

      Police: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers retired due to ill health or long-term illness between the ages of (a) 21 to 30, (b) 31 to 40, (c) 41 to 50 and...

      Police: Rules of Engagement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with the Association of Chief Police Officers on rules of engagement since 2006.

      Robbery: Detection Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the overall detection rate for robbery was in each police force in each year since 1988.

      Serious and Organised Crime Agency: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people who transferred to the Serious and Organised Crime Agency as sworn constables have since left the agency in each month since...

      Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases involving alleged abuse of intrusive surveillance powers by (a) local councils and (b) central Government-controlled bodies...

      Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps for redress are available to people who believe they have suffered from an abuse of intrusive surveillance powers by (a) local...

      Surveillance: Local Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on whether local authorities should use directed surveillance powers to monitor dog fouling; and if she will make a statement.

      Surveillance: Local Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will instruct the Office of Surveillance Commissioners to assess whether surveillance powers have been used by local authorities to...

      Surveillance: Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many requests by law enforcement agencies were made to telephone and internet companies for details of calls or internet use in each year...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Child Minding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the Answer of 4 June 2008, Official Report, column 949W, on children: day care, (1) how many and what proportion of...

    • Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will make it his policy that whenever his Department publishes (a) regulations and (b) guidance relating to children and...

      Children: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to improve research standards in trials which involve schoolchildren.

      Culture: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what subject matter he expects to be covered in cultural studies under the citizenship curriculum in schools; and if he will make...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of Government-commissioned advertising in the last 12 months relating to...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in his Department in the last 12 months; and at what total cost.

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies spent on (i) recruitment consultants and (ii) external recruitment...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of written questions for answer on a named day his Department has answered on the due date in the...

      Food Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to encourage schools to enhance the skills of pupils to prepare and cook meals.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils participated in an Aimhigher programme in each year since 2005, broken down by local authority; and if he will...

      Higher Education: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of 18 year olds from households with annual incomes (a) up to £20,817, (b) between £20,818 and...

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what provision is available outside normal school hours to assist children with learning difficulties with their studies.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what guidance his Department has issued on the number of feeder schools which may be named as part of a maintained school's...

      Schools: Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) secondary and (b) primary schools do not have a kitchen, broken down by local authority area.

      Schools: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on health visitors; and if he will make a statement.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many communication support workers working with deaf children there are; and how many of these have a qualification in sign...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Advertising Standards Agency: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport who appoints those sitting on the Advertising Standards Agency; and for how long they are appointed.

    • Advertising Standards Agency: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what criteria are used to appoint those holding a position on the Advertising Standards Authority.

      Archery: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which competitive archery centres received funding originating from his Department in 2008.

      Art Works: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 6 October 2008, Official Report, columns 21-23W, on art works: exports, which objects (a) were purchased...

      Big Lottery Fund: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent by the Big Lottery Fund on advertising for recruitment in each of the last five years.

      British Grand Prix

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 34W, on the British Grand Prix, what subjects were discussed at the...

      Cycling: Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which indoor BMX tracks are available for public use.

      Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on what date his Department's All Staff Conference took place; how many staff attended; how many Ministers attended; and what the total...

      Departmental Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he has taken to improve his Department's workforce equality monitoring as set out in his Department's corporate plan.

      Departmental Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the land to the north of the British Library was sold for; and how much was retained by his Department.

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department received from its non-departmental public bodies in rental income in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

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

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much (a) the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council and (b) Visit Britain spent on advertising appointments in each of the last...

      Departmental Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which organisations rent property from his Department.

      Departmental Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department received in rental income in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department has spent on security in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on what date his Department conducted its annual staff survey for 2008; which organisation conducted the survey; and what estimate he...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which agencies or units for which his Department is responsible require the public to make telephone calls to them on numbers which...

      English Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many events were staged at English Heritage properties in each of the last five years; and what the total attendance at these events was.

      English Heritage: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much English Heritage received in grant-in-aid in each year since 2000 in 2007-08 prices.

      Football Foundation: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what grants have been given out by the Football Foundation for stadium improvements since its inception.

      Football: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which professional and semi-professional football clubs have entered administration in the last three years.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport at which 100 outlets the most Lottery ticket sales were made in the latest period for which figures are available.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in which 50 constituencies the most Lottery ticket sales were made in the latest period for which figures are available.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what income his Department received from (a) the National Lottery Distribution Fund and (b) the Olympic Lottery Distribution Fund in...

      National Lottery: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what guidance he has issued to the National Lottery on the handling of funding bids from faith-based organisations; and if he will make...

      Olympic Games 2012: Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the Government's policy is on the formation of a football team to represent Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympics.

      Olympic Games: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps the Government has taken to recognise the achievement of the Great Britain team in the 2008 Olympics.

      Children's Play: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on children's play in each of the last three years; and how much he expects to spend on it in each of the...

      Religious Buildings: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions English Heritage has had with representatives of (a) the Baptist Church, (b) the Methodist Church and (c) the...

      Sport England: Boxing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which boxing clubs received funds through Sport England in 2008.

      Sports: Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding has been allocated to support (a) sports for disabled people and (b) disabled athletes from (i) the National Lottery...

      Sports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much unallocated sports grant-in-aid there is in his Department's budget; and what plans he has to make the money available for...

      Sports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding his Department provided for the Physical Education, School Sport and Club Link Strategy in each of the last five years.

      Sports: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Lottery funding was awarded to sport-related groups in Leeds in each of the last five years.

      Sports: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on what date Fast Track presented him with a business case for raising private sector support for elite sport; and on what date he...

      State Visits: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department has spent on each state visit to the UK since 2003.

      Taking Part Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of expenditure incurred in conducting the most recent Taking Part survey; and what proportion of this...

      Wembley Stadium: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on monitoring progress in the construction of Wembley Stadium in each of the last three years; and if he...

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment has been made of the consequences for UK-owned and based financial institutions of the decision by the Irish government to underwrite all...

    • Child Trust Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families on low incomes in Leeds West constituency have not claimed the Child Trust Fund initial payment since its introduction.

      Credit Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to promote saving with credit unions in the current financial circumstances.

      Departmental Research

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

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of written questions for answer on a named day his Department has answered on the due date in the current session of Parliament...

      Drugs: Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the monetary value was of illegal drugs seized by HM Revenue and Customs in 2007-08.

      Economic Situation: Families

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what steps his Department has taken to assist families in the current economic climate; (2) what recent steps his Department has taken to assist...

      Taxation: Aviation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate his Department has made of (a) the carbon dioxide and (b) the nitrogen oxide emissions output for all fleet models of aircraft (i)...

      Taxation: Aviation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of the rate of duty to apply to waste derived fuel oil from 1 November 2008 on (a) the volume of hazardous...

      Firearms: Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many weapons HM Revenue and Customs prevented from entering the UK in 2007-08.

      Gift Aid Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how long the gift aid transitional rate of 22 per cent. announced on 12 March 2008 will remain in place; and if he will make a statement.

      HMRC

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the operational costs of the HMRC offices in (a) St. Helens, (b) Blackburn and (c) Chorley were in each of the last five years.

      HMRC

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the condition of the HMRC offices in (a) St. Helens and (b) Blackburn; and if he will make a statement.

      Managers: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was paid by employers in fees and subscriptions on behalf of their employees, as recorded in section M of P11D forms, in each of the last three years.

      Member: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Northavon, sent on behalf of his constituent Mr. Mike Wetton, reference wet/jeh, dated 28 July 2008.

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the effect on revenue to the Exchequer of index linking capital gains and taxing them as income.

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families with children have claimed the childcare element of the working tax credit in (a) Leeds West constituency and (b) the City of Leeds...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax: Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with (a) regional management boards and (b) local authority-controlled companies' representatives...

    • Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley of 1 July 2008, Official Report, column 787W, on council tax: valuation,...

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much (a) her Department and (b) its Executive agencies spent on (i) recruitment consultants and (ii) external recruitment...

      Departmental Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many departmental staff of each grade undertook voluntary work as set out in her Department's volunteering policy in the...

      Domestic Visits: Minister for Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which parliamentary constituencies the Minister for Yorkshire and the Humber has visited in her capacity as Minister for the...

      Eco-Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of proposals that the first eco-towns should go ahead in those sites which are urban extensions;...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library the minutes of meetings of the FiReControl Project Business Case Assumptions Review Group held...

      Fire Services: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department paid PA Consulting for work related to the FiReControl project in each quarter from 1 April 2005 to 30...

      Fire Services: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she is taking to safeguard sensitive data during transfer between fire and rescue services to central databases at...

      Fire Services: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been spent on agency staff employed in respect of the FiReControl project since 1 April 2005, broken down by...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households registered as homeless there were in each of the last eight quarters, broken down by (a) local authority...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effect of reductions in land values for the Government's housebuilding targets.

      Housing: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations she has received on building regulations for domestic heating pumps; and if she will make a statement.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the average length of time taken was for a family to be provided with suitable housing after entering the socially...

      Housing: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes have been assessed against the Code for Sustainable Homes since 1 May 2008; how many of these homes have been...

      Housing: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many Code for Sustainable Homes assessors in each region have been fully accredited; and how many are in training.

      Housing: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the internal refurbishment of a property, where the physical refurbishment affects the notional rent that the property...

      Housing: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many first-time buyers purchased a home in (a) Leeds and (b) Yorkshire in each of the last 10 years.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what requests for meetings her Department has received from businesses operating at ports to discuss changes to the rules on...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many businesses located in British ports have gone into liquidation since the issuing of business rate demands for port...

      Parking: Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) gross and (b) net income from parking was for each local authority in England in each year between 1996 and 2003.

      Regional Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost of the (a) private offices, (b) salaries, (c) administration costs and (d) travel expenses, broken down by (i)...

      Rented Housing: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Government is taking to protect tenants who are faced with the possibility of eviction when their buy-to-let...

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was claimed in expenses for taxi travel by officials from (a) her Department and (b) its Executive agencies in (i)...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Adult Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what plans his Department has to require colleges to accept targets from the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) for adult...

    • Apprentices: Newcastle-under-Lyme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how many apprenticeships were (a) available and (b) taken up in (i) Newcastle-under-Lyme and (ii) North Staffordshire...

      Apprentices: Newcastle-under-Lyme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how many apprenticeships are available in (a) Newcastle-under-Lyme and (b) North Staffordshire, broken down by...

      Arts: Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what progress has been made in establishing a knowledge transfer network for the creative industries.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in his Department in the last 12 months; and at what total cost.

      Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what proportion of staff in (a) his Department and (b) the executive agencies for which he is responsible are...

      Graduates: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how many students who left (a) Leeds University and (b) Leeds Metropolitan University since 2005 are not earning the...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will convene a Joint Ministerial Committee with counterparts in the devolved administrations to co-ordinate policies...

      Higher Education: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will hold discussions with representatives of universities to encourage the adoption of environmentally sustainable...

      Physics: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what UK research and development projects are being undertaken into (a) quantum crypto-graphics and (b) electro-optics; how...

      Sector Skills Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what records his Department holds of non-registered sector skills bodies; and whether such bodies will be included in the...

      Vocational Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how many people started courses under train to gain in the latest year for which figures are available, broken down by...

  • International Development

    • Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on consultancy fees in each year since the Department was created.

    • Departmental Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many instances of fraud were recorded in his Department in each of the last five years; what the monetary value of the fraud was in...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much the (a) design and (b) maintenance of the Race Against Global Poverty section of his Department's website (i) has cost and...

      Departmental Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which organisations provided media monitoring services to (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public...

      Haiti: Hurricanes and Tornadoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assistance the UK has provided to those affected by the hurricanes in Haiti.

      Haiti: Hurricanes and Tornadoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made by the United Nations relief fund to help those affected by the recent hurricanes in Haiti; and if he will...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what factors are taken into account in his Department's risk management policy on distribution of aid.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the outcome of the UN High-Level Event on the millennium development goals on 25 September, with...

      Somalia: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the number of Somalian refugees in Yemen; and what steps the UK has taken to facilitate their safety and...

      Sri Lanka: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations he has made to the Sri Lankan government to ensure free passage of food, medicines and other humanitarian supplies...

      Sri Lanka: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the UK Government is taking to ameliorate the humanitarian situation in the north of Sri Lanka.

      Sri Lanka: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what the initial findings of his Department's assessment team on the humanitarian situation in northern Sri Lanka are; and if he...

      Sri Lanka: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the humanitarian situation in northern Sri Lanka.

      Sri Lanka: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to ensure that humanitarian aid (a) workers and (b) supplies can reach the districts of...

  • Health

    • Babies: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what procedures are in place for ensuring that children have (a) a hip examination at birth and (b) another examination at between six and eight weeks old.

    • Bowel Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government is taking to improve bowel cancer awareness and early diagnosis among men.

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish the first annual report on progress towards objectives contained in the Cancer Reform Strategy.

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms he has implemented for monitoring progress towards NHS waiting time standards outlined in the Cancer Reform Strategy.

      Cardiovascular System: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many primary care trusts have developed their own vascular assessment or screening programmes; (2) how many free vascular risk assessments have...

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made towards developing (a) an information pack to be issued regarding screening programmes and (b) a public relations strategy...

      Chemotherapy Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he expects the National Chemotherapy Advisory Group to report; (2) what steps he is taking to implement the recommendations of the National...

      Cot Deaths: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent in the last year for which figures are available on (a) research into Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, (b) mental health...

      Death: Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will commission research into the causes of death of active amateur and professional footballers over the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Dementia: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to publish proposals to reduce the level of inappropriate prescribing of anti-psychotic medication to people with dementia, as heralded in...

      Dementia: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in plans for the dementia research summit that was announced in June; for what reasons the summit was not held in accord with...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the contribution to dental outcomes in England made by (a) dental technicians and (b) clinical dental technicians.

      Dental Services: Bassetlaw

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many patients used NHS dental services in Bassetlaw in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008; (2) how many registered NHS dental patients there are in...

      Dental Services: Bassetlaw

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the NHS budget for dentistry in Bassetlaw constituency was in each of the last 20 years.

      Dentistry: Technicians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to support training and professional development for clinical dental technicians.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many primary care trusts have developed their own diabetes strategy.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) financial and (b) administrative support the Government has given to campaigns to raise awareness of the risk factors for diabetes.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how his Department plans to address the need for improvements in emotional and psychological support for diabetes patients identified in the National...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimated percentage of hospital beds were occupied by patients with diabetes in each primary care trust at the latest date for which...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many diabetes patients (a) are receiving, (b) have received and (c) have not received structured education for diabetes through DESMOND...

      Health Professions: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many nurses there are in (a) Chesterfield, (b) Derbyshire and (c) England; (2) how many doctors there are in (a) Chesterfield, (b)...

      Health Services: Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the risks of medical accidents or misapprehension of clinical information identified by the seventh report of the Confidential Enquiry...

      Health Services: Ministers of Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which departmental authority is responsible for the central funding allocation for hospital and healthcare chaplaincy; what proposals are in place...

      Health Services: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the timetable is for making changes to payment by results taking account of findings from the review of payment by results and cancer.

      Healthcare for London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what meetings officials or Ministers in his Department have had with representatives of Healthcare for London over the past 12 months; and what the date...

      Liver Diseases: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department's Liver Disease Service Review will reach its conclusions; and when he plans to make a decision on the future of liver disease services.

      Lung Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people required treatment for mesothelioma in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year...

      Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people who left NHS hospitals experiencing malnutrition in each of the last three years.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the letter of 18 March 2008 from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Home Office with responsibility for crime reduction...

      National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what expenditure his Department incurred in maintaining and operating the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in the most recent...

      National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what procedures are used to appoint staff to posts in the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence; what criteria are applied; and who is...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health under what circumstances an exceptional uses medical panel may reverse a clinician's recommendation for treatment with a drug approved by the National...

      Patients: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of NHS patients who died in NHS hospitals as a result of (a) dehydration and (b) starvation in each of the last...

      Spinal Injuries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the number of spinal cord injury patients who are being managed by people without specialist skills relating to the...

      Spinal Injuries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what mechanisms are in place to monitor the outcomes of spinal cord injury care to ensure the minimum quality standards are being achieved; (2)...

      Spinal Injuries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what mechanisms are in place for (a) the funding of specialist spinal cord injury centres, (b) decisions on how much is to be allocated to the...

      Stem Cells

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the letter of January 2008 from the Association of Medical Research Charities and others to Lord Darzi, on the creation of pluripotent...

  • House of Lords

    • Asylum Seekers: Unaccompanied Children

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What new guidance they have issued regarding the detention of unaccompanied children seeking asylum in the United Kingdom.

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What research there has been into whether tuberculosis in cattle shows any correlation with the presence or absence of other livestock in the vicinity.

      Defence: Expenditure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of gross domestic product was spent on defence in each financial year from 1997-98 to 2007-08.

      Fees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 15 July (WA 137-8), how the costs used in the calculation of fees charged by departments and agencies are...

      Government: IT Equipment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether departments hold a reserve against future needs to replace major information technology equipment.

      Housing: Home Information Packs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many properties for sale in August and September 2007 are still on the market; and, of those, how many have had to have a renewed home information pack.

      Immigration: Detention

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the UK Border Agency recently announced plans to increase detention capacity by 60 per cent; and whether they will consult the Refugee Council and other...

      Planning

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In relation to the explanatory note to the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Mineral Permissions and Amendment) (England) Regulations...

      Prisons: Costs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the average cost of keeping a person in prison in England for one week.

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the recent statement by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees about displaced people in Darfur and refugees in...

      Surveillance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 22 July (WA 281), what was the outcome of the recent review of official surveillance powers carried out...

      Veterinary Surgeons' Qualifications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In relation to inserted Section 5A(11) in Regulation 6 of the Veterinary Surgeons' Qualifications (European Recognition) Regulations 2008 (SI 2008/1824), whether a...

      Weeds

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to use their powers under the Weeds Act 1959 to require the relevant authorities to control common ragwort on the verges of motorways and other...

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