Written answers

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission whether the Electoral Commission has taken steps to encourage the use of doorstep canvassing...

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what steps the Electoral Commission has taken to measure the effectiveness of electoral...

      Members: Misconduct

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how many allegations of misconduct by hon. and right hon. Members the Electoral Commission has...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was claimed in expenses for taxi travel by officials from (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies in (i) 2006-07, (ii)...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agricultural Products: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on the EU Council of Ministers' common position on the Regulation for Placing Plant Protection Products on...

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy to pay single farm payments to all farmers at the same time; and if he will make a statement.

      Agriculture: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the return rate was of workers under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme in each of the last five years, broken...

      Angling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to introduce angling-only areas; and if he will make a statement.

      Animal Welfare Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2008, Official Report, column 856W, on the Animal Welfare Act 2006, when he expects to...

      Animals: Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 3 July 2008, O fficial Report, column 1075W, on animals: electronic tagging, when he expects the...

      Badgers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his most recent estimate is of the badger population in England.

      Bees: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the additional £90,000, announced for research into bee colony collapse on 17 June 2008, has been allocated.

      Bees: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he has taken in response to the reported 30 per cent. bee population loss in winter 2007; what assessment he has...

      Bluetongue Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans that the penetration of bluetongue vaccination in UK livestock will reach 85 per cent.

      Bluetongue Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the potential for bluetongue to transfer to calves in utero from infected cows.

      Bluetongue Disease: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what level of take up there has been by British farmers of the bluetongue vaccine.

      Bluetongue Disease: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will ensure that bluetongue vaccine is available to veterinarians in small bottles to reduce the price of the vaccine...

      Bluetongue Disease: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many and what proportion of animals have been vaccinated as a protection against bluetongue.

      Bovine TB Partnership Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with industry representatives on the constitution of the Bovine TB Partnership Group; and when he...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of animals which have been infected with M. bovis in each year since 1997, broken...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of options to alter the tabular system for home tuberculosis compensation payments, with...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact of pre-movement testing on the level of bovine tuberculosis in national livestock herds.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consideration he has given to the impact introducing a bovine tuberculosis vaccine for cattle will have on Britain's...

      Cattle: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cattle are recorded on the cattle tracing system register; how many of those born after 1996 have been reported (a)...

      Cattle: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the likelihood of herd health plans being in place for 95 per cent. of dairy farms by 2010.

      Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many Christmas functions (a) he, (b) officials from his Department and (c) officials from its executive agencies (i)...

      Council for Food Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how the newly established Council for Food Policy Advisers will work with EU partners.

      Council for Food Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who the members are of the Council for Food Policy Advisers; and how they were selected.

      Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham (Mr. Maude) of 14 July 2008, Official Report, column 27W, on...

      Departmental Civil Service Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many agencies were sponsored by his Department or its predecessors in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 1997-98.

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many citizens' juries his Department has held since 1 July 2007; what the cost was of each; what issues were discussed at...

      Ducks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy to regulate the farming of ducks.

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made in implementing the conclusions of the review of enforcement in environmental regulation; and if...

      Environment Protection: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what sea defence projects are planned to be implemented in the next three years.

      Fireworks: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many local authority enforcement actions have been taken against excessive noise from fireworks on private property in...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to introduce primary legislation to implement the recommendations of the Report of the Review of Salmon and...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the stock of native migratory and freshwater fish, broken down by species, in each year since...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what stock management plans he plans to implement to improve migratory and freshwater fish stock numbers; and if he will make...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of whether the forthcoming Commons Fisheries Policy reform is likely to lead to further...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the provisions of the Commission Communication Fishing Opportunities for 2009 Policy Statement...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been allocated to research on improving the selectivity of fishing gears in each year since 1997; how much he...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2008, Official Report, columns 855-6W, on fisheries: Scotland, whether an assessment has...

      Fisheries: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department and its predecessor gave to the Environment Agency in grant-in-aid for the Environment Agency's...

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 19 June 2007, Official Report, column 1660W, on fisheries: quotas; what his estimate is of...

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what quota swaps have been made in 2008; which cross-year swaps will affect UK quota in future years; and if he will make a...

      Fishing Catches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 28 February 2008, Official Report, columns 1865-6W, on fishing catches, what progress has been...

      Fishing Catches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much of European Fisheries Fund money will be available for projects to reduce discards and bycatch in the next 12...

      Fishing Catches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) percentage of UK fish stocks that have been discarded in each of the...

      Fishing Catches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what reports he has received on allegations that the fishing vessel Prolific discarded in UK waters fish that were caught in...

      Fishing Catches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the amount of fish caught within the Norwegian Exclusive Economic Zone by UK vessels and...

      Fishing Catches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2007, Official Report, column 708W, on fishing: catches, whether there has been an...

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the Environment Agency has spent on building flood defences in 2008.

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent per head on flood protection in (a) rural and (b) urban areas in 2007-08.

      Floods: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding is available from (a) his Department and (b) the Environment Agency for communities for solutions to their...

      Joint Nature Conservation Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the reasons are for reducing the budget for the Joint Nature Conservation Committee in 2009-10 compared to 2008-09.

      Koi Herpesvirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to prevent the spread of koi herpesvirus outbreaks; what estimate he has made of the number of koi...

      Marine Animals: Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his latest assessment is of the effect that non-native species are having on the UK's marine environment and freshwater...

      Marine Animals: Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to (a) prevent non-native invasive species entering the UK and (b) remove non-native invasive...

      Marine Bill: Draft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which organisations and interests will be represented on the proposed Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities under...

      Marine Bill: Draft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many marine conservation zones he plans to establish under the provisions of the Marine Bill if enacted; what sea areas...

      Marine Bill: Draft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to retain the provisions relating to coastal access in the Draft Marine Bill in the Marine Bill; and if he...

      Moorings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many residential moorings his Department has registered; and what the location of each is.

      Oil: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects the Waste Oils Protocol project to be complete.

      Oil: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Treasury as to whether the rate of duty to be applied to waste-derived fuel oil from 1...

      Primates: Pets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward legislation to prohibit the keeping, selling, buying and training of primates as pets.

      Rabbits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy to regulate the farming of rabbits.

      Rats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of (a) the size of the UK rat population and (b) the areas most affected by rat infestation.

      Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government is taking to protect and support the sustainability of village life in England.

      Seas and Oceans: Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2007, Official Report, column 712W, on seas and oceans: biodiversity, whether he has...

      Seas and Oceans: Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the provisions of the communication from the Commission to the Council and the European...

      Seas and Oceans: Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2007, Official Report, column 712W, on seas and oceans: biodiversity, what reports he...

      Seas and Oceans: Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2007, Official Report, column 712W, on seas and oceans: biodiversity, whether he has...

      Sheep: Ear Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the likely effects of implementing the proposals for electronic identification of sheep on...

      Sheep: Ear Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the European Commission on the effects of electronic identification on the UK sheep industry.

      Sheep: Ear Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what meetings he has had with farmers' representatives from (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Northern Ireland and (d) Wales...

      Sheep: Ear Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what meetings he has had with his counterparts in each of the devolved administrations on the European Commission's plans for...

      Special Areas of Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2007, Official Report, column 41W, on special areas of conservation, whether Natural...

      Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government have taken to ensure water companies maintain pipe work and mains to high standards.

      Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government has taken to ensure water companies provide safe and clean water.

      Water: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps the Government have taken to assist low income families with paying their water bills; (2) what steps the...

      Whales: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will (a) update and re-issue the Protecting Whales—A Global Responsibility document and (b) send the document...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of deploying troops abroad was in each year since 1997.

    • Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons the 20 per cent. threshold for war disablement pensions was set at that level.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will review the appropriateness of the minimum age at which people can join the armed forces; and if he will (a) make it his policy that those...

      Armed Forces: Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members and what percentage of the (a) Territorial Army, (b) Royal Navy Reserve, (c) Royal Marine Reserve and (d) Royal Auxiliary Air Force...

      Armed Forces: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel opted not to extend their service in each year since 2003.

      Departmental Civil Service Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many agencies were sponsored by his Department in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 1997-98.

      Departmental Cleaning Services

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

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) computers and (b) hard drives in his Department contain non-encrypted data.

      Departmental Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on upgrading its IT in each of the last three financial years.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the names and addresses of each organisation that supplied goods and services to his Department in 2007-08,...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 7 October 2008, Official Report, column 610W, on departmental sick leave, what estimate he has made of the cost of providing...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for increasing the supply of affordable housing for local people to rent or buy in rural areas.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many reservists have been (a) mobilised for service and (b) discharged due to injury in Iraq in each year since March 2003.

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many helicopters there are in the helicopter fleet of the UK armed services; how many of them are due to be taken out of service by (a) 2015 and...

      Northern Ireland Security Guard Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made with the review of the Northern Ireland Security Guard Service; and when he expects the review to be completed.

      Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether there are plans to create a European Union-led naval task force to combat piracy.

      RAF Menwith Hill: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to the Ministry of Defence Police was of the policing of the area around RAF Menwith Hill by the Armed Response Team and the Counter...

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was claimed in expenses for taxi travel by officials from (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies in (i) 2006-07, (ii) 2005-06,...

  • Wales

    • Departmental Pay

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

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) e-mails, (b) telephone calls and (c) letters from members of the public his Department has responded to since May 2007.

    • Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many Freedom of Information Act 2000 requests have been responded to by the Department since May 2007; and in how many cases (a) information was...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department has spent on (a) advertising and (b) external consultants and advisers since March 2008.

      Departmental Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much was spent on overnight accommodation by his Department's civil servants in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the cost of pension contributions incurred by his Department was in each of the last three financial years; and what the planned expenditure is for...

      Departmental Press Releases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many press releases have been issued by his Department since May 2007.

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many meetings Ministers in his Department have had with members of the public since May 2007.

      Departmental Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many of his Department's staff are seconded from each other Government Departments.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the cost of travel for his Department's staff between England and Scotland (a) has been in 2008 and (b) was in each of the previous five years.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what expenditure his Department has incurred on international travel since May 2007.

      Departmental Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what his Department's expenditure on vehicles was in each of the last three financial years; and what the planned expenditure is for 2008-09.

      Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many meetings overseas Ministers in his Department have attended since May 2007.

      Dorneywood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham of 19 June 2008, Official Report, column 1187W, on Dorneywood: official hospitality, what...

      Dover House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many times Dover House has been used to host events since May 2007; and what the cost of each such event was.

      Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many meetings he has had with officials of the Irish Government since May 2007; and what topics were discussed at each such meeting.

      Scottish Parliament: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the cost of the election to the Scottish Parliament in 2007 was.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Anti-Semitism: Internet

      To ask the Solicitor-General in what initiatives arising out of the 13th Annual Conference of the International Association of Prosecutors, New Technologies and Challenges in Crime and...

  • International Development

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what administrative costs to his Department were associated with contributing to the Democratic Republic of Congo Humanitarian Pooled...

    • Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many citizens' juries his Department has held since 1 July 2007; what the cost was of each; what issues were discussed at each...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on the DFID retreats defined by Account 2103, Group 210 in his Department's Chart of Accounts in the last...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development 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...

      Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much has been spent on education in emergencies since his Department announced the Education Beyond Borders initiative in April...

      Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how the policy change announced in the Education Beyond Borders initiative in April 2007 was communicated to his Department's staff in...

      Disaster Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what criteria are used to assess the suitability of funding specific emergencies; and how much is set aside for this purpose in...

      Sudan: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support the UK is giving to local civil society organisations in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan.

  • Work and Pensions

    • National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) women aged between 16 and 60 years and (b) men aged between 16 and 64 years in the United Kingdom have never paid national...

    • Occupational Pensions: Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans next to review the limit set on the sum received by an individual from an occupational pension which may be taken into account in...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Arms Trade: Colombia

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much was received by UK companies for arms sales to Colombia in each of the last five years.

    • Banks: Interest Rates

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform with reference to the statement by the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Trade and Industry...

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the contribution of the public sector-led broadband initiative NYnet to the...

      Business: Regulation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what criteria and performance measures his Department uses to assess the performance of industry regulators.

      Citizens' Advice Bureaux: Closures

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether he has had discussions with representatives of citizens' advice bureaux to discuss potential...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what agencies or units for which his Department is responsible require the public to make telephone calls...

      Imports: Catering

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what plans he has to seek to secure the reduction of US import tariffs on catering products; and if he will...

      Insurance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether he has issued guidance on best practice for insurance renewal offers.

      Mobile Phones: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department is taking to encourage mobile network operators to reduce their text and data roaming...

      New Business Ambassadors Group

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what budget has been set aside to secure the work and operation of the New Business Ambassadors Group; from...

      Overseas Investment: Colombia

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many UK-based companies have investments in Colombia.

      Overseas Trade: Somalia

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the volume of trade between the UK and Somalia was in each of the last five years.

      Overseas Trade: Sudan

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the volume of UK-Sudan trade was in each of the last five years.

      Trade: Jurisdiction

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent representations he has received from UK business trade and industry representatives on US...

      UK Trade and Investment: Arts

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps UK Trade and Investment has taken to enhance the international competitive position of the UK's...

      UK Trade and Investment: Arts

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will publish UK Trade and Investment's five-year strategy to enhance the international competitive...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Central African Republic: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the level of cross-border violence between the Central African Republic and Darfur; and what...

    • China: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment has been made of the human rights situation in China following the conclusion of the Olympic Games; and if he...

      China: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the arrest of Bishop Jia Zhiguo of Zhengding on 24 August 2008 by the Chinese authorities; what...

      Chinese People's Liberation Army: Royal Military Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what date he was first informed that members of the Chinese People's Liberation Army were attending RMA Sandhurst.

      Colombia: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on the trade in small arms with Colombia.

      Colombia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of Colombia on the incidence of human rights abuses in that country.

      Colombia: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the government of Colombia on the treatment of trade unionists.

      Commonwealth Committee on Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the Commonwealth Committee on Terrorism next plans to meet; and if he will make a statement.

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the UK has made in relation to the arrest and detention in the Democratic Republic of Congo of Gabriel...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the UK has made in relation to concerns raised by international observers at the conviction in the...

      Departmental Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's rest and recuperation leave policy for civilians working in...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of invoices for goods and services procured from small and medium-sized businesses were paid within 30 days of...

      Departmental Sick Pay

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

      Embassies: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what sanctions may be imposed on diplomatic missions in the UK which do not pay non-domestic rates for which they are liable.

      Georgia: South Ossetia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the number of (a) civilians in South Ossetia killed as a result of Georgian actions and (b)...

      Iran: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 21 July 2008, Official Report, column 872W, on Iran: sanctions, on how many occasions UK authorities...

      Kosovo: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what occasions Ministers have made representations to other governments on the recognition of Kosovo.

      Kosovo: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in transferring equipment and resources from UNMIK to EULEX in Kosovo.

      Kosovo: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects the transition from UNMIK to EULEX in Kosovo to take place; and if he will make a statement.

      Palestinians: Oppression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on whether students from Birzeit University in Palestine are being imprisoned as a result of their...

      Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in establishing an EU-led multi-national naval mission to deal with incidents of piracy around the...

      Rendition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent progress has been made in the identification of possible incidents of rendition flights via UK airports since 2001;...

      Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the implementation of a no-fly zone over Sudan on the prospects for peace...

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was claimed in expenses for taxi travel by officials from (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies in (i)...

      USA: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 14 July 2008, Official Report, column 130W, on the USA: bank services, what progress has been made on...

      Western Sahara: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to ensure that the issue of human rights abuses in Western Sahara is raised during the ongoing...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans to answer questions (a) (i) 223176, (ii) 223177, (iii) 223178, (iv) 223179 and (v) 223180 tabled on 3 September...

  • Justice

    • Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many outstanding warrants have been issued for category (a) A, (b) B and (c) C offences to individuals whom the police cannot trace in each police...

    • Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cars have been confiscated from uninsured drivers in (a) Wales and (b) each region of England in (i) each of the last 10 years and (ii) 2008.

      First-tier Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the new practice directions for the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal will be published.

      Foston Hall Prison and Young Offender Institution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps are taken to maintain the support offered to young women within the Toscana Unit at HM Prison and Young Offender Institution Foston Hall after...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress he is making in his consideration of the extension of the applicability of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to include private companies...

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners convicted of knife or gun-related offences served their full sentence in each of the last 10 years, broken down by type of crime.

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners released in 2007 had served less than half of their custodial sentence.

      Prisoners: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners gained (a) GCSEs, (b) A-levels, (c) NVQs and (d) other qualifications while in custody in each of the last five years.

      Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what information and guidance is available to users of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal whose cases will be taken forward under the...

      Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the changes to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal on users who have an autism...

      Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what information is available to advocacy groups and other groups providing support to families using the Special Educational Needs and Disability...

      Warrants: Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) liability orders and (b) warrants of commitment were issued in respect of council tax arrears in each region of England and Wales in each...

      Whitemoor Prison: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many attempted murders have taken place at HMP Whitemoor in each of the last three years.

      Whitemoor Prison: Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners have been released early under the Government's early release scheme from HMP Whitemoor in the last 12 months.

      Whitemoor Prison: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average length of staff working shifts was in each of the last three years at HMP Whitemoor.

      Young Offenders: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the Answer of 14 October 2008, Official Report, column 1035W, on young offenders, what the average length of sentence was for young...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authorities in (a) England and (b) the East Midlands have budgeted for insulation improvements to their housing...

    • Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding has been agreed with each of her Department's non-departmental bodies for the period 2008 to 2011.

      Eco-Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether she or her Ministers will agree to meet members of the public from each selected eco-town site to discuss the...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many empty houses suitable for occupation there were in each region in England in 2007-08.

      Fire Services: Hotels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she plans to collect data on the number of fires in bed and breakfast establishments as a separate category from all...

      Fire Services: Hotels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she plans to review the implementation by fire and rescue authorities of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005,...

      Fire Services: Hotels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions she has had with (a) the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, (b) fire and rescue authorities and...

      Fire Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many firefighters there were per 100,000 residents in (a) Northamptonshire and (b) England (i) in 1997 and (ii) at the...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 6 April 2008, Official Report, column 322W, on home information packs, how many penalty charge...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the capital value of (a) housing association and (b) council housing stock in each year since 1997.

      Housing: Bournemouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new affordable homes were made available in Bournemouth in each of the last five years.

      Housing: Bournemouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has for the introduction of new targets for housing provision in Bournemouth; and when she expects these plans to...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many affordable homes for rent or sale to local people were built in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.

      Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many inspectors were employed by her Department in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 1997-98.

      Local Government Services: Torbay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department spent on providing services of each type in Torbay in each of the last five years.

      Maps: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether plans are in place to simplify the re-use of licences for Ordnance Survey mapping data.

      Mentally Ill Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information her Department has gathered on the effect of its policies and practices on the recruitment, development and...

      Planning Obligations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether monies collected under section 106 agreements can be used to pay for infrastructure projects other than those specified...

      Planning Permission: Northamptonshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many units of housing were given planning permission in Northamptonshire in each of the last three years for which figures...

      Planning: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what account her Department takes of the public health benefit of developments that encourage physical activity and sport in...

      Planning: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what account will be taken of the public health benefit of developments that promote physical activity and sport in designating...

      Powers of Entry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many powers of entry her Department and its predecessors have (a) introduced in legislation and (b) repealed since 1997.

      Regional Planning and Development: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) if she will assess the effect of the implementation of the Government's Green Belt policy and Planning Policy Guidance 2...

      Regional Planning and Development: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what research she has (a) commissioned, (b) evaluated and (c) undertaken on the effects of planning regulation upon small...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many civil servants in her Department were seconded to work for (a) trade unions and (b) the Trades Union Congress in each...

      Urban Areas: Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of development corporations in meeting their objectives.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether his Department (a) promotes and (b) funds the promotion of days or weeks dedicated to animal welfare.

    • Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which regional development agencies have established regional beacons for the creative industries; and what the cost of doing so has...

      Arts: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department has taken to better champion London's creative festivals.

      Christmas

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

      Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff were employed by his Department to work on heritage in each year since 1997.

      Culture: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much under each budgetary heading his Department spent on strategic commissioning in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department received from each of its sponsored bodies and agencies in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on employing press officers in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent on overnight accommodation by his Department's civil servants in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which were the three most expensive appointments in relation to recruitment advertising in each of the last three years; and how much...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 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...

      Festivals and Special Occasions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on days of (a) religious and (b) cultural celebration in the last 12 months.

      Film: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which locations have been selected to host mixed media centres as set out in the cross-departmental report, New Talents for the New Economy.

      Heritage Lottery Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the Heritage Lottery Fund has received from the National Lottery Distribution Fund in each year since 2000 in 2007-08 prices.

      Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many inspectors were employed by his Department in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 1997-98.

      Licensing Act 2003

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations the Government has received on the operation of the Licensing Act 2003.

      Living Places Partnership: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much (a) his Department, (b) Sport England, (c) the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, (d) English Heritage and (e) Arts...

      National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many press and communications officers are employed by the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts.

      National Identity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether he has had discussions on the possibility of introducing a UK-wide British Day; and if he will make a statement.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps the Government plans to take to develop new sporting talent to participate in the London 2012 Olympics.

      Playing Fields: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he plans to publish his Department's statistics on planning applications affecting playing fields in 2006-07.

      Public Libraries: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding public libraries received from the public purse in each year since 1997, expressed in 2008 prices.

      Regional Arts Councils: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many people were employed by each regional arts council in 2007-08; (2) how many people were employed by the regional arts...

      Sports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what analysis he has made of the elite sports which field teams to represent Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland which receive no funds...

      Sports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent from the public purse per head on sport in (a) rural areas and (b) urban areas in 2007-08.

      Sports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the proportion of expenditure on sport which was funded by (a) public money, (b) sponsorship and (c)...

      Sports: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport for what reason Government funding has been withdrawn from the British team for the 2009 Deaflympics in Taiwan; how much has been...

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was claimed in expenses for taxi travel by officials from (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies in (i) 2006-07,...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many civil servants in his Department were seconded to work for (a) trades unions and (b) the Trades Union Congress in each year...

      World Heritage Policy Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he expects his Department to have completed its World Heritage Policy Review.

      World Religion Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether his Department allocated funding to the promotion of World Religion Day in each of the last five years.

  • Home Department

    • Airports: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when the compulsory biometric fingerprint checks of passengers on domestic flights will be introduced at (a) Heathrow, (b) Gatwick,...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were fined (a) up to £100, (b) £101 to £250 and (c) more than £250 for refusing to stop drinking or to...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to determine the immigration status of Zardash Budarham Hussain, reference: H1079437.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers remained in the UK following the failure of their asylum application in each of the last five years; for what...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have claimed asylum in the UK in each year since 2000; and how many of those people came from Commonwealth countries, other...

      Asylum: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what conditions asylum seekers may work when their application has not been determined after 12 months through no fault of theirs.

      Asylum: Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the safety of Kosovo for the purposes of making determinations on asylum applications; and if she will...

      Asylum: Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons from Somalia applied to enter the UK for the purposes of seeking asylum in each of the last 10 years.

      Community Support Officers: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers have been employed in each police force area in each year since their introduction.

      Crime: Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many (a) arrests, (b) prosecutions and (c) convictions were made for fraud committed against British victims on internet auction...

      Customs: Patrol Craft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many customs patrol boats there are based on the Fylde coast; and where they are based.

      Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether those staff of (a) her Department and (b) its agencies who are entitled to business class or first class air travel are permitted...

      Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham of 14 July 2008, Official Report, column 27W, on carbon emissions: Government...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the location is of each office occupied by (a) her Department and (b) each of its agencies which has been (i) newly occupied and (ii)...

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the five most serious disciplinary breaches in her Department were in the last 12 months; and what steps were taken in response to each...

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff in her Department and its agencies were (a) dismissed and (b) disciplined for their conduct in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Home Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 8 July 2008, Official Report, column 1432W, on departmental home working, if she will make it her policy to...

      Departmental Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what types of data have been sold by (a) her Department and (b) its agencies under the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations in...

      Departmental Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what permanent residential accommodation is provided for use by civil servants in her Department; how many residential dwellings are...

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will place in the Library a copy of the names and addresses of each organisation that supplied goods and services to her Department in...

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much (a) her Department and (b) its agencies spent on each of the external public relations and marketing companies included in the...

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many staff in (a) her Department and (b) its agencies have been seconded to public relations or public affairs firms or...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of domestic violence were recorded in each local authority area in (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06 and (c) 2006-07, broken...

      Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many overstayers are held in Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre; and for how long each has been detained.

      EDF Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what contracts (a) her Department and (b) its agencies have with EDF; and how much (i) her Department and (ii) its agencies paid to EDF in...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department from which countries nationals are required to secure a visitor visa to visit the UK.

      Entry Clearances: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many biometric visas have been issued to children under the age of 16 years, broken down by age.

      Entry Clearances: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children under the age of 16 years have been issued with biometric visas after supplying their fingerprints.

      Foreign Workers: Domestic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 25 June 2008, Official Report, columns 23-24WS, on consultation on visitors (Government...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 10 September 2008, Official Report, column 1866W, on genetics: databases, what proportion of detected crimes in...

      Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Harwich of 5 March 2008, Official Report, column 2670W, on homicide, when she plans to publish...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made towards meeting the Government's deadline to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on Human Trafficking by the...

      Identity Cards: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether biometric information collected from foreign nationals in receipt of identity cards will be destroyed when the individual...

      Identity Cards: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department why the age of six years has been stipulated as the age at which foreign national children must supply fingerprints when obtaining an...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 21 July 2008, Official Report, column 958W, which police forces have not established an immigration crime partnership.

      Illegal Immigrants: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal migrant workers were the subject of enforcement action (a) in each year since 1997 and (b) in each quarter of the last...

      Illegal Immigrants: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many employers have been made the subject of (a) a civil penalty and (b) a criminal prosecution since the Immigration, Asylum and...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Hitchen and Harpenden on 7 July 2008, Official Report, column 1247W, when and how she...

      Immigration Controls: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to ensure that those travelling in (a) private helicopters and (b) very light jets or other private light aircraft...

      Immigration: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements are in place to examine and check the (a) fingerprints and (b) irises of (i) persons wishing to enter the UK at (A) an...

      Immigration: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many forged documents were confiscated at the UK's borders by (a) the UK Border Agency and (b) UK Visas in 2007-08.

      Migration Impact Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police forces have submitted one or more briefing notes to the Migration Impact Forum since it was established.

      Prisoners: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff were employed by the UK Border Agency dedicated specialist team to deal with foreign prisoners not considered for deportation...

      Security Guards: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her estimate is of the number of security companies in the UK which are potentially subject to the regulation of the Security Industry...

      Security Guards: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the average number of employees was of companies with Security Industry Authority approved contractor status in (a) 2006, (b)...

      Staffordshire Police: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will ask the Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police to provide a substantive reply to the hon. Member for Walsall, North to his...

      Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements her Department has in place to assist officials to overcome the effects of stress experienced in the workplace.

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was claimed in expenses for taxi travel by officials from (a) her Department and (b) its executive agencies in (i) 2006-07, (ii)...

      UK Border Agency: Dismissal

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officials were dismissed from the UK Border Agency and its predecessor bodies in each of the last three years.

      UK Border Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the UK Border Agency's budget for 2008-09 is, broken down by (a) staff, (b) equipment, (c) buildings and (d) other categories for...

      UK Border Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the UK Border Agency spent on (a) administrative and (b) operational matters in each of the last three years; and what its budget...

      Work Permits: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people born outside the UK were (a) given work permits for and (b) employed in the care-related sector in each of the last 10 years.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to answer question (a) (i) 203248, on counterfeit routers and (ii) 203249, on pilot schemes, tabled on 28 April 2008 and...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Aimhigher Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the projected cost of Aimhigher is for 2008-09.

    • Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what progress has been made in preparation of a White Paper on higher education; and if he will make a statement.

      Intellectual Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what progress has been made by the UK Intellectual Property Office in implementing a plan on intellectual property enforcement.

      Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will initiate a national audit of skills.

      Small Businesses: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent steps the Government has taken to assist small businesses in undertaking research.

  • Transport

    • Driving Instructors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward proposals for legislation to prevent convicted sex offenders from becoming driving instructors.

    • Rail Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the extent of the rail network infrastructure in 2038.

      Railway Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department plans to spend on (a) new railway stations in England and (b) a new railway station in Bromsgrove over the next three years.

      England and Scotland Rail Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for high speed rail links between England and Scotland.

      England and Scotland Rail Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for high speed rail links between England and Scotland.

      Manchester Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made on the development of Manchester airport as a hub; and if he will make a statement.

      Seafarers' Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions his Department has held with trades unions and HM Treasury on the Seafarers' Earnings Deduction.

      Halifax and London Rail Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made in providing a direct rail link between Halifax and London.

      Railways: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he plans to take to reduce overcrowding on the rail network; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to reduce overcrowding on the rail network; and if he will make a statement.

      A12

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects work to start on a junction between the A12 and the Northern Approach Road at Colchester.

      West Yorkshire: Transport Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department has to fund transport links in West Yorkshire.

      Mobility Scooters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to revise the law on mobility scooters.

      Motorcycle Driving Test

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made on the introduction of the new motorcycle driving test; and if he will make a statement.

      Bridges: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many bridges have been strengthened in England and Wales since 2000.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many new public buses have been introduced in the last five years.

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to change the national concessionary bus fares scheme.

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the estimated cost to local authorities of the national concessionary bus fares scheme is for (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10; and what the...

      Buses: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department has spent on developing alternative fuels for buses.

      Bypasses: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many bypasses have been built in south east Manchester since 2000.

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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 Transport 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...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 7 May 2008, Official Report, columns 888-89W, on the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, what progress the Driving and...

      Driving: Licenses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many drivers have lost their licences under the six-point novice driver rule since it was introduced; and how many of these have (a) subsequently...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his most recent estimate is of the number of people driving on UK roads without (a) insurance, (b) a valid MOT certificate and (c) a valid...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people passed advanced driving tests in each region of England and Wales in (a) each of the last 10 years and (b) 2008 to date.

      Lorries: Safety Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and (b) the European Commission in the last 12 months on rules to...

      Official Cars: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what opportunities are provided to Ministers to use UK-built cars that comply with carbon dioxide emission guidelines.

      Railways: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which train operators have made late premia payments in the last 12 months.

      Road Traffic: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the estimated cost to the economy is of projected road congestion increase of (a) eight per cent. by 2010, (b) 22 per cent. by 2015 and (c) 28...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the baseline average is for the number killed or seriously injured by traffic collisions from 1994 to 1998 against which his Department assesses...

      Roads: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many police officers were engaged in patrolling roads to enforce traffic rules in each of the last 10 years, broken down by region.

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many fixed speed cameras are being used to enforce 20 mph speed limits.

      Threats Contingencies and Operations Support Division

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the remit is of the Threats, Contingencies and Operations Support Division within his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Transport: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much (a) public and (b) private sector funding was put into (i) London transport and (ii) non-London local transport in each of the last 10 years.

      XL Leisure Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what steps his Department is taking with the travel industry following the collapse of XL Leisure Group to ensure that consumers are covered in...

  • Women and Equality

    • University Entrants

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills on the proportion of university entrants of each sex.

    • Trafficked Women

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what arrangements are in place to provide a recovery and reflection period for women who are found to have been trafficked into the UK.

      Prostitution

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what plans the Government has to reduce demand for prostitution.

      Women Entrepreneurs

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what plans she has to increase the number of women entrepreneurs.

      Equality Bill

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps she is taking to consult young people on the provisions of the Equality Bill.

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how much funding the Government Equalities Office is to receive in 2008-09.

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many and what proportion of written questions for answer on a named day she has answered on the due date in the current session of Parliament to date.

      Domestic Violence Prosecutions

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many prosecutions for domestic violence against women failed to come to court because the victim refused to give evidence in the latest period for...

      Domestic Violence: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps she plans to take to increase resources to regions where women who have undergone domestic violence are significantly underserved according...

      Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how much the Government Equalities Office will spend on the Single Equality Bill seminar being hosted on 10th December 2008 in conjunction with...

      Gender: Discrimination

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps the Government have taken to act upon the recommendations of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination...

      Gender: Discrimination

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what recent steps the Government have taken to reduce sexism in the workplace.

      Women: Violence

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what progress the Government Equalities Office has made in (a) developing and (b) implementing a cross-Government strategy on violence against women.

      Women: Violence

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what recent steps her Department has taken to tackle violence against women.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Departmental Official Visits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much was spent on overnight accommodation by his Department's civil servants in the last 12 months.

    • Economic and Domestic Secretariat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many staff are employed in the Economic and Domestic Secretariat on a (a) full-time equivalent and (b) headcount basis.

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what change there was in the number of people of working age in employment who were (a) UK citizens, (b) non-UK citizens, (c) UK born and (d)...

      Unemployment: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the level of unemployment was in Milton Keynes in each month since 1997.

      Young People: Greater London

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many 14 to 19 year olds resided in (a) the London Borough of Newham, (b) the London Borough of Hackney, (c) the London Borough of Tower...

  • Health

    • Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the adequacy of (a) funding and (b) other provision for (i) nursing and (ii) personal care for people with Alzheimer's...

    • Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the clinical basis is for the recommendation of his Department that transfers of patients between ambulance and hospital staff should be completed in...

      Ambulance Services: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on fuel for ambulances in each of the last five years.

      Ambulance Services: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost per head of population of the ambulance service was in Greater Manchester in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Angina

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure that there are enough specialists to treat refractory angina.

      Angina: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department takes to inform patients of the National Refractory Angina Centre treatment option.

      Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospital Trust: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of security cameras at Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospital Trust locations have been found to be faulty in each of the last three years.

      British National Formulary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what arrangements are in place to ensure that NHS hospital and community doctors are supplied with an up-to-date paper copy of the British National...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on developing anti-cancer drugs in the last 10 years.

      Cancer: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was for cancer treatment in the Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospital Trust area in the latest period for which...

      Care Homes: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect on staff shortages in care homes of restrictions on asylum seekers working.

      Cord Blood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the conclusions of the Umbilical Cord Blood Review will be published.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evidence his Department has assessed in considering whether NHS dentists are (a) dividing up courses of treatment unnecessarily and (b) calling...

      Dental Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists there are per 1,000 people in the London Borough of Havering.

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what internal reports his Department has produced on (a) abortion, (b) contraception and (c) reproductive health issues in each of the last five years.

      Dietary Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether officials of the Food Standards Agency and the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency have had discussions with Royal Mail on its...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on funding drug treatment services in each year since 1997; and what the projected expenditure on drug treatment services is in...

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects of genital wart treatment on the (a) budget and (b) workload of (i) genito-urinary clinics, (ii) cytology and...

      Health Services: Overseas Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department takes in co-operation with other Government Departments to prevent misuse of NHS services by foreign nationals.

      Health Services: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answers of 29 January 2008, Official Report, column 339W and 21 April 2008, Official Report, column 1795W, on health services: West...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of new cases of hepatitis C in each of the last 10 years.

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Portsmouth, South on 1 September 2008, Official Report, column 1714W, on hospitals: infectious diseases,...

      Hospitals: Security Guards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on security staff in hospitals in Hemel Hempstead constituency in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people eligible for the seasonal influenza vaccine in winter 2008-09, broken down by primary care trust; and if...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many seasonal influenza vaccines are available for dispensing in winter 2008-09, broken down by primary care trust; and if he will make a statement.

      Lung Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people required treatment for an asbestos-related condition in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d)...

      Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library copies of (a) national guidance and circulars and (b) representations received from NHS organisations on the disposal of...

      Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 14 October 2008, Official Report, column 1175W, on medical equipment, if he will publish the toolkit developed by The...

      Medical Treatments Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that UK citizens who opt to have (a) medical and (b) dental treatment carried out in other EU states receive a...

      Midwives: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwives were employed by Havering Primary Care Trust (a) in 1997 and (b) at the latest date for which information is available.

      Midwives: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS midwives have received redundancy notices in the last two years.

      Mobile Phones: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will commission further research into the possible effects of mobile telephones on health.

      MRSA: Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have contracted MRSA in hospitals in Havering in the last five years.

      NHS Direct: Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost to the public purse of a telephone call to NHS Direct was in each year since the service was established; and how many calls were...

      NHS: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been paid in compensation to patients by each London-based hospital trust in each of the last three years. [Official Report, 4 December...

      NHS: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding is allocated within the NHS for protecting staff from intimidation and violence; what guidance has been issued to trusts on how these...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has issued to hospital trusts on the purchasing of medicines in the last five years.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of expenditure in the NHS was spent on (a) administration and (b) monitoring targets in 2007-08.

      NHS: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of those employed by the NHS were employed in (a) medical posts, (b) administrative posts and (c) posts with both medical and...

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which firms have been contracted to work on the (a) internal communication and (b) external communication with the public aspects of the NHS Next Stage...

      Nurses: General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many (a) nurses and (b) allied health professionals work in GP practices in each London borough; (2) how many GP practices there are in each...

      Nurses: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many qualified school nurses there have been in each primary care trust in each year since 1997.

      Obesity: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what options for bariatric surgery for the morbidly obese are provided by (a) Gateshead and South Tyneside Primary Care Trust and (b) Liverpool...

      Ophthalmology: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of the NHS budget was spent on ophthalmology in 2007-08.

      Ophthalmology: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many opticians there are per 1,000 people in the London Borough of Havering.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in implementing the recommendations of the Organ Donation Taskforce.

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many licensed pharmacies there are in (a) Ribble Valley constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c) England.

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost has been of investigations into alleged wrongfully claimed exemptions from prescription charges in the last 12 months; and how much the NHS...

      Ritalin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been prescribed ritalin in England in each of the last 10 years.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in each local authority area were in receipt of the social care personal expenses allowance in each of the last five financial years for...

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting times were for (a) heart and (b) cancer operations in (i) Chesterfield, (ii) Derbyshire and (iii) England in each year since 1997.

      Surgery: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact of the EU Working Time Directive on the effectiveness of surgical training; what representations he has received...

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of tuberculosis have been reported in each county in each year since 1997.

      Vaccination: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the provision of travel-related vaccines by the NHS.

      West Hertfordshire Hospital Trust: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of security cameras at West Hertfordshire Hospital Trust locations have been found to be faulty in each of the last three years.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Children's Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many resources, how many facilities and how much funding announced in the Children's Plan is not yet committed; what (a)...

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many childcare places of each type (a) opened and (b) closed in each year since 2003; (2) how many (a) after-school...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 13 October 2008, Official Report, column 1113W, on departmental consultants, what estimate his...

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 13 October 2008, Official Report, columns 1115-6W, on departmental publications, what the (a) budget...

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which information and guidance documents his Department circulated to (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools in 2007.

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many security passes have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen by staff in his Department and its predecessors in each year...

      GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of sixth form students (a) in the state sector and (b) at grammar schools achieved three or more grade As at...

      GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 7 October 2008, Official Report, column 590W, on GCE A-level, if he will disaggregate the figures in...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what proportion of pupils did not gain a GCSE at (a) C grade or above, (b) D grade or above and (c) E grade...

      Grammar Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of the total student entry to secondary education in England in 2008 enrolled in grammar schools.

      Pre-school Education: Darlington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in Darlington constituency took up free nursery places in each of the last 10 years.

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what the average length of time was between permanent exclusion of a pupil and their placement in another mainstream school...

      Pupil Referral Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils attended more than (a) one, (b) two and (c) three pupil referral units in each of the last 10 years.

      Pupil Referral Units: Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils were excluded from pupil referral units for assaulting (a) teachers and (b) other pupils in each of the last 10...

      Pupil Referral Units: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils at pupil referral units had (a) statemented and (b) non-statemented educational needs, broken down by type of need.

      Pupils: Dyslexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of school students were dyslexic in 2007.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children did not achieve a place at the secondary school of their choice in Lancashire in each of the last five years.

      Special Educational Needs: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of funding for schools in England was directed to students with special needs and learning difficulties in...

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of girls aged (a) 12, (b) 13, (c) 14, (d) 15 and (e) 16 were recorded as being pregnant in each of the last...

  • Treasury

    • Asbestos

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were diagnosed with an asbestos-related condition in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in...

    • Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer under what legislative powers the Government recently froze the assets of Icelandic banks in the United Kingdom.

      Bank Services: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what directions he has given to the Financial Services Authority to improve and make more transparent securitisation and credit default swaps markets.

      Banks: Incentives

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, under the bank restructuring plan announced on 13 October, board members and other senior executives of banks in receipt of recapitalisation funds...

      Credit Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many members of credit unions there are.

      Credit Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what credit unions were registered in each region of the UK in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Civil Service Agencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many agencies were sponsored by his Department in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 1997-98.

      Fireworks: Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures are in place to ensure that containers of imported fireworks leaving UK ports of entry are taken directly to the licensed site address...

      Income Tax: Prisoners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 376W, on income tax: prisoners, what his policy is on the payment of income tax by prisoners.

      Inspections

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many inspectors were employed by his Department in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 1997-98.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the chief executive of HM Revenue and Customs received the letter dated 24 September from the right hon. Member for Birkenhead on his constituent,...

      Mortgages: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has considered the merits of setting up a compensation scheme to assist mortgage holders facing negative equity as a result of the mis-selling of...

      Powers of Entry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many powers of entry have been established in legislation introduced by his Department since 1997; and how many have been abolished.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 7 October 2008, Official Report, column 5796W, on the private finance initiative, on how many occasions one party has failed to...

      Public Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total cost was of Government in the UK, including local government, in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 1997-98.

      Public Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Government's overall potential financial liability is as a result of the measures taken to support the British banking system in the last 12 months.

      Public Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when his Department last reviewed the notional cost of capital used in departmental resource accounts; what recent estimate he has made of the difference...

      Repossession Orders

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many repossessions have been (a) sought and (b) secured by Northern Rock in each (i) week and (ii) month since May 2008; and if he will make a statement.

      Shipping: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the average financial effect on seafarers if the seafarers' earnings deduction is removed; (2) if he will review the...

      Tax Havens

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking in association with his international counterparts to extend financial regulation to tax havens.

      Taxation: Aviation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the proposed new aviation duty on (a) regional airports and (b) regional economies related to them.

      VAT: Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of the Memorandum of Understanding between HM Revenue and Customs, Guernsey Post and the Government of Guernsey...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many of those eligible for the child care element of the working tax credit received it in each year since it was introduced.

  • House of Lords

    • Abingdon Green

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Whether he will seek the publication of a progress report from Westminster City Council on the reinstatement of Abingdon Green.

    • Agriculture: Bluetongue

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the shelf-life of the Bluetongue vaccine; and what storage conditions are necessary to ensure it may be used until the end of its shelf-life.

      Armed Forces: Insurance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they plan to remove the need for members of Her Majesty's Armed Forces to pay for insurance for their personal equipment and for their military equipment.

      Armed Forces: Mine-resistant Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Her Majesty's Armed Forces have experienced limitations in off-road mobility in mine-resistant vehicles deployed in Iraq as a result of size or weight.

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total cost of pensions and related costs for former military personnel in the current financial year; what it is expected to be in the next financial...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in the light of the fall in bovine tuberculosis incidence in Northern Ireland from 9.6 per cent in 2003 to 5.3 per cent in 2007, they plan (a) to...

      Crime: Bail

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people absconded in Northern Ireland in each of the past five years while on bail awaiting sentencing.

      Crime: Burglary

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many of the 260 burglaries in South Belfast between April and June 2008 were in houses of multiple occupation; what percentage this represented; and what were...

      Crime: Burglary

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Lord Rooker on 8 July (WA 79) and 29 September (WA 381—2), what are the judicial guidelines on sentence length for multiple...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much the Crown Prosecution Service in England and Wales cost in each of the past three years; and how much it cost per capita in each of the past three years.

      Falkland Islands

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What considerations were taken into account prior to awarding the contract for operating the air bridge from Brize Norton to Ascension Island and the Falkland...

      Freedom of Speech

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How their obligations regarding freedom of speech under the Human Rights Act 1998 relate to those arrested for "holocaust denial".

      Immigration: Removal Centres

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action has been taken, or is planned, by the contractors operating Yarl's Wood and Tinsley House Immigration Removal Centres to implement the recommendations...

      Liverpool

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many times Liverpool as capital of culture 2008 has been visited by members of the Royal Family.

      Liverpool

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many Merseyside parks have received heritage grants in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, and (c) 2008 to date.

      Northern Ireland Office: Agencies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In respect of which Northern Ireland Office agencies and related organisations the Northern Ireland Office over the past three years has (a) paid tax for which...

      Northern Ireland Office: Bonuses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What bonuses were paid to civil servants in the Northern Ireland Office this year by rank; on what dates; and how many civil servants were in each rank.

      Northern Ireland Office: Bonuses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which bonuses for civil servants in the Northern Ireland Office were agreed at ministerial level.

      Northern Ireland Office: Special Payments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether an annual payment for danger has been paid to Northern Ireland Office civil servants living in Northern Ireland; if so, why; how much was paid; when the...

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has any principal advisers on human rights; if so, when they were appointed; what remit, if any, they were...

      Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many of the remote area arrangements for passport personal interviews are currently operative.

      Pesticides

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Phil Woolas, on 25 June (Official Report, House...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What extra police resources have been allocated to County Fermanagh as a result of recent republican attacks on Police Service of Northern Ireland officers.

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have reconsidered proposals to close police stations in County Fermanagh as a result of recent republican attacks on Police Service of Northern...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have reconsidered proposals to move the communication control personnel from County Fermanagh as a result of recent republican attacks on Police...

      Prisons: Costs

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

      Prisons: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people are currently in prison in Northern Ireland for non-payment of debts.

      Prisons: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which schemes of remission of sentence and early release are currently available to prisoners in Northern Ireland.

      Prisons: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many prisoners in Northern Ireland are not British citizens; and what are their nationalities.

      Prisons: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the percentage of prisoners on remand in Northern Ireland is double that in England.

      Public Prosecution Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much the Public Prosecution Service in Northern Ireland cost in each of the past three years; and how much it cost per capita in each of the past three years.

      Teachers: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they have had with the devolved Administration in Northern Ireland about their monitoring of the religions of teacher and classroom assistant...

      Vehicles: Exhausts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the modification or replacement of motor vehicle exhaust systems in order to produce a greater level of noise is in conformity with European Union type...

      Visas

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the route, anticipated journey time and travel cost for applicants from Equatorial Guinea applying for visas for entry into the United Kingdom when...

      Visas

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the move from Abuja to Accra of the place of issuing of visas to the United Kingdom for citizens of Equatorial Guinea is considered to improve the service...

      Water Supply

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 21 April (WA 272), how Ofwat plans to balance the needs of consumers, the environment and water leakage when the...

      Weeds

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Natural England is taking all necessary steps to control and eradicate ragwort as required by the Weeds Act 1959 and the Ragwort Control Act 2003.

      Young Offenders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why a young offender referred to a youth offending panel may not be subject to a lasting record of criminal behaviour whereas the recipient of a compensation order...

      Young Offenders Institution: Zahid Mubarak

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any of the staff responsible for providing protection and security for Zahid Mubarak at Her Majesty's young offenders institution Feltham, where he was...

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