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Written answers

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how much has been spent on (a) staff Christmas parties and (b) staff entertainment in the House of Commons...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much has been spent by his Department on advertising in the last 12 months.

    • Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many special advisers were employed in his Department at each pay band on 30 November 2008; and what his Department's expenditure on special...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make it his policy to ensure that those temporary and permanent employees at the same grade in his Department who are paid at an hourly rate...

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the recommendations relevant to his Department's policy responsibilities made in the Foresight report on Mental Capacity...

  • Defence

    • Aircraft Carriers: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects construction of the two new aircraft carriers to commence.

    • Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what average length of time a (a) Royal Marine Officer and (b) Royal Marine spent away from home over the latest 30-month period for which figures are...

      Departmental Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many research contracts his Department placed with UK universities and other academic research centres in each of the last 10 years; and what the...

      Future Surface Combatant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the first Future Surface Combatant will enter service.

      Harrier Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the out-of-service date will be for the aircraft comprising the Joint Harrier Force.

      Joint Strike Fighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Mid-Sussex of 6 November 2008, Official Report, column 676W, on the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft,...

      Joint Strike Fighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Mid-Sussex of 6 November 2008, Official Report, column 676W, on the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft,...

      Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when each Trafalgar Class submarine will go out of service.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when (a) HMS Queen Elizabeth and (b) HMS Prince of Wales will enter service.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when each (a) Type 22 and (b) Type 23 frigate will go out of service.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • 2018 World Cup Bid Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what guidance his Department has given on cross-party working to the 2018 World Cup Bid Board; what commitments he has received from...

    • 2018 World Cup Bid Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what 2018 World Cup Bid Board meetings (a) have been held and (b) are scheduled; and what plans he has to publish the minutes of each...

      Arts Council of England: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of the money spent by (a) Arts Council England and (b) Sport England on media monitoring services came from National...

      Convergence Think Tank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many more Convergence Think Tank seminars he expects to take place.

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to reduce the amount of energy it wastes.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make it his policy to ensure that those temporary and permanent employees at the same grade in his Department who are paid at...

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will publish the research on digital set-top boxes commissioned by his Department during the last three years.

      English Heritage: Historic Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many English Heritage properties there were in each region in each of the last five years.

      Historic Buildings: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many buildings or monuments were (a) added to and (b) removed from the At Risk Register in each year since 1997, broken down by region.

      Historic Buildings: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many historic buildings and monuments are on the At Risk Register, broken down by region.

      Horserace Totalisator Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what meetings he and ministerial colleagues have had with Treasury Ministers and officials on the Tote since April 2008.

      Music: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps the Government have taken to promote music for young people.

      Ports: Overseas Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what research his Department has commissioned on the impressions made by UK ports of entry on foreign visitors.

      European Capital of Culture: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department has taken to publicise in (a) London and (b) other places cultural events taking place in Liverpool to mark...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which social action projects he has visited in the last 12 months.

    • Crime Prevention: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what projects have been undertaken by each of the community safety partnerships in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 12 November 2008, Official Report, column 1209W, on departmental consultants, how many external consultants his...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 12 November 2008, Official Report, column 1209W, on departmental consultants, for how long each of the external...

      Departmental Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 13 November 2008, Official Report, column 1319W, on official visits, on which dates he has been in Northern...

      Departmental Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 13 November 2008, Official Report, column 1319W, on official visits, for how many nights he has stayed in (a)...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 30 October 2008, Official Report, column 1169W, on departmental ICT, what the (a) expected completion date and...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 13 November 2008, Official Report, column 1317W, on departmental ICT, what the original cost estimates were for...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, column 882W, on departmental manpower, what the responsibilities are of the...

      Departmental Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 13 November 2008, Official Report, column 1319W, on official visits, on which dates he (a) has held meetings...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether there has been any nugatory cost to his Department and its agencies relating to tendered procurement where the tender process has been...

      Departmental Rail Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on what date he last used a train in the course of his official duties.

      Departmental Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, columns 885-6W, on television, how much his Department spent on licence fees...

      Departmental Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, columns 885-6W, on television, which companies provided the digital...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, column 882W, on departmental travel, what the travel expenditure was of each...

      Departmental Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many vacancies there are in his Department at (a) administrative officer, (b) executive officer I, (c) executive officer II and (d)...

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 13 November 2008, Official Report, column 1210W, on the economic situation, on which dates he has held meetings...

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what official visits to Brussels he plans to make in the next 12 months.

      Northern Ireland Assembly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 13 November 2008, Official Report, column 1319W, on the Northern Ireland Assembly, on which days he had...

      Queen Elizabeth II: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions he has had with (a) the First Minister and (b) the Deputy First Minister on Northern Ireland's contribution to the...

      Queen Elizabeth II: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans his Department has to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

      Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 13 November 2008, Official Report, column 1321W, on religion (1) with the leaders of which denominations he...

      Usa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) with reference to the answer of 13 November 2008, Official Report, column 1321W, on the USA, how many meetings he has had with members of...

  • Transport

    • A21: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the proposed timetable is for improvements to the A21; and if he will make a statement.

    • A46: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of traffic on the A46 in Nottinghamshire was accounted for by heavy goods vehicles in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Airports: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when and by what means he plans to take forward the proposals set out by his Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in his speech at the Airport...

      Aviation: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on developing alternative fuels for aircraft.

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the written ministerial statement of 13 November 2008, Official Report, column 67WS, on the Draft Renewable Transport Fuel...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the additional carbon dioxide emissions which would result from implementation of the European Parliament's proposal to limit...

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much revenue generated by Dartford Crossing tolls has been spent on transport infrastructure projects in the surrounding area in the last five years.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the answer of 28 October 2008, Official Report, column 831-33W, on departmental ICT, what the (a) expected completion date and (b)...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to accelerate spending through existing maintenance contracts in line with the Government's plans to increase infrastructure spending.

      Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many individuals have worked in his Department on (a) paid and (b) unpaid work experience or internships in each of the last three years; on...

      Driving Offences: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his estimate is of the number of taxed and insured cars that are regularly driven by a driver not included on the insurance certificate.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if the Government will revise their modelling of the economic case for a third runway at Heathrow to take account of the most recent estimates from the...

      Higher Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department paid in annual basic wages to staff in senior civil service grades at 31 March (a) 2006 and (b) 2007.

      Lorries: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many prohibitions have been issued to heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) (a) with mechanical defects, (b) that are overweight and (c) where drivers'...

      Motor Vehicles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) front and (b) rear seat belt wearing rates were among (i) males and (ii) females in each age group in each of the last five years; and...

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what fare structure will operate on the domestic rail service between Ebbsfleet and London St Pancras starting in December 2009; and if he will make a...

      Road Traffic: Halton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the effects on the north-west road network of a temporary closure of the Silver Jubilee bridge in Halton...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many reported deaths there were in (a) the East Riding of Yorkshire, (b) South Yorkshire, (c) North Yorkshire and (d) West Yorkshire as a...

      Southeastern: Ticketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to enable the roll-out of a smart card ticketing scheme on the Southeastern rail network capable of operating...

      West Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of the planned west coast main line improvements.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Boilers: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what steps she is taking to ensure that boilers (a) are being fitted to the specifications of building regulations and...

    • Council Tax: Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether local authorities may take steps to recover council tax arrears without using private companies.

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) letters and (b) e-mails received by her Department had not been responded to as at 15 December 2008.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 5 November 2008, Official Report, columns 545-6W, on Departmental ICT, what the (a) expected...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many civil servants in her Department have been (a) investigated, (b) suspended and (c) dismissed for (i) losing and (ii)...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department spent on Ministerial hospitality in (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06, (c) 2006-07 and (d) 2007-08, expressed...

      Fire Services: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to implement the recommendations of the Pitt review on a statutory obligation for fire services to respond to...

      Green belt: Castle Point

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will meet the hon. Member for Castle Point and a delegation of borough councillors to discuss green belt preservation in...

      Homelessness: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homeless (a) children and (b) adults in each local authority in Essex are currently placed in temporary accommodation...

      Homelessness: Reading Berkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people were recorded as (a) homeless and (b) rough sleepers in the Reading borough council area during the month of...

      Homelessness: Reading Berkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was allocated to Reading borough council for tackling homelessness in each of the last 10 years; and what information...

      Homelessness: Reading Berkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many rough sleepers there were in the Reading borough council area in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new homes have been built in each constituency in England in each year since 1997.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with the boards of housing review areas on new house building projects in their areas since 1 April...

      Housing: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the proportion of unmet demand for housing which arises as a result of net immigration; and if she...

      Housing: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her most recent assessment is of the impact of net migration on housing demand in England over (a) the next 20 years and...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will provide a breakdown by funding stream of the £775 million being brought forward from the 2010-11 budget for...

      Housing: Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many new build properties were built in each Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder area in 2007-08; and what amount of...

      Housing: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what support her Department is providing for home improvement agencies; what the contribution is of the Supporting People budget...

      Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment has been made of the level of potential duplication between property information questionnaires and questions...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what measures are in place to ensure that buyers of new homes do not face unforeseen construction faults.

      Local Authorities: Skin Piercing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authorities have adopted the Local Government Act 2003 byelaws in respect of cosmetic body piercing.

      Mersey Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects to announce her decision on Halton council's capitalisation bid for the Mersey Gateway.

      Microgeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) with reference to the written ministerial statement of 13 March 2008, Official Report, columns 20-21WS, on town and...

      Mortgages: Repossession Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations she has received from tenants' groups on the rights of tenants in circumstances where the property they...

      Multiple Occupation: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 30 January 2008, Official Report, column 446W, on multiple occupation: licensing, if she will...

      Multiple Occupation: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 30 January 2008, Official Report, column 446W, on multiple occupation: licensing, if she will...

      Multiple Occupation: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to her answer of 28 January 2008, Official Report, column 119W, on multiple occupation: licensing, for what...

      Regeneration: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many times the cross-departmental working group on coastal towns has met since February 2008; where each meeting was held;...

      Regional Planning and Development: Castle Point

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will extend the deadline for the payment of £200,000 in respect of the timely submission of Castle Point's Local...

      Regional Planning and Development: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if her Department will encourage Newcastle city council to bring forward development briefs for retail developments in Newcastle...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the use of the single farm payment to finance flood mitigation...

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 16 January 2007, Official Report, columns 968-9W, on the Animal Welfare Act 2006, when he...

      Animal Welfare: Game

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what account his Department will take of the recommendations from the Farm Animal Welfare Council on the welfare of farmed...

      Animal Welfare: Game

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward proposals to include farmed game birds under the protection offered by the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

      Badgers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many prosecutions there have been for illegal actions relating to badgers in each of the last five years; how many of...

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the possible effects of the use of wireless technology on bee populations.

      British Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what estimate he has made of the effect of the sale of British Waterways' property portfolio on the finances of British...

      Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to which charities his Department has provided funding of more than £100,000 in each of the last three years; and how...

      Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent on (a) departmental Christmas parties and (b) staff entertainment in the last three years.

      Consumer Council for Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason he has decided to review the Consumer Council for Water.

      Consumer Council for Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what role the Consumer Council for Water has in the regular Ofwat review of charges.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many new (a) laptops, (b) mobile telephones and (c) personal digital assistant devices his Department bought for the...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on Ministerial hospitality in (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06, (c) 2006-07 and (d) 2007-08,...

      Departmental Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on maintaining its domestic properties in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much expenditure his Department incurred in respect of (a) Balmoral Transport Service, (b) MC Chauffeurs and (c)...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 27 October 2008, Official Report, column 614W, on flood control, what the (a) original...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what additional flood defences commissioned since the floods in July 2007 his Department (a) has had built and (b) is...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he has taken to increase the level of preparedness of the public to manage incidents of flooding in the course of...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to announce a programme for the implementation of the recommendations contained in Sir Michael Pitt's final...

      Floods and Water Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when his plans for the proposed Floods and Water Bill is to be published.

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many individual test sites were involved in the Part B consents for experimental releases of genetically modified...

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy to support at EU level proposals for competent authorities to create GM-free zones.

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy that all future field trials of genetically-modified crops in the UK shall be carried out at...

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what reports he has received of cases (a) in the UK and (b) elsewhere of animal deaths in connection with the consumption...

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many sites were used in England for the farm scale evaluations (FSE) of genetically modified organisms from January 2000;...

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many Part B consents for the experimental releases of genetically modified organisms authorised under the Genetically...

      International Commission for Conservation of Atlantic Tuna

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what role the Government played during the recent meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic...

      Litter: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what enforcement measures have been undertaken by each local council to impose penalties for litter under the Clean...

      Litter: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many fines have been imposed by local councils for the littering of (a) cigarette butts and (b) chewing gum in the last...

      Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the potential cost to businesses of the introduction of the new charging systems...

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 18 November 2008, Official Report, columns 308-09W, on pesticides, how much funding the...

      Pigmeat: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Northern Ireland Executive and (b) the Irish government on the source of...

      Primates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether codes of conduct on the treatment of primates are under consideration by his Department.

      Public Footpaths: River Thames

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to extend the Thames Path National Trail from Woolwich up to the Thames Estuary.

      Rural Development Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 30 October 2008, Official Report, columns 1181-4W, on the Rural Development Programme, if he...

      Seals: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to review the Conservation of Seals Act 1970 with a view to strengthening the protection offered to seals.

      Tuna: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 18 November 2008, Official Report, column 312W, on tuna: conservation, what progress was...

      Water Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of the costs of climate change adaptation on the Ofwat Price Review 2009; and if he...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children have been taken into care in each year since 1997, broken down by reasons for being taken into care.

    • Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment his Department has made of the recommendations of the report of the Thanet inquiry in respect of looked-after...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children are living in poverty and not entitled to a free school meal, broken down by local authority area; and if he...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether any of the Ofsted inspectors who undertook the recent inspection of Haringey child protection services took part in the...

      Children's Centres: Loughborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what level of funding he has made available for children's centres in Loughborough in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10.

      Connexions Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people have sought individual advice from Connexions Direct via (a) an online adviser, (b) telephone and callback, (c)...

      Connexions Service: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department has spent on the Connexions service in respect of information, advice and guidance on (a) health, (b)...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of invoices for goods and services procured from small and medium-sized businesses were paid within 10 days of...

      Family Intervention Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which local authorities have applied unsuccessfully for funding to implement family intervention projects and the Think Family reforms.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of 15-year-olds (a) not entitled and (b) entitled to free school meals achieved (i) five GCSEs at A* to C and...

      Methadone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children who were subject of serious case reviews died from ingesting methadone in each of the last three years.

      Secondary Education: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many secondary schools have a specialist full-time careers adviser attached to their staff; (2) how many secondary...

      Secondary Education: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the status of specialist careers guidance in secondary schools is; and if he will make a statement.

      Secondary Education: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his policy is on teachers acting as careers advisers; and if he will make a statement.

      Special Educational Needs: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding was provided for special education in (a) Chorley, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West region in the latest...

      Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of children have a careers interview with an independent adviser before they leave school.

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Leader of the House how many (a) letters and (b) e-mails received by her Office had not been responded to as at 15 December 2008.

    • Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Leader of the House how many special advisers were employed in her Office at each pay band on 30 November 2008; and what her Office's total expenditure on special advisers was in 2007-08.

      Euthanasia

      To ask the Leader of the House whether she plans to provide Government time on the Floor of the House to debate (a) assisted suicide and (b) euthanasia during (i) Session 2008-09 and (ii)...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many individuals have worked in his Department on (a) paid and (b) unpaid work experience or internships in each year...

    • Further Education: National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of the amount paid in national insurance contributions by (a) further education colleges and (b)...

      Nuclear Power: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much funding the Government has provided for research into nuclear fusion in each of the last five years.

      Overseas Students: Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many doctoral students from Commonwealth countries have received scholarships from his Department in each year since 1997.

      Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much and what proportion of university research income was sourced from (a) business and (b) charities in each of the...

      Students: Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what plans he has to review the costs associated with balances owed to the Student Loans Company.

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidelines (a) UK Financial Investments Ltd and (b) the Financial Services Authority has established to govern bonuses paid to senior bank executives.

    • Credit Rating: EU Action

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 28 October 2008, Official Report, column 880W, on credit rating, what assessment he has made of the outcome of the European...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department spent on Ministerial hospitality in (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06, (c) 2006-07 and (d) 2007-08, expressed in current prices.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost of administering (a) the PAYE system, (b) the child tax credit system and (c) the working tax credit system was in each of the last three years.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans the Government has to improve access for hon. Members to assist them in dealing with constituent issues concerning HM Revenue and Customs.

      Revenue and Customs: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 2 June 2000, Official Report, column 720W, on Revenue and Customs: correspondence, on what dates and for what amounts tax...

      Tax Credit: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether tax credit helpline call centres have caller identification technology in place.

      Tax Yields

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the difference was between tax owed to and tax received by the Exchequer in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.

      Taxation: Football

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to discuss with football authorities payment of tax arrears by professional football clubs.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's IT and data security policies and procedures; (2) what security controls are...

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what risk assessment his Department has made in respect of each data set it holds.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many civil servants in his Department have been (a) investigated, (b) suspended and (c) dismissed for (i) losing and (ii) deliberately...

      Domestic Safety: Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) injuries and (b) fatalities as a result of domestic gas accidents there have been in each of the last 10 years.

      Natural Gas: Engineers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the adequacy of standards in the regulation of domestic gas fitters and engineers; and what consideration he has...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with the Pensions Regulator on companies with final salary pension schemes making up shortfalls in assets following...

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the financial impact on Pathways to Work providers and their clients of the period between when a client first...

      Pension Credit: Administrative Delays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of new pension credit claims were not processed within 15 days in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.

      Pensioners: Tendring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what steps he is taking to ensure that pensioners in Tendring are able to pay their winter heating bills; (2) what steps he is taking to...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what plans his Department has to make the public aware of changes to the regulation of safeguarded rights; (2) what steps his Department...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the terms and conditions of the new Post Office card account will be; and how they will differ from those under the current...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time was for decisions to be taken on crisis loan applications in (a) each of the last 12 quarters and (b) in each month of...

      Unemployed: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the (a) employment and (b) unemployment rate of (i) lone fathers, (ii) lone mothers and (iii) lone parents with the...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Charities: Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster with reference to the answer of 5 November 2008, Official Report, columns 492-3W, on charities: bank services, if he will place in the Library the...

    • Charities: Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster with reference to the answer of 5 November 2008, Official Report, columns 492-3W, on charities: bank services, what the names of the 46 charities are.

      Charities: Terrorism

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many registered UK charities have been investigated by the Charity Commission in consequence of allegations of links with terrorist...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what proportion of invoices for goods and services procured from small and medium-sized businesses were paid within 10 days of receipt by No. 10...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster with reference to the answer of 11 November 2008, Official Report, column 1131W, on written questions, if he will place in the Library a copy of...

      Futurebuilders: Catz Club

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much funding Futurebuilders has written off in total in relation to the charity Catz Club.

      Futurebuilders: Catz Club

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what consideration the Futurebuilders Advisory Panel has made of the funding given by Futurebuilders to the charity Catz Club.

      Futurebuilders: Catz Club

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster with reference to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Ruislip-Northwood, (Mr. Hurd) of 28 October 2008, Official Report, column 16W, on...

      Statistics: Unemployed

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what definition of long-term unemployed is used to produce statistics on long-term unemployed people; and how those statistics are calculated.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the (a) employment and (b) unemployment rate for (i) women, (ii) men and (iii) men and women aged (A) 16 to 24, (B) 25 to 34, (C) 34 to 49...

  • Justice

    • Antisocial Behaviour: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many penalty notices for disorder have been issued in each of the last four years; and how many have not been paid in each year.

    • Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) breach rate of community sentences and (b) imprisonment rate for those who breached community sentences was in the latest period for which...

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer of 27 October 2008, Official Report, columns 744-45W, on departmental temporary employment, how many staff were recruited...

      Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many individuals have worked in his Department on (a) paid and (b) unpaid work experience or internships in each year since its inception; on...

      Euthanasia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what (a) representations he has received from and (b) discussions he has had since October 2008 with hon. and right hon. Members wishing to amend the...

      Human Trafficking: Refuges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many victims of human trafficking have gone missing whilst in safe accommodation in each of the last five years.

      Human Trafficking: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the Government has recently considered establishing a helpline in order to provide information for victims of trafficking.

      Offenders: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will estimate the number of (a) ex-offenders living in the principal seaside towns, (b) ex-offenders per 10,000 population in such towns and (c)...

      Powers of Attorney

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what further steps he will take to reduce the time taken by the Office of the Public Guardian for the registration of lasting powers of attorney.

      Prison Service: Industrial Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what industrial relations agreements are in place between his Department and the Prison Service on the one hand and (a) the Prison Officers Association...

      Prisoners: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his estimate is of the number of people who (a) started and (b) completed offending behaviour programmes (i) in prison and (ii) on probation in...

      Prisons: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the expected annual capital cost of the prison building programme in each year between 2007-08 and 2014-15.

      Prisons: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison places his Department expects to be available in Essex in each year from 2007 to 2012.

      Prisons: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the additional cost per prison placement of treating in prison a prisoner with a severe psychiatric disorder.

      Prisons: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what training is provided for prison officers who deal with offenders with severe psychotic disorders; and what the cost of such training was in the...

      Prisons: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the average cost was of keeping a prisoner for a day in each (a) prison establishment and (b) young offender institution in the latest...

      Prisons: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many self-inflicted deaths there were in (a) all prisons, (b) young offender institutions, (c) male prisons and (d) female prisons in each year since...

      Reparation by Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the fourth report of the evaluation of restorative justice; and if he will make a statement.

      Road Traffic Offences: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many (a) males and (b) females were convicted of offences in England and Wales under sections (i) 14(3), (ii) 15(2) and (iii) 15(4) of the...

  • Home Department

    • Airguns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many registered airsoft skirmishers there are in the UK; (2) how many registered airsoft skirmishing sites there are; and how many...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her most recent estimate is of the proportion of crimes involving violence and disorder which are related to irresponsible drinking.

      Animal Experiments: Primates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department has (a) inspected and (b) approved an overseas primate supply or breeding facility in Cambodia for the export of...

      Animal Experiments: Primates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will extend the ban on the importation of wild-caught primates to include primates imported for the purposes of scientific research...

      Borders: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the cost of establishing a permanent security presence on duty at all times at all ports of entry to the UK.

      British National Party

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information she holds on whether allegations of threats of violence have been reported to the police by members of the British National...

      Burglary

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences of burglary from a dwelling were recorded in each month of (a) 2007 and (b) 2008 to date.

      Driving Under Influence: Thames Valley Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests for drink-driving offences there were in the Thames Valley police force area in each of the last 20 quarters for which...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) on how many occasions personal information and DNA samples which (a) were planned to be loaded onto and (b) had been loaded onto the...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of the increase in the number of profiles on the police DNA database over the last year for which figures exist represents...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 9 June 2008, Official Report, column 75W, on human trafficking: females, what steps are being taken by the...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many victims of human trafficking were identified during police operations in each of the last five years.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) arrests and (b) convictions there have been for human trafficking offences under Operation Pentameter 2.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her Department's definition is of a person who has been trafficked.

      Human Trafficking: Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will place in the Library a copy of the research her Department used to inform its calculation that 80 per cent. of women working in...

      Human Trafficking: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will break down the sentences issued to those convicted of human trafficking offences under Operation Pentameter 2 by (a) category...

      Human Trafficking: Sex Establishments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of the estimated number of UK sex establishments Operation Pentameter 2 visited.

      Identity Cards: Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons identification cards for EEA citizens will not feature reference to the individual's nationality.

      Identity Cards: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department under what circumstances identity cards will be issued to people resident outside the UK at their time of application.

      Islam: Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many mosques in Keighley constituency are registered to conduct civil marriage ceremonies; (2) what estimate she has made of the...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department by what mechanism evidence is gathered from police forces on the impact of migration on each force.

      Police: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Independent Police Complaints Commission has the power to investigate complaints about allegedly unlawful conduct by serving...

      Police: East Midlands Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to Leicestershire Police Authority of policing East Midlands Airport was in the last year for which figures were available.

      Police: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much was spent by Essex police force defending actions brought against them by victims of crime in each year since 2001; (2) how...

      Police: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her most recent assessment is of the level of readiness of police forces to respond to incidents of flooding.

      Police: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average cost of recruiting a police officer was in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Police: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police recruits left the police force within two years of joining since 1997, broken down by police force area; and what percentage...

      Police: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what estimate she has made of the average cost of (a) employing, (b) training and (c) developing a probationary police constable in...

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make it her policy to collect information on the (a) number of and (b) circumstances in which speed cameras are damaged; and if...

      Thames Valley Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much each basic command unit in the Thames Valley police force area cost in each of the last 10 years; and what the performance...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Textiles: Manpower

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many people are employed in the (a) weaving, (b) spinning, (c) dyeing, (d) finishing and making-up...

  • International Development

    • West Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's priorities are for assisting Palestinians in the West Bank.

    • Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what humanitarian assistance the Government is providing to the people of Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what contingency plans he has to provide emergency relief for Zimbabwe.

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking globally to prevent the spread of tuberculosis.

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to deal with the humanitarian situation in the east of Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Zimbabwe: Cholera

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance the Government plans to provide to deal with the cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe; and if he will make a statement.

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Government aid to Palestinians.

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Government aid to Palestinians; and if he will make a statement.

      Afghanistan: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Co-ordinator on a...

      Chagos Islands: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if his Department will consider providing increased assistance to the former Chagos Islanders.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many civil servants in his Department have been (a) investigated, (b) suspended and (c) dismissed for (i) losing and (ii)...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on ministerial hospitality in (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06, (c) 2006-07 and (d) 2007-08, expressed in...

      Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what external language training providers his Department has used in the last 12 months.

      Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many of his Department's staff are undergoing of language training, broken down by the language in which training is being provided.

      North Korea: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures he has put in place for the provision of humanitarian aid to the population of North Korea; what discussions he has had...

      Pitcairn Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department has plans to improve (a) transport links between the United Kingdom and the Pitcairn Islands and (b)...

      Somalia: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans his Department has to provide targeted assistance in support of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees' work with Somali...

      St Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the issues of concern regarding access to St Helena on which his Department is in discussions with the Treasury are; when...

      Sudan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department has given to the Nuba region of Sudan in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs who will represent the United Kingdom at the meeting called by the French Foreign Minister in Paris on 14 December 2008 to...

    • Burma: United Nations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions the Prime Minister's Special Envoy to Burma has had with the UN Secretary General on his forthcoming trip to...

      Forced Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many full-time permanent members of staff work for his Department's Forced Marriage Unit.

      Forced Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the operational budget of the Forced Marriage Unit is for 2008-09.

      Forced Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many cases of suspected forced marriage were reported to the Forced Marriage Unit in (a) 2008 and (b) 2007.

      Forced Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what training is provided to embassy staff who negotiate with suspected victims of forced marriage and their families.

      Forced Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what legal guidance his Department provides for staff in agencies working outside the UK who deal with suspected cases of forced...

      Montserrat: Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had on the preservation of the diversity of wildlife in (a) Montserrat and (b) Bermuda.

      Nigeria: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the security situation in the Nigerian city of Jos following the clashes between...

      Oil: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1056-7W, on oil: armed conflict, how much his...

      Oil: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1056-7W, on oil: armed conflict, which international...

      Russia: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) UK diplomatic staff there were in Russia and (b) Russian diplomatic staff there were in the UK (i) immediately...

      Russia: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment of (a) UK-Russian relations and (b) EU-Russian relations the Government has carried out since the war in...

      Somalia: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects the African Union force for Somalia to be fully deployed; and if he will make a statement.

      St Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many inhabitants of St Helena have taken up residence in the United Kingdom in the last five years. [Official Report, 3...

      St Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to visit (a) St Helena, (b) Tristan da Cunha and (c) Ascension Islands in the next 12 months.

      Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Sudan consequent upon the arrest warrants issued by the International...

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects the Government of Sudan to provide clearance for UN-AM Mission in Darfur airlift operations following its...

      Syria: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to make representations to the Syrian government in respect of honours they have bestowed on convicted Islamist...

      UN World Conference against Racism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on UK participation at the Durban Review Conference; and if he will make a statement.

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the number of members and supporters of the Movement for Democratic Change in Zimbabwe...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Departmental Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will place in the Library a copy of the documents establishing the Department for Energy and Climate Change.

    • Energy: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the average cost per tonne equivalent was of electricity imported via the interconnector with France in 2007.

      Energy: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the average cost per tonne equivalent of imported (a) oil, (b) gas, (c) liquid gas and (d) shale oil and tar sands was in 2007.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has to prioritise help for pre-payment customers for the installation of smart meters; and what discussions he has had...

      Energy: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the answer of 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 1465W, on electricity: per capita costs, what method for...

      Geological Disposal Implementation Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) on what date the Geological Disposal Implementation Board was set up; (2) what the budget for the Geological Disposal...

      Harworth Colliery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the feasibility of re-opening Harworth Colliery.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when the Minister of State plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 21 October 2008 on smaller...

      Natural Gas: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of barriers to gas provision in rural areas; and if he will make a statement.

      Nuclear Power Stations: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the resource budget costs of nuclear decommissioning provisions by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority...

      Renewable Energy: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the (a) cost and (b) policy implications of meeting the likely UK share of the EU target...

      Renewable Energy: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what modelling his Department has conducted on how the UK can meet its share of the EU target of 20 per cent. of energy from renewables...

      Renewables Obligation Order 2009

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on what dates (a) the draft Renewables Obligation Order 2009 and (b) the Government's Response to the consultation on the Order were...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the future of the Cirrus Array offshore wind farm following the withdrawal of Royal Dutch Shell from the...

      Wind Power: Environmental Impact Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what environmental impact assessment regarding wildlife is required for wind turbines, with particular reference to bats.

  • Prime Minister

    • Microgeneration

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what correspondence he has had with members of the public on the noise thresholds that should apply to air source heat pumps and micro-wind turbines under the...

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Government policies to encourage safe and sensible social drinking.

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) adults and (b) children were admitted to accident and emergency departments in England as a result of drinking alcohol in each month of the...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of the Government's strategy on cancer on the rates of those diagnosed with cancer in each year since 2001.

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that GPs are always informed about the treatment and follow-up care of cancer patients undertaken by hospitals.

      Cancer: Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will commission research on the potential for causal correlation between incidence of cancer and proximity to nuclear power stations.

      Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which psychiatric hospitals have provided separate units for the assessment of patients arrested by the police under section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) dental surgeries and (b) dental surgeries per head of population in England in (i) hamlets...

      Dental Services: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the financial allocation for dentistry is in financial year 2008-09 in each primary care trust area in Yorkshire and the Humber; and if he will make...

      Departmental Advisory Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library the latest minutes for each of his Department's advisory bodies.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many civil servants in his Department have been (a) investigated, (b) suspended and (c) dismissed for (i) losing and (ii) deliberately disclosing...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many special advisers were employed in his Department at each pay band on 30 November 2008; and what his Department's total expenditure on special...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in his Department earned a salary over £100,000 in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many civil servants working in his Department and its agencies have pensions with a cash equivalent transfer value of over £1 million.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of invoices for goods and services procured from small and medium-sized businesses were paid within 10 days of receipt by (a) his...

      Depressive Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people with mild or moderate depression in (a) East Devon, (b) the South West region and (c) England.

      Depressive Illnesses: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people with mild or moderate depression in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire.

      Depressive Illnesses: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of prescribing anti-depressant drugs in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire was in the last year for which figures are available.

      Depressive Illnesses: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to ensure that primary care trusts in the South West comply with National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence...

      Diabetes: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children between the ages of (a) five and seven, (b) eight and 12 and (c) 13 and 16 years in (i) North Wiltshire and (ii) London have type 1...

      Diabetes: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children aged 16 years old and under have diabetes in England; and if he will make a statement.

      Diabetes: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent by his Department in each of the last five years on research into type 1 diabetes.

      Direct Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the extent to which the draft Regulations on the extension of direct payments provide protection for those who lack...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total expenditure was by his Department on drug and alcohol treatment in 2007-08; and what percentage of the overall budget was spent on...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) GP surgeries and (b) GP surgeries per head of population in England in (i) hamlets and...

      Health Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 20 October 2008, Official Report, column 64W, on health centres, what assessment he has made of the effect of a minimum...

      Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department plans to publish its child health strategy.

      Health Services: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average length of waiting lists in each category for NHS patients in the East of England was in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) 2005; and what the...

      Health Services: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the arrangements put in place by primary healthcare trusts to inform health practitioners of veterans' priority treatment...

      Hearing Aid Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect on (a) consumers and (b) dispensers of the decision to delay the abolition of the Hearing Aid Council (HAC)...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many delayed discharges there were in (a) each strategic health authority area, (b) each primary care trust area and (c) England in each of the...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many bed nights patients who were ready for discharge spent in hospital in the last 12 months; and what the estimated total cost to the NHS of these...

      Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will take steps to abolish hospital car park charges in England for cancer patients; (2) if he will direct hospital trusts not to charge for...

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average length of waiting lists in each category for NHS patients in the North East was in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) 2005; and what the...

      Human Papilloma Virus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health to what account was taken of experience in other countries using (a) Cervarix and (b) Gardisil in the appraisals undertaken to inform the decision to...

      Injuries: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital admissions for (a) unintended and (b) deliberate injury there were per 10,000 people aged under 19 years in the last 12 month period...

      Kidney Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people required kidney dialysis in (a) Halton, (b) Cheshire and (c) Merseyside in the latest year for which figures are available; (2)...

      Kidney Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost has been of purchasing kidney dialysis by the National Health Service in each year since 1997.

      Learning Disability: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will increase levels of funding for local authorities to take account of the effect of the increasing number of people with learning disabilities on...

      Medical Records: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department provides to healthcare trusts on the release of medical records to representatives of deceased people.

      Mental Capacity Act 2005

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what (a) amendments have been made to and (b) recent representations he has received on the Mental Capacity Act 2005; and if he will make a...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) crisis resolution, (b) assertive outreach and (c) early intervention teams in the field of mental health there were at the end of March 2008.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to bring forward proposals to amend the Mental Health Act 2007 to include mental capacity as a condition of compulsory treatment in light...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many local psychological therapy services there are in England; and if he will make a statement.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent progress has been made in training therapists under the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps his Department has taken to improve progress towards standard 6 of the National Service Framework for Mental Health.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients are being treated in medium secure mental health services.

      Mental Health Services: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the findings of the Healthcare Commission's report on the 2006 national census of inpatients in mental health and learning...

      Mental Health Services: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve mental health provision in the Asian community; and what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of...

      Mental Health Services: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether his Department has commissioned research into mental health problems amongst Asian women in England; (2) what steps his Department is...

      Mental Health Services: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the prison health care budget was spent on mental health care during the last financial year.

      Mental Health Services: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made towards achieving the target of a waiting time of 14 days for the transfer of prisoners with severe mental illness to...

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the recommendations relevant to his Department's policy responsibilities made in the Foresight report on Mental Capacity...

      Mentally Ill: Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital admissions on mental health grounds resulting from the use of cannabis there were in each year since 1997, broken down by strategic...

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many births per whole-time equivalent NHS midwife there were in each year since 2001, broken down by primary care trust area.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his written ministerial statement of 8 December 2008, Official Report, column 30WS, on the NHS Operating Framework, what weighting is given...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his Written Ministerial Statement of 8 December 2008, Official Report, column 30WS, on the NHS Operating Framework, if he will provide a...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons primary care trusts are not receiving an increase in their resource budgets equivalent to the increases in his Department's resource...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of his Department's revenue budget has been allocated to primary care trusts for each year from 1996-97 to 2010-11.

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions he has had with (a) his counterpart in the Government of Singapore and (b) Singaporean health care institutions on the Lorenzo...

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with (a) his counterpart in the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and (b) health care institutions in the UAE on...

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the change in real terms was in (a) nurses' and (b) NHS ancillary staff pay in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the performance of NHS bodies in making payments to suppliers within 10 days of receiving an invoice; and if he will make a...

      NHS: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent per head of population by each primary care trust in 2007-08, ranked from the highest to lowest.

      Organophosphates: Sheep Dipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the Zuckerman report, with particular reference to its analysis of the potential links between organophosphate...

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on the development of a national end-of-life care strategy; and if he will make a statement.

      Palliative Care: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the extent to which the National Advanced Communication Skills Training Programme meets the needs of NHS staff working in...

      Primary Care Trusts: Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has issued to primary care trusts on the use of workforce modelling as a means of reviewing and improving their approach to...

      Primary Care Trusts: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what (a) modelling of and (b) pilots for integrated out-of-hours care his Department has recently studied to inform the development of guidance to...

      Public Consultation: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was allocated by his Department to each local authority in Staffordshire for the hosting of local involvement networks in the last 12 months.

      Sexually Transmitted Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of each sexually transmitted infection were confirmed in each month of the last four years.

      Skin Piercing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to encourage local authorities to adopt the Local Government Act 2003 byelaws for cosmetic body piercing.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have ceased smoking as a result of NHS smoking cessation measures in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley district and (d)...

      Smoking: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have ceased smoking following participation in NHS smoking cessation measures in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire in each of...

      Smoking: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people aged under 18 years who smoked in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Tobacco: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what penalties may be imposed upon those convicted for purchasing tobacco on behalf of those aged under 18 years; (2) what budget has been...

      WiFi: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions he has had with the chairman of the Health Protection Agency on the possible health implications of the use of wireless technology;...

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan: Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much financial aid they have given to projects in Helmand province in each of the last two financial years; how much they have given to projects in other...

    • Afghanistan: Provincial Reconstruction Teams

      To ask Her Majesty's Government following their recent review of development policy, what assessment they have made of the role of provincial reconstruction teams in development projects in...

      Armed Forces: Snatch Land Rover

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of the protection afforded by Snatch Land Rovers to United Kingdom troops serving in Afghanistan.

      Benefits: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how people with fluctuating conditions such as multiple sclerosis are assessed for disability-related expenditure; and whether this expenditure is modified in the...

      Charities: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what level of proof should be required in the case of alleged fraud within a charity before an investigation is made into the allegation by the Charity Commission;...

      Courts Service: Budgets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of reductions in the budget of Her Majesty's Courts Service (HMCS) on (a) the number of courts; (b) the number of...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (a) men and (b) women are employed in the Crown Prosecution Service.

      Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (a) permanent, and (b) non-permanent, staff are employed by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

      Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 20 November (WA 224), how many of the Equality and Human Rights Commission...

      Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in the light of its mission statement, why the Equality and Human Rights Commission implements the national default retirement age for its staff.

      Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what marketing, advertising or information campaigns have been undertaken by the Equality and Human Rights Commission; and whether the commission intends to...

      Fluoridation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 17 November (WA 165), whether they have received legal advice indicating that fluoridation schemes do not...

      Fluoridation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 17 November (WA 166), whether water undertakers in fluoridating water supplies under the Water Act 2003...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether fruit not grown in the United Kingdom may bear labels with the Union flag on when offered for sale.

      Genetically Modified Crops

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in the light of their statements about the safety of genetically modified crops, what assessment they have made of the paper by Velmirov A, Binter C and Zentek J...

      Genetically Modified Crops

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in the light of their statements about the safety of genetically modified crops, what assessment they have made of the paper by Finamore A, Roselli M, Britti S,...

      Gulf War Illnesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Baroness Taylor of Bolton on 25 November (WA 284), how much the Medical Research Council spent in total in conducting its review...

      Gulf War Illnesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to respond to the scientific findings and recommendations of the United States Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses,...

      Gulf War Illnesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to further their focus on improving the long-term health of Gulf War veterans, following their initial response to the report of the Research...

      Health: ADHD

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to implement the recent National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence recommendations on the treatment of attention deficit...

      Health: ADHD

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisoners in the past five years suffered from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

      Health: Clinical Physiology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when a statutory system of regulation of clinical physiologists will be operational.

      Health: Diabetes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 17 November (WA 167), what guidance will be given to general practitioners administering vascular checks...

      Health: Diabetes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 17 November (WA 168), when the External Quality Assurance process will produce its first reports; what...

      Health: Neuromuscular Conditions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review the cross-border commissioning arrangements for specialised neuromuscular services in England and Wales to ensure that people with rare...

      Health: Neuromuscular Conditions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Health Commission Wales regarding the funding of diagnostic tests at recognised specialist centres in England for Welsh...

      Inflation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they will hold with the Bank of England on countering any future rise in inflation resulting from any reduction in the base rate.

      Israel and Palestine: Gaza Sewage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate has been made of the amount of sewage flowing into the sea from Gaza.

      Israel and Palestine: Gaza Sewage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measurements are being made of the damage to the eco systems in the Mediterranean from sewage discharge from Gaza.

      Israel and Palestine: Gaza Sewage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the World Health Organisation about threats to health from eating fish caught in the waters off Gaza.

      Israel and Palestine: Gaza Sewage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimates have been made of disease from raw sewage in Gaza.

      Israel and Palestine: Gaza Sewage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps are being taken to repair sewage systems in Gaza.

      Israel and Palestine: Gaza Sewage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel about allowing building materials into the Gaza strip for the repair of sewage systems in Gaza.

      Kenya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are giving to strengthening the Kenya National Assembly and improving accountability in Kenya; and by what means.

      Kenya: HIV/AIDS

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the international campaign against HIV/AIDS in Kenya, in particular its funding and effect on HIV/AIDS prevalence levels; and...

      Light Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage local authorities (a) to explore options to reduce the hours of operation of street lights; and (b) to measure the...

      Local Government: Future Unitary Structures

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House the detailed design for the six-year research project on new unitary and pathfinder councils, the contract for...

      Local Government: Future Unitary Structures

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what account is taken of the off-setting costs in stating annual savings for new unitary and pathfinder councils.

      Mental Health: Ethnic Minorities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take regarding the trend of the number of African and Caribbean individuals admitted to mental hospitals each year, as detailed in the fourth...

      Northern Ireland Office: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the gender balance of those employed in the Northern Ireland Office.

      Northern Ireland Office: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the religious balance of staff in the Northern Ireland Office.

      Northern Ireland Parades Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was paid to each of the board members of the Northern Ireland Parades Commission in each financial year since its creation; and how much they were...

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 14 November (WA 155-56) concerning the membership of the Northern Ireland...

      Peru: Forests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Peru on their efforts to protect 80 per cent of Peru's primary forest; whether they intend to provide...

      Piracy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisoners were taken during the action by HMS Cumberland against pirates in the Gulf of Aden on 12 November; where those prisoners are detained; and in...

      Post Offices: Card Account

      To ask Her Majesty's Government to what extent holders of British Post Office accounts run by Bank of Ireland would be protected (a) if the Government of Ireland does not honour its guarantee of...

      Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the reports and accounts for 2004-05 and 2005-06 of the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board were not laid before Parliament until 29 October...

      Prisoners: Mental Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what processes exist within prisons in England and Wales to ensure that offenders suffering from severe psychiatric disorders receive treatment appropriate to...

      Prisoners: Mental Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the average number of days between diagnosis and transfer to hospital for prisoners in England and Wales suffering from severe mental illnesses in each...

      Prisoners: Offspring

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children are living in prison as the offspring of female prisoners.

      Railways: Land

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether BRB (Residuary) Ltd consulted Somerset County Council about its proposal to sell land at Frome railway station; if so, how; and why, following the...

      Smoking: Cigarette Packets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the increase in the Republic of Ireland of the minimum size of cigarette packs to reduce smoking uptake by young people; and what...

      St Helena

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (a) why the contract to build an airport on St Helena has not yet been awarded, (b) when they expect the contract to be awarded, and (c) when they expect the...

      St Helena

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of how long the RMS St Helena can continue to provide a reliable service.

      St Helena

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the detailed economic model, prepared by the Department for International Development, concerning future access options for St Helena concludes that it is...

      St Helena

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Department for International Development's economic model for access options for St Helena concludes that the building of an airport will reduce and...

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