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Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in (a) Bedfordshire, (b) South Bedfordshire and (c) South West Bedfordshire constituency took one or more science GCSE in the latest year for which figures are available.
Andrew Selous: Like other right hon. and hon. Members, I should like to pay tribute to the hon. Gentleman's work. I hope to bring a bit of relief to my hon. Friend the Member for South-West Hertfordshire (Mr. Gauke) and the Minister by saying that we are not necessarily talking about huge amounts of public money. We all know that public money is very tight at the moment. Will the hon. Gentleman comment on...
Andrew Selous: I, too, shall be brief, like my hon. Friend the Member for Kettering (Mr. Hollobone). The hon. Member for Milton Keynes, South-West (Dr. Starkey) does not have a monopoly of concern about housing need—it is shared by all my colleagues in the Conservative party. We want to do something about it, which is why I backed plans by South Bedfordshire district council to build well over 10,000...
Andrew Selous: My hon. Friend referred to the point made earlier by my hon. Friend the Member for Wellingborough, and I can tell him that the British National party is leafleting this week in Leighton Buzzard on that issue. I say to the Minister that this is a real threat that we need to be serious about.
Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the two major projects on child maintenance debt referred to by the Comptroller and Auditor General in July 2008 have now been completed; what their main findings were; and if he will place in the Library copies of each project.
Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many British citizens did not pass the habitual residency test in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
Andrew Selous: What funding his Department is providing to community sports clubs in 2008-09.
Andrew Selous: Notwithstanding the concerns raised by my hon. Friend the Member for Kettering (Mr. Hollobone), many children at school are involved with sports. Given that we have 130,000 sports clubs up and down the UK, what action is the Department taking to ensure that people carry on being involved in sport after they leave school and, indeed, throughout their lives by linking up with community sports...
Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) mean and (b) median number of days was for child maintenance to be sent to parents with care after the non-resident parent had made payment (i) in the most recent period for which figures are available and (ii) over the last three years.
Andrew Selous: To ask the Leader of the House what recent discussions she has had with Ministerial colleagues on the criteria to be used in deciding whether an announcement should be made by means of an Oral Statement.
Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what procedures are in place in each Jobcentre Plus district to arrange for liaison with voluntary agencies for the provision of (a) weekend food and (b) other emergency support for Jobcentre Plus customers who are not in receipt of benefit or assistance from the Social Fund.
Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to respond substantively to (a) Question 241441, on provision of emergency support for Jobcentre Plus customers, tabled on 4 December 2008 and (b) Question 245228, on payment of child maintenance to parents with care, tabled on 15 December 2008; and what the reason is for the time taken to reply is in each case.
Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individual applications to the Social Fund for (a) community care grants, (b) budgeting loans and (c) crisis loans there were in each month from July to December 2008.
Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of pupils in (a) England and (b) South West Bedfordshire constituency achieved A level passes in 2008.
Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of pupils in (a) England and (b) South West Bedfordshire constituency achieved five A* to C GCSE passes including English and mathematics in 2008.
Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of pupils in (a) England and (b) South West Bedfordshire constituency who entered for one or more GCSE examinations entered for GCSE science at the end of Key Stage 4 in 2008.
Andrew Selous: There were more than that.
Andrew Selous: If all our problems come from America and the rest of the world, why is the pound falling so sharply against the dollar and the euro?
Andrew Selous: Some of the newly unemployed are in urgent need of assistance from the social fund, so why is it that the Department can answer callers to the CSA within an average of 18 seconds, when it often takes applicants to the social fund days to get through? The Department does not even know how many calls it is losing. When will the Department make a commitment to give a decent level of service to...
Andrew Selous: There have been calls across the House this afternoon for police officers to spend more time on the beat, to police more visibly and to work more efficiently. In that regard, is the Home Secretary aware of the successful trials in Bedfordshire giving police officers hand-held personal digital assistant devices, which has led to officers spending a lot of time on the beat and policing much...