Written answers

Friday, 1 February 2008

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Banks: Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) if he will appoint an independent inquiry into the way banks have accounted for subprime loans; (2) if he will...

    • Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which UK enterprises that have received state aid are registered on the European Commission's state aid scoreboard.

      Carbon Monoxide: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will take steps to (a) reduce the cost and (b) improve the availability of domestic carbon monoxide detectors...

      Certification Officer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what role is performed by each of the Certification Officer's employees.

      Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the proportion of UK businesses which did not export to other European Union member...

      News Corporation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2008, Official Report, column 1631W, what plans he or his officials have to meet...

      Overseas Trade: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many representations his Department has received from British businesses and service providers on non-payment for...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Communities and Homes Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the proposed budgets are for the (a) Communities and Homes Agency and (b) Office for Tenants and Social Landlords in the...

    • Council Tax: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what adjustments in cash terms have been made to the collection funds of each billing authority in England as a result of...

      Council Tax: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many council tax appeals relating to England have been considered in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08 to date by...

      Floods: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what provision was made in the most recent local government grant settlement for local authorities in Gloucestershire to...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many (a) home information packs and (b) home condition reports were commissioned in the six area trials in England...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether any assessment has been made of the level of compliance by (a) home owners and (b) estate agents with the requirement...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what her Department's estimate is of the additional cost to the housing market renewal programme caused by speculative...

      Housing: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information she holds on the percentage of gross national product spent on (a) housing and (b) affordable social housing...

      Housing: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many residential dwellings were built within flood risk areas in England in each year since 1997.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) to what extent a homebuyer has liability for the (a) Homebuy Agent's and (b) Yorkshire Building Society's equity loss if...

      Housing: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to consult hon. Members on bids for housing growth points in their constituencies submitted by local authorities.

      Housing: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what events and conferences (a) she and (b) other Ministers from her Department have addressed relating to (i) the...

      Key Worker Living Scheme: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many police officers lived in key worker housing in (a) England, (b) London and (c) each London borough in each year...

      Local Authorities: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many separate items of data local authorities are required to collect for the compilation of the national indicator set.

      Local Authorities: Political Impartiality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance has been given to local authorities on the use of local authority resources and facilities to engage in political...

      Local Government Finance: Audit Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what assessment she has made of the effect on costs for local authorities of the Audit Commission's new fees structure;...

      Local Government: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the costs incurred by each shire county on publicity in each year since 2005-06.

      Mayor of London: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance (a) her Department and (b) the Standards Board for England have issued on the applicability of (i) the code of...

      Non-domestic Rates: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her Department undertook the review into agricultural de-rating in England.

      Non-domestic Rates: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many civil servants in her Department worked on the Government's review of business rate reliefs and exemptions following...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 11 December 2007, Official Report, column 554W, on...

      Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the new burdens doctrine contained in the central-local concordat over-rides the polluter pays principle.

      Predictors of Beaconicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what definition she uses of predictors of beaconicity; and if she will make a statement.

      Regional Government: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the gross expenditure of each regional assembly in England outside London was in the last year for which figures are available.

      Regional Planning and Development: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what contribution to the revised West Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy house building requirements would be made in (a)...

      Right to Buy Scheme: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the likely effect on housing need if the right to buy policy is extended to registered social...

      Seas and Oceans: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions her Department has had with officials from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on...

      UK Location Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Hertford and Stortford (Mr. Prisk) of 15 January 2008, Official Report, column...

      Urban Areas: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many representations she has received from residents of Worcestershire opposing the proposal to build an eco-town at Long...

      Wardens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2007, Official Report, column 685W, on wardens, what warden schemes are funded by local...

      Wind Power: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has for consultation between the proposed infrastructure planning commission and the proposed marine management...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on encouraging members of the armed forces to improve their driving skills through (a) the Advanced Drivers Test and (b) refresher...

    • Armed Forces: Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what licence is required for military personnel in theatre to drive the (a) Snatch land rover, (b) WMIK, (c) E-WMIK, (d) M-WMIK, (e) variants of...

      Armed Forces: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what procedures are used to return non-UK citizens serving in the armed forces to their country of origin on discharge (a) if they have completed basic...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 21 January 2008, Official Report, column 1580W, on armed forces: housing, how many of the extra 30,000 single living...

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) net paybill cost and (b) net percentage increase to the paybill was of implementing the Armed Forces Pay Review Body recommendations in...

      Armed Forces: Psychology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of the effect on recruitment and retention of psychologists for the armed forces of not having practitioners in...

      Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the planned closure dates are for the UK defence sections in posts in (a) Albania, (b) Croatia, (c) Guatemala, (d) Iceland, (e) Macedonia, (f)...

      Defence Manufacturers Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many events organised by the Defence Manufacturers' Association have been attended by (a) him and (b) officials from his Department or Defence...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what audits his Department and its agencies carried out in relation to personal data and IT equipment in each of the last 10 years.

      Future Large Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the projected in-service date was for the A400m aircraft in each year since 1997; (2) what the in-service date is for the A400m.

      Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to change the number of Ministry of Defence Guarding Agency officers.

      NATO: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what NATO's total common founding budget was in each of the last 10 years.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on the outcome of the review of the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund.

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much was paid by the Single Farm Payments Scheme to those individuals on the scheme who received £150,000 or...

      Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department's agencies spent on (a) Christmas cards and (b) postage of Christmas cards in each year since 1997.

      Farms: Norfolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farms closed in Norfolk in each of the last five years.

      Food Supply: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on the future development of a common EU food security policy, with particular reference to...

      Marine Management Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has for the responsibilities of the proposed marine management organisation in relation to integrated marine...

      Protection of Badgers Act 1992

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many prosecutions have taken place under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 in each year since its introduction.

      Seas and Oceans: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent discussions officials in his Department have had with officials in the Welsh Assembly Government on the...

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2008, Official Report, column 1497W, on waste disposal: fees and charges, what action...

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs over what period revenue neutrality in relation to charges for the collection of household rubbish will be calculated.

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether a waste collection authority will be able to participate in a household waste charging pilot scheme where the waste...

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the likely maximum amount to be charged per year under proposals for a household waste charging...

      Waste Disposal: Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether he plans to consult local authorities on the implications for incineration waste disposal costs of...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the (a) Business Resource Efficiency and Waste and (b) Envirowise...

      Waste Management: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department has provided to the (a) Business Resource Efficiency and Waste programme and (b) Envirowise...

      Whales: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to call upon the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species to...

      Whales: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will ask the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species to investigate the...

      Whales: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if he will seek to place the recent report by a panel of independent legal experts on the legality of the Japanese...

      Whales: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations he has received on the legality of Japanese whaling under the convention on international trade...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Andrei Lugovoi: Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had at meetings of the Council of Ministers on (a) the European Union response to the murder of...

    • Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information the Government collates on the activities of individual arms dealers, with particular reference to those who...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2008, Official Report, column 851W, on Cyprus, if he will place in the Library the full...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2008, Official Report, column 851W, on Cyprus, if he will list the (a) date, (b) venue...

      Departmental Email

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to reduce the number of hard copies of e-mails printed by officials in his Department.

      European Union: Exhibitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information his Department holds on the cost of EU pavilions at international events.

      Georgia: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the conduct of the recent presidential elections in Georgia.

      Iraq: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of Iraq's contribution to total world oil pollution; and if he will make a statement.

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what training the civilian police in UNAMID have received in dealing with gender issues such as rape; and if he will make a...

      Terrorism: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will set out how the £400 million committed during the next three years by his Department, the Department for...

      Turkmenistan: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Turkmenistan since the death of Saparmurat Niazov in December 2006;...

  • Health

    • Abortion: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what files are held by his Department on the Unborn Children (Protection) Bill of Session 1986-87; and if he will make a statement.

    • Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the extent to which alcohol is being sold at a price lower than the cost of duty payable on it.

      Blood: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what targets have been set for blood donation; and what performance has been against those targets in the last period for which figures are available.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment Lord Darzi made of the role of carers in his research for his report on the NHS.

      Confectionery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure that supermarkets provide clear labelling of confectionery products containing liqueurs.

      Darzi Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many civil servants are employed on Lord Darzi's review of the future of the NHS; (2) when he expects to publish Lord Darzi's final report on...

      Drugs: Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what facilities exist for the treatment and rehabilitation of those on addictive drugs in (a) the county of Durham and (b) Easington constituency.

      Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of trends in the incidence of hearing loss in the adult population in the last 10 years.

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much of the additional £270 million that he has allocated to tackle healthcare associated infections by 2010-11 will be available in (a) 2008-09...

      Hospitals: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking in relation to hospitals which are not meeting the Government's core standards on the care of older patients.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his statement of 23 January 2008, Official Report, column 1499, on obesity, how healthy towns will be selected; and what process towns will...

      Prescriptions: Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was received in prescription charges for drugs prescribed for (a) cancer, (b) cystic fibrosis, (c) Parkinson's Disease, (d) asthma patients...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on what progress has been made with the Choosing Health White Paper including the delivery of alternative routes and the...

      Tranquilisers: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many involuntary tranquiliser addicts have been successfully withdrawn by NHS treatment in each year since 1998.

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much has been spent through (a) Aimhigher, (b) bursaries paid out by universities from fee income, (c) the higher...

    • Students: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people under 25 years with autism or Asperger's syndrome are currently studying in universities.

  • International Development

    • Commission for Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of whether the Government are on course to implement the recommendations made by the Commission for Africa...

    • Ethiopia: Money

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what currency transactions over the value of £25,000 were made by his Department where pounds sterling were changed into local...

      Ghana: Money

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what currency exchanges over the value of £25,000 from sterling to the local currency in Ghana have been made by his Department in...

      International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made towards achieving Millennium Development Goal number 2; and what steps he plans to take to encourage...

      Mozambique: Money

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what currency transactions over the value of £25,000 have been made by his Department where pounds sterling were changed into...

      Tuvalu: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what account he has taken of evidence that possible inundation of the Pacific island of Tuvalu may be caused by (a) rising sea level...

      Uganda: Money

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what currency transactions over the value of £25,000 have been made by his Department where pounds sterling were changed into...

  • Justice

    • Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department's agencies spent on (a) Christmas cards and (b) postage of Christmas cards in each year since 1997.

    • Harassment Act 1997

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 24 January 2008, Official Report, column 2202W, on the Harassment Act 1997, how many prosecutions were brought by (a) local...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire dated 7 December 2007 on the policy on criminal appeals.

      Offensive Weapons: Bail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department has issued guidance on the granting of bail to a person charged with possessing a knife in a public place.

      Prison Service: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many (a) prison officers and (b) prison visitors have been prosecuted for bringing drugs into prison in each of the last five years; how many...

      Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many inmates (a) escaped and (b) absconded from each open prison in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average spending was per prisoner held in (a) all HM Prisons and (b) HM Prison Chelmsford in the last period for which figures are available.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many passive drug dogs are in operation in the Prison Service; where they are deployed; and what the strategic reason is for their deployment;...

      Prisons: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the (a) trend in the number of hours of purposeful prisoner activity since April 2007 and (b) likely trend from April...

      Prisons: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to acquire prison ships; how much he has allocated to that purpose; what the timetable is for such provision becoming operational; and...

      Redditch Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the effect on costs of the creation of HMP Redditch, broken down by (a) staffing and (b) other elements.

      Reoffenders: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the cost to the economy of re-offending in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

      Royal Mail: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2008, Official Report, column 1765W, how often Royal Mail paid compensation in such cases in each of the last three...

  • Prime Minister

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the Prime Minister how many (a) male and (b) female members of staff of his Office were issued with personal digital assistants in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement.

    • Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Prime Minister how many external contracts his Office held with public relations companies in each of the last 10 years; and what the total cost of those contracts was.

  • Treasury

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Death

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many alcohol-related deaths there were in (a) the East of England and (b) Suffolk in each of the last five years.

    • Departmental Accountancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what items of his Department's (a) revenue and (b) expenditure are uprated using (i) the consumer prices index, (ii) the retail prices index and (iii)...

      Ethnic Mutual

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Financial Services Authority is taking to remove Ethnic Mutual from its register; and if he will make a statement.

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what research has been (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated by his Department on the number of motorists who (i) cease using their car, (ii) reduce the...

      Fair Trade Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department's policy is on the use of fair trade goods (a) in staff catering facilities and (b) at official departmental functions and meetings;...

      Financial Services Authority: Resignations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of Financial Services Authority staff indicated in the most recent staff survey that they were considering leaving the organisation.

      Metronet: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the implications are, including sums involved, of the Office of National Statistics reclassifying Metronet and Tubelines costs from the private sector...

      National Income: South West Region

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the gross value added per head of population was for each local authority in the South West Region.

      Revenue and Customs: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the reasons are for the Milton Keynes tax office's practice of not issuing receipts for tax returns handed in in person before the 31 January deadline.

      Suicide: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of suicides in Wales in each constituency in each year since 2000, broken down by (a) sex and (b) age; and if he...

      Taxation: Energy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration he has given to Ofgem's proposal for a windfall tax on energy suppliers.

      Tolls: Roads

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the factors taken into account by local authorities in deciding whether or not to introduce road-pricing schemes; and...

      Valuation Office: Geographic Information Systems

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether representatives of the Valuation Office Agency will attend the 2008 GIS/CAMA Technologies Conference in New Orleans in February 2008.

  • Wales

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many Wikipedia entries have been (a) created and (b) amended (i) by (A) special advisers, (B) Ministers and (C) communications officials and (ii)...

    • Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what consultations he has had with the Secretary of State for Justice on the implementation of the new structures for prison and probation services in Wales.

  • Work and Pensions

    • National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate how many (a) UK and (b) non-UK residents would be eligible to purchase an additional (i) six and (ii) nine years national...

    • National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of the review his Department conducted of the options to buy additional years of National Insurance...

      Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of paying pension credit to women who do not qualify for the full state pension due to broken National...

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