Written answers

Friday, 22 February 2008

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Arms Trade: Export Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps the Government plans to take to strengthen controls on the export of arms.

    • Business: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what contribution his Department will make to the funding of programmes run by (a) Business Link and (b) the...

      Business: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will bring forward proposals to require businesses above a certain size to put in place sustainability...

      Departmental Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many Ministerial residences were available to his Department's Ministers and those of its predecessors in each of...

      Energy: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent meetings his Department has held with energy companies to discuss the premium paid by pre-payment...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform with reference to the answer of 15 October 2007, Official Report, column 805W, when he will publish his Department's...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will make a statement on progress towards the Government's target of eradicating fuel poverty (a) in England by...

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent assessment he has made of the impact on the rural economy of the cost of petrol and diesel.

      Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what support his Department has provided to (a) the furniture manufacturing industry and (b) its supply chain in the...

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what agreement his Department has made with CMC insurers about the CMC/CMR co-morbidity report costs for service...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what plans he has for the future of the low carbon buildings programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Microgeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate his Department has made of the number of domestic microgeneration installations, broken down by type;...

      Microgeneration: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what targets he has set for installing heat producing microgeneration in settlements of fewer than 10,000 in homes...

      Mining: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what time limit the current split between beneficiaries and Government of future valuation surpluses from the...

      Mobile Phones: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether mobile telephone providers have a statutory obligation to inform their customers when they have reached the...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the timescale is for decommissioning nuclear sites; and what estimate he has made of the prospects for achieving...

      Office of Communications: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what financial contributions were made by (a) O2, (b) Vodafone, (c) 3, (d) Orange, (e) T-Mobile and (f) Virgin...

      Offshore Industry: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much the Government paid to (a) the Isle of Man and (b) Northern Ireland in relation to UK Continental Shelf...

      Power Stations: Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will make it his policy to require the use of carbon capture and storage technology as a condition for approval...

      Renewable Energy: National Grid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what renewable energy projects have been built which are not connected to the national grid.

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the design capacity of the Sellafield Mox Plant is; and how many tonnes of mixed oxide fuel were manufactured at...

      Telecommunications: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether he has received the report from Ofcom concluding its review of communications providers' additional charges;...

      Utilities: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps the Government have taken to regulate utility bill price increases in the last three years.

      Utilities: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps the Government have taken to encourage energy providers to minimise utility bill price rises.

      Wind Power: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 1 February 2008, Official Report, column 699W, on wind power (licensing), what proportion...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Sports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much has been drawn down by each local education authority from New Opportunities for PE and Sport funding; and how many...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Housing: Property Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much gap funding was provided for stock transfers in each year since 1997; how such funding has been financed; and if she...

    • Council Tax: Gloucester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance has been issued to Gloucestershire County Council on the account to be taken of the flooding of summer 2007 in the...

      Devolution: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make it her policy to designate the Welsh Assembly Government as a statutory consultee on national policy statements...

      Eco Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when her Department expects to announce which eco-town bids have been shortlisted.

      Eco-Towns: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she has received any bids for new eco-towns in Essex in the last six months.

      Gambling: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which countries are on the white list of approved nations allowed to operate an internet gambling service in the UK.

      Health and Safety Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2008, Official Report, column 778W, on the Health and Safety Executive, if she will place...

      Home Information Packs: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much has been spent on home information packs from the public purse; how much has been spent on associated (a) legal...

      Homes and Communities Agency: Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will bring forward proposals for a system by which the proposed Homes and Communities Agency will engage with hon....

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what gap funding payments by her Department to registered social landlords to support large scale voluntary transfers were made...

      Housing: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 1 February 2008, Official Report, column 691-2W, on housing: planning, what record was taken of the...

      Infrastructure Planning Commission: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she, other Ministers in her Department, and her officials have had with representatives of (a) the Welsh...

      Job Creation: Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of jobs which will be created in the Thames Gateway area which will be taken by people...

      Multiple Occupation: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Government has taken on (a) eviction practices and (b) temporary homelessness in multi-occupancy housing areas...

      Multiple Occupation: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Government have taken in relation to car usage and parking provision in multi-occupancy housing areas with large...

      Planning: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make a statement on the use of section 106 monies at Royal Ordnance, Lancashire.

      Planning: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of (a) the likely impact of allowing for the off-site provision of renewable energy sources in...

      Planning: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of how much onsite renewable energy capacity will be delivered in England as a result of the 2016...

      Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will introduce legislation requiring all properties to display a number or name.

      Rented Housing: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects to announce her decision whether to return to the basic rent restructuring formula with caps and limits or...

      Zero Carbon Homes Taskforce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the criteria were for deciding on the membership of the Government's Zero Carbon Homes Taskforce; and if she will appoint...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many supermarkets in England and Wales (a) applied for and (b) were granted (i) an extension of their alcohol sales licence and...

    • Archaeology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff have been employed on the portable antiquities scheme since it started.

      Arts Council of England: Bassetlaw

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what information his Department holds on the number of visits made to Bassetlaw constituency by staff of Arts Council England over the...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many of his Department's personal digital assistants were (a) lost and (b) stolen in each of the last five years; and what the...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) mobile telephones, (b) personal digital assistants and (c) laptop computers issued to departmental staff were reported...

      Departmental Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many of his Department's staff retired on the grounds of stress-related illness in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost of sickness pay to staff within his Department was in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Film

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what measures are in place to encourage British film companies to collaborate with foreign film companies.

      Tourism: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate his Department has made of the number of people who were involved in work-based training in the tourism sector in the...

      VisitBritain: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much grant-in-aid his Department provided for VisitBritain in each year since its establishment; and how much he expects his...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many servicemen and women are serving in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan.

    • Armed Forces: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel were involved in disciplinary or criminal proceedings as a result of (a) firearms and (b) other military equipment being...

      Armed Forces: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel are citizens of countries other than the UK, broken down by nationality.

      Armed Forces: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of the joint service publications (a) JSP 567, (b) JSP 584, (c) JSP 70 and (d) JSP 712.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Departmental Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many vehicles were (a) owned and (b) purchased by (i) the Cabinet Office, (ii) No. 10 Downing street in each of the last 10 years; and...

    • National Security Committee

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on how many occasions the National Security Committee has met since it was formed; and what the purpose was of each of those meetings.

      National Security Committee

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in which department or office the support staff of the National Security Committee is based; how many staff support the Committee; and from which...

      National Security: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the responsibilities of the (a) Home Department, (b) Foreign and Commonwealth Office, (c) Ministry of Defence, (d) Department for...

      National Security: Ministerial Responsibility

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster who the lead Minister is with responsibility for the National Security Strategy.

      National Security: Public Participation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what further consultations are planned before the National Security Strategy is published.

      National Security: Publications

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when the National Security Strategy will be published.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bulls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2008, Official Report, column 1278W, on bulls, in what way his Department has supported...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Aral Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 6 February 2008, Official Report, columns 1160-61W, on the Aral Sea, what representations he has made...

    • Botswana: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations his Department has made to the Botswana government on the Botswana High Court ruling in December...

      Egypt: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made on behalf of Egyptian citizens on trial for apostasy in that country.

      Foreign Workers: Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many foreign doctors were granted visas in (a) 2007 and (b) each of the last 10 years.

      Iran: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Iranian authorities in respect of the Iranian government's proposed Bill for Islamic...

      Iran: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken to encourage the Iranian authorities to protect the freedom of belief of the Baha'i...

      Kenya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the impact on the Kenyan economy of the political situation in that country.

      Kenya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department plans to encourage the Kenyan political community to reach a political settlement through the use of...

      Kosovo: European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contribution the Government are making to the European Union's judicial and policing mission to Kosovo; and if he will make...

      Overseas Residence: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) powers he has and (b) actions are open to him to take to secure the freedom of a UK national abducted by a regime...

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what financial contribution the Government are making to the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur.

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what research has been undertaken since June 2007 into the causes of the increase in emergency readmissions to hospital, particularly for people...

    • Agency Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS spent on the employment of agency nurses in each of the last three years.

      Antidepressants: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of those who committed suicide were taking prescribed anti-depressant medication at the time of death from 1997 to 2007.

      Breast Cancer: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many breast cancer screenings there were in Essex in each of the last five years.

      Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was paid by his Department to Capita Group plc and its subsidiaries in each financial year since 2000; which contracts were awarded by his...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the consistency of methodology used in compiling continuing care statistics in England; and if he will make a statement.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects of the new care assessment tool for determining whether patients receive NHS continuing healthcare on the...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people received continuing care (a) in total and (b) per 50,000 of population in each primary care trust area in England in each quarter of 2007.

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to increase the take-up rate of cervical screening; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the special advisers employed in his Department since 6 May 1997; and what the (a) start and (b) end date of employment was in each case.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2008, Official Report, column 1689W, on departmental public expenditure, what the minor claims which were abandoned...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much revenue was generated by each (a) 0845 and (b) 0870 telephone code used for customer inquiry lines by his Department's agencies in each of the...

      Disabled: Norwich

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will break down by (a) age group and (b) type of disability the number of people with disabilities under the age of 35 in Norwich, North...

      Disabled: Tamworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of those under the age of 25 resident in Tamworth constituency have a disability, broken down by (a) type of disability and (b) age group.

      Fair Trade Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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;...

      Forced Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will ensure that information on helplines and access to support for victims of forced marriage or persons in fear of forced marriage is made...

      Hearing Impaired: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people had been waiting for more than six weeks for a hearing assessment on the latest date for which information is available; and what estimate...

      Hearing Impaired: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to implement and monitor an 18-week target within which audiovestibular patients with hearing and balance disorders must be...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people with (a) hepatitis C and (b) HIV have (i) committed suicide and (ii) had contact with NHS mental services while receiving NHS drug...

      Home Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on the inclusion of domiciliary care workers on the social care register; when he expects this work to be completed; and if he...

      NHS: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the NHS Business Services Authority was of taking Mr. Phil Mitchell of Ticknall to court for payment of a penalty charge; and if he will...

      NHS: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budget was for (a) community health councils, (b) each community health council, (c) patient involvement forums and (d) each patient...

      Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nutritionists the national health service employed in (a) Southend, (b) Essex and (c) England and Wales in each of the last five years for...

      Pathology: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many qualified paediatric pathologists were practising in each coroner's district in each of the last five years.

      Peripheral Arterial Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons peripheral arterial disease is no longer included in the quality and outcomes framework; and if he will make a statement.

      Skin Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many skin cancer patients were diagnosed where use of sunbed salons was a contributing factor in their condition in each of the last five years for...

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many girls aged (a) under 16 years and (b) 16 to 17 years became pregnant in (i) the Metropolitan Police area of London, (ii) Birmingham and (iii)...

      Transplant Surgery: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are waiting for an organ transplant in each region.

  • Home Department

    • Migrant Workers: Cambridgeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her most recent estimate is of the number of migrant workers there were in (a) Cambridgeshire, (b) Peterborough and (c) North East...

    • Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vulnerable adults were reported missing to the police in 2007; and what estimate she has made of the number of such people who...

      National Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the oral statement of the Prime Minister of 14 November 2007, Official Report, columns 667-72, on national security, if she will...

      Offensive Weapons: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations she has received on the merits of creating specific offences for (a) carrying and using a knife in a violent...

      Police: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of employing police officers was as a percentage of the total budget for each police force in England for each year since 1990.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice her Department will give to police authorities on allocation of the surplus from the budget set aside to meet a 2.5 per cent. pay...

      Police: Interpreters and Translators

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the average time (a) English speaking individuals and (b) non-English speaking individuals requiring...

      Police: Interpreters and Translators

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 12 December 2006, Official Report, column 1061W, on police interpreters, how much was spent on interpreters...

      Police: Interpreters and Translators

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 26 November 2007, Official Report, column 192W, on police: interpreters and translators, if she will make it her...

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in the Derbyshire Police Authority area in each year since 1997.

      Police: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) injuries and (b) deaths were caused by accidents in which police vehicles were involved in each of the last 10 years, broken...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2007, Official Report, column 1353W, on Afghanistan: reconstruction, if he will place in the...

    • Burma: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much of his Department's contribution to the multi-donor trust fund for education in Burma has been spent on (a) state schools,...

      Chad: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether there are plans to increase the humanitarian assistance to Chad.

      Chad: Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment has been made of the effect that the security situation in Chad is having on the humanitarian situation in Darfur; and...

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many external contracts his Department held with public relations companies in each of the last 10 years; and what the total cost...

      Developing Countries: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with what countries the European Commission has (a) discussed and (b) entered into millennium development goals contracts.

      Developing Countries: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what indicators the European Commission has developed to ensure that millennium development goal (MDG) contracts are effective in...

      Developing Countries: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development to what extent (a) national parliaments and (b) sexual and reproductive health and rights organisations will be involved in the...

      India: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding his Department provides to India to tackle (a) malnutrition and (b) poor sanitation affecting children under five.

      India: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to (a) tackle barriers to educational access for girls and (b) improve female literacy in India.

      India: Infant Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to ensure that economic growth in India has a positive impact on infant mortality; and if he will...

      Kosovo: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the work of the Kosovo Property Agency and its predecessor, the United Nations Housing and Property...

      Timor Leste: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether there are plans to increase assistance provided to East Timor.

  • Justice

    • Honours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many members of the senior civil service in his Department have received an honour.

    • Computer Misuse Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there have been for unauthorised (i) access to computer material, (ii) access to computer material with...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners held in HM Prison Bullwood Hall and HM Prison Canterbury on 18 February 2008 had completed their custodial sentences and were awaiting...

      Prisoners: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of those foreign national prisoners released from a custodial sentence had served more than half of their sentence in each of the last 10...

      Prisoners: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign national prisoners are (a) serving sentences of (i) six months or less, (ii) six to 12 months, (iii) 12 to 24 months, (iv) two to four...

      Rape: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of those convicted of rape in (a) the East of England and (b) Suffolk were given (i) an immediate custodial sentence, (ii) a community...

      Travelling People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost was to his Department of each of the five annual Developing Services for Gypsies and Travellers conferences.

      Young Offenders: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the evaluation of the peer panels in Lancashire will be published; and when a decision will be made on the extension of the project.

  • Prime Minister

    • 10 Downing Street: Operating Costs

      To ask the Prime Minister what the running costs were of 10 Downing street in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07; and how much they are expected to be in 2007-08.

    • Banking (Special Provisions) Bill (Draft)

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) on what dates meetings were held between officials in his Office and HM Treasury to discuss (a) proposals for and (b) drafting of the Banking (Special...

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Prime Minister what percentage of No. 10 Downing street's expenditure was on advertising in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Communication

      To ask the Prime Minister what the cost was of the Downing Street Press Office in each quarter since 31 March 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Prime Minister what the (a) objective and (b) value was of each contract placed with (i) Deloitte and Touche, (ii) Ernst and Young, (iii) KPMG, (iv) PricewaterhouseCoopers and (v) PA...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Prime Minister how much was spent by his Office on (a) alcohol and (b) entertaining in the last 12 months.

      Ministers: Pay

      To ask the Prime Minister which Ministers of the Crown do not receive a ministerial salary.

      Strategic Communications Unit

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) how many (a) civil servants, (b) special advisers and (c) other staff were employed by the No. 10 Strategic Communications Unit in each of the last five years;...

  • Transport

    • Airports: Baggage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 7 February 2008, Official Report, column 1411W, on airports: baggage, whether there is a requirement on UK airport...

    • Departmental Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the source code copies of core application software used by her Department and its agencies and supplied by third parties are held in escrow.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many complaints from individuals directly her Department has received as a consequence of the loss of personal data held by her Department and its...

      Departmental Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what databases are (a) owned and (b) maintained by (i) her Department and (ii) its agencies.

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will list the special advisers employed in her Department and its predecessors since 6 May 1997; and what the (a) start and (b) end date of...

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will list the (a) special advisers and (b) ministerial appointees in possession of a security pass enabling access to her Department's main...

      Driving: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will bring forward proposals to simplify the process whereby those who reach the age of 70 years can receive a new driving licence.

      Eurostar North Pole Depot: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding from the public purse was spent on the Eurostar North Pole depot.

      Honours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many members of the senior civil service in her Department have received an honour.

      Motor Vehicles: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will bring forward proposals to clarify the responsibilities of the seller and new owner of a vehicle under the form V5 process to ensure that...

      Motor Vehicles: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what powers she has to take action against a previous owner of a vehicle who has not filled in the relevant paperwork to transfer the title of...

      Private Roads: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who is responsible for the unadopted road at the side of 21 Market street, Adlington, Lancashire.

      Railways: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average timetable journey time by train was from (a) Cambridge to London King's Cross, (b) Lewes to London Victoria, (c) Peterborough to...

  • Treasury

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many children died as a result of drinking alcohol in the last (a) 12 months and (b) five years, broken down by (i) strategic health authority, (ii)...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: East of England

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deaths in which alcohol was the primary cause there were in (a) Suffolk, (b) Norfolk and (c) Cambridgeshire in each year since 1997.

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of UK households eligible for but not claiming (a) child tax credits and (b) working tax credits.

      Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of children were living with (a) both birth parents, (b) one birth parent and (c) no birth parents in each year since 1987, broken down...

      Debt Collection: Standards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer who in HM Revenue and Customs is responsible for ensuring compliance with the national standards for enforcement agents by contracted enforcement companies;...

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department and its agencies spent on (a) sponsoring newspaper or publication supplements and (b) funding advertorials in newspapers and other...

      Departmental Official Residences

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many ministerial residences were available to his Department's Ministers in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Retirement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff in his Department retired on grounds of stress-related illness in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the (a) special advisers and (b) ministerial appointees in possession of a security pass enabling access to his Department's main building...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of working days lost by his Department's staff was attributed to stress-related conditions in the most recent year for which figures are...

      Departmental Sick Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost of sickness pay to staff within his Department was in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many overseas visits by officials in his Department took place in each of the last 10 years; which countries were visited; and how much was spent...

      External Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2008, Official Report, column 671W, on external contracts, how many external consultancy contracts his Department held...

      Financial Institutions: Bank of England

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether any financial institutions other than Northern Rock have asked the Bank of England for financial assistance in the last 12 months.

      Foreign Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many migrant workers from (a) inside and (b) outside the EU were in employment in the UK in each quarter since 1984.

      Gold and Foreign Exchange Reserves

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much in net ounces of gold has been sold from the foreign exchange reserves since 1997; what the net proceeds have been from those sales; and what the...

      Honours

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many members of the senior civil service in his Department have received an honour.

      Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much a single earner on average earnings with two children earned in (a) 1997 and (b) 2007.

      Income: Equality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of (a) the income inequality gap and (b) changes to this differential since 1997; and what measures he plans to introduce to...

      Income: Nottingham

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in Nottingham North constituency were in receipt of no more than the national minimum wage in the latest period for which figures are...

      Lone Parents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many working age lone parents his Department estimates lived in each region in the UK in each year since 1997, broken down by sex.

      National Insurance Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage increase in the basic state pension could be paid in the years from 2009-10 to 2012-13 by using the national insurance fund's excess of...

      Quality of Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what definition of quality of life he uses.

      Revenue and Customs: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff in HM Revenue and Customs have been investigated for fraud in the last 12 months.

      Revenue and Customs: Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what training courses were attended by staff working at HM Revenue and Customs in each of the last three years; and what the cost of such courses was.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the tax revenue lost due to tax avoidance in each financial year since 1997.

      Tax Avoidance: Companies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to reduce the amount of tax revenue lost due to avoidance by large corporations; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of tax credit awards are currently experiencing technical difficulties having been unresolved for six months or more; and what plans he has...

      Tax Yields: Staffordshire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Government raised in tax from (a) Tamworth constituency and (b) Staffordshire in each of the last five years.

      Taxation: Music

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) grants and (b) tax incentives the Government has made to the UK popular music industry in the last 10 years; what the cost to the public purse...

      Valuation Office: Rightmove

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to the public purse has been to date of the contract between HM Revenue and Customs, on behalf of the Valuation Office Agency, and...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were prosecuted in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08 for tax credit fraud; how many people were found guilty; and how much money was...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the distribution of expenditure via (a) working tax credit, (b) child tax credit, (c) the childcare element of working...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of families received the childcare element of the working tax credit during the last year for which data are available; and if he will make...

      Working Tax Credit: Nottingham

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in Nottingham North constituency were in receipt of working families tax credit in the most recent period for which figures are available.

  • Wales

    • Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many letters his Department received in each of the last five years.

    • Eurostar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department spent on (a) first and (b) other class travel by Eurostar in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

  • Women and Equality

    • Polygamy

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what estimate she has made of the number of polygamous unions there are in the UK involving (a) three and (b) four people.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Support Agency: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much private agencies have collected on behalf of the Child Support Agency since such companies were first contracted to provide...

    • Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the total carbon emissions from his Department's estate in each year since 2005.

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have found sustained employment through Workstep; and what his Department's annual expenditure on Workstep has been in each...

      Housing Benefit: Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the Answers of 18 February 2008, Official Report, columns 235-36W, on housing benefit: anti-social behaviour, how many (a)...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment for benchmarking purposes he has made of the provision of state pensions in the UK in comparison with other European countries.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of those classified as workless households were (a) families with dependants, (b) two parent households, (c) lone parent...

  • House of Lords

    • Arms Trade

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they plan to strengthen controls over British arms exports by (a) controlling all sales by British extra-territorial arms brokers, including military...

    • Central-Local Concordat

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What changes they propose to make to the policies and working arrangements of the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills following the signing of the...

      Central-Local Concordat

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What instructions and advice are being given to Natural England concerning changes to their policies and working arrangements following the signing of the...

      Climate Change: Carbon Capture and Storage

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the carbon capture and storage competition plant being promoted by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform will manage carbon dioxide...

      Energy: Gas Storage

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment has been made of the likelihood of the 5.6 billion cubic metres of new gas storage capacity outlined in the May 2007 Energy White Paper being...

      Energy: Wind Generation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the carbon savings in tonnes per megawatt from wind-generated electricity.

      Fishing: Discarded Fish Pilots

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress is being made with the two discarded fish pilot schemes; whether the results so far are consistent with the European Union's findings that 60 per...

      Government: Health Responsibilities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What functions and responsibilities the Secretary of State for Health has that apply in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

      Health: Cervical Smears

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will introduce annual cervical smear tests to detect cancer among women, instead of three-yearly tests.

      Marine Environment: Pollution

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to media reports claiming widespread marine plastics pollution; and whether they plan to categorise plastics as dangerous waste.

      Marine Environment: Pollution

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the proposed Marine Bill will include provision for tackling marine pollution.

      Schools: Teachers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: With respect to each year from 1998 to the present, how many graduates began secondary school teaching careers with degree qualifications in (a) English; (b)...

      Schools: Teachers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: With respect to each year from 1998 to the present, how many secondary school teachers with degree qualifications in (a) English; (b) mathematics; (c) foreign...

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