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Written answers

Friday, 9 May 2008

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Child Minding: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what proportion of childminders were deregistered in each year since 1997, broken down by reason for...

    • Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his estimate is of the proportion of children living with both parents in each local authority area.

      Children In Care: Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of children in care aged (a) three and above and (b) below three attended daycare nursery in each...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) childminders, (b) all daycare providers, (c) private, voluntary and independent daycare providers and (d)...

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many Sure Start children's centres there will be in 2010; (2) how many Sure Start children's centres have been closed...

      Children's Centres: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many children's centre outreach workers he proposes to provide by 2010; (2) how many outreach workers he proposes to...

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Government have taken to improve pupil to teacher ratios since 1997.

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what his most recent estimate is of the unfunded liability in present value terms of each public sector pension scheme for...

      Financial Services: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to introduce personal finance education as part of the future schools curriculum at (a)...

      Food: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people are training to teach food technology.

      Languages: GCE A-Level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils obtained an A-level in (a) German, (b) French and (c) Spanish in each year since 2000.

      Literacy: Teaching Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which reading programmes are approved by his Department for the teaching of synthetic phonics.

      Nurseries: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) maintained and (b) independent nurseries in each local authority were placed in special measures in each year since 2001.

      Nurseries: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of trends in the level of staff vacancies in (a) maintained and (b) private voluntary and independent...

      Pre-School Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of existing early years workers who will require additional qualifications once the...

      Pupils: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what additional support is provided for schools with large numbers of children who have English as a second language; and if...

      Pupils: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance his Department provides for (a) local authorities and (b) schools on the entering for key stage tests of pupils...

      Pupils: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the proportion of pupils who spoke English as a second language in (a) primary schools, (b)...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of surplus school places there were in those local authorities ranked in the (a) top 10 and (b) bottom 10 in...

      Supply Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 28 April 2008, Official Report, column 240W, on supply teachers, what the reasons for the difference in...

      Teaching Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will place in the Library (a) the latest data obtained by Ofsted on the extent of setting in schools, broken down by...

      Truancy: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many parents have received (a) one, (b) two, (c) three and (d) four or more fixed penalty notices in relation to...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of people claimed the child care element of the working tax credit in (a) the Basingstoke...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many dwellings in each local authority in England had council tax band amendments in 2007-08; how many involved properties...

    • Eco-Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in what regard her Department's (a) policies and (b) public service infrastructure requirements for eco-town sites differ from...

      Eco-Towns: Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will commission research on the likely effect of eco-towns on levels of council tax over the next 25 years for (i)...

      Eco-Towns: Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make it her policy only to allow town centre shops to be permitted in eco-towns to reduce levels of carbon dioxide...

      Eco-Towns: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions (a) she and (b) her Department have had with Wates Developments Ltd on the proposed eco-town at Ford since 1...

      Housing: Migration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the proportion of projected household growth attributable to net...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the Government plan to respond to the Sixth Report of the Communities and Local Government Committee, HC 195, on Refuse...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average tour interval for the (a) Army, (b) Royal Air Force, (c) Royal Navy and (d) Royal Marines was at the end of the 2007-08 financial year.

    • Armed Forces: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of force elements reported (a) no serious or critical and (b) no critical weaknesses against required peacetime readiness levels in...

      Armed Forces: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of force elements reported (a) no serious or critical and (b) no critical weaknesses against the ability to generate from peacetime...

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of his Department's manning evidence submitted to the Senior Salaries Review Board for each financial year from...

      Armed Forces: Personnel Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the effects on his Department's expenditure of the introduction of Joint Personnel Administration in each year since 2005.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how his Department plans to monitor the impact of the Armed Forces Benefits Calculator on recruitment.

      Armed Forces: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what timescale his Department has for the phasing out of personnel carriers with (a) inadequate armour and (b) those not designed to withstand...

      Armed Forces: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what restrictions are in place on the movement of armed forces personnel in the back of 4-tonne vehicles with regard to (a) maximum distance travelled...

      Armed Forces: Working Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of service personnel at each rank between OR1 and OR6 have worked above 55 hours per week on average since October 2007.

      Armed Forces: Working Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of service personnel at each rank between OR1 and OR6 worked above 55 hours per week on average between October 2006 and...

      Colchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the longest period is for which a residential or former residential dwelling of his Department in Colchester constituency has remained empty.

      Ex-Servicemen: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the ability of the Joint Service Housing Advice Office to assist service leavers on their departure from the armed...

      Saudi Arabia: BAE Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he or any of the Ministers in his Department has been informed by (a) BAE Systems and (b) the Serious Fraud Office of any payments made by BAES...

      Territorial Army: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Territorial Army personnel are based in Northern Ireland.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Assets: Consultants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 7 March 2008, Official Report, column 2844W, on Assets: Consultants, on which (a) properties and (b) other parts of...

    • Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many newly diagnosed cases of each type of cancer there were in each year since 1997.

      Carbon Monoxide: Death

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many deaths there were in England as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning in each year since 1997, broken down by Government Office region.

      Childbirth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on which dates the number of (a) live births and (b) stillbirths that took place in the previous year was published in each of the last five years.

      Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many and what proportion of (a) individuals and (b) couples had at least one child below the age of five in (i) Basingstoke constituency,...

      Children: Bereavement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many and what proportion of those under the age of (a) three, (b) five and (c) 16 had been bereaved by the death of their (i) mother, (ii)...

      Children: Death

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many and what proportion of children under the age of (a) three, (b) five and (c) 16 died in each year since 1997.

      Citizen Information Project

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what recommendations of the Citizen Information Project the Office for National Statistics has implemented; and if he will place in the Library a...

      Construction: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people were employed in the construction industry in (a) the Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much the Cabinet Office spent on carbon offsetting in each of the last three years; and to which companies payments for carbon offsetting were...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisors

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what severance payment the Director of Political Strategy in the Prime Minister's Office, Mr Spencer Livermore, will receive upon leaving his post.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much was spent by his Department and its agencies on (a) alcohol and (b) entertaining in the last 12-month period for which information is...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many of his Department's staff took more than (a) five, (b) 10, (c) 15, (d) 20, (e) 25, (f) 30, (g) 35 and (h) 40 days leave due to...

      Departmental Standards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how his Department plans to work on social clauses to promote adherence to the Best Value Code of Practice on Workforce Matters and the Cabinet...

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many full-time posts in the Cabinet Office were filled on a temporary basis for a period in excess of six months in each of the last three years.

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what proportion of those in employment in (a) Suffolk and (b) the east of England were British-born UK nationals in each of the last five years.

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make an estimate of the number of people who are (a) in full-time work, (b) in part-time work for 20 to 30 hours per week, (c) in...

      Employment: Disabled

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what his most recent estimate is of the number of people with a registered disability in employment.

      Health Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether his Department provides health or social care services out of public funds, with reference to the statement by the Minister of State,...

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 13 March 2008, Official Report, column 593W, on industrial health and safety, what the incident reported in 10 Downing...

      JP Morgan

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much the Cabinet Office paid to JPMorgan in each year since 1997; and what the purpose of each payment was.

      Low Incomes: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what research the Social Exclusion Unit has undertaken on the effects of the tax system on low-income households.

      Lung Cancer: Death

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the mortality rate was for lung cancer on Merseyside in the last year for which figures are available.

      Manufacturing Industries: Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what assessment he has made of the effect on the quality of labour market statistical information from (a) the manufacturing industry and (b) the...

      Migration Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what additional resources are being made available to the Office for National Statistics to undertake the work-plan it has recommended to improve...

      NHS Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what information was made available, and when, to Ministers in his Department on the Department of Health's NHS quarterly in-patient and...

      Office for National Statistics: Bird and Bird

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much was spent on (a) legal and (b) other advice given to the Office for National Statistics by Bird and Bird Solicitors in each year since 2005.

      Older Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people aged (a) 50 to 55, (b) 56 to 60 and (c) 61 to 65 years (i) are in full-time work, (ii) work for more than 30 hours per week, but...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster with reference to the answer of 5 February 2008, Official Report, column 1056W, on prostate cancer, how many diagnoses of prostate cancer there...

      Public Appointments Commissioner: Stratagem

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what payments the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments made to Stratagem in each of the last five years; and on what date and for...

      Self-Employed: North East

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many self-employed people worked in the construction industry in (a) the Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and...

      Skin Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people aged (a) three to nine, (b) 10 to 19, (c) 20 to 29, (d) 30 to 39, (e) 40 to 49, (f) 50 to 59 and (e) 60 years and over have...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many and what proportion of households included no-one in full-time employment (a) in 1997 and (b) in the latest year for which figures...

      Unemployment: Enfield

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people were unemployed in (a) the London Borough of Enfield and (b) the (i) Chase, (ii) Enfield Highway, (iii) Enfield Lock, (iv)...

      Voluntary Organisations: Heywood

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what proportion of contracts awarded to third-sector organisations that provide services in the Heywood and Middleton constituency were three...

      Voluntary Organisations: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many third-sector organisations providing public services have provided (a) a contracted out, final-salary based defined benefit pension...

      Voluntary Organisations: Standards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what steps the Office of the Third Sector has taken to monitor (a) the application of and (b) compliance with the code of practice on...

      Widowed People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many widowers alive today had spouses who died before 1972.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Cars: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the amount of pollution generated in the process of manufacturing a standard family car.

    • Domestic Wastes: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley of 31 March 2008, Official Report, columns 491-6W, on Domestic Wastes:...

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department has taken to implement (a) EC Regulation 166/2006, (b) EC Regulation 1882/2002, (c) Council...

      Fly-Tipping: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many incidents of fly-tipping there were in the London Borough of Bexley in each of the last five years; and how many...

      Food: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment has been made of the effects of kerbside food waste collections on levels of household composting.

      Nature Conservation: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what shadow price per hectare of salt marsh he has used for the purpose of implementation of Council Directive 92/43/EEC on...

      Regeneration: Castle Point

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what funding allocated by his Department for the Castle Point Regeneration Partnership is planned to be spent.

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department has powers to sanction local authorities that do not offer waste disposal free of charge to schools...

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 21 April 2008, Official Report, column 1373W, on Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges, if he will...

      Waste Management: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations his Department has received from local authorities on Schedule 2 waste obligations to collect rubbish...

      Waste Management: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on the inclusion of (a) incineration and (b) recycling facilities in projects undertaken as part of his...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Anguilla: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on negotiations on the constitutional future of Anguilla.

    • Belarus: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the (a) sale of covert surveillance technology by UK companies to the Belarusian security...

      Cameroon: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the implications of the recent change to the constitution of the Republic of Cameroon altering...

      China: Falun Gong

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of China on the Falun Gong.

      Commonwealth: Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 24 April 2008, Official Report, columns 2189-90W, on the Chevening scholarships programme, how many...

      Departmental Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions he has visited (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland in an official capacity in the last 12...

      East Africa: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will assess the merits of convening a regional conference on East Africa and related countries to include Sudan, Eritrea,...

      Egypt: Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Egypt on the use of torture.

      Gaza: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of Israel on fuel supplies to the Gaza Strip.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on whether British personnel taken hostage in Iraq have passed into the custody of Iran's...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Pakistan Government on the Riaz Marsh and Muhammed Shafiq case in the Lahore Court.

      Russia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Russia on the observance of civil liberties and human rights.

      Russia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of the observance of human rights and levels of political freedom in Russia.

      Sudan: Census

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the progress of Sudan's fifth census which began on 22 April; and what help he is offering to...

      Tibet: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Government of China to provide access for human rights organisations to monitor the human...

      Treaty of Lisbon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with EU institutions on the process of ratification of the Lisbon treaty, including in member states...

      Treaty of Lisbon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Irish Government on the process of ratification of the Lisbon treaty; and if he will...

      USA: Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects of the US naval presence in the Mediterranean sea on the surrounding regions.

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) on what grounds each abortion took place in non-NHS hospitals or institutions at (a) 16 weeks, (b) 17 weeks, (c) 18 weeks, (d) 19 weeks, (e) 20...

    • Care Homes: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people receiving domiciliary care were (a) funded by the local authority, (b) privately funded and (c) paying an additional amount to...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that recommendations on research into myalgic encephalomyelitis and chronic fatigue syndrome, such as...

      Codex Alimentarius

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what status the Codex Alimentarius has in the regulatory regime for medicines; and what assessment the Government have made of the effects of full...

      Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many construction projects his Department undertook in each of the last three years for which the capital cost was greater than £1.5...

      Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in (a) negotiating the retention of the European Working Time Directive individual opt-out and (b) addressing the other...

      Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of the implementation of the European Working Time Directive on (a) medical training and (b) training for...

      Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether negotiations are under way on an extension of the timetable for the implementation of the European Working Time Directive as it relates to NHS...

      Health Services: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he issues to primary care trusts on procedures to be followed when letting alternative provider medical service (APMS) contracts, with...

      Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what reports he has received on the outcomes of London Strategic Health Authority's review of the property assets held by London's healthcare trusts.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the savings to the NHS that could be achieved by extending the prescription of generic drugs.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has made an estimate of the extra costs incurred by the NHS in treating patients whose conditions have worsened as a result of them not being...

      NHS: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has had negotiations with Fujitsu on that company (a) exiting and (b) changing their contracts with Connecting for Health; and what minimum...

      Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills on the impact of the renegotiation of the pharmaceutical...

      Pharmacy: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received on the viability of independent pharmacies; and if he will make a statement.

      Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of the press offices of (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies was in each year since 1996-97;...

      Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many press office staff were employed by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies (i) in each year since...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in each local authority area had their long-term care needs assessed as (a) low, (b) moderate, (c) substantial and (d) critical in...

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) males and (b) females in the Chelmsford local authority area were arrested for alcohol-related offences in each of the last 10...

    • Security Industry Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the written statement of 31 January 2008, Official Report, columns 29-30WS, on Security Industry Authority (entitlement to work...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the Answer of 25 April 2008, Official Report, columns 2289-92W on apprentices, to the hon. Member for Edmonton,...

    • Department for Education and Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will break down by subheading each line in Table 8.9 in the 2007 Annual Report of the former Department for Education...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many days it took on average to answer written parliamentary questions tabled by each hon. Member for answer by him in...

      Higher Education: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of the likely amount of bad debt arising from outstanding tuition fees from students from EU...

      Learning and Skills Council for England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will publish a reconciliation of Table 8.9 in his Department's Annual Report with Table 4a in the 2007 Annual Report of...

      Overseas Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) what total value of Student Loan Company loans is held by students from European Union member states other than the UK;...

      Students: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of the average debt a student beginning a higher education degree course in 2008 is likely to have...

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of the average annual tuition fee paid by first degree part-time undergraduates in the last 12...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of first degree undergraduates with a parental household income of...

  • Justice

    • Bail Accommodation and Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many residential accommodation places are being provided by ClearSprings for (a) persons on bail and (b) offenders released early from jail...

    • Crimes of Violence: Curfews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice under what circumstances a judge may suspend a curfew placed on a violent offender; what procedures exist to challenge such a ruling; and if he will make...

      Departmental Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was spent on translation services into (a) Welsh and (b) other languages by his Department, associated agencies and non-departmental public...

      National Offender Management Information System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much has been spent on his Department's Offender Management computer scheme.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average number of hours was a prisoner spent outside his or her cell (a) per day and (b) per week in each of the last 10 years; and if he will...

      Prisoners: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what requirements there are for (a) diversity and (b) disability training for prison officers; and what the (i) duration and (ii) frequency of the...

      Prisoners: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners were (a) employed, (b) unemployed, (c) on short-term sick leave, (d) on long-term sick leave, (e) retired and (f) on maternity...

      Prisoners: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average length of time served in prison on remand was for women in (a) each of the last 10 years and (b) in 2008 to date; and if he will make...

      Prisons: Basildon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans (a) to introduce a Titan prison and (b) to instruct ClearSprings to acquire residential property in Basildon district (i) in 2008 and...

      Prisons: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners were held two to a cell in cells certified for one person in each prison at the end of February 2008.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department spent on carbon offsetting in each of the last three years; and to which companies payments for carbon offsetting have...

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time employees there were in the Northern Ireland Office on (i) 1 April 2007 and (ii) 1 April 2008.

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether any person with a conviction for membership of a proscribed paramilitary organisation in Northern Ireland has been granted a licence to...

      Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what further steps he is considering to reduce the level of knife crime in Northern Ireland following previous amnesties; (2) what plans...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department spent on carbon offsetting in each of the last three years; and to which companies payments for carbon offsetting have been made...

  • Transport

    • Roads: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what volume of freight was carried by road between Felixstowe and Nuneaton in each of the last 10 years; and what volume is projected to be carried on...

  • Treasury

    • European Union Solidarity Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) gross and (b) net amounts he expects the UK to receive from the EU Solidarity Fund to compensate for flood damage; what the reasons for the...

    • Minimum Wage: Prosecutions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 28 April 2008, Official Report, columns 143-4W, on minimum wage: prosecutions, how many employers have accrued minimum wage...

      Minimum Wage: Prosecutions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 28 April 2008, Official Report, columns 143-4W, on minimum wage: prosecutions, how many employers have accrued minimum wage...

      Northern Rock

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to issue an invitation to tender for the role of independent valuer in relation to Northern Rock; when he expects to appoint an independent...

      Northern Rock: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the headcount of Northern Rock bank was on (a) 21 February and (b) 30 April 2008.

      Northern Rock: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the board of Northern Rock bank on the future of the bank's Republic of Ireland operations.

      Northern Rock: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the budgeted financial balance of Northern Rock Bank (Ireland) is for the financial year 2008-09.

      Physical Activity Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the cross-Government Physical Activity Review.

      Poynter Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the final report of the Poynter Review will be published.

      Revenue and Customs: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when HM Revenue and Customs will reply to the letter of 12 July 2007 from the hon. Member for Aylesbury on the case of Mrs. H; and if he will make a statement.

      Smoking

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many smoking shelters were built at each of his Department's London buildings in each of the last five years.

      Smuggling: Tobacco

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if the UK will sign the EU anti-smuggling agreement with Japan Tobacco International; and if he will make a statement.

      Smuggling: Tobacco

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will assess the effect that the Memorandum of Understanding Gallaher signed with Customs and Excise on 23rd April 2002 had on the subsequent...

      Social Security Benefits: Easington

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Easington constituency were in receipt of (a) working tax credit, (b) child tax credit and (c) pension credit at the most recent date...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Jobseeker's Allowance: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the effect of numbers of migrant workers from other EU member states on the number of claimants of job seeker's...

    • National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of national insurance number registrations were held by (a) EU and (b) non-EU nationals in each year since 1987.

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications for a national insurance number have been refused in each of the past five years.

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many national insurance numbers were issued in each of the last five years.

      National Insurance: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many national insurance numbers were (a) allocated and (b) refused in respect of non-EU foreign workers in each quarter since 2004; and...

      National Insurance: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions further to the Answer of 17 December 2007, Official Report, column 936W, on national insurance: foreign workers, how many and what proportion...

      National Insurance: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many new national insurance numbers were registered to foreign-born individuals in each year since 1997; and how many of these numbers have...

      National Insurance: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many migrant workers have been given national insurance numbers in each of the last three years.

      National Insurance: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 13 March 2008, Official Report, column 576W, on National Insurance, what the nationality breakdown is of those...

      National Insurance: Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many national insurance numbers issued to illegal immigrants were cancelled in each of the last five years.

      National Insurance: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) when his Department began to check the national insurance numbers and the national insurance status of the illegal workers in the...

      National Insurance: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many national insurance numbers were issued to (a) UK citizens and (b) citizens of other EU member states in Peterborough in each month...

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