Written answers

Wednesday, 2 July 2008

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Manpower

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many permanent staff of the House of Commons are classed as (a) staff without posts and (b) part of a...

    • Morning Star

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many copies of the Morning Star publication the House subscribes to each week; and at what cost.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects the chief executive of the Child Support Agency to resolve the case of Mr William O'Sullivan.

    • Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the effect on his Department's expenditure would be from increasing the employee contribution to each pension scheme for which his...

      Departmental Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the standard retirement age in his Department is; and how many people worked beyond the standard retirement age in each of the last five years.

      Income Support: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy to allow claimants of income support with a disability element to receive weekly payments.

      National Insurance: Romania

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many national insurance numbers were issued to (a) Romanian and (b) Bulgarian citizens in each quarter since 1 January 2007.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much pension credit has cost to administer in each year since October 2003.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the contract for the Post Office Card Account will be awarded; and if he will make a statement.

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of (a) children, (b) families, (c) pensioners and (d) working age households were in persistent poverty in...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of children were living in working households earning less than 60 per cent. of the median income in each year...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many extra-statutory payments due to a loss of statutory entitlement were made by (a) his Department, (b) the Child Support Agency, (c)...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many ex-gratia payments due to (a) delay and (b) actual financial loss were made by (i) his Department, (ii) the Child Support Agency,...

      Social Security Benefits: Part Time Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the number of people who have had benefits withdrawn or reduced as a result of taking up part-time...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals are in receipt of a state pension.

  • Wales

    • Youth Offending Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the effectiveness of youth offending teams in Wales.

    • GP Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the First Minister on patients resident in England of GPs registered in Wales.

      Hospital Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister on hospital waiting times for cross-border in-patients.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the future of the Post Office Card Account in Wales.

      Neighbourhood Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made of the operation of neighbourhood policing in Wales; and if he will make a statement.

      Fuel Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with representatives of businesses in Wales on the economic impact of high fuel prices.

      Cross-Border Health Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister on cross-border health issues.

      Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on procedures for introducing legislation at its request in Westminster.

      Departmental Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many individual domestic air flights were undertaken within Great Britain by representatives of his Department in the most recent year for which...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what IT contracts his Department has entered into in the last two years.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many staff have access to his Department's IT infrastructure at their home.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much was claimed in reimbursable expenses by special advisers in his Department in each of the last 10 years.

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales on what date the euro changeover plan of his Department was last updated; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the most recent version.

      Government Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many staff in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies (i) are classified as Government communicators and (ii) have access to the Government...

      Morning Star

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many copies of the Morning Star publication his Department subscribes to each week; and at what cost.

      Radioactive Materials: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will hold discussions with Cabinet colleagues on the implications for Wales of the Government's strategy for the disposal of radioactive waste.

      Wood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) how much timber and timber products were procured by his Department in each of the last five years; and at what cost; (2) how much timber and timber...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what the cost was of the recent refurbishment of the Electoral Commission's offices in London.

    • Departmental Location

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what relocation benefits the Electoral Commission has offered to staff or new staff taking up...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how many permanent staff of the Electoral Commission are classed as (a) staff without posts...

      Departmental Security

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how many departmental identity cards or departmental passes have been reported lost or stolen...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what IT contracts his Department has entered into in the last two years.

    • Departmental Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what independent inquiries have been commissioned by his Department in the last five years; what the (a) purpose and (b) cost was of each; and what...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many permanent staff in his Department are classed as (a) staff without posts and (b) part of a people action team.

      Identity and Passport Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the effects of the proposed transfer of services from the regional Identity and Passport Service Office in Glasgow on...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Departmental Aviation

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners how many individual domestic air flights were undertaken within Great Britain by representatives of the Church...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Blue Rubicon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what payments (a) her Department and (b) London Resilience has made to Blue Rubicon; at what cost; and for what purpose.

    • Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes were in each council tax valuation band in each region of England on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Councillors: Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which councillors are engaged in the Thames Gateway project; what positions they hold; and how much each received in expenses...

      Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will list the conferences hosted by her Department in each of the last two years; and what the cost was of each conference.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost was of (a) internet and website design and hosting, (b) print media design and (c) broadcast media of each of...

      East Midlands Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much money the East Midlands Development Agency has received from her Department and its predecessors in each of the...

      Floods: Property Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her Department plans to review current planning applications and assess flood risk and flood defences in respect of any...

      Mayors: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations she has received from local authorities in Lancashire seeking to establish an elected mayoral system.

      Regional Ministers: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many full-time equivalent members of staff work for regional Ministers in their capacity as such Ministers; and what the pay...

      Regional Planning and Development: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what arrangements she plans to make to respond to questions from hon. Members during consultation on her proposed amendments to...

      Thames Gateway: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the Thames Gateway project budget for (a) hospitality and (b) communications was in each of the last five years.

  • Home Department

    • Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of (a) burglaries, (b) muggings, (c) assaults and (d) thefts which took place in England and...

    • Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fixed penalty notices in respect of alleged parking infringements were issued by police forces in each year since 1993 to date.

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the reasons have been for the removal and destruction of DNA samples from the National DNA database following a request to do so from...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people without a criminal conviction have made representations to her Department to have their names removed from the national DNA...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to publish the National DNA Database Annual Report for (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08; and if she will make a statement.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate her Department has made of the number of men and boys trafficked into the United Kingdom for suspected involvement in the sex...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which companies and organisations have given her Department and the UK Human Trafficking Centre free or reduced rates to run campaign...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department and the UK Human Trafficking Centre spent on (a) commissioning and (b) mounting the Blue Blindfold Campaign; and...

      Human Trafficking: Sex Establishments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions her Department is conducting with the newspaper industry over the placing of advertisements by establishments offering...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the proposed method for the collection of fingerprints for the identity card scheme is.

      Parking Attendants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) traffic enforcement officers, (b) traffic wardens and (c) council parking attendants were operating in each police authority...

      Passports: Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consultations she held before taking the decision to end postal passport services at the regional Identity and Passport Service Office...

      Passports: Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she had with the (a) Secretary of State for Scotland and (b) Scottish Executive on access to passport services in Scotland...

      Theft: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what steps she plans to take to prevent the theft of (a) red diesel and (b) household fuel from rural areas; (2) how many thefts of...

      United Kingdom Human Trafficking Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the budget of the UK Human Trafficking Centre was in the financial years (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08; what it is in 2008-09; and what...

      United Kingdom Human Trafficking Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time equivalent staff there were at the UK Human Trafficking Centre in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08; how many there are in...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to answer question (a) 199977 and (b) 199979 on the Identity and Passport Service tabled by the hon. Member for Perth and...

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 17 June 2008, Official Report, column 790, on aviation exhaust emissions, if she will (a) list the titles of the research...

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how frequently her Department restates the asset values of its building estate.

      Departmental Home Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff in her Department are authorised to work from home.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 27 November 2007, Official Report, column 288W, on departmental official hospitality, when she expects the list of...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what proportion of staff in her Department received bonus payments in each of the last five years; what the total amount of bonuses paid...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will review salary negotiations for public sector employees in organisations within her Department's responsibility to reflect the rise in the...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent on (a) new furnishings, (b) art and (c) new vehicles by her Department in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost of overseas visits by each Minister in her Department has been since 1997.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether she plans to bring forward proposals for a police trial of electric personal assistive mobility devices as part of the roadmap process to...

      George W. Bush: Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many flights were (a) cancelled and (b) delayed at Heathrow Airport as a result of the recent arrival of President Bush; and what the average...

      Great Western Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the Answer of 18 March 2008, Official Report, columns 952-53W, on Great Western Trains, whether First Great Western's four-weekly reports...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of flights (a) arriving at and (b) taking off from Heathrow Airport were late in each year since 1997; and what the (i) maximum and...

      M6: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of progress in planning the proposed (a) western route and (b) northern route of the M6-Heysham link road.

      Motor Vehicles: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will examine the introduction of a system of registration for foreign registered vehicles brought to Great Britain to prevent avoidance of (a)...

      Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the effect on the UK car manufacturing sector of policy on cars designated for ministerial use, with particular...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the effects of the 2012 Olympic Games on transport around and to (a) Hampden Park Stadium, Glasgow, (b) St James'...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which Minister in her Department has responsibility for non-London transport to and from the 2012 Olympic Games.

      Olympic Games 2012: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what advice she plans to issue to national rail passengers in relation to the period of the 2012 Olympic Games.

      Olympic Games 2012: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment she has made of the effect on capacity of the national rail network of demand during the 2012 Olympic Games; (2) what assessment...

      Parking Offences: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many parking tickets were issued by each local authority in respect of foreign registered vehicles in the last 12 months; how many were paid;...

      Parking: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of those applying for a Blue Badge disabled driver's permit had their application declined in (a) Chorley, (b) Lancashire and (c)...

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many representations she has received from hon. Members and members of the public relating to performance of train operating companies in the last...

      Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will publish the information provided to the Renewable Fuels Agency by companies under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) monthly...

      Road Traffic Offences: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will hold discussions with European Union partners on the introduction of common enforcement measures for unpaid (a) parking and (b) traffic...

      Road Traffic Offences: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what mechanisms exist to enable the recovery of (a) parking and (b) traffic fines incurred in respect of foreign registered vehicles from the owners...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what percentage of drivers involved in fatal traffic accidents were (a) uninsured and (b) driving a car that did not have a valid MOT in...

      Roads: Lorries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate has been made of the cost of the effect on road infrastructure of the journeys made by non-UK-registered heavy goods vehicles in the...

      Roads: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance her Department and its agencies have issued on the level of use and the suitability of noise retardant material to resurface (a) A roads...

      Roads: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the expected completion date is for the Office for National Statistics (ONS) survey into public attitudes towards road pricing; and which...

      Roads: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will place in the Library a copy of the BMRB research commissioned by her Department into the public acceptability of road pricing.

      Roads: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 7 May 2008, Official Report, column 893W, on roads: tolls, what use will be made...

      Stations: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many crimes against a person were committed at (a) rail stations that met secure station status and (b) other stations, broken down by (i) sex of...

      Wood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much timber and timber products were procured by her Department and its predecessor in each of the last five years; and at what cost; (2)...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Nature Conservation: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 9 May 2008, Official Report, column 1243W, on nature conservation: EU law, whether the value of...

  • Women and Equality

    • Business Plans

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality with reference to the answer of 29 October 2007, Official Report, column 609W, on departments: manpower, when her Department will publish a business...

    • Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps the Government Equalities Office has taken to strengthen the Government's equality agenda since its creation.

  • Health

    • Antidepressants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government has (a) taken and (b) plans to take to amend legislation following the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency's...

    • Bone Marrow: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent steps the Government has taken to increase the number of bone marrow donors; (2) what steps the Government plans to take to encourage...

      Byotrol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what payments have been made by his Department to Byotrol plc in each of the last five years.

      Byotrol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what contracts his Department has signed with Byotrol plc in the last five years.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the value of the property held by (a) his Department and (b) associated public bodies was at the most recent date for which figures are...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) new builds and (b) major refurbishments were completed by his Department for a cost in excess of £0.5 million in (i) 2005-06, (ii)...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) new builds and (b) major refurbishments for a cost in excess of £0.5 million were completed by his Department in (i) 2005-06, (ii)...

      Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) scheduled date and (b) title was of each conference proposed to be hosted by his Department and its agencies which was cancelled before...

      Departmental Home Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff in his Department are authorised to work from home.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the average pay per hour worked by (a) permanent and (b) temporary staff in his Department in the last period for which...

      Departmental Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which pilot projects initiated by his Department in the last two years have not proceeded to further roll-out.

      Departmental Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by his Department on subscriptions for magazines, newspapers and other publications in each of the last 24 months.

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) NHS staff and (b) Department of Health staff were given long-term sick leave for mental health reasons in each of the last three years; and...

      Departmental Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much sick pay to staff in his Department cost in the last five years for which figures are available.

      Departmental Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which trade unions represent members of staff in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies.

      Health Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average annual cost of running a GP surgery is.

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps the Government are taking to encourage primary care trusts to devote more resources to HIV prevention; (2) if he will establish a...

      Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospitals have (a) opened and (b) closed in each constituency in each year since 1997-98.

      Hospitals: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospitals in London met each of the Core Standards for Better Health in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for hospital treatment was in (a) Chorley, (b) Lancashire and (c) England in each year since 1997.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the draft guidance from the Section 29 Working Party on electronic medical records, what evaluation he has undertaken of the...

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has considered the merits of establishing a legal requirement for NHS trusts to implement recommendations made by (a) the Healthcare...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the financial position of Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS: Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2008, Official Report, column 1160W, on NHS: telecommunications, what assessment has been made of the impact on the...

      Papillomavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what criteria were taken into account in selecting the vaccine to be used by the NHS for the prevention of human papilloma virus infection; (2)...

      Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health under what circumstances his Department requires independent verification of the figures for patient numbers by category provided by the medical director...

      Pressure Sores

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases were dealt with by the NHS Litigation Authority (a) in which pressure ulcers were the ground for the claim and (b) which were settled in...

      Skin Piercing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will initiate a review of legislation on local authority monitoring of piercing businesses from 2010.

      University College Hospital: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of the Core Standards for Better Health were met by University College Hospital in the most recent period for which information is available; and...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what percentage of biofuels in ordinary petrol and diesel is made up of biofuel; and what biofuels are primarily being...

    • Consumer Protection: Tattooing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department is taking to protect consumers who use an organisation providing tattoos and/or tattoo...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2007, Official Report, column 1239W, on departmental official hospitality, when...

      Employment Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many claims of discrimination on the grounds of (a) disability, (b) gender reassignment, (c) religion, (d)...

      Energy: Disconnections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many customers have been disconnected by energy providers over the last eight quarters, broken down by energy company.

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many (a) Ministers and (b) officials from his Department plan to attend the Beijing Olympic games; for what...

      Seals: Animal Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what progress has been made on the recent discussions with the European Commission on the introduction of an EU-wide...

      Wood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much timber and timber products were procured by his Department in each of the last five years; and at what cost.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the rate of voter registration was in the 100 most deprived wards in Northern Ireland (a) one year before and (b) one year after the...

    • Police and Criminal Evidence (Northern Ireland) Order 2007

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when Article 18 of the Police and Criminal Evidence (Northern Ireland) Order 2007 will be commenced.

      Police Service of Northern Ireland: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what costs were incurred for (a) subsistence and (b) flights for staff of the Historical Enquiries Team in each year since its establishment;...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) serving and (b) former members of the (i) Police Service of Northern Ireland, (ii) Royal Irish Regiment and (iii) Northern...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made in (a) assisting the police force in the Irish Republic in the apprehension of those responsible for the murder of...

  • Justice

    • Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) scheduled date and (b) title was of each conference proposed to be hosted by his Department and its agencies which was cancelled before...

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many jobs his Department expects to relocate under the policy of civil service job dispersal.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department and its agencies spent on branding and marketing activity in 2007-08.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was spent on (a) new furnishings, (b) art and (c) new vehicles by his Department in each of the last three years.

      Driving Offences: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average sentence handed down by courts in England and Wales was for people convicted of motoring offences that resulted in a fatality in each of...

      Fines: Surcharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much the victim surcharge raised in each Government Office region in its first year of operation.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether home information packs have been commissioned by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies to market a residential property.

      Information Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many complaints about (a) data protection and (b) freedom of information the Information Commissioner (i) received and (ii) completed...

      Information Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what estimate he has made of the time taken by the Information Commissioner to (a) acknowledge and (b) investigate a complaint in the latest...

      Information Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the resources available to the Information Commissioner to investigate his workload of complaints promptly.

      Information Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) if he will discuss with the Information Commissioner the prompt acknowledgement of complaints from (a) the general public and (b) hon. Members;...

      Magistrates: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many magistrates are expected to leave the magistracy in the financial year 2008-09.

      Magistrates: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many magistrates are employed in courts in Wales; how many of those are expected to leave the magistracy in 2008-09; and how many magistrates his...

      Parking Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how much income was derived by local authorities and police authorities from parking (a) charges and (b) penalties in each financial year since...

      Prisoners: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was spent per prisoner per year in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Safety Belts: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2008, Official Report, column 477W, on safety belts: children, how many persons have been prosecuted for offences...

      Tribunals: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what mechanisms are in place to enforce decisions made by employment tribunals.

  • Treasury

    • Car Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 13 March 2008, Official Report, column 536W, on car allowances, whether he plans to publish the results of the review.

    • Charitable Donations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was raised for charities through payroll giving in the last year for which figures are available.

      Child Care Vouchers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish his Department's analysis of the care vouchers system.

      Child Tax Credit: Tamworth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in Tamworth constituency were in receipt of child tax credit in each year since the tax credit was introduced; and how much was paid in...

      East Midlands Development Agency: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the East Midlands Development Agency has received from HM Treasury in each of the financial years for which figures are available.

      Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many of his Department's staff were prosecuted for (a) attempting to defraud and (b) defrauding the tax credit system in each of the last 10...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) for what reasons the HM Revenue and Customs office in Chorley was (a) originally earmarked to remain open and (b) subsequently scheduled for...

      Revenue and Customs: Chorley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will meet staff at Chorley HM Revenue and Customs office to discuss the decision to close the office.

      Revenue and Customs: Chorley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the likely effects on residents of Chorley of the closure of Chorley HM Revenue and Customs office; (2) what account...

      Revenue and Customs: Chorley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the performance of the HM Revenue and Customs office in Chorley against its objectives.

      Revenue and Customs: Chorley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons the decision to close the HM Revenue and Customs office in Chorley was announced on a later date than decisions to close other tax offices.

      Revenue and Customs: North West

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will allocate some of the tax credits work due to be undertaken at St. Helens HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) office to Chorley HMRC office.

      Revenue and Customs: North West

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what account was taken of the fact that HM Revenue and Customs office in Chorley is in a purpose built building in deciding whether to close the...

      Revenue and Customs: North West

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many jobs are expected to be lost if planned closures to HM Revenue and Customs offices take place in (a) Chorley and (b) the North West; and if he...

      Revenue and Customs: Crewe

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many jobs are expected to be lost if planned closures of HM Revenue and Customs offices take place in (a) Crewe and (b) the North West; and if he will...

      Revenue and Customs: Crewe

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons the HM Revenue and Customs office in Crewe was (a) originally earmarked to remain open and (b) subsequently scheduled for closure.

      Revenue and Customs: Resignations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent on (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary exit schemes at HM Revenue and Customs offices in Southend-on-Sea, for staff at each grade in each...

      Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what reports were commissioned by Ministers to determine the effects of the abolition of the 10 pence tax rate on low earners; (2) whether any...

      Melli Bank Plc

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects of the EU's decision to proscribe the Iranian bank Melli on the operations of Melli Bank Plc in the UK.

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of the cost of an enquiry into self assessment tax returns HM Revenue and Customs will pay, with particular reference to those which show no...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of tax credits in reducing the number of children in poverty.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Complaints

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints his Department has received on the tax credit system from residents in Tamworth constituency in the last 12 months.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many schedules to repay tax credits overpayments where the last repayment date falls (a) before 2010, (b) from 2010 to 2014, (c) from 2015 to 2019,...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Academies: Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils have been permanently excluded from each academy school since their inception; what assessment he has made of how...

    • Adult Education: Islington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much the Learning and Skills Council spent on non-vocational adult education in the London borough of Islington in each of the...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding his Department provided to each London local authority to support the provision of child care since 1996-97.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether parents may use the current free entitlement to 12.5 hours of nursery care at different providers.

      Class Sizes: Romsey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the pupil-teacher ratio in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools was in Romsey constituency in (i) January 1997, (ii)...

      Communication Skills: Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what information his Department holds on the oral communication abilities of people in young offender institutions; and if he will...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how frequently his Department restates the asset values of its building estate.

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 27 March 2008, Official Report, column 351W, on ministerial policy advisers, which former special...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will review salary negotiations for public sector employees in organisations within his Department's responsibility to...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department and its predecessor spent on (a) new furnishings, (b) art and (c) new vehicles in each of the last...

      Departmental Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of successful applicants for jobs in his Department are subjected to a criminal records check; how many (a)...

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he expects a decision on the national implementation of the Making Good Progress pilots to be made.

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the performance of the Making Good Progress pilots in improving levels of children's literacy; and...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of 16 to 18 year olds were in full-time education or training in each year since 1997, broken down by...

      Performing Arts: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what representations he has received on increasing funding for performing arts in secondary schools in (a) Bexley and (b) London.

      Pupils: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children of school age have a long-term medical condition in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools.

      Pupils: Intimidation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of policies in place in schools to tackle bullying.

      Pupils: Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidelines his Department issues to schools with regard to allowing study leave to pupils; and if he will make a statement.

      School Leaving: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of those taking up education, training and employment immediately upon leaving school in...

      Secondary Education: Colchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what discussions he has had with Essex County Council on secondary school provision in Colchester constituency in the last month;...

      Secondary Education: Islington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many students in the London borough of Islington completed year 11 secondary education with (a) five or more A*-C GCSEs, (b)...

      Student Loans Company: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people are employed by the Student Loans Company in (a) Colwyn Bay and (b) Rhyl.

      Truancy: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils in secondary education in Staffordshire was classed as persistent absentees in each of the last five years.

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills over what period his Department depreciates the asset value of its (a) vehicles, (b) computer hardware, (c) bespoke...

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the value of the property held by (a) his Department and (b) associated public bodies was at the most recent date for...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how frequently his Department restates the asset values of its building estate.

      Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the (a) scheduled date and (b) title was of each conference proposed to be hosted by his Department and its agencies...

      Departmental Expert Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what expert groups his Department has set up since it was established.

      Departmental Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) chairs, (b) desks and (c) other office furnishings have been purchased by his Department and its agencies in...

      Departmental Home Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many staff in his Department are authorised to work from home.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much his Department and its agencies spent on branding and marketing activity in 2007-08.

      Departmental Orders and Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the answer of 2 June 2008, Official Report, column 393W, on departmental orders and regulations, if he will list...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of the average pay per hour worked by (a) permanent and (b) temporary staff in his Department in...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will review salary negotiations for public sector employees in organisations within his Department's responsibility to...

      Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the cost of overseas visits by each Minister in his Department has been since 1997.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many students from Wirral West constituency entered (a) Oxford and (b) Cambridge University in the last five years;...

      Higher Education: Student Wastage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the drop out rate was for each (a) higher education institution and (b) higher education course taught in a further...

      Land Surveyors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) what estimate his Department has made of the number of qualified land surveyors in England; (2) if he will publish a...

      Languages: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what courses in which 10 foreign languages were studied by the most students in universities in England in the latest period...

      Overseas Students: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many students from Israel have enrolled at universities in the UK in each year since 1997; and which subjects they have...

      Skilled Workers: Recreation Spaces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) what information his Department holds on the skills base of grounds professionals; (2) what assessment he has made of...

      Student Wastage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many students in each socio-economic group have left university without completing their course in each of the last 10...

      Students: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of the average debt per capita of students leaving university in each year since 1997.

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of the annual cost of extending the entitlement to study for a first level 3 qualification to the...

      Wood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much timber and timber products were procured by his Department since its establishment; and at what cost.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Departmental Expert Groups

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what expert groups the Cabinet Office has set up in each year since 1999.

    • Departmental Press Subscriptions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how much was spent by his Department on subscriptions for magazines, newspapers and other publications in each of the last 24 months; (2)...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how long on average his Department took to answer (a) ordinary written and (b) named day questions in each of the last three years.

      Tony Blair

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will place in the Library the minutes of each of the meetings of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments since August 2007 at which...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Czech Republic: Lisbon Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Czech Government on its policy on the Lisbon Treaty.

    • Departmental Homeworking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff in his Department are authorised to work from home.

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2008, Official Report, column 666W, on departmental information officers, what the pay band...

      Departmental Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much sick pay to staff in his Department cost in the last five years for which figures are available.

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies spent on training courses for staff in the last (i) 12 months and (ii) five years.

      Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will put in place measures to ensure that when a UK Ambassador returns from their posting abroad other senior diplomatic...

      Iran: Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of Iranian funding of the Revolutionary Guard Qods Force in Iraq.

      Iraq: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment his Department has made of the situation of the Christian minority communities in Iraq; and if he will...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government have made to Iran since January 2008 on using its influence to try to secure the release of...

      Middle East: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the capacity of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon troops to prevent Hezbollah...

      Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the proposal by President Sarkozy for a nuclear disarmament action plan; and whether he plans to...

      Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken to promote religious tolerance in other countries in the last 12 months; and if he will make...

      Taliban

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions has he had with President Karzai of Afghanistan on pursuing Taliban insurgents in Pakistani territory.

      Zimbabwe: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the number of political detainees in Zimbabwe.

  • International Development

    • Africa: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of global oil that will be consumed by (a) Congo, (b) Angola, (c) Namibia...

    • Congo Basin Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much of the Congo Basin Fund has been allocated for the manufacture of a satellite monitoring system by the Rutherford Appleton...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the value of the property held by (a) his Department and (b) associated public bodies was at the most recent date for which...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the value of his Department's computer systems (a) was at the time of purchase and (b) is now.

      Departmental Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) planning applications and (b) licensing applications his Department has submitted in the last 24 months.

      Departmental Press Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much was spent by his Department on subscriptions for magazines, newspapers and other publications in each of the last 24 months.

      Developing Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the principal proposals in the World Bank options paper of October 2007 on Government reforms to...

      International Monetary Fund: Managers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with his foreign counterparts on an open and merit-based selection of (a) the International...

      Iraq: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid has been provided by his Department for members of Iraq's Christian minority who have fled the conflict in Iraq in the last 12...

      Malawi: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding his Department has allocated to (a) tackle HIV/AIDS, (b) improve other health services and (c) improve education in...

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many (a) Ministers and (b) officials from his Department plan to attend the Beijing Olympic Games; to what purpose in each case;...

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan: Objectives

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the specific objectives of the United Kingdom armed presence in Afghanistan; and how these differ from other NATO members' objectives.

    • Agriculture: Pesticides

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they have taken to secure support for revisions to the proposed European Union regulation on placing plant protection products on the market, in light...

      Armed Forces: Black and Minority Ethnic Personnel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many and what percentages of black and minority ethnic recruits were employed in the Army, the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy in each of the years 2001 to 2007.

      Armed Forces: Black and Minority Ethnic Personnel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many and what percentages of black and minority ethnic personnel are in the Armed Forces; and at what levels.

      Armed Forces: Nimrod

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures they have taken to ensure that shortcomings in RAF Nimrod aircraft in operation have been remedied; and whether there are other measures they can...

      Armed Forces: Nimrod

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the replacement Nimrod aircraft under development will include design features to remedy shortcomings identified in those in operation.

      Army: Racism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action the Army propose to tackle racism following the case of Private Kerry Hylton, who was compensated for an 11-month campaign of bullying; and In the...

      Aviation: Gliders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On how many occasions gliders have violated restricted airspace since 2005; and on how many of those occasions lack of transponder interoperability has been a...

      Aviation: Gliders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have received from gliding clubs and individuals regarding the proposed requirement that all aircraft carry Mode-S transponders and radio...

      Elections: Crewe and Nantwich

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of the electorate aged between (a) 18 and 21, and (b) 22 and 25, (1) were registered to vote, and (2) voted in the recent Crewe and Nantwich...

      Fees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the increase of 5.4 per cent in examination fees in the Motor Vehicles (Tests) (Amendment) Regulations 2008 (SI 2008/1402) was calculated.

      Fees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which fees uprated by statutory instruments since 1 April 2007 have exceeded the rise in the cost of living in the previous 12 months; and how any such increases...

      Government Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the engine capacity and average fuel consumption per mile of all vehicles provided for ministerial use by the Department for the Environment, Food and...

      Judicial Appointments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many members the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission has; and how many work within the legal profession.

      Judicial Appointments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the religion (tradition) of each member of the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission; whether this is reflective of community balance; and, if...

      Judicial Appointments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in appointing members of the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission, similar "community-reflective" criteria and principles are applied to it...

      NHS: Spending

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much was spent on National Health Service services in 2006—07 in (a) the Tendring E01021988 super output area; (b) the Wirral E01007292 super output...

      Northern Ireland: Bill of Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 9 June (WA 87), what information they had about Mr Chris Sidoti before appointing him as chairman of the Northern...

      Northern Ireland: Murder Prosecutions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 19 June (WA 192) concerning the murders of Ulster Defence Regiment and Royal Irish Regiment members, how many...

      Parades: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 19 June (WA 192—3) concerning income tax payments for members of the Northern Ireland Parades Commission,...

      Parades: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 19 June (WA 192—3) concerning income tax payments for members of the Northern Ireland Parades Commission,...

      Parades: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 19 June (WA 197) concerning the payment of income tax and national insurance contributions by the Northern Ireland...

      Parades: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 19 June (WA 197) concerning the payment of income tax and national insurance contributions by the Northern Ireland...

      Parliament Square

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will join other interested parties in promoting Parliament Square as a traffic-free area.

      Prisoners: Telephone Calls

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to reduce the cost of telephone calls to and from prisoners, following comments about tariffs by the National Consumer Council, the...

      Prisons: Population

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the number of inmates detained in Her Majesty's prisons in the United Kingdom per capita compares with other member states of the Council of Europe.

      Unofficial Visits: Irish President

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many unofficial visits the President of the Irish Republic has made over the past five years to (a) Northern Ireland, and (b) Great Britain; and whether there...

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