Written answers

Thursday, 10 July 2008

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Absent Voting: Fraud

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what recent estimate the Electoral Commission has made of levels of postal vote fraud.

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission if he will place in the Library a copy of the new Great Britain-wide manual on registration...

      Manpower

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how many staff are employed by the Commission in each Directorate; and how many staff are...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Advantage West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the capital budget for Advantage West Midlands was in each of the last two years; what it is forecast to be in...

    • Dietary Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what role the Better Regulation Executive will play in monitoring consistency with the principles of good regulatory...

      Family Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the contribution of family businesses to the economy.

      Furniture Industry: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform for what reasons the furniture industry was not included on the list of industries eligible to receive EU structural...

      Minimum Wage: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the budget for the Minimum Wage bus campaign is.

      Minimum Wage: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will list the (a) location and (b) date of each visit made by the Minimum Wage bus.

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which post offices in each parliamentary constituency were originally proposed for closure under the network change...

      Post Offices: Hinton St. George

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate Post Office Ltd. has made of the net annual saving to it which will arise from the closure of Hinton St....

      Regional Development Agencies: Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much the (a) Yorkshire and Humberside (b) North West, (c) North East, (d) South East and (e) South West...

      Regional Planning and Development: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what funding (a) the Core Cities Group and (b) the Thames Gateway London Partnership will receive from the regional...

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many and what proportion of businesses are small businesses in (a) Cornwall, (b) each parliamentary constituency...

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many small businesses there were in (a) Cornwall, (b) each parliamentary constituency in Cornwall, (c) the...

      Small Businesses: Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the number of items of mail posted by (a) large companies, (b) domestic consumers and...

      Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what representations he has received on the law on temporary and agency workers from representatives of the...

      Trade Unions: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what method was used to compile the list of approved suppliers of electoral management services to the trades union...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many individual domestic air flights were undertaken within Great Britain by representatives of (a) his Department and (b) its agencies in...

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department spent on (a) new capital investment and (b) refurbishment of property in each of the last 10 years, broken down by project.

      Departmental Sick Pay

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

      Driving Offences: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average sentence handed down by courts in Northern Ireland was for people convicted of motoring offences that resulted in a fatality in...

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the effect of the rising cost of fuel on front line police services; and if he will make good any shortfall of...

      Morning Star

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

      Prisons: Telephones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what tariffs apply to telephone calls made by prisoners in each prison in Northern Ireland.

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland have been prosecuted for benefit fraud on (a) more than one occasion and (b) more than two occasions in...

  • Leader of the House

    • Members: Allowances

      To ask the Leader of the House whether the Government will (a) provide evidence to and (b) co-operate with any inquiry undertaken by the Committee on Standards in Public Life into hon. Members'...

    • Members: Pay

      To ask the Leader of the House how much resettlement grant would be payable to each hon. Member if he or she left the House in (a) May 2010 and (b) May 2014 calculated on current salary levels...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Internet

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission (1) what monitoring checks are in place to prevent search results on the parliament.uk website directing...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Aviation

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

    • Departmental Pay

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

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with telecommunication service providers on the upgrading of internet services to Scottish island communities; and what...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the factual paper being prepared on the Barnett formula.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Allotments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) if she will introduce measures to require local authorities to increase the provision of allotments in their areas; (2)...

    • Allotments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will consider introducing measures requiring local authorities (a) to keep figures on (i) the number of allotment sites...

      Allotments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will consider initiating an allotment survey with mandatory participation on the part of local authorities.

      Allotments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she plans to review the formula which determines the number of allotments which local councils are required to provide...

      Council House Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households lacking (a) one bedroom and (b) two or more bedrooms were registered for a housing transfer in each London...

      East Midlands Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the East Midlands Development Agency has spent on internal administration and running costs in each of the financial...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the percentage of houses built in Chorley Borough in the last two years which are (a) affordable...

      Housing: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department is taking to improve housing for families with disabled children; what meetings Ministers and...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what assessment she has made of the availability of affordable housing in the Peak District National Park Authority area;...

      Housing: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will take steps to encourage the development of disused barns in rural areas for the purposes of residential provision,...

      Land Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government who owns the land to the rear of number 86 Carleton Road, Great Knowley, Chorley, PR6 8TQ.

      Maps: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to establish a national geo-portal for spatial data held by public bodies; and whether the geo-portal will...

      Regional Planning and Development: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to facilitate greater cohesion between community strategies and planning strategies in rural areas, with...

      Sheltered Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance she has issued to local authorities on the inclusion of extra-care sheltered housing in (a) C2 and (b) C3...

      Travelling People: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has issued on the optimal size in terms of (a) area and (b) number of pitches of Traveller sites.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what procedures his Department uses to ensure equal opportunities in relation to staff secondments to the Department.

    • Religious Buildings: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many places of worship applied for Heritage Lottery Fund grants in each year since 1997; and what percentage were successful in each...

  • Defence

    • Chinook Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Chinook Mk3 helicopters his Department plans to order in the next three years; and when such helicopters are expected to enter service.

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department's IT (a) systems and (b) services conform to the ISO 27001 standard.

      Departmental ICT

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

      EU Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Force Answerable to EU (FAWEU) European military forces there are; what the title is of each; and how many British troops participate in each.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the average number of (a) planned and (b) actual flying hours for aircraft was in each year since 2001; [Official Report, 14 May 2009, Vol....

      Military Bands: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much was spent on (a) military and (b) naval bands in each year since 1997; (2) how many engagements involving the recovery of costs have...

  • Transport

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what IT contracts her Departments and its agencies have entered into in the last two years.

    • Departmental ICT

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

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many permanent staff in (a) her Department and (b) its agencies are classed as (i) staff without posts and (ii) part of a people action team.

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Press Subscriptions

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

      Departmental Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many reviews of regulation (a) her Department and (b) its agencies have conducted or commenced since July 2007; and in which areas.

      Departmental Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport to what premium Sky, digital terrestrial or cable television channels (a) her Department and (b) each of its agencies subscribes; and at what yearly...

      Departmental Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department has taken to reduce the volume of waste produced by it and sent to landfill in each of the last two years.

      Driving Tests: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the revenue to be raised by her Department from the sale of (a) the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) test...

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she next plans to meet Network Rail to discuss the performance of the (a) track and (b) trains on the East Coast Main Line.

      First Great Western

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many weekends First Great Western rescheduled trains along the Gloucester to Swindon line for all or part of the weekend in (a) 2004-05, (b)...

      Freight Facilities Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans she has to increase the availability and accessibility of the Freight Facilities Grant to potential applicants.

      M3: Surrey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average daily volume of traffic (a) on the M3 motorway between junctions (i) 4 and 4A and (ii) 4A and 5 and (b) entering and leaving the M3...

      Railways: Luton Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the effect on local communities of the decision to discontinue through train services from Tulse Hill and Herne Hill...

      Railways: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made in the development of a successor to British Rail Class 43 Power Units and associated C3 rolling stock in the last 12 months.

      Railways: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment she has made of the effects of reopening rural railway lines on tourism and the wider economy in rural areas; (2) what...

      Transport: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much her Department has allocated to fund the transport advice element of (a) the green homes project and (b) the Act on CO2 advice line for 2008-09.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the maximum (a) percentage and (b) cash deduction from a benefit payment for a failure to pay council tax is; and if he will make...

    • Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time was for decisions to be taken on crisis loan applications in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to assist benefit recipients with personal debt management.

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment his Department has made of the link between a productive working life and health in the formulation of policy; and what...

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of those eligible for assistance under the Financial Assistance Scheme have received such assistance; and if he...

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much was spent by his Department on (a) food and (b) food of British origin in each of the last five years; (2) from which five...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what advice Jobcentre Plus officers give to jobseeker's allowance claimants on their freedom to undertake in volunteering activities whilst...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 9 May 2008, Official Report, column 1283W, on national insurance, what proportion of national insurance...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the average level of pay of those moving off benefits into 100 per cent. commission jobs in the latest period for...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) crisis loans, (b) budgeting loans and (c) community care grants have been granted by Jobcentre Plus to people in (i) each...

      Social Fund: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the number of staff that will be employed in running the Social Fund, broken down by site and scheme, in...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many and what proportion of claimed benefits were dealt with through (a) benefit call centres, (b) Jobcentre Plus offices, (c) by...

      Social Security Benefits: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of calls to benefit delivery centres were (a) answered by an operator, (b) discontinued before being answered by...

      Winter Fuel Payments: Overseas Residents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 19 February 2008, Official Report, columns 578-9W, on winter fuel payments, how much was spent on winter fuel...

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments: Primates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations her Department has received on the proposal to ban the use of great apes for experimental and other scientific purposes...

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government have taken to encourage local communities to get involved in tackling antisocial behaviour.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information she holds on the use of mosquito devices by police forces.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of mosquito dispersal devices that have been supplied to each (a) police force and (b) local...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes have been solved using the DNA database where the perpetrators were not previously convicted persons.

      Government Departments: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which Government databases are protected in the same manner as that designed to protect the National Identity Register.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when her Department expects the results of Operation Pentameter 2 to be fully analysed; and if she will publish those elements of the...

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the children found during Pentameter 2 have been provided with guardians.

      Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department monitors levels of compliance with provisions of the Hunting Act 2004.

      Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has made an assessment of compliance with the provisions of the Hunting Act 2004 in respect of (a) fox hunting, (b) hare...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress she has made on implementation of the recommendations of the Science and Technology Committee in its Sixth Report, Session...

      Identity Cards: Fingerprints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether there are plans to use identity cards to enforce age-based restrictions on access to products and services.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what her policy is on the establishment of a common EU format for residence permits for third country nationals; (2) what biometric...

  • Women and Equality

    • Departmental Manpower: Legal Profession

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what the cost to the Government Equalities Office has been of legal staff working for the Office since its creation.

    • Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what the average number of days taken as sick leave in the Government Equalities Office was in each month since its inception; and if she will make a...

      Departmental Television

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality to what premium Sky, digital terrestrial or cable television channels the Government Equalities Office subscribes; and at what yearly cost in the most...

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2008, Official Report, column 687W, on equal pay, when her Department will conduct an equal pay audit in 2008.

      Equality: Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality when she plans to bring forward proposals to address the gender pay gap.

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps the Government (a) are taking and (b) plans to take to tackle female genital mutilation.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bees: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 12 May 2008, Official Report, column 1324W, on bees, what steps his Department is taking to...

    • Bees: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the (a) National Bee Unit and (b) Bee Inspectorate in (i)...

      Bees: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the level of threat posed to bee populations in the UK by disease; and if he will make...

      Bees: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what factors his Department takes into account in determining its funding allocations to bee health research.

      Bees: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 5 June 2008, Offi cial Report, column 1070W, on bees: research, what research he has commissioned...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps he has taken to reduce bovine tuberculosis in cattle; and if he will make a statement.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department has undertaken on the use of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique to identify infected...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions his Department has had with Sir Nicholas Stern on the appropriate interest rate to use in calculating the...

      Cetaceans: Fishing Catches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what research on cetacean bycatch is being undertaken (a) by and (b) on behalf of his Department; (2) what steps his...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was claimed in reimbursable expenses by special advisers in his Department in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 23 April 2008, Official Report, column 2060W, on departmental property, whether (a) anyone was...

      Departmental Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the standard retirement age in his Department is; and how many people worked beyond the standard retirement age in each...

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to paragraph 3.50 of the National Security Strategy of the United Kingdom, Cm 7291, whether the Government...

      North West Regional Fisheries, Ecology and Recreation Advisory Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what mechanisms are in place for the (a) representation of the interests and (b) consideration of the views of the Solway...

      North West Regional Fisheries, Ecology and Recreation Advisory Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the previous Chair of the North West Regional Fisheries, Ecology and Recreation Advisory Committee made a declaration...

      North West Regional Fisheries, Ecology and Recreation Advisory Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who appointed the Chair of the North West Regional Fisheries, Ecology and Recreation Advisory Committee.

      Regional Fisheries, Ecology and Recreation Advisory Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the reasons are for appointments to the Regional Fisheries, Ecology and Recreation Advisory Committee not falling within...

  • Treasury

    • Credit Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what further steps he plans to take to support the development of credit unions.

    • Global Carbon Finance Project

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions Ministers and officials from his Department have had with the Office of Climate Change on the Global Carbon Finance project.

      Budget Deficit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the European Commission on the UK's budget deficit.

      Food Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the effects on the economy of global food prices.

      Low Income Households

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the amount of tax paid by low income households in the last 12 months.

      Co-operative Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues on support for the co-operative sector.

      Vehicle Excise Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received on potential measures to mitigate the effects of increases in vehicle excise duty; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Burden

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward proposals to reduce the tax burden on low earners and pensioners.

      Road Hauliers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the tax and duty regimes for UK and foreign road hauliers within the UK.

      Capital Gains Tax: Shares

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many individual declarations of share disposals for capital gains tax purposes were made in each of the last three most recently available tax years;...

      Cost of Living

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent assessment is of trends in the cost of living.

      Cycling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the number of VAT-free bicycles that have been bought by employers under the Government's Cycle to Work scheme in each...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the change in the number of employees in his Department and its agencies has been since July 2006.

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with EU counterparts on the list of energy saving materials covered by a reduced value added tax rate; whether these discussions...

      Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the oral statement of 13 May 2008, Official Report, columns 1201-02, on income tax, if he will break down the 1.1 million people affected by...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire dated 28 May 2008, PO Ref: 1/57888/2008, on diesel fuel.

      Mortgages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with mortgage lenders on the effect on the economy of levels of mortgage provision to first-time house buyers.

      Poverty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to combat poverty amongst low income workers without dependent children.

      Research and Development Tax Credit: Energy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much funding his Department has provided through research and development tax credits for projects relating to (a) energy generation, (b) renewable...

      Revenue and Customs: Buildings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what projected savings HM Revenue and Customs plan to obtain through the sale of buildings over the next three years.

      Revenue and Customs: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what savings HM Revenue and Customs plans to make through (a) staff headcount reductions and (b) asset disposal at its Brecon tax office in the next 12 months.

      Valuation Office: Standards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Valuation Office Agency's targets for (a) elapsed time on council tax reports, (b) banding accuracy and (c) rateable value loss are.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 22 May 2008, Official Report, column 440W, on tax credits to deceased claimants, if he will publish the data for the cost to the...

  • Justice

    • Dangerous Driving: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there have been for causing death by careless driving in the last 12 months.

    • Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidance his Department has issued on whether it is appropriate for an employment tribunal to be chaired by a relative of the person who has brought...

      Political Parties Elections and Referendums Act: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions have been brought under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000; how many convictions there have been for...

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people convicted of an offence of (a) violence and (b) domestic violence have been released on end of custody licence from Welsh...

      Prisons: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many formal punishments were recorded against (a) male and (b) female prisoners in each prison in each of the last five years.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many random mandatory drug tests in prisons and young offender institutions in England and Wales were carried out on each day of the week in...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to the public purse of the (a) testing process and (b) analysis of results for random mandatory drug tests carried out in prisons and...

      Terrorism: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of those injured in the 7/7 bombings are waiting for their compensation claims to be fully settled; and if he will make a statement.

      Tribunals: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice in what percentage of cases heard in employment tribunals did the tribunal find in favour of the (a) appellant and (b) respondent in the last period...

  • Olympics

    • Departmental Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many people have gone through the pre-volunteer pilot programme in each of the pilot boroughs.

  • Health

    • Abortion: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortion clinics failed an inspection by the National Care Standards Commission in the last 10 years.

    • Abortion: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many doctors employed in abortion clinics have been the subject of General Medical Council disciplinary proceedings since 1990; (2) how many...

      Abortion: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what safeguards are in place to ensure that abortions performed under section 1(1)(a) of the Abortion Act 1967 take place within the 24-week time limit.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the threat to UK health from avian influenza, with particular regard to the mutation to the human form of the virus H5N1.

      Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) elective, (b) non-elective and (c) emergency births have occurred outside a maternity unit in each of the last five years.

      Chlamydia: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were diagnosed with chlamydia in Peterborough Primary Care Trust area and its predecessor bodies in each year since 1997; and if he will...

      Dental Services: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of individuals resident in the Peterborough Primary Care Trust area aged (a) under 16, (b) 16 to 60 and (c) over 60 years...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps the Government has taken to give (a) patients and (b) NHS staff more influence over the provision of health services.

      Health Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans the National Clinical Audit and Patients' Outcomes Programme has to conduct an audit of dignity for patients in hospital and other care settings.

      Human Embryo Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 30 June 2008, Official Report, column 659W, on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill, what account was taken of the...

      Leishmaniasis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were diagnosed with leishmaniasis in each of the last 10 years.

      Lung Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what comparative assessment he has made of (a) outcomes from and (b) expenditure on lung cancer services in (i) other EU countries and (ii) OECD...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will issue guidance to South West Essex Care Trust on the provision of post-natal health checks on new-born infants up to the age of six...

      Ritalin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children were prescribed Ritalin in each of the last 30 years for which figures are available, broken down by primary care trust area.

      Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions has a donor organ or donor tissue has been available but an intended transplant procedure not taken place as a result of...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what his Department's responsibilities are in relation to apprenticeships; and which Minister has those responsibilities;...

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 10 June 2008, Official Report, column 235-36W, how much of the £232 million from the Graduate...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 24 June 2008, Official Report, column 274W, on children: day care, how many and what proportion of...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) by what means his Department monitors local authority performance in increasing the levels of qualification among childcare...

      Children's Centres: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 16 May 2008, Official Report, column 1795W, on Sure Start: voluntary organisations, how many and what...

      Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will place in the Library a copy of the joint working document on 14-19 policies commissioned by his Department with the...

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils' results were exempted from appearing in school league tables in each of the last 10 years.

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many year 6 pupils were not entered for key stage two tests in 2007; (2) how many year 9 pupils were not entered for...

      Education: Film

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if the Government will bring forward legislative proposals to allow primary school teachers to show PG-rated films in class where...

      Education: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking with the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills to promote the Government's strategy for...

      Education: Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many full-time (a) special educational needs co-ordinators and (b) learning support assistants there have been in each...

      Sport England: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was allocated per capita in each London local authority area by Sport England in each year since 2003.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many year 11 pupils who did not gain five A* to C GCSEs did not enter further education or training in 2007; (2) how...

      GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils who were entered for A2 examinations did not gain an A level above a C grade in 2007.

      GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of year 13 students were entered for A-level examinations in each year since 1997.

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils obtained one GCSE in each year since 1997.

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) in how many schools in areas of each decile of multiple deprivation fewer than 50 per cent. of pupils gained five A* to C...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what proportion of deaf and hard of hearing children gained five or more GCSEs at grade C and above in the Peterborough City...

      Physics: General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of maintained mainstream schools do not offer a physics GCSE course.

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the evaluation of the Early Learning Partnership Project; what steps he plans to take in respect of...

      Primary Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of year 6 pupils obtained Level 4C in key stage 2 tests in each of the last 10 years.

      Primary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 30 June 2008, Official Report, column 640W, on primary education: standards, how many and what...

      Private Education: Specialised Diplomas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much (a) his Department and its predecessor and (b) the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority has spent on working with...

      Private Education: Specialised Diplomas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department spent on (a) holding and (b) organising the national conference for independent schools to discuss the...

      Private Education: Specialised Diplomas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department spent on (a) holding and (b) organising the seminar for independent schools which have expressed an...

      Private Education: Specialised Diplomas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which independent schools have expressed an interest in offering diploma courses.

      Private Education: Specialised Diplomas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many independent schools have been approved for diploma delivery in September 2009; and if he will make a statement.

      Private Education: Specialised Diplomas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to allow independent schools to offer diplomas outside consortia with other schools and colleges; and if he will...

      Pupil Referral Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils studied in pupil referral units in each year since 1997.

      Pupil Referral Units: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many non-statemented special educational needs pupils are studying in pupil referral units.

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding per student will be made available for each student taking a (a) diploma, (b) GCSE, (c) A-level and (d) BTEC...

      Religion: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance he has issued to local education authorities on the extent to which pupils are required to participate in religious...

      Schools: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent representations he has received from local education authorities on the effect of increases in the cost of fuel on the...

      Specialised Diplomas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what estimate he has made of the number of places which will be available on diploma courses in (a) September 2008 and (b)...

      Specialised Diplomas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the completion rate of the new diplomas; and if he will make a statement.

      Specialised Diplomas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many staff in his Department are working on the development and introduction of diplomas; and if he will make a statement.

      Specialised Diplomas: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much (a) his Department and its predecessor and (b) the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority has spent on employing...

      Specialised Diplomas: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what targets have been set for the effectiveness of the new diplomas in each year since 2005; what the targets are now; and if he...

      Speech Therapy: Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many full-time speech and language therapists are employed in (a) youth offender institutions and (b) secure training centres.

      Teachers: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what funding his Department has provided to defray the university tuition fees of newly-qualified teachers in each of the last...

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what funding his Department has allocated to the implementation of the new pay arrangements for part-time unqualified and supply...

      Teachers: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teacher vacancies there were in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) Bexley and (ii) London in the last period...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Burma: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 22 January 2008, Official Report, column 1850W, on Burma: arms trade, how many times criterion 7 of...

    • Burma: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 22 January 2008, Official Report, column 1850W, on Burma: arms trade, what further UN action the...

      Central Africa: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the participation of Russia has been in the EU military operation in Chad.

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made by the Council Sanctions Committee on individual sanctions under UN Security Council Resolution 1698...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government supports the proposal for the International Criminal Court to open an investigation into the use of rape...

      Departmental Press Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 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 Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many days of sick leave were taken by his Department's employees in each year since 1997.

      Diplomatic Service: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many residences of foreign diplomats there are in (a) Castle Point and (b) Essex.

      Iraq: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many applications have been received from Iraqi nationals for UK assistance under the (a) Gateway and (b) Locally Employed...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when his Department plans to reply to the e-mails of 22 April 2008 and 6 June 2008 from the office of the hon. Member for...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made since July 2007 of the impact of actions taken by (a) Iran and (b) Syria to support and arm...

      Middle East: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he (a) is taking and (b) plans to take to support the government of Mahmoud Abbas; and if he will make a statement.

      Somalia: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had on actions to be taken in response to breaches of the UN arms embargo to Somalia; what...

      Sudan: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he plans to take further to restrict the supply of arms to Sudan; and what discussions he is having to this effect at...

      West Africa: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will hold discussions with the Chairman of the African Union on the progress of peace talks following the fighting on the...

  • International Development

    • African Development Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what reports he has received on (a) which countries the African Development Bank has experienced the most problems with in...

    • Burma: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent estimate has been made of the number of Burmese refugees who have sought refuge in neighbouring countries since September...

      Burma: Famine

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the number of people suffering from famine in Chin state in northwest Burma; and what assistance the...

      Burma: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of helicopter aid lift for humanitarian operation in Burma; and what steps the...

      Burma: Storms

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent estimate he has made of the number of visas granted to relief workers by the Burmese authorities to assist those affected...

      China: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations his Department has made to the government of China on upholding its commitment to the UN Call to Action on the...

      Civil Society Challenge Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what criteria his Department has established for projects to be supported through the Civil Society Challenge Fund; in which countries...

      Departmental Aviation

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

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the average cost to his Department was of employing a press and media officer in 2007-08.

      Departmental Marketing

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

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many days of sick leave were taken by his Department's employees in each year since 1997.

      Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent steps the Government has taken to improve provision of education for girls in developing countries.

      Developing Countries: Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent steps the Government has taken to improve provision of family planning services in developing countries.

      Developing Countries: Maternal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent steps the Government has taken to reduce the numbers of women dying during childbirth in developing countries.

      G8: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of whether G8 countries will achieve the 2010 commitment of $50 billion in extra annual...

      International Development Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps were taken by the UK in order to secure the World Bank International Development Association's policy changes in 2007.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development who will represent the UK at (a) the Millennium Development Goals meeting called by the UN Secretary General for September, (b) the...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what increased resources will be used to reward improved institutional performance, as referred to in his Department's latest...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department takes when it judges that an institution of government in a country receiving direct or indirect funding from...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which civil society organisations received funding under partnership programme agreements in 2006-07; what the expertise of each is;...

      Personal Injury

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the highest 10 payments made by his Department in settlement of personal injury claims brought against it were over the last 12...

  • House of Lords

    • Airports: Stansted

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many and what proportion of air passengers travelled to Stansted Airport by public transport in each of the past 10 years.

    • Broadcasting: Digital Switchover

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their timetable for the switchover to digital television in Northern Ireland; whether the independent television licensee in Northern Ireland, UTV, is...

      Broadcasting: Digital Switchover

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they have had with the Government of the Republic of Ireland about the switchover to digital television in that country; and whether the timing of...

      Burma: Prisoners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the Government of Burma about the conditions in which political prisoners in Burma are held.

      Burma: Prisoners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to secure the reinstatement of regular access to Burma's prisons for international monitors such as the International Committee of the...

      Fees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Architects (Recognition of European Qualifications etc and Saving and Transitional Provision) Regulations 2008 (SI 2008/1331) contain, in Section 5A(2) of...

      Government Departments: Race Equality Targets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which government departments achieved their race equality targets for 2007—08; which have not; what targets have not been achieved; why those targets were...

      Government: Contracts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 23 June (WA 205), how many government contracts have been issued in the past 10 years for periods in...

      Government: Ministerial Flights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total number of (a) international flights, and (b) domestic flights, taken by Ministers and officials on government business in each of the past three...

      Hazardous Substances

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What their position is on the possibility of extending the scope of the restriction of hazardous substances directive (2002/95/EC) to include medical devices.

      Health: Prostate Cancer

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What conclusions they have drawn from the report in April's edition of Lancet Oncology analysing declining mortality rates from prostate cancer from...

      Health: Training

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 2 June (WA 14) concerning strategic health authorities which underspent on their multiprofessional...

      Identity Cards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the estimated total value of the contract to distribute identity cards and check the associated applications forms; and what consideration they have given...

      International Narcotics Control Board

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the International Narcotics Control Board requires a formal assessment of unmet need for pain-relieving medicines when gathering estimates of a country's...

      Local Area Agreements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many targets within local area agreements relate to the well-being of or services for (a) older people, and (b) children; and How many local area agreements...

      National Lottery

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What will be the cost to (a) HM Treasury, and (b) the operator of the National Lottery, of extending the lottery participation regulations to allow citizens of the...

      Non-governmental Organisations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many individuals they have appointed to non-governmental bodies since 1997; and what is the breakdown of the individuals by political parties if their...

      Planning: Eco-towns

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What estimate they have made of the effect of the construction of an eco-town at Elsenham on peak traffic flows on the M11, B1051, B1383 and A120.

      Post Offices: Benefits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the extra time and travel costs that will be incurred by people accessing their benefits in the event of the closure of the post...

      Post Offices: Benefits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much of the £1.7 billion package of investment in the post office network announced in May 2007 would have been saved had they continued to allow the...

      Post Offices: Outreach Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they calculated savings of 50 per cent to 70 per cent for running an outreach service in place of traditional Post Office outlets; what will be the reduction...

      Railways: Channel Tunnel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there are any physical obstacles to the intercity express trains of German railways reaching St Pancras on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link; and, if not,...

      Railways: Franchises

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there are any European regulations precluding the extension or granting of a long franchise to a train operating company.

      Railways: Rolling Stock

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they must assent to an order being placed by a train operating company for additional rolling stock to meet rising levels of demand for rail travel; and,...

      Railways: West Anglia

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of peak-time trains using the West Anglia main line were delayed in each of the past 10 years.

      Revenue and Customs: Varney Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether unacceptable tax planning and behaviours, as described in HM Revenue and Customs's Varney report, are consistent with high standards of corporate...

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