Written answers

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many anti-social behaviour injunctions have been issued since April 2007.

    • Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to Annex B, Table 1 of her Department's annual report 2008, what proportion of the provision recorded as...

      Housing: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate her Department has made of (a) the number of households displaced and (b) the amount of uninsured losses caused...

      Local Authorities: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many complaints the Standards Board for England has investigated in each of the last 10 years; and what the (a) outcome of...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she will answer the letter of 4 August 2008 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Rev David Gray.

      Planning: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make it her policy to ensure that responses to the current South East Plan consultation made in writing but not on...

      Repossession Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes were repossessed (a) in each local housing authority area and (b) nationwide in each of the last four quarters...

      Respite Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information is collected by local authorities on the number and percentage of disabled children in each locality accessing...

      Standards Board for England: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) administration costs and (b) average costs per case for the Standards Board for England were in each of the last...

  • Health

    • Allotments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the public health effects of people maintaining allotments.

    • Colorectal Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in which areas of England bowel cancer screening has not yet commenced.

      Dementia: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much expenditure his Department allocated to services for people with dementia-related illnesses resident in (a) Westmorland and Lonsdale, (b)...

      Disabled Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information is gathered by primary care trusts on the number and percentage of disabled children in each catchment area accessing universal and...

      Eyesight: Voucher Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons NHS optical vouchers cannot be issued following a private sight test.

      Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the average cost was of a visit to a patient by the out of hours service in the latest period for which figures are available; (2) what the...

      Measles: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects of the level of immunisation against measles in east London; whether he plans to promote a programme for...

      Medical Treatments: Lasers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the deregulation of class 3B and 4 lasers and intense-pulsed light equipment will require (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost to his Department is of a telephone call to the NHS Direct line, including the cost of staffing and other overheads.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the maximum debt that can be taken on by each (a) NHS trust and (b) NHS foundation trusts; and what each such trust's assets were at the latest...

      NHS: Intimidation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what incidences of bullying of (a) NHS and (b) his Department's staff have been reported in the last 12 months.

      NHS: Northampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much NHS spending there was in Northampton in each year between 1998 and 2008.

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will publish the targets set under the NHS efficiency index; (2) whether the NHS efficiency target index is in operation.

      Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 26 June 2008, Official Report, columns 519-22W, on NHS: Personal Records, how many nutrition-related adverse incidents...

      Slaughterhouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abattoirs there were in England in each of the last 20 years, broken down by (a) county and (b) size.

      Warwickshire Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by Warwickshire Primary Care Trust on (a) district nurses and (b) management costs in 2007-08.

      Worthing and Southlands Hospital Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in relation to the NHS IT system Cerner release zero introduced to the Worthing and Southlands Hospital Trust, what benefits were expected as a result of...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for how many cases the Child Support Agency has paid HM Revenue and Customs for referrals and income disclosure in each year since 1993; and if...

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of a list of non-executive directors employed by his Department, including the business units or areas...

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) listening exercises and (b) public forums his Department has held in each of the last two years; what the (i) purpose and (ii) cost...

      Fuel Direct Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many times the Fuel Direct option has been used by benefit recipients to pay their utility bills in each year since it was...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many new applications for jobseeker's allowance there were in each region in each month since January 2005; and if he will make a statement.

      National Insurance: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 15 July 2008, Official Report, column 325W, on National Insurance: Immigrants, how many of the 3,275 cases in which...

      New Deal for Long-Term Unemployed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of New Deal participants went into the 25 plus categories (a) employment, (b) employment and benefits, (c)...

      New Deal for Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of New Deal for Young People participants went into the categories (a) employment, (b) employment and benefits,...

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many and what proportion of (a) New Deal for Young People leavers, (b) New Deal for 25 plus leavers and (c) leavers of all New...

      Occupational Health: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of the research report WR0217—Assessment of Occupational Health and Safety Risks of Waste...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent by his Department on backdated annual payments of pension credit (a) in total and (b) broken down by the smallest...

      Pensioners: Personal Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average income of the (a) top and (b) bottom quartile of (i) pensioners and (ii) pensioners over the age of 80 in each region was in...

      Personal Accounts Delivery Authority: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many consultants are employed by the Personal Accounts Delivery Authority; and how much the authority has spent on them.

      Sight Impairment: Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of awarding disability living allowance for severe sight impairment at the higher band to all those with...

  • Women and Equality

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what IT contracts the Government Equalities Office has entered into since its inception.

    • Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what discussions she has had with (a) Cabinet and (b) other ministerial colleagues on (i) departmental, (ii) sectoral and (iii) national strategies on...

      Gender Discrimination

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps the Government have taken to act upon the recommendations of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination...

      Rape: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what proportion of the £1 million emergency fund for rape crisis centres, announced in March, has been distributed; which organisations have...

  • Treasury

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many data security breaches have been reported in his Department and its agencies in the last three months.

    • Departmental Domestic Visits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which parliamentary constituencies his predecessor visited between (a) 8 June 2000 and 8 June 2001, (b) 8 June 2001 and 8 June 2002, (c) 8 June 2002 and...

      Departmental Domestic Visits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many times his predecessor visited (a) Cardiff, (b) Edinburgh, (c) Swansea, (d) Glasgow, (e) Aberdeen and (f) Dundee between 6 May 2005 and...

      Departmental Domestic Visits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many times his predecessor visited (a) London, (b) Birmingham, (c) Manchester, (d) Newcastle, (e) Leeds, (f) Sheffield, (g) Liverpool and...

      Departmental Domestic Visits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) which parliamentary constituencies his predecessor visited between 8 June 1999 and 8 June 2000; on what date each such visit took place; and what the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letters of (a) 23 July 2008 with regard to Mr I Laing and (b) 28 July 2008, transferred to him from the Home Office, with regard...

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what plans he has to allow the transfer of property and any respective debt secured on it from one provider to another as part of the self-invested...

  • Prime Minister

    • Cabinet: Meetings

      To ask the Prime Minister on what occasions the Cabinet has met at times other than its regular meeting times since June 2007; which Cabinet Ministers did not attend the Cabinet meeting held in...

    • Departmental Domestic Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) how many official visits he has made to (a) Cardiff, (b) Edinburgh, (c) Swansea, (d) Glasgow, (e) Aberdeen and (f) Dundee since 27 June 2007; on what dates...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has had made of the effects of his Department's budget overspend in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08 on (i)...

    • Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the evidential basis is for the statement in his Department's 2008 annual report that the Government is on course to...

      Departmental Overtime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost of overtime payments paid to staff in his Department was in each of the last 12 months, broken down by pay grade.

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Maidenhead of 12 May 2008, Official Report, columns 1327-28W, on...

      Departmental Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) the non-departmental bodies for which it has responsibility...

      Departmental Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was paid in sick pay to staff in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) the non-departmental bodies for...

      Dogs: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 on the behaviour of breeders of dogs; and what...

      Domestic Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment the Waste and Resources Action Programme has made of the scope for monthly collections of household residual...

      Fertilisers: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to assist farmers in meeting fertiliser costs; and if he will make a statement.

      Pandas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the policy of the Government is on the loaning of giant pandas to UK zoos for commercial purposes.

      Plastic Bags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) on what date a full life-cycle analysis of plastic carrier bags was first commissioned; and on what date it is expected...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what tonnage of wet waste was collected from (a) households and (b) businesses in each local authority area in (i)...

      Waste Disposal: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many fixed penalties for waste receptacle-related offences were issued in 2007-08.

      Waste Disposal: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what records (a) his Department and (b) the Waste and Resources Action Programme holds on which waste collection...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what quantity of green list wastes was exported to non-OECD countries in the last five years; and to which companies this...

      Weed Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many enforcement notices he has served on landowners under the Weeds Act 1959 in relation to (a) ragwort, (b) spear...

      Weed Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has received in relation to ragwort in the last 12 months.

      Weed Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consideration he has given to reviewing the regulations and legislation governing ragwort with a view to updating the...

      Weed Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to next review the code of practice on ragwort.

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Carbon Capture: Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the (a) capital and (b) operating costs of the winning carbon capture and storage...

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much was claimed in reimbursable expenses by special advisers in his Department in each of the last 10 years.

      Electricity: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what progress has been made on reducing the tariffs for electricity on pre-payment meters.

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimates his Department has made of the potential reduction in energy consumption by replacing D-rated and below...

      Internet: Scottish Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent steps his Department has taken to provide upgrades to internet services to the Scottish Islands; and if he...

      Iron and Steel: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the effect of recent increases in steel prices on the Government's energy policy; and...

      Motor Sports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much funding his Department has provided for motor sports technological development in each year since 2003.

      Motor Sports: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent progress has been made on the Energy Efficient Motor Sport initiative, with particular reference to the...

      National Union of Mineworkers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what meetings (a) he and (b) his Ministers have held with representatives of the National Union of Mineworkers in...

      Power Stations: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what correspondence his Department has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on a freedom of information request to...

      River Severn: Tidal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the likely effect on the Severn Tidal Power Feasibility Study of English Heritage's...

      Telephone Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the number of telephone lines delivered through a digital access carrier system in each...

      Zonal Transmission Losses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what recent discussions his Department has had with Ofgem on the effects of zonal transmission losses on...

  • Transport

    • Airports: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people cleared to work airside at UK airports are (a) UK citizens born in the UK, (b) UK citizens born abroad and (c) foreign nationals.

    • Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what steps her Department takes to promote compliance with the provisions of the Civil Aviation (Denied Boarding, Compensation and Assistance)...

      Aviation: Cancellation Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what procedures are in place to ensure that airlines operating out of each airport within the UK comply with European rules on compensation for the...

      Birmingham New Street Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what her most recent estimate is of growth per annum in footfall at Birmingham New Street Station.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she plans to answer the letter of 4 August 2008 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Ms J. Reed.

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many late licence penalty notices were issued by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in each year since 1997; (2) how many late licence...

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 23 May 2007, Official Report, column 1355W, on motor vehicles: testing, what consultations were conducted on options for the...

      Public Transport: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate she has made of the impact of trends in fuel costs on the cost of providing (a) bus and (b) rail transport.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 21 July 2008, Official Report, column 889, on railways, and with reference to the answers of 21 June 2006, Official Report,...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 21 July 2008, Official Report, column 891W, on railways: standards and with reference to the answers of 20 December 2005,...

      Railways: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average energy cost of operating a train along one mile of (a) electrified and (b) diesel rail is at September 2008 fuel prices.

      Railways: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many kilograms of carbon dioxide are emitted on average from operating a train along one mile of (a) electrified and (b) diesel, rail.

      Railways: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to page 35 of the National Rail Trends Yearbook, what measure his Department will use to monitor overcrowding across train operating...

      Railways: Signals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times railway signals were passed at danger in each month of each year between 1997 and 2008.

      Roads: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many bids for road pricing demonstration projects she has received; and how many of the eight demonstration schemes will utilise satellite technology.

      Tolls: Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether it is her policy that Greater Manchester local authorities should begin to repay the £1.2 billion of loans proposed under the...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate his Department has made of the number of civilian casualties resulting from the use of air power in Afghanistan; what discussions he has...

    • Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether his Department includes military training in its definition of military co-operation in the context of the Madrid Declaration of 1989; (2)...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Boeing-built, designed or supported (a) airborne platforms, (b) aircraft, (c) helicopters and (d) other air systems are (i) in use, (ii) in...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many United States-built, designed or supported (a) airborne platforms, (b) aircraft, (c) helicopters and (d) other air systems are (i) in use...

      Military Police: Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when the Royal Military Police first (a) reported to his Department concerns that Land Rovers were deficient vehicles for operational duty and...

      P5 Technical Laboratories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the agenda is for the meeting of the P5 technical laboratories to be hosted by the UK; when the meeting will take place; and if he will make a statement.

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary: Tankers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many single-skin tankers there are in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary; what plans there are to replace them; and what the cost to his Department of...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum: Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Zimbabwean nationals (a) sought asylum in the UK, (b) were granted refugee status, (c) were allowed to remain in the UK and (d)...

    • Corporate Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions she has accepted corporate hospitality in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Buildings

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

      Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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 Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether personal data held by her Department are always encrypted prior to being transferred to compact discs for transmission.

      Departmental ICT

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

      Departmental ICT

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

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the change in the number of employees in her Department and its agencies has been since July 2006.

      Departmental Marketing

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

      Departmental Overtime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of overtime payment paid to staff in her Department was in each of the last 12 months, broken down by pay grade.

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department has taken to monitor the cost of its mail services in the last 12 months.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which 80 immigration routes the Government are replacing; and how many entry clearances were granted under each route in the latest year for...

      Entry Clearances: Working Holidays

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many entry clearances were granted under the working holidaymakers scheme in each of the last five years; and how many were granted to...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the average number of employees per sponsor likely to be applied for under tier 2 of the points-based system.

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the target processing time has been in relation to appeals to asylum and immigration tribunals in each of the last five years.

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average processing time has been for appeals to asylum and immigration tribunals in each of the last five years.

      Parking Offences: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the relationship between the level of penalty imposed for parking...

      Police: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of (a) police community support officers and (b) regular police officers fall into each ethnic category in each police...

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will estimate the number of police officers (a) per head of population and (b) per notifiable offence in each year from 1997 in (i)...

      Work Permits: Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which 20 non-EU nationalities received the most work permits for (a) doctors and (b) nurses in each year since 1997; and how many such work...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many (a) people and (b) couples had been assessed as suitable adoptive parents and were yet to adopt at the most...

    • Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how and by whom the new statutory guidance on sections 10 and 11 of the Children Act 2004 will be monitored and evaluated; and...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was claimed in reimbursable expenses by press officers in his Department and its agencies in each of the last three...

      Education and Inspection Act 2006: Parenting Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many parenting orders under section 98 of the Education and Inspection Act 2006 have been issued since September 2007.

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what proportion of (a) English, (b) mathematics and (c) science key stage 3 tests he estimates will have been marked and...

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) by what date he expects all key stage 2 test results to have been delivered to schools; (2) by what date he expects all key...

      National Strategies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the budget is, including monies allocated through the Standards Fund and Area-Based Agreements, for the National Strategies...

      Pre-School Education: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department has taken to ensure that children from disadvantaged families have the same access to pre-school...

      Schools: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what (a) formal and (b) informal support measures his Department provides to headteachers whose school is undergoing an Ofsted...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils who have taken part in the Making Good Progress pilot did not pass the single level test at the first...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils who have taken part in the Making Good Progress pilot to date reached key stage 2 level 4 in (a)...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) in how many schools (a) 75 per cent. or more and (b) 50 per cent. or more of pupils eligible to receive free school meals...

      Sure Start Programme: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what the total (a) number and (b) cost was of health visitors, midwives and community nursery nurses employed by Sure...

  • Justice

    • Antisocial Behaviour: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to increase the financial penalty arising from the issuance of a penalty notice for disorder.

    • Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average time between the passing of a sentence for a community order and the defendant's becoming engaged in the activity or requirement ordered...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he plans to take following the comments regarding the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) made by the tribunal in the action brought by Halima...

      Curfews: Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reasons his Department decided to put in place arrangements for the remote monitoring of compliance with curfew conditions of certain offenders...

      Departmental Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions his Department and its predecessor instructed the Treasury Solicitor to seek leave to appeal to the House of Lords from (a) the...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what incidents of data loss by or from his Department there have been since 1 July 2007; and what instructions or protocols there are in his Department...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many staff in his Department have had five or more periods of sickness absence of less than five days in two or more of the last five years;...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 22 July, Official Report, column 1217W, on domestic violence, how many people have commenced, but not completed, the CDVP and...

      Legal Services Commission: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what expenditure his Department incurred on bonuses for the Legal Services Commission's (a) Executive Team, (b) staff and (c) directors in the last two...

      Legal Services Commission: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will remove any bonuses paid to the staff at the Legal Services Commission involved with setting up community legal advice centres and community...

      National Offender Management Information System: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department and its predecessors spent on the procurement, development and commissioning of the IT system, C-NOMIS, in each of the financial...

      National Offender Management Service: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department has spent on the development of the National Offender Management Service's Headquarters to date.

      PA Consulting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what contracts his Department has with PA Consulting; and what the (a) estimated value and (b) expected duration of each such contract is.

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether Electoral Commission guidance on trigger rules associated with the Political Parties and Elections Bill will be subject to delegated legislation...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the provisions within the Political Parties and Elections Bill on the introduction of new trigger rules will apply to candidates for election to...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the provisions within the Political Parties and Elections Bill on the introduction of new trigger rules are intended to apply to local campaign...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his most recent estimate is of the effect of the size of the prison population on levels of crime.

      Prisoners: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of female prisoners he estimates have experienced (a) domestic violence, (b) sexual abuse and (c) mental illness in each...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders (a) released from prisons and (b) who completed community sentences had already served one or more (i) custodial and (ii) community...

      Shoplifting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people (a) were cautioned for, (b) received a penalty notice for disorder relating to and (c) were convicted of shoplifting in 2007;...

      Women's Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many violent incidents have been recorded in women's prisons over the last five years; and how many assaults on staff have been recorded in women's...

      Women's Prisons: Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his policy is on the routine carrying of batons by prison officers in women's prisons.

      Women's Prisons: Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the recommendations were of the review on the use of batons in women's prisons; if he will place in the Library a copy of the conclusions of the...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what information technology projects initiated by his Department have been cancelled prior to completion in the last five years; and what the...

    • Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many persons were killed by a current or former partner in (a) A District Command Unit area, (b) B District Command Unit area and (c)...

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Police Service of Northern Ireland speed camera operations were carried out in each District Command Unit area in each of the last 12...

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