Written answers

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

  • Work and Pensions

    • Industrial Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) representations have been received and (b) discussions have been held by (i) Ministers and (ii) officials from his Department on...

    • Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of those on jobseeker's allowance (JSA) have previously been recipients of JSA without an intervening period of employment; and...

      Maternity Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average processing time for maternity allowance claims was in each quarter in each of the last five years.

      New Deal Schemes: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many residents of West Lancashire constituency have found employment, work experience or training through the New Deal since its inception,...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Post Office

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment his Department has made of the costs incurred by the Post Office, broken down by (a) staff...

  • Prime Minister

    • Cabinet

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 30 June 2008, Official Report, column 541W, whether he has any plans for the Cabinet to meet...

    • Chequers

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2007, Official Report, column 825W, whether the reference to civil servants includes Number 10 political staff.

      China

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what meetings he plans to have with Chinese government officials while in China attending the Olympic closing ceremony; and whether he will meet Hu Jintao and Wen...

      Defence: Expenditure

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 16 July 2008, Official Report, column 244, how many countries have a higher defence budget than the UK in cash terms in 2008-09.

      Departmental Domestic Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister when he last visited (a) Wales, (b) Scotland and (c) Northern Ireland in an official capacity.

      Departmental Domestic Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister whether his Office keeps a record of his (a) train journeys and (b) domestic flights made in the course of official business.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Prime Minister how many new websites his Office has set up since 27 June 2007; and what the cost for new websites has been since that date.

      Departmental Occupational Health

      To ask the Prime Minister, further to page 52 of the Cabinet Office Annual Report and Accounts 2007-08, whether a reflection room has been provided for those working in Downing Street offices as...

      Departmental Official Engagements

      To ask the Prime Minister when he last met (a) a school teacher, (b) a nurse, (c) a doctor, (d) a social worker, (e) a police officer and (f) a prison officer in the course of his official...

      Departmental Overtime

      To ask the Prime Minister what the cost of overtime payments paid to staff in his Office was in each of the last 12 months, broken down by pay grade.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Prime Minister what his Office's policy is on requesting discounts from its suppliers in return for swift payment of invoices.

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he has undertaken any personal development courses at public expense since June 2007.

      Israel: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he discussed with his Israeli counterpart the status of Israel's nuclear weapons during his visit to Israel on 21 July.

      Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Lewes (Norman Baker) of 14 July 2008, Official Report, columns 20-1W, on Ministerial policy advisers, if he will place in...

      Ministerial Policy Advisers: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Prime Minister whether the terms of employment for any of his special advisers differ from the Model Contract for Special Advisers.

      Ministers: Official Residences

      To ask the Prime Minister which Ministers (1) will have grace and favour accommodation allocated to them; what the locations of that accommodation will be in each case following the changes to...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Prime Minister whether any full-time equivalent members of staff in his Office are working on policy relating to the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics games.

      Political Office: Furniture

      To ask the Prime Minister how many (a) desks, (b) computers and (c) telephones are provided for the use of the Political Office.

      Schools

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will place in the Library a copy of any materials his Office has distributed to schools in the last three years.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Prime Minister when he plans to answer question 192528, on visits to 10 Downing Street, tabled on 4 March 2008 by the hon. Member for Southend, West; what the reason is for the time...

  • Justice

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which organisations have received (a) free and (b) discounted room hire from (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies in each of the last five years;...

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many officials in his Department have been disciplined in each of the last three years for misconduct involving misuse of personal data.

      Departmental Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many applications (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have made under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 to (i) undertake directed...

      National Probation Service for England and Wales: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which probation areas within England and Wales use (a) Delius, (b) CRAMS and (c) other IT case management systems.

      Reparation by Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will publish his response to the Shapland report on restorative justice.

      Young Offenders: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of custodial sentences imposed on people aged 18 years or under was as proposed in the pre-sentence report prepared by the local youth...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Burma: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Royal Thai Government on the recent deportations of Karen refugees from camps in Thailand...

    • China: Pandas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions have taken place with the Chinese Government on the proposal to loan two giant pandas from China to Edinburgh...

      China: Taiwan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects of developments in relations between Taiwan and mainland China on the stability of...

      Georgia: South Ossetia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether (a) the Government and (b) the presidency of the Council of Ministers of the EU was informed by (i) the US...

      Israel: EU External Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that information shared between the EU and Israel under the Co-operation in...

  • Olympics

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what the location is of each office occupied by her Office which has been (i) newly occupied and (ii) refurbished in the last 24 months; and what the floor...

    • Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what the five most serious disciplinary breaches in her Office were in the last 12 months; and what steps were taken in response to each breach.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics if she will place in the Library the names and addresses of each organisation that supplied goods and services to her Office in 2007-08, based on the purchase...

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how much her Office has spent on each of the external public relations and marketing companies included in the Central Office of Information's Public...

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many staff from public relations or public affairs firms or consultancies have been seconded to her Office since its establishment.

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many staff from her Office have been seconded to public relations or public affairs firms or consultancies since its establishment.

      Dorneywood

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham of 19 June 2008, Official Report, column 1187W, on Dorneywood: official hospitality, what use her...

      Olympic Games 2012: Schools

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics if she will place in the Library a copy of materials her Department has distributed to schools in the last three years.

      Olympic Games 2012: Technology

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics on what date in 2012 the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games's technology freeze will come into force; which technologies the freeze will be...

      Taxis

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how much her Office spent on taxis in the last financial year for which figures are available.

  • Leader of the House

    • Legislation

      To ask the Leader of the House how many pages of (a) primary and (b) delegated legislation were passed by the House in each Session commencing in (i) 1980, (ii) 1990 and (iii) each year between...

  • Wales

    • Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many press and communications officers are employed by (a) his Department, (b) its NDPBs and (c) its agencies.

  • Health

    • Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects it to be the default position for all new cancer drugs and significant new licensed indications to be referred to the National Institute...

    • Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent steps the Government has taken to prevent diabetes; (2) what recent steps the Government has taken to improve treatments for diabetes...

  • Defence

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what planning his Department has undertaken in respect of the manning of the Future Aircraft Carriers; and if he will make a statement.

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many Royal Navy personnel man existing aircraft carriers; and how many will be required to man each of the Future Aircraft Carriers; (2) what...

      Armed Forces: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of (a) lamb, (b) beef, (c) pork and (d) chicken supplied to the armed forces came from livestock reared in the UK in the latest...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what percentage of the armed forces' (a) Mastiff, (b) Jackal, (c) Panther and (d) Snatch Land Rover vehicles were (i) in service, (ii) fit for...

      Army: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether the proposed new Army Headquarters land at Andover will be in new, purpose-built accommodation; and if he will make a statement; (2) when...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many notifications (a) his Department and (b) its agencies made to the Information Commissioner following the loss or mishandling of personal...

      Helicopters: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Royal Navy, (b) Royal Air Force and (c) army helicopters have been sold by his Department to foreign governments since April 2002.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Housing: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 1 July 2008, Official Report, column 791W, on housing:...

    • Eco-towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the full background dataset of the YouGov survey of attitudes to eco-towns as...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many firefighters there were per 100,000 residents in (a) England, (b) Derbyshire and (c) Chesterfield in each year since...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many retained firefighters entered full-time service in each of the last three years, broken down by brigade.

      Floods: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been paid from receipts from the EU Solidarity Fund in respect of flood damage in Nottinghamshire in 2007, broken...

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of homes which have solid walls in (a) Castle Point, (b) Essex and (c) England.

      Housing: Solar Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new houses built or to be built in (a) 2007, (b) 2008 and (c) 2009 have solar panels.

      Local Authorities: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent steps the Government has taken to give the general public greater access to information on how their local authority...

      Local Authorities: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent steps the Government has taken to encourage local authorities to be more open to public scrutiny.

      Local Government: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance has been issued to local authorities by (a) her Department and its predecessors and (b) the Audit Commission on...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent steps his Department has taken to improve access to bursaries and other assistance for students from low income...

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what steps she is taking to ensure that (a) very light jets and (b) private helicopters do not present a danger to civil aviation; (2) what...

    • Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much (a) her Department and (b) its agencies spent on each of the external public relations and marketing companies included in the Central...

      Potters Bar Investigation Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the operation of the Potters Bar Investigation Board.

      Public Transport: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many official visits he plans to take using public transport in the next 12 months; and which official visits were taken using public transport by...

      Railway Stations: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations she has received on the proposed closure of the South London Line between London Bridge and London Victoria stations.

      Railways: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the average cost per mile of new high-speed rail track construction.

      Schools: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will place in the Library a copy of any materials her Department has distributed to schools in the last three years.

      South West Trains: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it her policy to oppose the plans by South West Trains to reduce ticket office opening hours at 114 stations, following the August 2008...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Voluntary Work

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Cabinet Office's programmes to encourage voluntary action in the last 12 months.

    • Voluntary Work

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Government programmes to encourage voluntary work.

      Voluntary Work

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Government programmes to encourage voluntary work.

      Government Communications: Security

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what recent steps his Department has taken to improve the security of data within the Government communications network; and if he will make a...

      Power of Information Task Force

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what progress has been made by the power of information task force; and if he will make a statement.

      Information Assurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what measurable improvements the Cabinet Office has recorded in regard to its responsibilities for information assurance.

      Voluntary Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what plans he has to improve the operation and delivery of public services provided by the voluntary sector; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which projects his Department has commissioned from (a) think tanks and (b) charities in each of the last two years for which figures are...

      Disabled

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many and what proportion of staff in (a) his Department and (b) the executive agencies for which he is responsible are disabled; and what the...

      Higher Civil Servants: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what change there has been in the number of (a) women, (b) black and minority ethnic people and (c) people with disabilities holding senior...

  • Home Department

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what meetings Ministers and officials in her Department have had with telecommunications and internet service providers on the establishment...

    • Departmental Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications (a) her Department and (b) its agencies have made under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 to (i)...

      Dyfed-Powys Police Authority: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) civilian staff were employed by Dyfed-Powys police authority in each year since 2001.

      Emergency Calls: Hoaxes and False Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hoax 999 calls were answered by the Metropolitan Police in the last period for which figures are available.

      Office of the Surveillance Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Office of the Surveillance Commissioners is a public authority for the purposes of the (a) Freedom of Information Act 2000 and...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time equivalent members of staff in (a) her Department and (b) its associated public bodies are working on projects relating...

      Police: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of administration was in each police force in England and Wales in each of the last 10 years; and how many people were employed...

      Police: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding was allocated per head of population to each police authority in Wales in 2007-08; and how much is planned for 2008-09.

      Police: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what studies her Department has undertaken into police procurement policies and practices since 2005.

      Police: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidelines her Department has issued on back-up response times for police in rural areas in the last three years.

      Powers of Entry: Local Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what powers of entry are exercisable by representatives of a local authority under (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation; (2)...

      Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many and what proportion of rapes reported to the police which (a) involved and (b) did not involve excess alcohol use on the...

      Rape: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the reasons for the variations in rape conviction rates across areas of England and Wales; and what progress...

      Safer Neighbourhood Teams: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what estimate she has made of the number of (a) sergeants, (b) constables and (c) police community support officers in Safer...

      Street Trading: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the cost of a pedlar's certificate in each local police authority is; and what the cost to each police authority of issuing a...

      Surveillance: Local Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what guidance (a) her Department and (b) the Office of the Surveillance Commissioners has given to local authorities on the level of...

      Surveillance: Local Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what requirements there are on local authorities to compile a central register of surveillance activity.

      Telecommunications: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has (a) spent and (b) allocated to spend on consultancy and related work in connection with the establishment of a...

      Terrorism: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what recent discussions she has had with the (a) Hindu Forum of Britain and (b) Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether employees of local authorities will be responsible for paying the fee for Independent Safeguarding Authority clearance.

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether local authority workers who have been cleared by the Criminal Records Bureau must apply for clearance under the Independent...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which academies plan to open in (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011 and (d) 2012; and if he will make a statement.

    • Academies: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his estimate is of the proportion of children known to be eligible for free school meals in each academy and its predecessor...

      Children: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent steps the Government have taken to regulate advertising aimed at children.

      Children: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent steps the Government have taken to assess the effect of advertising on children.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent on salaries for press and communications officers in (a) his Department, (b) its NDPBs and (c) its agencies...

      Departmental Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what targets were not achieved by his Department in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will place in the Library a list of the (a) targets and (b) quantifiable aims which his Department is committed to meeting.

      Grammar Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what (a) legislative changes and (b) departmental approval would be needed to open a new grammar school; and if he will make a...

      Grammar Schools: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what proportion of pupils attending grammar schools was known to be eligible for free school meals in (a) 1978, (b) 2007...

      Head Teachers: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools in Yorkshire and the Humber have temporary headteachers; and if he will make a statement.

      Head Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many headteachers between the ages of 55 and 60 years there are in maintained schools in each local authority.

      Joint Advisory Council for Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what the remit of the Joint Advisory Council for Qualifications will be; and if he will make a statement; (2) whom he...

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what representations were received by (a) his Department, (b) the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority and (c) the National...

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many prospective markers for (a) key stage two and (b) key stage three failed the tests for marking quality at the (i)...

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent estimate he has made of the cost of the key stage two and key stage three tests in each year from 2004 to 2008; and if...

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) who in the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority was responsible for the negotiations with ETS for the contract to...

      National Curriculum Tests: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Government has taken to address recent delays in the provision of SAT results to schools in Coventry.

      Pupil Exclusions: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils in Yorkshire and the Humber were excluded for assaulting or threatening a teacher in each of the last five years;...

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of 11 year olds (a) not entitled and (b) entitled to free school meals achieved level four in English and...

      School Leaving: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many letters he has received from members of the public on the 14 to 19 diplomas in the last three months; and what percentage...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many schools were built between (a) 1997 and 2007 and (b) 1987 and 1997; and if he will make a statement; (2) what...

      Schools: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the cost of the key stage (a) 1, (b) 2 and (c) 3 tests was in each year since 1997-98; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children due to enter their first year of primary school did not have a school place by 1 September in the relevant year...

      Schools: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what public funding is being made available for new school buildings at Eaton Hall, Nottinghamshire.

      Schools: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the level of public access to new sports facilities funded by the sale of playing fields at...

      Schools: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) which schools in Nottinghamshire have been proposed for either new building or significant rebuilding through the Building...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what percentage of (a) secondary and (b) primary schools are offering at least four hours of sport a week, broken down by...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding his Department provided for the Physical Education, School Sport and Club Link Strategy in each of the last five...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in which local authorities over 50 per cent. of children did not achieve five or more A* to C grade GCSEs, including English and...

      Secondary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his estimate is of spending on the National Challenge for Schools in each year between 2008 and 2012, broken down by smallest...

      Teachers: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many full-time primary school teachers there were in Yorkshire and the Humber in each of the last five years; and if he will...

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether an academic review day counts as one of the 190 days per year on which a teacher is required to teach pupils and perform...

      Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his estimate is of the annual cost of the teachers' pension scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will make a statement on the terms and conditions of the teachers' pension scheme.

      Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school teachers in Yorkshire and the Humber did not have qualified teacher status in each...

      Teachers: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teaching days were lost to sickness absence in Yorkshire and the Humber in each of the last five years; and if he will...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of Bachelor of Education course entrants did not have an A-level in each of the last five years; and if he will...

      Teachers: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many vacancies for full-time secondary school teachers there were in Yorkshire and the Humber in each of the last five years;...

      Young Offenders: General Certificate for Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of people who had been in young offender institutions for (a) less than and (b) more than two years...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts Council England: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people are employed (a) directly and (b) as consultants by Arts Council England to administer funds from the National Lottery.

    • Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent estimate he has made of the annual contribution of the heritage sector to the national economy.

      Cultural Heritage: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on salaries for staff working on heritage in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many and what percentage of staff in his Department have had more than two periods of sickness of less than five days in each of the...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 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...

      English Heritage: Educational Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many educational visits to English Heritage managed properties took place in each of the last five years; and how many of these were...

      Listed Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether English Heritage plans to list the Edinburgh Dome at Malvern St. James School, Worcestershire; and if he will make a statement.

      Pay Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress Ofcom has made in its investigation into the pay television market; and when he expects the conclusion of the...

      Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many public houses have been opened in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in...

      Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of closures of establishments in the public house sector in (a) 2000, (b) 2003 and (c) 2007.

      Regional Cultural Consortiums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 2 July 2008, Official Report, columns 51-52WS, on DCMS engagement, what estimate he...

      South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on services, broken down by type in (a) Dartford Borough, (b) Kent Thameside, (c) the Thames Gateway,...

      Sport England: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what costs his Department has incurred in advertising the position of Chairman of Sport England in each month since November 2007.

      Sports: Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations his Department has received from the London Borough of Enfield on maintaining the Queen Elizabeth II Sports Stadium...

      Sports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much (a) lottery funding and (b) public funding has been provided to (i) athletics and (ii) swimming, broken down by (A) local...

      Sports: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much public money is projected to be spent on grassroots sports in the London boroughs of (a) Southwark, (b) Lambeth, (c)...

      Sports: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to support deaf people who participate in sport, with particular reference to enabling deaf athletes...

      Sports: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much lottery funding has been awarded to sports groups in Milton Keynes in the last 12 months.

      Sports: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assistance his Department is giving to third sector organisations in the North East region to support the development and work of...

      Sports: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 19 March 2008, Official Report, columns 1157-58W, on sports: per capita costs, what the per capita spend on...

      Swimming: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 27 June 2008, Official Report, columns 860-61W, what contribution he expects Sport England to make to the...

      Tourism: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on work related to tourism in each year since 2002 in 2007-08 prices.

  • House of Lords

    • Banking: Bad Debts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the current estimate of loss of tax revenue created by the provision, or the writing off, of bad debts announced by banks and other financial institutions...

    • EU: Lisbon Treaty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which provisions of the treaty of Lisbon cannot be enacted under the treaty of Nice.

      Health: Community-based Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will introduce tariffs for community-based health services.

      Health: Directed Enhanced Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures they propose to put in place to avoid variation in service provision across primary care trust areas once they are in charge of commissioning...

      House of Lords: Retirement Age

      asked the Chairman of Committees: What is the policy of the House of Lords regarding the retirement age of the staff of the House.

      Railways: Rolling Stock

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many of the 182 vehicles promised to the Northern Rail franchise in the high-level output statement are new build; and when it is proposed to place the order...

      Railways: Rolling Stock

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will support the application from South West Trains to place orders for additional trains to alleviate overcrowding.

      Roads: Fatal Accidents

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many fatal accidents there were per mile on the A55, A470, M1 and M3 in the past three years.

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