Written answers

Thursday, 9 October 2008

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Departmental Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what use (a) his Department and (b) its agencies make of (i) MOSAIC and (ii) ACORN data.

    • Excel Airways

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he was informed that KPMG had resigned as auditors to Excel Airways Group PLC in October 2006; what...

      Post Offices: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what the range in rates of the Annual Service Provision Cost (Franchise Fee) paid by branches of the...

      Royal Mail: North West

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the economic impact on the City of Liverpool of Royal Mail's proposal to...

      Royal Mail: North West

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether he was consulted on Royal Mail's review of mail sorting offices in the North West; and whether...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether local housing companies will be allowed to build directly managed council houses with secure tenancies and council set rents.

    • Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effects of targeting national indicator 191 on residual household waste on local...

      Dorneywood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham of 19 June 2008, Official Report, column 1187W, on Dorneywood:...

      Local Government Services: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Government has taken to encourage local authorities to open their facilities to the public.

      Mortgages: Repossession Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of how many repossessions were avoided by the Government's mortgage rescue service in 2007-08.

      Rodents: Pest Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information her Department holds on the number of complaints to local authorities about rodent problems in each of the last...

      Waste Management: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the account taken of competition issues and open tendering in the processes adopted by local...

      Waste Management: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with Liverpool City Council on the selection of their private sector waste management partner.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Sports: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much public money was spent on grassroots sports in the London boroughs of (a) Southwark, (b) Lambeth, (c) Lewisham, (d) Newham,...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel left (a) the Army, (b) the Royal Navy and (c) the Royal Air Force in each of the last five years.

    • Armed Forces: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent steps have been taken to assess alternatives to bear fur for use in guardsmen's busbies; and if he will make a statement.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of the armed forces (a) Apache, (b) Lynx and (c) Gazelle vehicles were (i) fit for purpose and (ii) out of service at the latest date...

      Erskine Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to dispose of Erskine Barracks, Wilton, on the open market; and if he will make a statement.

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to place the order for the third tranche of the Typhoon.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons his Department has not written to the hon. Member for Thurrock with details of the plans to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Conflict of Interests

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission whether any Commissioner has withdrawn from a meeting of the Commission or part of a meeting...

    • Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission whether he has made representations to the Commission about Parliament's view on the...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what steps the Commission is taking to ensure that all relevant information on its register of...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which Commoners' Association is able to negotiate single farm payments on behalf of its members; and what progress is being...

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many new cases of non-payment of Single Farm Payment claims since 2005 have been recorded in the last three months.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if he will provide financial assistance for farmers using additional fuel to dry grain following the 2008 harvest; (2)...

      Animals: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs by what means his Department ensures that animals imported into the UK for the purposes of scientific research are free from...

      Animals: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the UK has placed a moritorium on the importation of non-domestic animals from non-EU countries, with particular...

      Animals: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consultation he undertook with zoos and similar institutions, with particular reference to the Cotswold Wildlife Park,...

      Animals: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent steps the Government has taken to improve the monitoring of wildlife imports; (2) what recent steps the...

      Avian Influenza: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps the Government is taking to work with producers of free range turkeys to reduce the likelihood of outbreaks...

      Batteries: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the percentage of spent batteries which were recycled in the latest period for which figures are...

      Batteries: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with producers of batteries on EU Directive 2006/66 on the recycling of batteries.

      Beekeeping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what departmental initiatives are in place to increase the number of honey beekeepers in the North East region.

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department is funding on the promotion of selective breeding of bees to encourage behaviour that will...

      Bees: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the resistance of northern brown honey bees to (a) the varroa mite, (b) foulbrood diseases,...

      Bees: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 July 2008, Official Report, columns 1772-3W, on bees: diseases; what further steps he plans to...

      Bees: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to make infestation of beehives by the small hive beetle a notifiable condition.

      Bees: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department is funding on ways to combat the varroa mite.

      Bees: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the risk of colony collapse disorder affecting the bee industry.

      Birds: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the animal welfare implications of the types...

      Cetaceans: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) dolphins and (b) porpoises died as a result of by-catch in fishing nets in UK waters in the latest period for...

      Coastal Areas: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 22 July 2008, Official Report, column 1005W, on coastal areas: land, what powers will be available...

      Cremation: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects of implementing Environmental Protection guidance note PG5/2(04) on local...

      Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact on farmers of the levels of rainfall over the 2008 harvest season; and if he will...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many notifications (a) his Department and (b) its agencies made to the Information Commissioner following the loss or...

      Departmental Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what use (a) his Department and (b) its agencies make of (i) MOSAIC data and (ii) ACORN data.

      Departmental Home Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 3 July 2008, Official Report, column 1079W, on departmental home working, if he will make it his...

      Departmental Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what types of data have been sold by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies under the Re-use of Public Sector Information...

      Departmental Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what permanent residential accommodation is provided for use by civil servants in his Department; how many residential...

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have been seconded to public relations or public affairs firms or...

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff from public relations or public affairs firms or consultancies have been seconded to (a) his Department and...

      Departmental Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many applications (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have made under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act...

      Dolphins

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department has commissioned on the (a) stranding and (b) death of dolphins in the last three years; and...

      Domestic Waste: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the average time per year spent by a household in sorting and recycling rubbish.

      Domestic Waste: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which local authorities have reinstated weekly collections of residual household rubbish in the last 12 months (a) in whole...

      Domestic Waste: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which local authorities plan to end weekly collections of residual household rubbish in the next 12 months, or pilot such...

      EDF Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what contracts (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have with EDF; and how much (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies...

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many officials in his Department are wholly or mainly tasked with the negotiation, implementation or administration of EU...

      Fisheries: International Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the compatibility with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea of UK fishing in the waters of...

      Fisheries: International Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the work of the Joint Committee established under Article 10 of the...

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of fixed quota allocation units are held by companies and individuals not directly engaged in fishing activities.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what opportunities exist for demonstration projects to develop solutions to downstream flooding problems; what criteria are...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of flood defences in (a) Morpeth, (b) Pickering and (c) other...

      Floods: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information on areas subject to flood risk, held by the Environment Agency, is (a) freely available to the public and...

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of households which are not eligible for insurance against flooding; what steps the...

      Floods: River Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who is responsible for the maintenance of flood defences on the north bank of the River Humber.

      Food Supply: Animal Feed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the level of production for each (a) food stock and (b) animal feed stock type in (i) 2008,...

      Higher Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people his Department employs on an annual salary of over £100,000.

      Inland Waterways: Moorings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many British Waterways licensed residential moorings there are in England; and where they are located.

      Joint Waste Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will place in the Library a list of the organisations that responded to the consultation on Joint Waste Authorities'...

      Litter: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many litter clearance notices were issued in the last year for which figures are available; (2) what proportion of...

      Nature Conservation: Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if his Department will offer conservation advice and support to the Government of Cambodia to reduce the number of...

      Peat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the size of world peat reserves in (a) 1998 and (b) 2008.

      Pest Control: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions his Department has had with Network Rail on the control of pests and noxious plants on Network Rail property.

      Poultry: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what stocking density maximum for broiler chickens will be used in implementing the EU Broiler Chicken Directive; and if he...

      Recreation Spaces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps the Government have taken to increase protection of public green spaces.

      Sewers: Churches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what exemptions from charges for (a) rainwater and (b) sewage services apply to properties owned by churches; what the...

      Sheep: Ear Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department has spent on sheep ear tag inspections since December 2007.

      Sheep: Ear Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department takes to ensure that inspectors planning to carry out inspections of sheep tags on mixed farms take...

      South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on services, broken down by type, in (a) Dartford Borough, (b) Kent Thameside, (c) the...

      Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what arrangements his Department has in place to assist officials to overcome the effects of stress experienced in the workplace.

      Trees: Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the environmental implications of the commercial production of GM trees.

      Waste and Resources Action Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which local authorities have received funding from the Waste and Resources Action Programme in the last two years.

      Waste and Resources Action Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Waste and Resources Action Programme in meeting its...

      Waste and Resources Action Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which councils have received funding from the Waste and Resources Action Programme's local communications fund; and how much...

      Waste and Resources Action Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what external (a) public affairs and (b) public relations work the Waste and Resources Action Programme has commissioned in...

      Waste Disposal: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of whether the implementation of the EU Waste Framework Directive will affect the number of...

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs representatives of which organisations attended the launch by his Department of the guidance on waste incentive schemes in...

      Waste Disposal: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many prosecutions there have been for waste disposal offences in England and Wales in each of the last 10 years, broken...

      Waste Disposal: Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance or advice the Waste and Resources Action Programme has produced on recycling and reducing residual waste in...

      Waste Disposal: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the volume of waste sent for recycling which is landfill in the most recent period for which...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance he issues on the minimum amount of waste produced within a local authority area which the local authority is...

      Waste Management: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which organisations were consulted in the course of his Department's research project, "Balances and Energy Impacts of the...

      Waste Management: Domestic Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the Answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 30 April 2008, Official Report,...

      Waste Management: Domestic Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the Answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 30 April 2008, Official Report,...

      Water Charges: Religious Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will amend guidance to Ofwat on charges for water services for churches and other places of worship so as to reinstate...

      Weedkillers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 16 July 2008, Official Report, column 435W, on manure, what steps his Department has taken to...

      Weedkillers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 16 July 2008, Official Report, column 435W, on manure, what assessment he has made of the risk of...

      Weedkillers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 16 July 2008, Official Report, column 435W, on manure, what assessment he has made of the adequacy...

      Weedkillers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 16 July 2008, Official Report, column 435W, on manure, which herbicides have (a) been granted...

      Weedkillers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 16 July 2008, Official Report, column 435W, on manure, in what circumstances his Department would...

      Weedkillers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 16 July 2008, Official Report, column 435W, on manure, what further stages of approval...

      Wildlife: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps the Government have taken to enforce legislation protecting wildlife.

      Wildlife: National Parks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps the Government have taken to maintain wildlife stocks in the national parks.

      Wood: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the merits of the recommendations for incinerating waste wood put forward in his Department's...

      Wood: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to consult recyclers of waste wood on the recommendations for incinerating waste wood put forward in his...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to extend the scheme of entry clearance operating for locally employed staff in Iraq to similar staff in...

    • Bell Pottinger

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what occasions representatives of Bell Pottinger or Chime Communications have requested advice from his Department in...

      Georgia: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government have taken to ensure the safety of Britons in Georgia.

  • Health

    • Lung Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of proposals received for a feasibility study and trial development for a United Kingdom-based screening programme for lung...

    • Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people newly-diagnosed with the hepatitis C virus in each of the last 10 years.

      Hepatitis: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department plans to spend in (a) the 2008-09 and (b) the 2009-10 financial year on improving GPs' awareness of the risks of contracting the...

      Hyperactivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many primary care trusts have allocated resources to tackle attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in adults.

      Independent Advisory Group on Sexual Health and HIV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what process was followed in the appointment of the Chairman of the Independent Advisory Group on Sexual Health and HIV; where the post was advertised;...

      Infectious Diseases: Vaccinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the vaccine industry on public health priorities in addressing infectious diseases.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people medically recommended for treatment under sections 2 or 3 of the Mental Health Act 2007 could not be admitted to hospital due to shortage...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2008, Official Report, columns 345-6W, on the National User Forum on Mental Health, what discussions have taken...

      NHS: Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were on waiting lists to register for an NHS dentist in (a) Ribble Valley constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c) England in each year...

      NHS: Eyesight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people received corrective laser eye surgery on the NHS in (a) Ribble Valley constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c) England in each year since 2000.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the monies allocated to the reduction in the numbers of people with learning disabilities living in NHS campus-style accommodation will be distributed.

      Pregnant Women: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department plans to take to improve public awareness of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder; (2) if he will (a) make foetal alcohol...

      Salt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the food manufacturing industry on the salt content of packaged foods.

      Skin Piercing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were admitted to hospital as a result of medical problems resulting from body piercing in the last 12 months.

      Smoking: Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been paid to stop-smoking counsellors in the last 12 months.

      SunSmart

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the timetable is for rolling out the SunSmart campaign; when he plans to evaluate the effectiveness of the scheme; and by what means; (2) what...

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will respond to the consultation on proposals for the next steps in (a) tobacco control and (b) the further regulation of tobacco products.

      Transforming Community Equipment and Wheelchair Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will publish the output data from the pilot studies conducted as part of the Transforming Community Equipment and Wheelchair Services...

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 24 June 2008, Official Report, column 259W, on...

    • Assaults on Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many assaults on (a) police officers and (b) police community support officers there were in each of the last five years, broken down...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what date her Department was informed of the decision of the High Court regarding the asylum claim of Mr. A. U. of Aylesbury (ref: U...

      Asylum: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will bring forward proposals to allow asylum seekers to work while their status is being determined; and if she will make a statement.

      Closed Circuit Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will place in the Library a copy of the latest guidance from the Office of Surveillance Commissioners on the Regulation of...

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many Bassetlaw residents were deported from the UK in each of the last five years; (2) how many UK residents have been deported to...

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made by the working group initiated under the then Prime Minister's 12 point plan of August 2005 in order to deal with...

      Immigration: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many days children who were British citizens were in immigration detention in the last 12 months.

      Metropolitan Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was of the Metropolitan Police Service's CBI3 unit and its successor organisation in each of the last 10 years; and if she will...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the breakdown by nationality is of the 250 sentence-expired foreign nationals held in detention under immigration powers.

      Offensive Weapons: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people aged (a) 16 and under, (b) between 17 and 18, (c) between 18 and 21 and (d) 21 years were arrested for carrying (i)...

      Passports: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many war veterans in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK received a free passport in each...

      Passports: Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many free passports were issued to pensioners in 2007; (2) how many free passports have been issued to pensioners in Bassetlaw...

      Personation: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to address online identity fraud.

      Police: Notting Hill Carnival

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the cost of policing the 2008 Notting Hill Carnival was; (2) how much was paid to the police by Notting Hill Carnival Ltd to...

      Police: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in Nottinghamshire in each of the last seven years.

      Police: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make it her policy to include statistics on prosecution of (a) drink drivers and (b) disqualified drivers as part of the police...

      Sexual Offences: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what freephone 24-hour telephone lines exist for victims of rape and sexual assault in England and Wales.

      Sexual Offences: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to increase the number of sexual assault referral centres in England and Wales over the next five years.

      Theft: Metals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate she has made of (a) the incidence of metal theft and (b) the cost of such theft to (i) Government, (ii) local...

      Theft: Metals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her most recent estimate is of the (a) number and (b) monetary value of (i) aluminium and (ii) stainless steel beer barrels stolen in 2007.

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) work permit holders and (b) dependants of work permit holders were given leave to enter the UK in each quarter since 1 January...

      Work Permits: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many overseas students have been granted visas to work in the United Kingdom in each of the last five years, broken down by (a)...

      Youth Mobility Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which countries have expressed interest in participating in her Department's Youth Mobility Scheme; and in respect of each, whether her...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Members' Centre

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what estimate has been made of the (a) administrative and (b) maintenance costs of the Members' Centre in...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps the Government has taken to assist apprentices with the costs of the apprenticeship scheme.

    • Higher Education: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what procedures are in place to allow (a) asylum seekers under the age of 18 years and (b) asylum seekers who are 18 years...

      Higher Education: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps the Government has taken to encourage colleges and universities to provide access to their facilities for the...

      Higher Education: Intellectual Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on exploitation of intellectual property in...

      Higher Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps the Government have taken to improve the quality of higher education since 1997.

      Higher Education: Student Wastage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent steps the Government have taken to increase completion rates of university degrees.

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent steps the Government have taken to provide support to students who have learning difficulties.

      Mathematics: General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of over 16 year-olds who do not have a grade C or above in mathematics at GCSE or an...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of the student loan book has been sold in accordance with the provisions of the Sale of Student Loans Act 2008.

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: Underspent Budgets

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how his Department treats individual country budgets underspent in a financial year.

    • St. Helena: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when a decision will be made on tenders for the construction of an airport on the Island of St. Helena; and if he will make a statement.

  • Justice

    • Cemeteries: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what representations he has received on topple testing in cemeteries in the borough of Blackburn with Darwen.

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many instances of data lost by Government Departments there have been in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many encrypted memory sticks have been supplied to (a) prison service staff, (b) National Offender Management Service staff, (c) National...

      Departmental Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the Answer by Lord Hunt of King's Heath of 7 July 2008, Official Report, House of Lords, column 61WA, on crime: new offences, what the...

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much (a) his Department and its predecessors and (b) its agencies spent on each of the external public relations and marketing companies included...

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many officials in his Department are wholly or mainly tasked with the negotiation, implementation or administration of EU legislation and consequent...

      Offenders: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many ex-service personnel have been convicted of a criminal offence and sentenced to custody in the last five years; (2) how many personnel...

      Powers of Entry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation sponsored by his Department and its predecessor has (i) amended and (ii) enhanced existing powers of...

  • Leader of the House

    • Procedural Reform

      To ask the Leader of the House what procedural reforms of the House of Commons she and her predecessors have instigated since July 2001.

    • Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Leader of the House what (a) listening exercises and (b) public forums her Office conducted in each of the last two years; and what the (i) purpose and (ii) cost to her Office was of...

      Dorneywood

      To ask the Leader of the House pursuant to the answer to my right hon. Friend the Member for Horsham (Mr. Haude) of 19 June 2008, Official Report, column 1187W, on Dorneywood: Official...

      Members' Staff: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Leader of the House whether the redundancy arrangements available to staff of hon. Members will be part of the next Senior Salaries Review Body review of parliamentary pay, pensions...

      Members' Staff: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Leader of the House how much, on average, staff of hon. Members received in redundancy payments in each of the last 10 years.

      Regional Committees

      To ask the Leader of the House what plans she has to bring forward proposals for the orders of reference for regional Select Committees.

  • Prime Minister

    • Cabinet: Birmingham

      To ask the Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the number of people from the public who attended the Cabinet meeting events in Birmingham.

    • Cabinet: Birmingham

      To ask the Prime Minister what the total cost was of the Cabinet visit to Birmingham, broken down by (a) staff time, (b) staff travel, (c) staff accommodation, (d) Ministerial travel, (e)...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Prime Minister which organisations have received (a) free and (b) discounted room hire from (i) his office and (ii) its agencies in each of the last five years; and what the...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Prime Minister which projects his office has commissioned form (a) think tanks and (b) charities in each of the last two years for which figures are available; what the aim of each...

      Disabled

      To ask the Prime Minister how many and what proportion of staff in his office are disabled; and what the average salary in his office is of (a) full-time disabled staff, (b) full-time...

  • Public Accounts Commission

    • Building Capacity in the Third Sector

      To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission when the National Audit Office plans to publish its report "Building Capacity in the Third Sector"; and what the reason is for the time taken...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Victim and Witness Support

      To ask the Solicitor-General what steps the Attorney-General's office and Crown Prosecution Service have taken to improve support provided by the criminal justice system for victims and witnesses...

    • Human Trafficking

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many prosecutions the Crown Prosecution Service has brought for offences of human trafficking in the last three years.

      Prosecutions: Cannabis

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many prosecutions have been brought by the Crown Prosecution Service against people found running cannabis factories in the last five years.

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment his Department has made of improvements in aircraft fuel efficiency (a) in the last 20 years and (b) in the next 20 years.

    • Shipping: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he plans to take to ensure that changes to the permitted level of sulphur content in marine fuel oils do not lead to disproportionate cost...

      Shipping: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with his European counterparts about changes to the level of sulphur content in marine fuel oil in ships operating...

      Shipping: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the likely effects on the UK ferry industry of the proposed change to the MARPOL regulations to reduce sulphur levels in...

  • Treasury

    • Bank Notes: Visually Impaired

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to introduce paper currency with identifiable marks to assist visually-impaired individuals.

    • Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average time taken to process child benefit applications in respect of first-born children was in the most recent period for which figures are...

      Excise Duties: Kerosene

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what level of duty was charged on kerosene in each year since 2001.

      Housing: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 7 May 2008, Official Report, columns 912-13W, on housing:...

      Housing: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill) of 18 June 2008, Official Report, column 988W, on housing:...

      Income Tax: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much income tax revenue was received from non-UK citizens working in the UK in 2007-08.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the hon. Member for West Chelmsford's letter of 21 July 2008 concerning Mr. S. Browne of Coval Lane, Chelmsford, sent to the Financial...

      Repossession Orders

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of housing repossessions; and if he will make a statement.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cases were pursued in each of the last nine financial years by HM Revenue and Customs in respect of Regulation 49 of the Income Tax (Employee)...

      Tax Allowances: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the proportion of tax relief on pensions which is claimed by higher rate taxpayers.

      Tax Yields

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of the tax revenue accruing to the Exchequer in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10.

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department's policy is on the levying of retrospective taxation.

      Valuation Office: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the title is of the mapping product that the Valuation Office Agency has licensed from TENET.

      Valuation Office: Rightmove

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the status is of the contractual arrangement between Rightmove.co.uk plc and the Valuation Office; and whether the Valuation Office Agency continues to...

      VAT: Registration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what time scale targets are placed on HM Revenue and Customs to register applications by companies for value added tax purposes; and if he will make a statement.

      VAT: Registration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many new companies are waiting for their applications for registration for value added tax purposes to be finalised by HM Revenue and Customs; what the...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Public Sector: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the percentage of people in employment in the public sector who are categorised as having learning difficulties.

  • Women and Equality

    • Alternatives to Imprisonment

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what recent discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues about alternatives to imprisonment for women.

    • Toilet Facilities

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what her policy is on the provision of an equivalent level of toilet facilities for men and women at places of entertainment.

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps the Government is taking to ensure that men and women receive equal pay for work of equal value; and if she will make a statement.

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps the Government is taking to reduce the gender pay gap.

      Workplace Sexism

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what recent steps the Government has taken to tackle sexism in the workplace.

      Rape Crisis Centres

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what proportion of the emergency funding for rape crisis centres, announced in March, has been distributed.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which Minister has responsibility for the academies programme; 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 number of children in academies in each year from 2002 to 2008; what proportion was entitled to free...

      Academies: Governors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) parent governors and (b) local authority governors there are for each academy; and if he will make a statement.

      Academies: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what start-up grants are made available to new academies; how long they last; and what their average amount is.

      Academies: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which academies (a) do and (b) do not follow national pay and conditions for staff.

      Academies: Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will make a statement on rates of exclusion from academies compared with other maintained schools.

      Academies: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which academies have been identified by his Department as making inadequate improvement in (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008; and...

      Academies: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what powers his Department has to intervene where academies are making inadequate progress; and how often such powers have been used.

      Academies: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which academies (a) do and (b) do not recognise trade unions; and if he will make a statement.

      Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 21 July 2008, Official Report, column 928, on the Building Schools for the Future Programme, if he will...

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children starting primary school in (a) Bassetlaw constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England had previously...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many students were entitled to education maintenance allowance in each local authority area in the academic year 2007-08; and...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what costs are incurred by students seeking to re-take (a) mathematics and (b) English language GCSE examinations.

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many students have taken (a) mathematics and (b) English language GCSE examinations for a second time in each of the last 10...

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many key stage two scripts were unmarked as at 14 July; and if he will make a statement; (2) how many key stage two and...

      Parents: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent steps the Government have taken to assist parents seeking employment with their child care responsibilities.

      Pupil Referral Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many pupils spent some time in a pupil referral unit in each year since their introduction; (2) how many and what...

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of 14 year olds (a) not entitled and (b) entitled to free school meals achieved level five in English,...

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of 7-year-olds (a) not entitled and (b) entitled to free school meals achieved level two in literacy and...

      Pupils: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent steps the Government has taken to provide assistance to children who fall behind in writing and mathematics in school.

      Schools: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many requests for marking reviews of (a) key stage 2 and (b) key stage 3 2008 tests were received before 30 September 2008;...

      Schools: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many children eligible for free school meals received an A grade in (a) mathematics, (b) physics, (c) chemistry, (d)...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what procedures govern the means by which capital funding is devolved to each category of maintained school; and if he will make a...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what advice he has given to local authorities on seeking clawbacks from individual schools' reserves; and what assessment he has...

      Schools: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools in each local authority have had no entrants for (a) French, (b) German and (c) Spanish examinations in each...

      Schools: Local Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools in each local authority area are in special measures; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils achieved five good GCSEs in (a) comprehensive and (b) independent schools in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2007.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what percentage of pupils obtained five good GCSEs including English and mathematics in the 100 least deprived lower super...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his estimate is of the proportion of children in each local authority who obtained (a) five or more A* to C GCSEs and (b)...

      Schools: Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils had a recorded unauthorised half-day absence while in year (a) nine, (b) 10 and (c) 11 in each of the last five...

      Secondary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will publish each local authority's latest estimate of the GCSE results of each school in the National Challenge for (a)...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of children under 11 years of age live in families where there has been social services involvement during the...

      Trust Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many schools have applied to become trust schools; (2) how many foundation schools have (a) become trust schools and...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Breast Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people were diagnosed with breast cancer in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each...

    • Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people were diagnosed with cancer in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year...

      Childbirth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in which years since 1979 the number of births in England exceeded the number recorded for 2007.

      Death: Colorectal Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many (a) men and (b) women died of bowel cancer in each calendar year since 1997, broken down (i) by Government region and (ii) by those aged...

      Non-profit Making Associations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the implementation of the Social Enterprise Action Plan across Government.

      Non-profit Making Associations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on social enterprise.

      Non-profit Making Associations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the community investment tax relief scheme in respect of social enterprise activities.

      Non-profit Making Associations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the outcome of the cross-departmental third sector public services action plan has been in respect of social enterprise.

      Non-profit Making Associations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what deficiencies he has identified in (a) regional, (b) sub-regional, (c) local and (d) sectoral social enterprise networks; and what steps he...

      Non-profit Making Associations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how the £10 million social co-investment risk capital fund for social enterprise is to be used; and what Government funding sources are...

      Non-profit Making Associations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which (a) regions and (b) council areas have the (i) highest and (ii) lowest number of registered social enterprises; and if he will make a statement.

      Shareholders

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what his latest estimate is of the number of individuals in the UK who own shares.

      Unemployment: Lincolnshire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what percentage of children in North Lincolnshire live in households where neither parent is in employment.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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...

  • House of Lords

    • Weeds

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Highways Agency is taking all necessary steps to control and eradicate ragwort on motorway verges.

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