Written answers

Monday, 13 October 2008

  • Northern Ireland

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether abortion policy would be devolved in the event of the devolution of policing and criminal justice to the Northern Ireland Assembly; and...

    • Eames/Bradley Consultative Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment has been made of any potential overlap of work between the Eames/Bradley Consultative Group and the Victims Commissioners.

      EDF Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what contracts (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have with EDF; and how much (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies paid to EDF in...

      Parades

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions have taken place with the Irish Government on the Strategic Review of Parades.

      Police Patrolling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average time spent by a police officer on street patrol was in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.

      Police: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many complaints were made against the Police Service of Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what revisions have been made to arrangements for the Police Service of Northern Ireland's budget; and if he will make a statement.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent representations he has received calling for revisions to the Police Service of Northern Ireland budget arrangements.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) male and (b) female prisoners in Northern Ireland remain in custody having completed their sentence; and what the reason for such...

      Prisoners: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many violent offences were committed by prisoners against other prisoners in Northern Ireland whilst in custody in each of the last five years.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • British Library

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what income his Department received from the British Library in each of the last 10 years.

    • Departmental Furniture

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

      Departmental Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what valuations were made of the land to the north of the British Library in (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06, (c) 2006-07 and (d) 2007-08.

      Departmental NDPBs

      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 changes are...

      Gambling Act 2005

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when his Department completed the exercise measuring the cost of the Gambling Act 2005 as set out in the departmental Corporate Plan;...

      Minister for Communications, Technology and Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff he expects to work in the Minister for Communications, Technology and Broadcasting's private office; and where the office...

      Minister for Communications, Technology and Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of the working week he expects the Minister for Communications, Technology and Broadcasting to spend on his Department's...

      Minister for Communications, Technology and Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the Minister for Communications, Technology and Broadcasting has been assigned an office in his Department.

      Olympic Delivery Authority: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding his Department will provide to the Olympic Delivery Authority in each of the next three years.

      Olympic Games 2012: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on what date he expects to publish the first full report on Olympic and Paralympic public service agreements and physical education and...

      World Heritage Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he plans to publish guidelines for applicants for World Heritage status.

  • Olympics

  • Solicitor-General

    • Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many letters her Department received from hon. Members and Peers in each session of Parliament since 1997.

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many staff work in her Office's parliamentary branch; and what proportion of their time is spent on dealing with (a) parliamentary questions and (b)...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many and what proportion of written questions for answer on a named day she has answered on the due date in the current session of Parliament to date.

      Disabled

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many and what proportion of staff in the Attorney-General's Office are disabled; and what the average salary in the Office is of (a) full-time disabled staff,...

      Powers of Entry

      To ask the Solicitor-General what (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation sponsored by the Attorney-General's Office has (i) amended and (ii) enhanced powers of entry since May 1997.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Climate Change and Energy Strategy Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what work the Climate Change and Energy Strategy Board has undertaken; what further work is planned; and if he will make a statement.

    • Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many complaints he has received from (a) local authorities and (b) others in relation to the management of the Warm Front 2...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Business

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent steps the Government have taken to encourage business growth.

    • Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether the Minister for Communications, Technology and Broadcasting has been assigned an office in his...

      Gyms

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many gymnasiums operated for the use of staff members his Department funds.

  • Leader of the House

    • Members' Staff: Pay

      To ask the Leader of the House (1) if she will examine the financial implications of extending the House of Commons staff redundancy arrangements to staff of hon. Members; (2) if she will...

    • Parliamentary Resources Unit

      To ask the Leader of the House how much has been paid to the Parliamentary Resources Unit through the Department of Resources and its predecessors in each year since 1997.

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Information Officers

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

    • Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many and what proportion of staff in his Department are disabled; and what the average salary in his Department is of (a) full-time disabled staff,...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he will reply to Question 220175, on staff, tabled on 15th July.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Secondary Schools: Closure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the process is for consultation over closure of secondary schools; and if he will make a statement.

    • Educational Standards: Secondary Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to raise educational standards in secondary schools.

      Academy Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the prospects for the academies programme over the next three years; and if he will make a statement.

      Trust Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what progress has been made in the development of trust schools; and if he will make a statement.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent progress the Sure Start programme has made; and if he will make a statement.

      New Schools: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average cost of establishing a new school is.

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what progress has been made on the Government's plans to encourage adoption; and if he will make a statement.

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to encourage adoption; and if he will make a statement.

      Special Needs Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps have been taken to integrate special needs pupils into mainstream education; and if he will make a statement.

      Education Maintenance Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average time to process an education maintenance allowance application is; and if he will make a statement.

      Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what progress has been made of the review of child and adolescent mental health services; and if he will make a statement.

      Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he expects the review of the provision of sex and relationship education in schools to report.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to increase the percentage of school children who have a cooked school lunch; and if he will make a statement.

      Secondary School Funding (Rural Areas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much and what proportion of secondary school funding was allocated to rural areas in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.

      Sandhill View School: Sunderland, South

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will visit Sandhill View School in Sunderland, South constituency to discuss its standards.

      Building Schools for the Future

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent assessment he has made of the performance of the Building Schools for the Future programme.

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to tackle bullying of children with special needs in schools.

      Academy School: Wirral, South

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether there are plans to introduce an academy school in Wirral, South constituency.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the cost of providing free school meals to all pupils in maintained (a) primary and (b) secondary...

      Public Libraries: Newcastle Upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much additional spending has been allocated for public libraries in the Newcastle upon Tyne area for the next 12 months.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Annual Leave

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to the answer of 21 July 2008, Official Report, column 788W, on annual leave, when the leave...

    • Catering

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to the answer of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 9W, on Department of Facilities: fats, what...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission (1) how many staff were employed by the House at the most recent date for which figures are available; (2)...

      Members: Allowances

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what estimate has been made of the effect on paper usage by the Department of Resources of meeting freedom of...

      Nurseries

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what recent consideration has been given by the House authorities to the provision of crèche facilities...

      Official Report

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what the average cost of making the Official Report available online was per sitting day in the latest period...

      Official Report

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what the average printing cost of the Official Report was per sitting day in the latest period for which...

      Official Report

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many copies of the Official Report were printed on average per sitting day in (a) each year from 1998 to...

      Palace of Westminster: Theft

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many articles have been reported stolen from the Palace of Westminster in the last 12 months; and what...

      Parliament: Internet

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what guidelines govern the blocking of access to websites from the parliamentary network; and if he will place...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the operation of the law relating to abortion.

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will commission an independent investigation into the operation of the law relating to abortion.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many finished admission episodes where the admission method was via accident and emergency for an alcohol-related diagnosis there were in each NHS...

      Health: Tourists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what financial assistance is available to people who are travelling abroad to help them pay for essential medicines or injections; and if he will make a...

      Independent Advisory Group on Sexual Health and HIV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) financial and (b) other assistance his Department has given to the Independent Advisory Group on Sexual Health and HIV in each year since its...

      Medical Treatments: Lasers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to introduce secondary legislation to deregulate Class 3B and 4 lasers and intense light sources.

      NHS Direct: Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which non-English languages are offered to users of NHS Direct services; and what the total budgetary allocation for NHS Direct translation and...

      NHS: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much capital expenditure there was on buildings in the NHS between (a) 1979 and 1997 and (b) 1997 and 2007 in real terms using 2006-07 prices; and...

      NHS: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what amendments he proposes to table during the passage of the Health and Social Care Bill to rectify the omission of the names of current NHS consultants...

      Paracetamol: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what investigations his Department plans to undertake to evaluate the possible effects on children of taking paracetamol suspension type medicines;...

      Parkinson's Disease: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in which primary care trusts Duodopa has been prescribed for the treatment of Parkinson's disease in the last 12 months.

      Patient Choice Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the choose and book service; and if he will make a statement.

      Standish Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the arrangements are for the protection of the Standish Hospital site; what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the placing of guardians...

  • Justice

    • Borders: Personal Records

      To asks the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 10 September 2008, when the agreement between the EU and the United States on the processing and transfer of passenger name...

    • Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make it his policy, acting as central authority under the Hague convention, where a family has had further children since emigrating with one...

      Consent to Medical Treatment: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make an estimate of the average age at which a child has been considered to be Gillick competent and able to instruct a solicitor in family...

      Courts Service: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to dispose of land owned by HM Courts Service at Spring Bank, New Mills.

      Courts: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his most recent estimate is of the required expenditure for the courts estate in Northern Ireland over the next three years.

      Criminal Proceedings: Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent steps he has taken to ensure that there is an adequate number of qualified interpreters available for criminal proceedings.

      Crown Dependencies: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what meetings he has held with representatives of the Isle of Man in the last 12 months; (2) what discussions he has had with the president or...

      Debt Collection: Parking Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what representations he has received on the powers bailiffs have to collect monies for unpaid parking fines under the provisions of the Tribunals, Courts...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer to my right hon. Friend the Member for Horsham of 23 June 2008, Official Report, columns 54-55W, on departmental manpower, (1)...

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff from public relations or public affairs firms or consultancies were seconded to (a) his Department and its predecessor and (b) its...

      Departmental Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of his Department's budget and that of its predecessor was used for research within its areas of responsibility in each of the last 10 years.

      Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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...

      Electoral Register: Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of Commonwealth citizens who are registered to vote and do not have leave to remain in the UK.

      Family Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the consequences for his Department's responsibilities of the European Court of Human Rights case X v Croatia, reported in...

      Freedom of Information: Local Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his policy is on whether responses prepared by local authorities' freedom of information officers should be passed to council group leaders for...

      Legal Systems: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether there are any courts in England and Wales which incorporate elements of Sharia law in their work; and if he will make a statement.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State plans to reply to the letter to him from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 25 July 2008...

      Open Prisons: Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners absconded from open prisons in each of the last five years, broken down by prison establishment.

      Parc Young Offender Institution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when representatives of (a) his Department, (b) the Youth Justice Board and (c) the National Offender Management Service met representatives of Parc...

      Parc Young Offender Institution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will write to those juvenile courts which sentence young offenders to sentences at Parc young offender institution to inform them of the absence of...

      Prisoners: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proposals his Department and its predecessor implemented since May 1997 to reduce the number of former and serving armed forces personnel sentenced...

      Prisoners: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what steps are taken to investigate the death of a prisoner from non-natural causes on the Prison Estate; (2) what the average cost of...

      Prisoners: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effect of the introduction during 2008 of changes to the core working day on the progress of prison establishments...

      Prisoners: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many hours on average prisoners spent on (a) work, (b) other purposeful activity and (c) out of cell each week (i) in July 2008, (ii) in July...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many category A prisoners are serving sentences in category B, C or D prisons.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison cells have en-suite showers.

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of assaults upon prison officers in the course of their duties in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the likely effect of his Department's planned efficiency savings for the Probation Service in England and Wales for...

      Repossession Orders: Wrexham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) immediate and (b) suspended orders for possession have been made in mortgage possession proceedings in Wrexham County Court in the last...

      Voting Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what budget has been established for the planned citizens' summit on weekend voting.

      Voting Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 24 June 2008, Official Report, columns 9-11WS, on the consultation on weekend voting, whether he plans...

  • Prime Minister

    • 10 Downing Street: Shops

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what the most popular item purchased from the Downing Street gift shop was in the last 12 months; (2) how much profit has been made by the Downing Street gift...

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) how many secretarial staff have (a) left and (b) joined his Office since 27 June 2007; (2) how many full-time members of staff are employed in Number 10 Downing...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Prime Minister how many and what proportion of written questions for answer on a named day he has answered on the due date in the current Session of Parliament to date.

      Lehman Brothers

      To ask the Prime Minister what meetings he has held with representatives of senior management of Lehman Brothers in the last 12 months.

      Lord Mandelson: Pay

      To ask the Prime Minister how much has been paid to Lord Mandelson as a consequence of his leaving ministerial offices; if he will bring forward proposals for a mechanism by which former...

      Meetings

      To ask the Prime Minister what meetings have been held between officials in 10 Downing Street and representatives of (a) Ogilvy UK and (b) WPP since 27 June 2007.

      Ministers

      To ask the Prime Minister which former Cabinet Ministers registered (a) directorships and (b) employment with the Cabinet Secretary after leaving office in the last 20 years; and in respect of...

      Ministers: Pay

      To ask the Prime Minister how many Ministers do not receive a ministerial salary; and what estimate he has made of the annual cost to the public purse of maintaining their (a) private office,...

      National Economic Council

      To ask the Prime Minister in what capacity the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform attended the first meeting of the National Economic Council on 6 October; and if...

      Official Residences

      To ask the Prime Minister what recent discussions he has had with the Cabinet Secretary about the provision of Prime Ministerial accommodation and its implications for claims against the...

      Security and Intelligence Committee: Manpower

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 17 June 2008, Official Report, column 883W, on the Security and Intelligence Committee: manpower, what the reasons are for not naming the...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Prime Minister when he will reply to question 220182, on staff, tabled on 15 July.

      Written Statements

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 10 September 2008, Official Report, column 1806W, on written statements, if he will take steps to ensure that information is ready for...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average level of debt of those committed to prison for non-payment of child maintenance payment debts in each year since 2002-03 was;...

    • Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Child Support Agency cases in Sunderland are being processed as clerical cases arising from (a) pre-2003 and (b) post-2003...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) written complaints and (b) telephone complaints from Child Support Agency customers based in the Sunderland area there were in...

      Council Tax Benefits: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much subsidy for the provision of council tax benefit was provided to each local authority in Scotland in the latest year for which figures...

      Departmental Surveillance

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

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to make a decision on the payment of disability living allowance to UK citizens currently living in EEA countries in the light...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many persons claimed the mobility component of disability living allowance in each year since its introduction, broken down by type of...

      Income Support: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of awards of income support on grounds of incapacity for work had a duration of (a) less than 13 weeks, (b) between 13 weeks...

      Maternity Benefits: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many complaints he has received about the operation of the maternity allowance telephone line in the last 12 months; and what steps...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the unfunded pension liability for (a) 2010, (b) 2020 and (c) 2030.

      Pensions: Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the annual cost to his Department of disregarding pensions payable to former miners for the purpose of benefit...

      Rent Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the consequences of the decision of the House of Lords in R (on the application of Heffernan) v the Rent Service...

      Social Security Benefits: Uprating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research his Department has (a) undertaken, (b) commissioned and (c) evaluated on the effects of (i) increases in energy and food...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish the details of the Labour Force Survey showing the number of economically inactive people who want to work and can work and...

  • Transport

    • A12: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents have occurred on the A12 between junction 30 (Dedham) and junction 31 (East Bergholt), including accidents on the said junctions, in...

    • Aviation: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the (a) carbon dioxide and (b) nitrogen oxide emissions output of each fleet model of aircraft which (i)...

      Buses: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road accidents involved buses in the last 12 months.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of cycle lanes have been introduced in the last five years; and at what cost.

      Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what proportion of staff in (a) her Department and (b) the Executive agencies for which she is responsible are disabled; and what the...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many instances of the loss of personal documents have been recorded by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in each of the last five years.

      Driving: Sleep Apnoea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport in how many road deaths obstructive sleep apnoea was a contributory factor in the last five years.

      Driving: Sleep Apnoea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether there are procedures in place to provide regular screening of lorry drivers for obstructive sleep apnoea.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether a decision has been taken by the Government to proceed with a third runway at Heathrow.

      London to Midlands Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent steps the Government has taken to improve railway services between Coventry and (a) London and (b) Birmingham.

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions his Department has had with (a) the Mayor of London and (b) Transport for London over future funding of the London...

      Lorries: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to distribute Fresnel lenses free of charge to drivers of left-hand drive heavy goods vehicles entering the UK.

      Motor Vehicles: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to (a) increase access to and (b) improve the performance of the facilities available for online renewals of vehicle licence fees.

      Motor Vehicles: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the likely effects of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's free prize draw for online customers on the number of...

      Public Transport: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent steps the Government have taken to respond to concerns expressed by disabled public transport passengers.

      Railway Stations: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made on the allocation of funds to enhance passenger facilities at James Street and Liverpool Central stations.

      Railways: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the Government's policy is on encouraging separation of train and station operations from infrastructure maintenance and renewals.

      Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost to business of traffic congestion; and if he will make a statement.

      Roads: Safety Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what advice he has given to local authorities which wish to introduced shared spaces on how to integrate this with safe access for those with disabilities.

      Sea Rescue: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many calls to HM Coastguard were made by residents of Lancashire in each year since 2000.

      Shipping: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect on (a) the recruitment and (b) the retention of British maritime professionals of the decision by HM...

      Shipping: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect of the reclassification of seafarers' earnings deduction on the recruitment and retention of British seafarers.

      Tolls: Humber Bridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to review the level of toll charges on the Humber Bridge.

      Tour Operators: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) for what reason his Department was not able to grant the necessary indemnities to allow the fleet operated by XL Airways to be used to repatriate...

      Tour Operators: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what recent consideration he has given to the licensing of tour operators; and if he will make a statement; (2) what assessment he has made of...

      Traffic Lights: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents have been caused by failed traffic lights in the last five years.

      Transport: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the National Transport Model Team (a) has taken and (b) plans to take on climate change; and if he will make a statement.

      Transport: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of tonnes of carbon dioxide produced on average each day by public transport.

      Transport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what role regional development agencies will play in the allocation of transport block funds currently allocated directly to local councils.

      Transport: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents involving public service vehicles and minibuses carrying school children there were in each region in each of the last five years...

      Transport: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents involving public service vehicles and minibuses carrying school children there were in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) Northern...

      Tyne and Wear Metro

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will publish business cases submitted by the Nexus PTE in the last two years in respect of the future of the Tyne and Wear Metro.

      Tyne and Wear Metro

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment has been made in respect of value for money for the future of the Tyne and Wear Metro in respect of (a) keeping the Metro as an...

      Tyne and Wear Metro

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether tendering of Tyne and Wear Metro operations is a condition of future funding.

      Vehicle Number Plates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been raised by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency from the sale and auction of registration marks in each of the last four years.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many UK troops were wounded in Afghanistan in each month of operations in the last two years; (2) how many injuries in each category were...

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many enemy combatants were killed by UK troops in Afghanistan in each month of operations in the last two years.

      Armed Forces: Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many servicewomen requested an abortion in each of the last three years, broken down by (a) the age of the woman, (b) the grounds for the abortion,...

      Armed Forces: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of the (a) Army, (b) Navy and (c) Royal Air Force alcohol strategies; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Career Breaks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of HM Armed Forces have availed themselves of the scheme enabling them to have a career break; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Casualties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent progress has been made on measures to prevent blue on blue engagements by armed forces units.

      Armed Forces: Colchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether (a) Ministers and (b) officials from his Department have held discussions in the last four months with Essex County Council about possible...

      Armed Forces: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what sources of funding there are for further and higher education payments to be made to service personnel as outlined in the Service Personnel Command...

      Armed Forces: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the annual (a) operating and (b) support costs are for one unit of (a) an armoured regiment equipped with Challenger 2 tanks, (b) a formation...

      Armed Forces: Mentally Ill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel were medically discharged for mental and behavioural disorders in each year since 2001.

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many out-of-court settlements there were regarding war pensions in each of the last five years; and what information his Department holds on the...

      Armed Forces: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what research his Department has commissioned on post-traumatic stress syndrome and related topics in order to facilitate the discharge of its duty of...

      Armed Forces: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) officers, (b) non-commissioned officers or equivalent ranks and (c) other ranks or equivalent left (i) the Royal Navy, (ii) the Royal...

      Army: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Army employees have been charged with a violent offence in each of the last five years.

      Cadets: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's policy is on the creation of new combined cadet forces in secondary schools; how many have been created in the last three years; at...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what preparations his Department has made for the possible effects of climate change on the armed forces' (a) estate, (b) personnel, (c) equipment...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the potential effects of climate change on international peace and stability; and if he will make a statement.

      Databases

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

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many properties owned by his Department are unused; and how long each such property has been unused.

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which agencies or units for which his Department is responsible require the public to make telephone calls to them on numbers which charge more than the...

      Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the categories of support his Department makes available to ex-service personnel; what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of such...

      Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England were awarded a veteran's badge in each year since...

      Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of servicemen and women leaving the armed forces in each of the last five years for which figures are available had completed (a) 22...

      Helicopters: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the annual running cost was of (a) HMS Illustrious and HMS Ark Royal, (b) one Harrier GR9, (c) HMS Albion, (d) one Lynx Mk 8 helicopter, (e)...

      Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will bring forward proposals for national events to mark the bravery of UK personnel who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

      Sea Harrier FA2: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the annual running costs were for one Sea Harrier FA2 in each of the last three years before it was withdrawn from service; and how much was spent...

      Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements his Department has in place to assist officials to overcome the effects of stress experienced in the workplace.

      Type-45 Destroyer: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what he estimates the annual running costs, including manning costs, will be for a Type-45 Destroyer.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Amphibians: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department is undertaking into the effect of habitat destruction and climate change on European amphibians,...

    • Bees: Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research he has commissioned or supported into the effects of pesticide use upon the bee population; and whether he has...

      Bluetongue Disease: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will extend the bluetongue protection zone to Shropshire.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cattle were destroyed because of contracting bovine tuberculosis in each of the last five years; and what the cost...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on their tuberculosis health check programme.

      Carbon Reduction Commitment Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what proportion of the organisations that were originally proposed to be included in the Carbon Reduction Commitment...

      Carbon Sequestration: Brazil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of Brazil on the inclusion of provisions on carbon capture and storage in the...

      Carbon Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Carbon Trust is covered by the provisions and obligations of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

      Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans the Environment Agency has to draw up proposals for parts of the British coastline to be surrendered to sea...

      Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham of 14 July 2008, Official Report, column 27W, on carbon...

      Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether those staff of (a) his Department and (b) its agencies who are entitled to business class or first class air travel...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the names and addresses of each organisation that supplied goods and services to...

      Domestic Waste: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the annual average time taken by households to sort domestic...

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which local authorities (a) are considering, (b) are piloting, (c) are planning to move to and (d) have moved to...

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether funding from the Waste and Resources Action Programme's local communications fund has been used to support the...

      Environment Agency: Pumps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will publish the Environment Agency's review of the efficiency of its pumps; what actions were recommended in the...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what account will be taken of representations received on the consultation on restructuring of inland drainage boards in...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps have been taken to (a) clear ditches, (b) widen and deepen drainage channels and (c) create holding areas for...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the number of (a) households, (b) deprived households and (c) rural households...

      Floods: Bassetlaw

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what hydrological studies the Environment Agency has initiated to assess future flood risk in Bassetlaw constituency; and...

      Floods: Bassetlaw

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment the Environment Agency has made of the size and condition of pumping stations in Bassetlaw constituency.

      Floods: Canvey Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will meet the hon. Member for Castle Point and a delegation from the Canvey Island Town Council to discuss the effects...

      Floods: Canvey Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions his Department has had with other Departments on the likely effects of the Environment Agency's Thames...

      Floods: Canvey Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what area of land on Canvey Island is being considered for flooding under the Environment Agency's Thames Estuary 2100 scheme.

      Floods: Canvey Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has received from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds on the likely effects of the...

      Floods: Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the cost of damage caused to crops during recent floods.

      Floods: Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the level of loss of crops incurred as a result of recent floods.

      Floods: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy to ensure that (a) sites of special scientific interest and (b) important wildlife habitats...

      Floods: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of draining systems serving (a) households and (b) businesses in (i) Castle Point and (ii) Canvey Island...

      Floods: Inland Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with Natural England on the requirement to clear and widen watercourses to prevent flooding.

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what financial support his Department provides to households to assist with measures required to become eligible for flood...

      Floods: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment the Environment Agency has made of the likelihood of flooding at North Leverton and North Wheatley primary...

      Floods: Warnings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of procedures for flood warnings.

      Floods: Worksop

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment the Environment Agency has made of the flooding risk in Worksop.

      Fly Tipping: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much funding his Department received for the detection and prosecution of fly tipping in each year from 2002 to...

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent changes have been made to his Department's strategy on security of food supply within the UK; and what factors...

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the results of the consultation upon food security are expected to be published; and when the Government expects to make...

      Food: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of food consumed in the UK in the last period for which figures are available had been imported; what...

      Food: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much farming land in the UK was not used for food production in the latest period for which figures are available; and if...

      Food: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the likely effect on food prices of the European Commission's amendment to...

      Grasslands: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 8 July 2008, Official Report, column 1473W, what area of (a) lowland heathland and (b) acid...

      Ivory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on the ivory trade; and if he will make a statement.

      Landfill: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has for the recovery of plastics and other waste material from closed landfill sites for the purposes of...

      Livestock: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will amend regulations relating to fallen stock to better facilitate their swift disposal.

      National Rights of Way Casework Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the performance of the National Rights of Way Casework Team against its targets for reviewing...

      National Rights of Way Casework Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance he has given to (a) the National Rights of Way Casework Team and (b) surveying authorities on how to...

      National Rights of Way Casework Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people are assigned to the National Rights of Way Casework Team.

      Nature Conservation: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many appeals have been made to him under Schedule 14 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981; how many appeals have been...

      Nitrate Vulnerable Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding he has made available to assist farmers to comply with nitrate vulnerable zones.

      Office of Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what work the Office of Climate Change has undertaken; and what further work is planned.

      Office of Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 26 July 2007, Official Report, column 1528W, on the Office of Climate Change, what progress...

      Plastic Bags: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire, of 22 August, transferred from the Department...

      Primates: Pets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many pet primates have been recorded in the UK through licences issued under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 since 2000.

      Recycling: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what changes there have been to the levels of household recycling in (a) Devon, (b) Plymouth and (c) Torbay since 1997.

      Recycling: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to encourage businesses to divert waste from landfill to recycling.

      River Lymington: Ferries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what measures he is taking to ensure that regulators involved in determining Wightlink's application for shore works on...

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on how many occasions legal proceedings resulting in a court hearing have been initiated against the Rural Payments Agency...

      Sewers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the timescale is for the transfer of all private sewers and lateral drains that drain to the public sewer to the...

      Sewers: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with United Utilities on sewage works in Fleetwood and Wyre.

      Slaughterhouses: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on the proposal of the EU to appoint an animal welfare officer for each slaughterhouse.

      Trapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what role the Central Science Laboratory will play in the proposed research into the use of snares.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department takes to co-ordinate the Warm Front Scheme with existing schemes to fund fuel switching and...

      Waste Disposal: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the proposals for the new charges for the collection of household waste within the Climate Change Bill will remain...

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the timetable is for the selection of the local authorities which will pilot charges for the collection of household rubbish.

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the letter sent to chief executives of local authorities inviting them to...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assistance he has given to county councils and unitary authorities to develop waste-processing technologies.

      Waste Management: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the effect of local government industrial action by municipal refuse collectors in...

      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 representations he has received on the...

      Wildlife: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government has taken to enforce provisions on the protection of endangered species in the UK.

      Wildlife: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps the Government have taken to reduce the harmful effects of pesticides on wildlife.

      Wildlife: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps the Government have taken to address the illegal poisoning of wildlife.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • 10 Downing Street

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 21 April 2008, Official Report, column 1704W, on staff: 10 Downing Street (1) , which companies employ the members of...

    • Cabinet: Birmingham

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the cost was of holding the Cabinet meeting in Birmingham in September 2008.

      Central Office of Information: Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what media training courses the Central Office of Information provides or commissions.

      Childbirth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many home births there were (a) in total and (b) as a percentage of all births in each region of England in each year since 1997.

      Childbirth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many (a) live births and (b) stillbirths there were in each region of England in 2007.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what work the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit (a) has undertaken and (b) plans to undertake on climate change; and if he will make a statement.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what work the European and Global Issues Secretariat (a) has undertaken in the last five years and (b) plans to undertake on climate change; and...

      Cost of Living: Southend on Sea

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate he has made of the average increase in (a) fuel prices, (b) food prices and (c) incomes in Southend-on-Sea in each year since 1997.

      Death: Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many people died from cancer in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since...

      Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the Answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham of 24 June 2008, Official Report, column 236W, on departmental aviation, what...

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the policy of (a) the Cabinet Office and (b) the Central Office of Information is on the hiring by departments and executive agencies of...

      Departmental Recordings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 4 June 2008, Official Report, column 1046W, on departmental recordings (1) what records are kept by the Cabinet Office...

      Departmental Video Conferencing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will set a target to increase the use of video-conferencing by his Department to reduce the need to travel to meetings.

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many and what proportion of written questions for answer on a named day his Department has answered on the due date in the current session of...

      Electorate

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what the average number of electors in (a) English, (b) Scottish, (c) Welsh and (d) Northern Ireland parliamentary constituencies was in...

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the (a) employment rate and (b) the number in employment of the working age population was for (i) the UK population of working age, (ii)...

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the (a) growth and (b) rate of percentage change in employment level for (i) UK citizens, (ii) non-UK citizens, (iii) UK born persons and...

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the employment (a) level and (b) rate for (i) UK citizens, (ii) non-UK citizens, (iii) EU14 citizens, (iv) A8 citizens and (v) citizens from...

      Higher Civil Servants: Car Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what mileage rate for motoring expenses is paid to senior civil servants.

      Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether webmail accounts are blocked in the offices of (a) 10 Downing Street and (b) the Cabinet Office.

      Local Government: Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether local government employers were consulted before the decision was made to extend the Joint Statement on Access to Skills, Advice and Trade...

      Media Monitoring Unit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what his policy is on the release to third parties of transcripts of broadcast interviews (a) produced and (b) commissioned by the Media...

      Office of the Third Sector: Consultants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much the Office of the Third Sector spent on outside consultancy in financial year (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09.

      Office of the Third Sector: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many staff are employed by the Office of the Third Sector.

      Official Residences: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the Answer of 20 March 2008, Official Report, column 1307W, on official residences: repairs and maintenance, what the (a) nature and...

      Private Sector: Trade Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster with reference to the Joint Statement on Access to Skills, Trade Unions and Advice in Government Contracting, whether private sector firms with...

      Public Services Forum Task Group

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on which dates the Public Services Forum Task Group has met; and if he will place in the Library copies of the agendas and minutes of each meeting.

      Training: Prime Minister

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what diversity training is provided to new staff as part of their induction process in the Prime Minister's Office.

      Unemployed: Young People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many (a) UK citizens and (b) people in the UK aged 16 to 24 years old were unemployed in each quarter of the last two years for which figures...

      Unemployment: Bexley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people were unemployed in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency and (b) the London Borough of Bexley in each of the last six months.

      Unemployment: Chelmsford

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people were unemployed in (a) West Chelmsford constituency and (b) Chelmsford local authority area in each of the last six months for...

      Unemployment: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people living in (a) Leeds and (b) Yorkshire were unemployed in each of the last 12 months.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Ascension Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what procedure will operate in relation to the UK's Atlantic seabed claim around Ascension Island; what the deadline is for...

    • British Overseas Territories: Historic Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many historic assets there are in each of the British overseas territories; what estimate he has made of the value of such...

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy is expected next to meet Iranian nuclear negotiators to...

      Iran: United Nations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans to meet next his counterparts from the permanent membership of the UN Security Council and Germany to discuss a...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has received from the Contingency Reserve in respect of the civilian costs of crisis management in (a)...

      Somalia: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what involvement the UK has in counter-piracy measures in and around Somali waters.

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether a report has been made available by the UN on the recent conflict in Abyei, Sudan; and what effect on the operation of...

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his (a) EU and (b) UN Security Council member counterparts on the situation in Darfur.

      Uganda: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the expected date of completion of the trial of Uganda opposition leader Dr. Kizza Besigye; and...

      Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which countries have not received an official visit from a Minister since the last general election.

      Western Sahara: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will ask the UN Human Rights Commissioner to release the Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights' report on the...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Businesses: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will assess the likely effect on businesses of the imposition by local authorities of (a) infrastructure levies, (b)...

    • Canatxx: Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether Ministers and officials from her Department have met representatives of Canatxx Ltd to discuss gas storage facilities in...

      Council Housing: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the likely effect of the economic situation on the delivery of private finance initiative...

      Council Tax: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether local authorities may demand internal inspections of domestic dwellings as a condition of applying a single person's...

      Departmental Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department spent under general ledger account numbers 40017 and 60002 in the latest year for which figures are...

      Departmental Consultations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to hold online consultations in the next two years.

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent by her Department on subscriptions to overseas bodies under general ledger account number 40104 in the latest...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent by her Department on agency staff under general ledger account number 40002 in the latest year for which...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in her Department in the last 12 months; and at what total cost.

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what agencies or units for which her Department is responsible require the public to make telephone calls to them on numbers...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of written questions for answer on a named day her Department has answered on the due date in the...

      Eco-Towns: Greenfield Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many hectares of greenfield land she estimates to be developed in each eco-town.

      Eco-Towns: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether full planning inquiries will be held into eco-town proposals which are not already allocated in local authority...

      Eco-Towns: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she will publish the draft Planning Policy Statement on eco-towns.

      Eco-Towns: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many responses have been received on eco-towns consultations; and what the deadlines are for responses to such consultations.

      Eco-Towns: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the minimum Code for Sustainable Homes level will be that homes in eco-towns built before 2016 will have to meet.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the outcome of neighbourhood management pathfinders against objectives to increase electoral...

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether tree safety inspections required by her Department will require homeowners to pay a specialist to examine regularly...

      Fire Services: Manpower

      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: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) for what reasons the commutation factors used in the Firefighters' Pension Scheme were not revised between 1998 and 2008;...

      Housing Associations: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate her Department has made of the level of fraud perpetuated against housing associations.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether there are plans to revise the house building targets in the new regional spatial strategies as a consequence of the...

      Housing: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many ex-service personnel in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England were...

      Housing: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with insurance companies on requiring repairs to houses affected by flooding to make residences...

      Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to ensure future housing provision to meet London's housing needs.

      Housing: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what regulations and guidance her Department and its predecessors have issued on the use of non-barrier piping for central...

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the average additional cost of wall insulation for a home with solid walls; and if she will make a...

      Housing: Solar Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many representations she has received from local authorities seeking amendments to planning law to give preferential...

      Housing: Solar Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when representatives of her Department last met housebuilders to discuss the promotion of solar energy in new build housing.

      Housing: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's latest estimate is of the number of new homes required to be built in the south-east region; and how many...

      Housing: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the demand for new homes in (a) the south-east Region and (b) other regions from (i) UK...

      Housing: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer of 19 July 2008, Official Report, columns 1635-36W on housing: sustainable development, if she will...

      Housing: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department is taking to ensure access to supported accommodation for vulnerable young adults who abuse alcohol...

      Land: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects Milton Keynes Unitary Authority to publish its landscape character assessment.

      Local Authorities: Investment Returns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent guidance has been given to local authorities on maximising returns on their investments.

      Local Authorities: Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will reduce the national rate for local authority mortgages.

      Local Authorities: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her policy is on the future use of best value practices by local authorities.

      Local Authorities: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether local authorities will be able to use directed surveillance under the provisions of the Regulation of Investigatory...

      Local Authorities: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether there will be a presumption or expectation that local authorities in a two-tier area should join a joint waste authority.

      Local Authority Business Growth Incentives Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much local government business growth initiative funding has been given to Bassetlaw Council over the last four years.

      Local Authority Business Growth Incentives Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what requests her Department has received from Bassetlaw Council for new local government business growth initiative funding.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance has been given to local authorities and public corporations in relation to investing or depositing in overseas or...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment her Department has made of how the financial situation in Iceland's banks has affected the investments of UK...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she plans to respond to the letter to her dated 22 July from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to...

      National Fraud Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the use the National Fraud Initiative has made of information from joint bank accounts on the...

      Planning: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment her Department has made of the effect of planning policy guidance on the preservation of back-garden land and...

      Planning: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what area of land situated on the western border of the M1 in the Milton Keynes unitary authority area is currently subject to...

      Planning: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which bodies are the planning authorities for the land (a) on the eastern boundary of the M1 and (b) on the western boundary...

      Planning: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the (a) number and (b) cost of additional bridges required to cross the M1 to facilitate the...

      Planning: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the likely effects of development east of the M1 proposed in the most recent revisions of the...

      Planning: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons the latest proposed revision of the South East Plan has preferred development east of the M1 in Milton Keynes...

      Planning: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations she has received from the Milton Keynes Partnerships on the proposed development east of the M1 in Milton...

      Planning: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what account was taken of views of local residents in the decision to approve the proposed development east of the M1 in Milton...

      Planning: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what research her Department has commissioned on the extent to which people feel they are able to influence planning decisions...

      Powers of Entry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation sponsored by her Department and its predecessors has (i) amended and (ii)...

      Rates and Rating: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions her Department has had with other Departments on the issuing of backdated bills by the Valuation Office Agency...

      Rates and Rating: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consultation was held before the decision to change from prescriptive rating of docks and harbours to rating by...

      Rented Housing: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the outcome of the Review of Private Rented Sector Housing announced by the former Housing and Planning Minister on 23...

      Supporting People Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what budget was given to each local authority for the Supporting People programme in each of the last three years.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made on the implementation of point 11 of the then Prime Minister's 12-point counter-terrorism plan...

      Thames Gateway: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding is available to the Thames Gateway over the next three years; and what direct democratic controls are in place to...

      Urban Areas: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 25 June 2008, Official Report, column 345W, on the...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what national guidance she issues on consultation of local residents on the construction of new waste management facilities.

  • International Development

    • CDC

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) if he will place in the Library copies of the reports containing the assessment of development impact produced by CDC for the...

    • China

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department allocated to cover expenses associated with employees, offices and funded projects in China in each of the last...

      Departmental Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham of 10 July 2008, Official Report, columns 1831-32W, on departmental...

      Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the principles of good practice in humanitarian aid are to which donors commit in the good humanitarian donorship process.

      Iraq: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent steps the Government have taken to improve the education system in Iraq.

      Iraq: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent support the Government have given to the development of employment opportunities in Iraq.

      Katacha: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the Government's contribution to provision of food, medicine, education and army disengagement in the Katacha homeland is.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how the £264 million in centrally-issued contracts in 2007-08 was distributed amongst aid agencies.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether the international development spending by the devolved Administrations is included in his Department's calculation of the UK's...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the financial position was of each recipient country's allocated budget, with regard to (a) allocation, (b) draw down and (c)...

      Pakistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 21 July 2008, Official Report, column 792W, on Pakistan: overseas aid, if he will place in the Library a...

      Palestinians: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the (a) amount and (b) proportion of the Government's contribution to the additional humanitarian funding for the Palestinian...

      South America: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what companies are contracted to carry out the £50 million project for research and capacity building in Latin America and Asia;...

      South Asia: Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2008, Official Report, column 1042W, on South Asia: childbirth, what assessment he has made of the...

      UN Convention on Watercourses

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans he has for the UK's accession to the UN Convention on the Law of Non-Navigable Uses of International Watercourses; and if he...

      Youth Parliaments

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which overseas youth parliaments his Department has funded in the last five years; and how much his Department has provided for each.

  • Treasury

    • Bank Notes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which banks are authorised to issue their own bank notes; and in what circumstances such authority would be revoked.

    • Child Benefit: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of callers to the Child Benefit Helpline whose call was logged with the promise of a call back received a call back in each of...

      Child Benefit: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the length of time is of the automated message on the Child Benefit Helpline; and if he will make a statement.

      Child Benefit: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost per minute is of calls made to the Child Benefit Helpline; and if he will make a statement.

      Child Trust Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much and with which institutions he has invested child trust fund contributions that have been unclaimed by families.

      Child Trust Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families with low incomes have not claimed the child trust fund payment since 2005.

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many dwellings in Wales have had their council tax banding amended upwards since the initial 2005 council tax revaluation process, according to records...

      Departmental Domestic Visits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which parliamentary constituencies his predecessor visited between 6 May 2005 and 6 May 2006; on what dates each such visit took place; and what the purpose...

      Departmental Domestic Visits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which parliamentary constituencies his predecessor visited between 6 May 2006 and 27 June 2007; on what dates each such visit was made; and what the purpose...

      Departmental Official Visits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many times his predecessor visited (a) Cardiff, (b) Edinburgh, (c) Swansea, (d) Glasgow, (e) Aberdeen and (f) Dundee between 2 May 1997 and...

      Economic Situation: Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the international banking turbulence on (a) public sector pay policy, (b) fuel prices, (c) utility...

      Economic Situation: Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate the Government have made of the number of UK employees who may be made redundant due to the recent uncertainty in the international banking...

      Economic Situation: Economic Growth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the effect which would result from 1 per cent. lower growth in the economy in a year on the published annual deficit.

      Equitable Life: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he intends to provide a compensation package for Equitable Life investors.

      Expenditure: Asylum

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of expenditure from the public purse on asylum seekers in each of the last 11 years (a) in cash terms and (b) adjusted for inflation.

      Expenditure: Sport

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the progress achieved by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in achieving the target set by his Department to raise...

      Finance: Department for Culture Media and Sport

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what targets for asset sales have been set for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in each of the next three years.

      Finance: Devolution

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to publish his Department's factual paper on the operation of the Barnett formula.

      Finance: Devolution

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if his Department will consider the report, Unequal Shares: The Definitive Guide to the Barnett Formula, published by the Taxpayers' Alliance.

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the operational independence of the Financial Services Authority.

      Fireworks: Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date a prosecution was last made against an importing company for giving false information to HM Revenue and Customs in relation to the licensed...

      Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many individuals pay more income tax following the abolition of the 10 pence band as modified by the changes announced on 13 May; and if he will break...

      Income Tax: Tax Yields

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of the income received from income tax revenues came from (a) the top 1 per cent. of earners, (b) the top 5 per cent. of earners, (c) the...

      Insurance: Floods

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the implications for insurance companies of the cost of repairs to houses affected by the recent floods.

      Landfill Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the likely financial effects of changes in the landfill tax escalator on local authorities over the next two years.

      Local Income Tax: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive on the implementation of the powers of the Scottish Parliament to alter existing arrangements for...

      Marginal Tax Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of people with marginal tax deduction rates of (a) between 50 to 60 per cent., (b) between 60 to 70 per cent.,...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date the chief executive of HM Revenue and Customs received the letter dated 24 September 2008 from the right hon. Member for Birkenhead on his...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to answer the letter dated 26th August from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on Mr Raja Afzal, transferred to his Department from...

      Members: Meetings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will meet the hon. Member for Nottingham North to discuss early intervention.

      Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 1 July 2008, Official Report, column 880W, on departmental NDPBs, how many times his Department has been asked to approve (a)...

      Non-domestic Rates: Empty Property

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of his predecessor's response to the letter of 4 May 2007 from John Nichols on behalf of the Urban Redevelopment...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to review recent changes to (a) business rates and (b) empty properties relief in view of the current economic situation and its effect...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Tax Yields

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of likely changes to levels of revenues to be received from property business rates over the next three years; and what assessment...

      Northern Rock

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the forecast is of total (a) losses and (b) cash requirements of Northern Rock for (i) 2008-09 and (ii) 2009-10.

      Oil: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many litres of oil were recovered from sites producing illegal fuel oils in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of unfunded pension liabilities in the public sector is.

      PFI: Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the annual costs of PFI/PPP contracts across the public sector were in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost was to HM Revenue and Customs of compliance and enforcement in each year since 2003-04.

      Revenue and Customs: Complaints

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what timetable has been set for the Adjudicator's Office by his Department for the completion of investigations into complaints about HM Revenue and Customs.

      Revenue and Customs: Legal Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the costs to date arising from the actions pursued by HM Revenue and Customs against Mr. Philip J. Wright of Rowhedge Road,...

      Revenue and Customs: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many instances of the loss of personal documents were recorded by HM Revenue and Customs in each of the last five years.

      Revenue and Customs: Redundancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what redundancy costs have (a) already been incurred and (b) are budgeted for by HM Revenue and Customs in each year from 2002-03 to 2010-11.

      Save as You Earn

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to raise the limit for the maximum monthly investment into a Save as You Earn Sharesave plan to £400 to take account of...

      Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many UK taxpayers would pay tax at 50 per cent. if a 50 per cent. rate were introduced for taxpayers with annual pay of (a) £100,000, (b)...

      Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much additional revenue would be raised if a 50 per cent. tax rate were introduced for UK taxpayers receiving annual pay of (a) £100,000, (b)...

      Taxation: Aviation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what account he has taken of varying regional impacts of the proposed aviation duty in the formulation of the policy; and if he will publish his...

      Taxation: Football

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many professional and semi-professional football clubs have entered administration with debts outstanding to HM Revenue and Customs in the last three years.

      Taxation: Investment Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to ensure that people who have investment income taxed automatically at 20 per cent. but who are not on PAYE and are not issued with...

      USA Treasury Securities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much in UK holdings of USA Treasury securities there was in each month from April 2005 to August 2008.

      USA Treasury Securities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what communications have taken place since January 2008 between his Department and (a) the Governor of the Bank of England and (b) the Chief Executive of...

      Valuation Office: Geographical Information Systems

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will produce a privacy impact assessment for the Valuation Office Agency's Geographical Information System project.

      VAT: Energy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Answer of 29 September 2008, Official Report, column 2308W on VAT: energy, if he will estimate the additional revenue that will be raised...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Appeals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many appeals against a tax credit decision taken by his Department there have been in each (a) year and (b) month since tax credits were established;...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many TC846 forms his Department has received disputing a tax credit overpayment in each (a) year and (b) month since tax credits were established; and...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent on the childcare element of tax credits paid to families in England and Wales who have children under five years of age and who work...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in England and Wales who have children under five years of age and who work fewer than 24 hours a week have claimed the childcare element...

      Working Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families with children aged between one and five years in (a) Carshalton and Wallington constituency, (b) Greater London and (c) England have...

      Working Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many working hours were spent administering the issue of annual review forms to tax credit recipients in 2007-08; (2) what the cost of (a)...

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Contracts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What alternatives were considered before awarding the Defence Technology and Innovation Centre, BAE Systems and QinetiQ contracts to develop a prototype 155 mm...

    • Armed Forces: Decommissioned Aircraft

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many aircraft, broken down by type, were decommissioned in 2007—08; and how many were (a) scrapped; (b) put into storage; and (c) disposed of to third...

      Armed Forces: Fuel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What work is under way to develop and evaluate alternatives to oil-based fuels for aircraft, ships and land vehicles that are active or are planned for service by...

      Armed Forces: Nimrod

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What options are being considered for the replacement of Nimrod R1 aircraft; and when a decision is expected.

      Armed Forces: Paratroopers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many members of the Armed Forces are qualified paratroopers; how many entered training in each of the past five years; how many qualified; and how many were...

      Armed Forces: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportionate increase in the endurance of the Watchkeeper unmanned aerial vehicle results from the fitting of additional or extended range fuel tanks; and...

      Armed Forces: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration have they given to purchasing further unmanned aerial vehicles over the next two years; and what plans they have to deploy unmanned aerial...

      Armed Forces: War Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What have been the most recent representations they have received from the National Gulf War Veterans and Families Association on their proposal to abolish the...

      Disabled People: Income Support

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What independent information they are seeking, and with what funding, on the current needs of disabled people for income support, especially those too young, too...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 22 July (WA 246), whether the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is aware of any licensed...

      Health: MHRA Fees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of the fees of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency are raised from (a) the generic pharmaceutical industry; and (b) the branded...

      Health: Needs Assessments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ensure pharmaceutical needs assessments feed into the health aspects of joint strategic needs assessments; and whether they will issue future...

      Health: Organ Transplants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements are in place to ensure that organ transplants are available across the boundaries of the devolved Administrations; and What arrangements are in...

      Health: Patients per Doctor

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many patients per doctor there are in (a) England; (b) Wales; (c) Scotland; (d) Northern Ireland; and (e) each other member state of the European Union.

      Health: Pharmacists

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether community pharmacists will be allowed increased access to the NHS Summary Care Records.

      Health: Pharmacists

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will appoint the two new clinical leaders to champion change in hospitals and in the community in primary care as set out in the White Paper Pharmacy in...

      Health: Pharmacists

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they plan to introduce measures to standardise systems across primary care trusts for paying community pharmacies for enhanced services.

      Health: Research

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Lord Triesman on 29 October 2007 (WA 144), 12 November 2007 (WA 1) and 12 December 2007 (WA 58) regarding funding of research,...

      Health: Rheumatism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking following the declaration of the European Parliament on 5 June calling on the Council of Ministers to establish national plans to fight...

      Licensing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish the names of all members of the Licensing Advisory Group.

      Licensing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether all members of the former Live Music Forum are kept informed of discussions about entertainment licensing exemptions for small-scale performances of live...

      Licensing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have determined from the survey of live music carried out in 2007 by the British Market Research Board on behalf of the Department for Culture, Media...

      Licensing: Circuses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration they have given to exempting circus performances from the provisions of the Licensing Act 2003.

      Licensing: Live Music

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why there was a delay in the development of exemptions within the Licensing Act 2003 for small-scale performances of live music of more than a year after the Live...

      Modernising Scientific Careers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) whether there has been any preliminary formal or informal consultation on the proposals contained in the leaflet Modernising Scientific Careers, published in...

      Northern Ireland Office

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the percentage change in the number employed in the Northern Ireland Office over the past year.

      Prisoners: Remand

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of prisoners currently held in prisons in Northern Ireland are on remand.

      Public Prosecution Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the time taken by the Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland to process cases; whether they have taken any steps to...

      Public Prosecution Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many (a) full-time and (b) part-time personnel are currently employed in the Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland.

      Railways: Rolling Stock

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 29 September (WA 419—20), when the discussions about the provision of new rolling stock for...

      Railways: Rolling Stock

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 29 September (WA 419), when the discussions with TransPennine Express about the provision of additional...

      Religious Tribunals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the awards of religious tribunals are capable of being enforced by civil courts in the United Kingdom; and, if so, upon what terms.

      St Andrews Agreement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much time they expect will be needed for the full implementation of the St Andrews agreement; and how they are assessing that process.

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