Written answers

Thursday, 16 October 2008

  • Treasury

    • 11 Downing Street: Art Works

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what items from the Government Art Collection are located within his Ministerial residence in Downing Street.

    • Bank Notes: Visually Impaired

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 8 October 2008, Official Report, column 800W, on bank notes: visually impaired, if he will introduce paper currency with marks...

      Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will remove the negative control which has been placed on the assets of Landsbanki in the UK.

      Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to take steps to protect commercial depositors in the event of a bank collapsing.

      Bank Services: Charities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether bodies that are (a) registered charities only, (b) both registered charities and also companies limited by guarantee and (c) unincorporated...

      Bank Services: Local Authorities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether deposits by (a) North Lincolnshire Council and (b) other local authorities in failed overseas banks will be fully protected by the Government.

      Borders: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many forged documents were confiscated at the UK's borders by HM Revenue and Customs in 2007-08.

      Financial Services Authority: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many staff employed by the Financial Services Authority were paid over £100,000 including bonuses in the last year for which figures are...

      Money Supply

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will undertake an investigation of the effects of arrangements for control of the money supply which include creation of it by private financial...

      Select Committees: Government Responses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to respond to the Report from the Treasury Select Committee on Banking Reform, HC 1008.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Complaints

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints from customers over tax credits his Department has received in each (a) year and (b) month since tax credits were introduced, broken...

  • Transport

    • Bus Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what grants have been given since 2003 from the Urban Bus Challenge Fund.

    • Buses: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many attacks there were on bus drivers in each of the last five years.

      Driving Tests: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list those purchases of land or buildings made by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies as a result of the rationalisation of driving...

      Emergency Services: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 14 March 2008, Official Report, column 473, on emergency services: accidents, how many of those accidents which occurred...

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicles are taxed to drive on UK roads.

      Motorcycles: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will issue guidance to local authorities on regulating the parking of motorcycles in residents' parking bays; and if he will make a...

      Motorways: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what average time it took to reopen a motorway to the full flow of traffic after a collision had occurred in the latest period for which figures are...

      Pedestrian Crossings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has better to publicise knowledge of the knurled knob on pelican crossings for those with disabilities and children.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to respond to the Office of the Rail Regulator's review of the rail network draft determination.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect of the recent 10 per cent. increases in off-peak fares between Milton Keynes and London Euston on London...

      Railways: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many submissions the Office of the Rail Regulator received as part of its review of the rail network draft determinations; how many of these...

      Railways: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many of his Department's staff are working on (a) high speed rail development and (b) the reopening of former railway lines and stations as part...

      Unadopted Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many streets he estimates have remained unadopted for over (a) 75 years and (b) 100 years.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Act on Carbon Dioxide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many enquiries the Energy Saving Trust's Act on carbon dioxide advice line has dealt with in each month since April 2008.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was claimed in reimbursable expenses by press officers in his Department in each of the last three financial years.

    • Disability Living Allowance: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what restrictions there are on the use by students of disability living allowance to purchase equipment related to their disability.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 19 August, transferred from HM Treasury (PO reference:...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average occupational pension payable in the UK was in 2007-08.

      Pensioners: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what states are designated as non-qualifying destinations for the annual state pension uprating payable to UK pensioners overseas; (2)...

      Pensioners: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of extending the benefit of the annual state pension uprating to UK citizens in receipt of state pensions...

      Pensioners: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many persons entitled to UK state pensions are not entitled to the annual state pension uprating by reason of their location overseas.

      Post Office Card Account: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether a disability impact assessment was carried out on the tendering process for the Post Office Card Account contract; (2) what...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what steps he is taking to reduce the levels of fraud and error in the benefit system; (2) what steps his Department is taking to tackle...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people did not receive benefits to which they were entitled due to (a) fraud and (b) error in the benefit system in each of the last...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the proportion of all cases of fraud and error in the benefit system that arose from misdirected mail in the...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefit payments were made in error due to fraud arising from the impersonation of the deceased in the latest period for which figures...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many times the definition of the unemployment claimant count and any inclusions to or exclusions from that count have changed since 1997;...

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House how many and what proportion of written questions for answer on a named day her Office has answered on the due date in the current session of Parliament to date.

    • Parliamentary Session

      To ask the Leader of the House (1) how many hours the House sat in each session (a) in 1980, (b) in 1990 and (c) in each session between 1996 and 2006;

  • Justice

    • Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of invoices for goods and services procured from small- and medium-sized businesses were paid within 30 days of receipt by (a) his...

    • Departmental Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress has been made in the interdepartmental review on representative actions; and how many officials have responsibility for the review, broken...

      Lancaster Farms Young Offender Institute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he plans to take to relieve overcrowding on the young offenders side of Her Majesty's Young Offender Institute, Lancaster Farms in order to...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how long on average elapsed between the time that prisoners were unlocked in the morning and returned to their cells in the evening in the last three...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prisoners from London are being held in prisons outside London; (2) how many prisoners were held in prisons outside the criminal justice...

      Prisoners: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what partnerships each prison developed with external companies to provide (a) training and (b) work for prisoners in each of the last five years.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many hours of training (a) on average and (b) in total prison governors have received relating to illegal drugs in the last 12 months.

  • Wales

    • Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many Christmas functions (a) he, (b) officials from his Department and (c) officials from its Executive agencies (i) hosted and (ii) attended in...

    • Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of Government-commissioned advertising in the last 12 months relating to matters falling within the...

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many citizens' juries his Department has held since 1 July 2007; what the cost was of each; what issues were discussed at each event; and how many (a)...

      Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the policy of the Government is on the submission to Parliament of any request for a referendum made by the Welsh Assembly Government during the...

  • Olympics

    • Olympic Games 2012: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics which voluntary organisations she has met to discuss their involvement in the delivery and legacy aspects of the 2012 Games; and what the outcome has been of...

  • Prime Minister

    • Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will review the accuracy of the answer given by his predecessor to the hon. Member for Mid Worcestershire on 12 November 1997 relating to Formula One sponsorship...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many closure notices have been issued under section 169A of the Licensing Act 2003 for persistently selling alcohol to children.

    • Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which regional development agencies will pilot creative economy strategic frameworks; and when he expects the pilots to (a) begin and...

      Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport by what date he expects to have developed the Menu for Local Infrastructure to be used by local authorities to attract creative...

      Churches: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions English Heritage has had with representatives of (a) the Roman Catholic Church and (b) non-conformist churches...

      Cycling: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding has been allocated to support (a) individual cyclists and (b) the British Cycling Federation from (i) the National...

      Departmental Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what use has been made of the income relating to the sale by his Department of the land to the north of the British Library.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much of his Department's spending on administration in 2007-08 was in relation to (a) the 2012 Olympics, (b) the arts, (c)...

      Departmental Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he has taken in response to the findings from his Department's most recent annual staff survey.

      English Heritage

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

      English Heritage: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the average price of entry to an English Heritage property was in each of the last three years.

      Invest to Save Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many Invest to Save bids were sponsored by his Department in each of the last three years.

      National Lottery: Bolton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many projects in Bolton North East have received awards from National Lottery funding bodies; and how much those awards came to in total.

      National Lottery: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of Lottery funding available has been awarded to organisations in (a) Leeds and (b) Yorkshire over the last 12 months.

      Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he expects the modernisation review of England's public library service to report.

      Regional Cultural Consortiums: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding he has allocated for regional cultural consortia in each of the next three years.

      World Heritage Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the guidelines for applicants for World Heritage Status will be published.

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies spent on (i) recruitment consultants and (ii) external recruitment advertising to recruit...

    • Departmental Written Questions

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

  • Defence

    • Aircraft Carriers: Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the first plate of metal for each of the two new aircraft carriers will be cut.

    • Armed Forces: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many military working dogs his Department had in each year since 1997, broken down by type of dog.

      Armed Forces: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much on average it cost to train fully a military working dog of each breed used in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Armed Forces: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many military working dogs were killed in service in each year since 1997; what type of dog was involved in each case; and what the (a) location and...

      Armed Forces: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many fully trained military working dog handlers there were in the armed forces in each year since 1997.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of foreign armed forces received (a) training and (b) hospitality at UK military establishments in each year since 2003, broken down...

      Army Boards of Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Army Boards of Inquiry have been convened since 1997; and how many of these have been reconvened.

      Army: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) inflow, (b) outflow and (c) voluntary outflow figures for the Army rates were in each year since 2003, broken down by corps.

      Future Surface Combatant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessments have been made of the vulnerability of future frigates to missile strikes; what studies have been undertaken of the relative...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost has been of compensation paid by his Department to Iraqi citizens since 2005.

      Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many vehicles of each type were reported (a) lost or missing and later recovered and (b) lost or missing and not recovered by armed forces in the...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Housing: Leicestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authority-owned non-decent dwellings there were in (a) the East Midlands and (b) North West Leicestershire in...

    • Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many press officers her Department has employed in each year since its establishment.

      Departmental Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer of 17 July 2008, Official Report, column 580W, on departmental press, if she will break down the budget...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of invoices for goods and services procured from small- and medium-sized businesses was paid within 30 days of...

      Deprivation Indicators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the lower layer super output areas in each parliamentary constituency are.

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether energy performance certificates may make reference to the performance of (a) light bulbs, (b) fridge-freezers and (c)...

      Ethnic Groups: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her policy is on the funding by (a) her Department and (b) local authorities of groups or organisations that form,...

      Fire Services: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the revenue costs of the regional project team were in each regional management board area in respect of the FiReControl...

      Fire Services: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost to date has been of the development and implementation of (a) the data capture and management toolkit version 1...

      Housing: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many children were registered as living in (a) temporary accommodation, (b) non-decent accommodation and (c) overcrowded...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has issued to local authorities on the criteria to be used in the allocation of social housing to...

      Housing: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what procedures are in place to monitor the average time taken on housing repairs by (a) local authorities and (b) housing...

      Housing: Stafford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what public funding is available to assist local authorities in Stafford constituency to enable the provision of new affordable...

      Local Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons her Department's local priorities website does not list all local priorities chosen by local authorities,...

      Local Authorities: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make it her policy to require information on efficiency savings by local authorities to be included with council tax...

      Local Authorities: Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps are being taken to assist local authorities to meet requirements for equal pay for men and women; and if she will...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consultations were undertaken with those businesses operating within ports prior to the introduction of business rates for...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she is considering to mitigate the financial effects upon traders of the recent change in rating methodology for...

      Pensioners: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of (a) pensioners and (b) children were living in income-deprived households in each...

      Regeneration: Canvey Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 30 June 2008, Official Report, column 630W, on regeneration: Canvey Island, whether the absence of an...

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will (a) set a deadline for the formal submission of Castle Point Borough Council's Local Development Scheme and (ii)...

      Regional Planning and Development: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consideration was given to including (a) the Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway and (b) the Dolphin Barge Museum in...

      Regional Planning and Development: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent reports she has received on local development and regeneration plans of Swale Borough Council; and what her policy...

      Regional Planning and Development: Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what financial commitments have been made by her Department towards the development of the Thames Gateway.

      Repossession Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions she has had with the Council of Mortgage Lenders on housing repossessions; and if she will make a statement.

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes have been purchased under the right to buy scheme in (a) rural and (b) non-rural areas in each year since 1997...

      Smoke Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which fire and rescue services provide smoke alarms free of charge to domestic dwellings.

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what account she has taken of concerns raised by local authorities about the ability of the new Children's Social Services...

      Society of Local Authority Chief Executives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding the Audit Commission provided for the (a) Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and (b) Senior Managers...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • British Council: Theatre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British (a) plays and (b) concerts were performed overseas by British performers under the auspices of the British...

    • Cuba: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will have discussions with the US Administration on the application of trade sanctions to Cuba.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Borders: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many private cars were searched by officers of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs or the Police Service of Northern Ireland in each month...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which projects his Department (a) funds and (b) provides other assistance to (i) directly and (ii) indirectly in Afghanistan; how...

    • Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much the Government is contributing financially to the Afghanistan National Development Strategy in 2008-09; and what involvement...

      Chad: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effect of the security situation in eastern Chad on the delivery of humanitarian assistance to...

      Chad: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations he has made to the government of Chad on action against perpetrators of criminal acts which impede the delivery of...

      Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of his Department's budget was spent on humanitarian aid in each of the last five years.

      Kosovo: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent steps the Government has taken to improve the stability of the Kosovo government.

      Kosovo: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent support the Government has given to the government of Kosovo for economic growth.

      Overseas Aid: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much and what proportion of UK aid was allocated to education projects in the most recent resource allocation round; what...

      Sudan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much the Government plans to spend on basic services for the population in the Nuba Mountains following the signing of the...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Business

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many business improvement districts have been established in each region.

    • Consumer Focus: Manpower

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many staff are expected to be employed as part of Consumer Focus Wales.

      Environment Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what funding has been provided to the Environment Agency by Yorkshire Forward in each of the last five years; and what...

      Fisheries: Compensation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much has been paid out so far under the Icelandic Fishermen's Compensation Scheme; and to how many...

      Freight: Liquidation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many haulage businesses went into administration or liquidation in each region of England and Wales in...

      INTERREG Programme

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill) of 30 June 2008,...

      Minimum Wage: Yorkshire

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many workers in (a) Leeds and (b) Yorkshire received wages at the national minimum rate in each year...

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the effect that the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency prize draw promotion...

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps he is taking to encourage the renewal of vehicle excise licences through post offices; and if he...

      Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what support his Department provides for UK car, van and truck manufacturing; what account his Department...

      Non-Departmental Public Bodies: Manpower

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many staff were employed by (a) the Welsh Consumer Council, (b) Postwatch Wales and (c) Energywatch...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on how many occasions Post Office Ltd. has responded to public opposition by reversing a decision to close...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many post offices have been closed in villages and towns with a population smaller then 10,000...

      Post Offices: Disabled

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform to what extent Post Office Ltd. is required to ensure that post offices providing services to members of...

      Post Offices: Military Bases

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many post offices situated within the secure areas of military establishments have been closed or are...

      Postwatch: Publications

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much the hardback book "Post, Present and Future", produced by Postwatch in September 2008, cost to...

      Postwatch: Publications

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what costs were incurred in the (a) production and (b) distribution by post of the Postwatch publication,...

      Recruitment: Complaints

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many complaints the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate has received regarding the advertising of...

      Recruitment: Fraud

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many companies have been found to be advertising non-existent jobs in each of the last 10 years.

      Recruitment: Fraud

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what powers the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate has to prevent recruitment companies from placing...

      Recruitment: Fraud

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps he is taking to prevent the publication in print or via the internet of bogus notices from...

      Small Businesses: Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what research his Department has (a) undertaken, (b) commissioned and (c) evaluated on attitudes of small and...

      TICC: Redundancy

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 292W, on TICC: redundancy, how much was...

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been (a) charged and (b) convicted of persistently selling alcohol to children under section 147A of the Licensing Act...

    • Animal Experiments: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the reasons are for the increase in the number of scientific procedures on animals at commercial establishments in Scotland from...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people (a) under the age of 18 years and (b) aged 18 years and over were served with anti-social behaviour orders in (i) Leeds and...

      Computers: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when sections 35 to 38 of the Police and Justice Act 2006 relating to computer misuse are expected to be brought into effect; and if she will...

      Computers: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to extend the application of serious crime prevention orders to offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990; and if she...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the extent and nature of gang-related criminal activity; and if she will make a statement.

      Crime: Cambridgeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent evaluation has taken place of the efficacy of the prolific and priority offenders programme in (a) Peterborough and (b)...

      Crime: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding was allocated to the prolific and priority offenders programme in Peterborough City Council area in each year since 2001; and if...

      Crime: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make it her policy to collect statistics on the number of recorded offences that are investigated by the police; and if she will...

      Crimes Against Humanity

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people suspected of (a) war crimes, (b) crimes against humanity and (c) genocide are estimated to be present in the UK; and if...

      Criminal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make it her policy to ensure that unproven allegations against an individual where no charge has been made or conviction secured...

      Criminal Records Bureau: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people contested details held on record by the Criminal Records Bureau in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the cost-effectiveness of Government-commissioned advertising in the last 12 months relating to matters...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which (a) dining, (b) cultural and sporting and (c) hospitality events (i) Ministers in her Department, (ii) officials in the UK Border...

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were deported from the UK in each of the last 30 years.

      Deportation: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which sections of the UK Border Act relating to the deportation of foreign national prisoners (a) had and (b) had not been commenced on 30...

      Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many mobile detention centres her Department was operating on 30 September 2008.

      Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the first pilot of the use of mobile detention vans by the Border Agency.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her most recent estimate is of the incidence of domestic violence in (a) rural and (b) urban areas.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of domestic violence were reported to the police in each police force area in England and Wales in each of the last five years.

      Drinking Banning Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drinking banning orders have been granted under the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006.

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were stopped by police for driving an unsafe car which did not comply with MOT requirements in (a) Wales and (b) each...

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the prevalence of incidents involving the use of covert administration of scopolamine derivatives in...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visas issued by posts abroad were revoked in each of the last five years.

      Entry Clearances: Belarus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which Belarusian nationals are on the Government's list of those denied entry to the UK.

      Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of gang-related homicides in each of the last three years.

      Identity Cards: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has paid to (a) public relations and advertising companies, (b) consultants and (c) other firms for advice on...

      Immigrants: Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to issue guidance on the UK Borders Agency website on the implications of the House of Lords judgements in the cases of Metock...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate she has made of projected levels on net migration into the UK over the next (a) five, (b) 10 and (c) 25 years; from...

      Licensing Laws

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many summary reviews of a premises licence have been sought by the Police under section 53A of the Licensing Act 2003.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Minister of State expects to reply to the letters to the UK Border Agency, dated 10 June 2008 (ask card ref B20445/8) and 9...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Minister of State expects to reply to the enquiry dated 9 September 2008 from the hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood regarding...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when her Department plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Manchester Central of 25 July 2008, on JT, reference M15977/8.

      Offensive Weapons: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people aged (a) under the age of 18 years and (b) 18 years and over were arrested in Leeds for carrying (i) knives and (ii)...

      Payment Industry and Police Joint Intelligence Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how the Payment Industry and Police Joint Intelligence Unit will co-ordinate its work with the (a) Police Central E-Crime Unit and (b)...

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers per 100,000 residents there were in (a) Derbyshire, (b) Chesterfield and (c) each police authority in England in...

      Police: Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what her policy is on the disclosure of details of criminal activity by the police to the media; (2) how many police forces have...

      Road Traffic Offences: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many non-UK residents have committed motoring offences which, had they been committed by UK residents, would have resulted in (a) a...

      Security Guards: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many convictions under the Private Security Industry Act 2001 for supplying unlicensed security staff there were in the North Wales...

      UK Border Agency: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanisms are in place in the UK Border Agency to prevent staff corruption.

      UK Border Agency: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has spent on changing (a) signage and (b) other branded external and internal fittings at UK Border Agency...

      UK Border Agency: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many electronic breaches of security there were at the UK Border Agency in each of the last three years.

      UK Border Agency: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department has taken to assess staff morale at all grades within the UK Border Agency; and if she will publish the results of...

      UK Border Agency: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department spent on the (a) design and commissioning and (b) manufacturing of uniforms for the UK Border Agency and its...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) Criminal Records Bureau and (b) Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau checks were conducted in each year for which figures are...

  • Health

    • Action on Smoking and Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he takes to audit funding provided to Action on Smoking and Health by his Department to determine what proportion is used to lobby his...

    • Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans the Government has in place to ensure that there are appropriate resources and infrastructure for all breast screening units to have at least...

      Cancer: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what childhood cancer centres there are in England; and how many (a) patients under treatment, (b) consultant medical staff and (c) clinical nurse...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the availability of residential care home places in (a) Bexley, (b) London and (c) England.

      Cervical Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to increase the detection rates for cervical cancers in women under 25 years old.

      Chiropody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has published on the decontamination procedure for nail clipping implements used for chiropody care in the NHS.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists per 100,000 residents there were in (a) Chesterfield, (b) Derbyshire and (c) England in each year since 1997.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will discuss with the Chief Dental Officer the development of a programme to encourage universal regular cleaning of teeth, with the co-operation of...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether there is a limit on the number of patients who can be registered with any one NHS dentist.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists have their surgeries on premises shared with private dental hygienists.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the NHS dentists' contract requires dentists offering treatment under the NHS to provide dental (a) polishing and (b) cleaning services under...

      Dental Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the average charge made by dentists for (a) crown fitting, (b) root treatment and (c) a check-up.

      Dental Services: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS patients are registered with dentists in (a) Bolton and (b) Greater Manchester.

      Dental Services: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will undertake an investigation of the effect of the takeover of dental practices by Associated Dental Practices Co. Ltd on the provision of dental...

      Departmental Pay

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

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average points score was for practices across each primary care trust for the 16 indicators for diabetes in the quality of outcomes framework.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what figures his Department holds on predicted diabetes rates in the next 10 years; and if he will make a statement; (2) how many people with...

      Health Inequality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to develop a joint health inequality study with his counterparts in the Scottish Executive, Northern Ireland Assembly and Welsh...

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps the Government has taken to ensure health practitioners are suitably qualified and trained.

      Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost of offering free universal health check ups for everyone over 40 years of age starting from April 2009, as announced...

      Health: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) from which budget the funding will be taken for the free universal check-ups for everyone over 40 years of age from April 2009; (2) how his...

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the clinical strategy on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease to be published.

      Independent Reconfiguration Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) who the last five people to leave the Independent Reconfiguration Panel were; when they left; and how long they served for; (2) what discussions...

      Lung Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many individuals diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease have also been diagnosed with asthma in each primary care trust in England; and...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on (a) the NHS and (b) NHS maternity services in the 2007-08 financial year.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for South Cambridgeshire of 2 April 2008, Official Report, columns 1101-02W, on maternity services: finance,...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will assess whether a policy of introducing compulsory single room occupancy in maternity units would result in the closure of any existing units.

      Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was of disposable surgical instruments supplied to the NHS since 1997, broken down by sub-heading.

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS consultant midwives there were in each region of England in 2007.

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the NHS workforce in England comprised midwives in each of the last two years for which figures are available, expressed in terms of...

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average annual cost to public funds was of training a student midwife in the latest year for which figures are available, broken down by (a)...

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many student midwives were in receipt of a bursary in each academic year since 1996-97; what average bursary was paid to a student midwife in each...

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 26 June 2008, Official Report, columns 513-4W, on midwives, how many live births per full-time equivalent NHS midwife there...

      Naomi House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to assist Naomi House in recovering the funds it invested in Kaupthing, Singer and Friedlander Limited.

      Naomi House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding his Department has provided to Naomi House in each of the last four years.

      NHS Foundation Trusts: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what deposits foundation trusts held with commercial banks in the latest period for which figures are available; (2) whether any foundation trusts...

      NHS Foundation Trusts: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what rules govern foundation trusts depositing funds other than with the Paymaster General.

      NHS: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the extent to which (a) primary care trusts, (b) strategic health authorities, (c) NHS trusts, (d) foundation trusts...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much of the increase in the total NHS settlement for 2007-08 was spent on additional or increased salaries.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will break down the NHS Settlement for 2007-08 as allocated to centrally-funded initiatives by main budget heading; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the budgets of NHS organisations have been top-sliced in 2008-09; whether the top-sliced amounts held by the strategic health authorities at the...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many litigation cases were brought against his Department for clinical negligence in the latest period for which figures are available; and how much...

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to raise pay levels for care workers in the NHS.

      NHS: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps the Government has taken to improve the skills of non-medically trained NHS employees.

      NHS: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps the Government has taken to improve the skills of NHS contracted staff.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of each item of guidance his Department has issued to the NHS in the last 12 months on the modern matrons...

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date he expects the report of the Organ Donation Taskforce on presumed consent to be published.

      Patients: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to improve the conditions under which critically ill patients are transferred between hospitals.

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) from what date prescription charges will be abolished for all patients with long-term conditions; how much he expects this measure to cost; and how...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether patients with long-term diseases will be eligible for free prescriptions under his recently announced proposals to extend eligibility for such...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the evidential basis is for his Department's assertion that there is likely to be a £6 billion funding gap in social care in 20 years' time.

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress he is making in devising an independent complaints procedure for those who arrange and finance their own social care and who are currently...

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the tobacco industry in the last 12 months.

      Trauma Audit and Research Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of hospitals participate in the Trauma Audit and Research Network; and what steps he plans to take to increase the number of hospitals...

      Trauma: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of trauma cases involved children in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Wharfedale Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients Wharfedale Hospital in Leeds treated in each year since it opened in 2004.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Cervical Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many women under the age of 25 years were diagnosed with cervical cancer in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

    • Colorectal Cancer

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

      Departmental Press

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 2 July 2008, Official Report, column 1003W, on departmental press, if he...

      Drugs: Death

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many (a) men and (b) women died from drug misuse in each year since 1997.

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the employment rate was of (a) people, (b) UK citizens and (c) UK-born people aged over 50 years old in (i) each year since 1997 and (ii)...

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what proportion of the increase in the employment of people of working age since 1997 was accounted for by (a) foreign nationals and (b) workers...

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people in employment in the UK were (a) UK citizens, (b) citizens of other EU states and (c) citizens of non EU states in each year...

      Government Departments: Annual Reports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what consideration he has given to producing a Whole of Government annual report; what recent representations he has received on this issue; and if...

      Inter-departmental Migration Task Force

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which Minister is responsible for the delivery of the workplan of the Inter-departmental Migration Task Force.

      Migration: Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what consultation by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) undertook with Government departments before the ONS's revised methodology for...

      Office of the Third Sector: Operating Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much it cost to run the Office of the Third Sector in 2007-08.

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Higher Education: Blackpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the proposals to expand higher education provision in Blackpool.

    • Further and Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent steps the Government have taken to increase the numbers of students in further and higher education.

      Further and Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many higher education students are studying in further education colleges.

      Further and Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure further education college courses meet the needs of employers.

      Construction Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills when he next expects to meet representatives of the construction industry to discuss skills levels in that industry.

      Research and Development: Universities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what support his Department has given to collaborative public-private research and development programmes in universities;...

      Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps the Government plan to take to ensure that apprentices do not lose their jobs in the current economic situation.

      Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what funding his Department is providing to support apprenticeships in the construction trades in 2008-09.

      Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps the Government are taking to ensure that young people are aware of available apprenticeship opportunities.

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps the Government are taking to improve the skills training available to employees of small businesses.

      Skills Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will publish regular forecasts of the future skills needs of the economy by sector.

      Toilet Facilities: Universities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will hold discussions with university authorities on the provision of toilet facilities in universities.

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will review the funding available to students working towards an equivalent or lower qualification.

      Apprentices: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps his Department is taking to encourage small and medium-sized enterprises to offer apprenticeships.

      Arts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills when he expects his Department to publish research quantifying the economic benefits of the creative industries.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of Government-commissioned advertising in the last 12 months relating...

      Departmental Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which organisations provided media monitoring services to (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many expressions of interest have been made to the Higher Education Funding Council for England for new higher education...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what funding streams are available to universities on application to (a) his Department and (b) the Higher Education...

      Higher Education: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many university lecturers have left the profession in each of the last five years.

      Innovation: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of recent trends in innovation in the public sector; and if he will make a statement.

      Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps his Department plans to take to increase public interest in science.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what proportion of students who applied for a student loan received it after the agreed date in each of the last...

      Union Learning Representatives Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what plans he has to promote and develop the union learning representatives programme.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Birds: Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Government's policy on bird rearing and shooting is; when that policy was introduced; and if he will make a statement.

    • Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many and what proportion of staff in (a) his Department and (b) the executive agencies for which he is...

      New Forest: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the draft New Forest Recreation Management Strategy, if he will publish the evidence upon which the New...

      New Forest: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which consultants were employed by the New Forest National Park Authority to advise on the draft New Forest Recreation...

      Hill Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many letters he has received on the Uplands Entry Level Scheme; and how many of those opposed its introduction.

      Horses: New Forest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the draft New Forest Recreation Management Strategy, if he will publish the evidence justifying the...

      Ivory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on the decision to make available to China stockpiled ivory for onward sale; and what assessment he has...

      National Forest Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has for a repositioning exercise of the National Forest Estate to better deliver public policy objectives.

      National Forest Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria are used on the National Forest Estate for the identification of sites for disposal, retention and purchase.

      National Rights of Way Casework Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many representations the National Rights of Way Casework Team has received since its inception; what the (a) longest,...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether any full-time equivalent members of staff in his Department are working on projects relating to the London 2012...

      New Forest: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which car parks under the control of the New Forest National Park Authority are being considered for designation as dog-free...

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department has taken to monitor the cost of its mail services in the last 12 months.

      Primates: Pets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many illegally held pet primates have been seized in each year since 2000; and where such seized primates were...

      Trapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason the Government awarded the contract for research into the safety and efficacy of the use of snares to the...

      Trapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will publish the (a) terms of reference and (b) contract details relating to the proposed arrangement between the...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department takes to ensure that householders are invoiced separately for the parts, labour, travel and...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Academies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will make a statement on the level of start-up funding in academies compared with Fresh Start schools.

    • Academies: Governing Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his policy is on the (a) number and (b) proportion of governors on the governing body of an academy who (i) represent and...

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many consultations were completed by his Department in each year since 1997.

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the total cost was of the bonuses paid through the education maintenance allowance for submitting course work on time in the...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which companies bid for the education maintenance allowance contract which was awarded to Liberata; and by what criteria such bids...

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people in West Lancashire constituency have received education maintenance allowance since its inception.

      Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children under 11 years of age live in single-parent families in (a) Bassetlaw constituency and (b) England.

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of children taking GCSEs in (a) grammar schools, (b) comprehensive schools, (c) secondary modern schools and...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in what formats GCSE examinations are available for children (a) with a (i) visual and (ii) hearing impairment and (b) who are...

      Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the total number of children under 16 years of age who are home educated in England.

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of children in the 10 per cent. (a) most and (b) least deprived local authority areas were working...

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of children in (a) Basingstoke, (b) Hampshire and (c) each region were working securely within...

      Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment his Department has made of the (a) adequacy of the funding for the extension of the free entitlement to nursery...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many pupils received more than (a) 10, (b) 11, (c) 12, (d) 13, (e) 14 and (f) 15 or more fixed period exclusions...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils were given more than one fixed period exclusion in a 12 month period in each of the last five years; and how many...

      Pupils: Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) which 20 maintained schools had the greatest (a) number and (b) proportion of pupils (i) excluded and (ii) permanently...

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of school funding per pupil for each primary and secondary school in Yeovil constituency in (a) 2007-08...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of (a) primary and (b) secondary schools which do not have a kitchen capable of...

      Schools: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what percentage of mainstream maintained schools did not enter any pupils for (a) a GCSE and (b) an A-level...

      Schools: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what assessment he has made of school responses to the questions on e-safety in Ofsted's 2008 Self Evaluation Form; (2) if...

      Schools: Local Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of pupils in secondary schools attended their nearest maintained school in the latest period for which figures are...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when the independent evaluation of the Making Good Progress pilot will be published; and if he will make a statement.

      Specialist Schools: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many mainstream maintained secondary schools are designated as specialist language colleges.

  • House of Lords

    • Alcohol

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many of the 811,000 alcohol-related hospital admissions in 2006 were repeat admissions of the same individual.

    • Alcohol

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will take steps to ensure that all student doctors, nurses and midwives receive mandatory training on alcohol-related issues.

      Alcohol

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which departments will draw up the final impact assessment for the proposals in the Department of Health's consultation Safe, Sensible, Social—Consultation...

      Armed Forces: AWACS Crews

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the impact on capability of reducing aircrew availability on the Sentry AWACS aircraft; and what annual cost saving this will achieve.

      Armed Forces: Fuel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the economic forecast on which the forecast reduction in unit fuel costs for 2009—10 for HM Armed Forces is based.

      Armed Forces: Manpower

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many trained military personnel are currently serving with Her Majesty's Armed Forces; how many civilian personnel are currently employed by Her Majesty's...

      Armed Forces: University Air Squadrons

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much university air squadrons received from public funds last year; how many people who had air experience with them joined the Royal Air Force last year; and...

      Armed Forces: Urgent Operational Requirements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much they expect to spend on urgent operational requirements for equipment this year; and how much will be spent on each of the 10 largest urgent operational...

      Buses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 29 September (WA 411), how confident they are that the extra funding made available to local...

      Buses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many appeals are outstanding from local authorities and bus operators regarding the operation of the concessionary fares scheme; and whether they have issued...

      Children: ContactPoint

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many individuals' profiles have been shielded from disclosure under the Children Act 2004 Information Database (England) Regulations 2007 (SI 2007/2182); and...

      Crossrail

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their overall financial contribution to the Crossrail project.

      Cybercrime

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For each department in the last two years, what information has been lost or illegally accessed as a result of e-crime.

      Drugs: Heroin

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to reduce the number of heroin-related deaths; and whether they are on course to meet their target of reducing heroin-related deaths by...

      Drugs: Heroin

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, if the Naxolone (N-ALIVE) trial, recently approved for funding by the Medical Research Council which aims at reducing heroin-related deaths by providing...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 29 September (WA 353—54), what date has been set by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Lord Triesman on 29 October 2007 (WA 144), 12 November 2007 (WA 1—2) and 12 December 2007 (WA 58) regarding funding for the...

      Food: Meat

      asked Her Majesty's Government: With reference to the Food Standards Agency report, Delivery of Official Controls on Meat, how much of the cut in operational costs from £91 million to...

      Liverpool

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What tonnage of shipping has visited the port of Liverpool in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, and (c) 2008 to date.

      Railways: Rolling Stock

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 29 September (WA 420), when and from where First Great Western is due to receive the 52 additional...

      Regional Development Agencies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Jonathan Shaw, on 7 July (Official...

      Smoking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they have to ban smoking in all enclosed places where children are present; and What proposals they have to ban smoking in public open air spaces.

      Smoking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of people in the United Kingdom are smokers; and what the figure was five years ago.

      Smoking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the impact of the ban in England on smoking in enclosed public places on (a) the prevalence of smoking amongst, and (b) the...

      Smoking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much they have spent in England on smoking cessation programmes in each year since 1997; and how much of that was targeted specifically at pregnant women.

      Smoking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What targets exist for cutting smoking in England; and what progress has been made towards achieving them.

      Smoking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many calls have been received by the helpline offering specialist advice and support to pregnant women to stop smoking (0800 1699169) in each month since it...

      Smoking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How regularly they monitor the prevalence of smoking amongst pregnant women.

      Transport: Road Vehicle Registration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many registrations have been blocked from disclosure under the Road Vehicles (Registration and Licensing) Regulations 2002 (SI 2002/2742).

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