Written answers

Monday, 20 October 2008

  • International Development

    • Africa: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding was provided by (a) the UK and (b) the EU in the form of aid to African countries in each of the last five years,...

    • Africa: Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures his Department is supporting to promote trade between African countries.

      Africa: Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures his Department is supporting to promote the manufacture of goods marketed in finished form from Africa, rather than the...

      Burma: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to encourage other donors to contribute to the joint UN-NGO fund in response to the cyclone in...

      Cuba: Hurricanes and Tornadoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what financial and other support the Government has provided directly or via multilateral agencies to assist with reconstruction...

      Departmental Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's rest and recuperation leave policy for civilians working in operational theatres.

      Departmental Marketing

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

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 1043W, on departmental public expenditure, whether the programmes to...

      Departmental Recruitment

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

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he has taken (a) to ensure that UK aid reaches its intended targets and (b) to reduce fraud.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how much space, in square feet, was occupied by all House staff in each of the last five years.

    • Palace of Westminster

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what representations the Commission has received from the Commission for Architecture and the Built...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Conference Centres: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department is taking to support the development of improved large conference facilities in the South East.

    • Fire Prevention: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will bring forward proposals to regulate the work of fire assessors, with particular reference to the accuracy of advice...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the latest estimated date is for when each of the nine regional fire control centres will become operational.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she plans to review the Regional Controls Centre Physical Access Control and Security Policy for Regional Controls...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how the savings generated by the 2007 National Review of the FiReControl Project Business Case were allocated, broken down by...

      Fire Services: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the value was of public sector pensions in the fire service in each of the last five years; and what the cost to the public...

      Floods: Bassetlaw

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what hydrological assessments have been made of the state of water courses and consequential flood risk in rural Bassetlaw since...

      Local Government: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what advice and when her Department has provided to local authorities on financial investment risk since January 2007; (2)...

      Local Government: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have identified a severe short-term financial difficulty as result of the financial collapse of an...

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) arrested, (b) cautioned and (c) proceeded against for buying or attempting to buy alcohol for someone under age...

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department has conducted a review of (a) financial and (b) other support provided to people at all stages of the asylum process.

      Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will publish her Department's evaluation of the alternatives to detention scheme at Millbank, Ashford, Kent.

      Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her Department expects the capacity of the immigration detention estate to be in (a) October 2009, (b) October 2010, (c) October 2011...

      Emergency Services: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made on the Airwave programme; and what discussions she has had with the Department of Health on the rollout of the...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answers of 15 May 2008, Official Report, column 1733W and 5 June 2008, Official Report, column 1126W, on human trafficking,...

      Immigrants: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate her Department has made of its fee income from immigration documents and services for (a) 2008-09 and (b) each of the...

      Immigrants: Police Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Immigration Service detainees were held in police cells in each police force area in each year since 2001.

      Offensive Weapons: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many successful prosecutions have been brought against those arrested for the sale of knives to underage persons through commercial...

      Smuggling: Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal meat imports were seized at port of entry in each of the last three years; what the (a) estimated market value and (b)...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the statement of 15 December 2005, Official Report, columns 167-71WS, on counter-terrorism: progress report, what progress...

      UK Border Agency: Boats

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of the United Kingdom coastline is patrolled at least once a week by maritime craft from (a) the UK Border Agency and (b)...

      UK Border Agency: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) property and (b) land owned by the UK Border Agency is not in full-time use; and what the estimated market value is of each such...

      UK Border Agency: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the UK Border Agency expects to pay in rent to (a) other public bodies, (b) local authorities and (c) Government Departments for...

      UK Border Agency: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) buildings and (b) land are (i) owned and (ii) leased by the UK Border Agency; and how many full-time equivalent staff are based at...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Business: Yorkshire

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps the Government has taken to improve business development in (a) Leeds and (b) Yorkshire since 2000.

    • Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies spent on (i) recruitment consultants and (ii)...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will bring forward proposals to extend the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 to include the time that...

      Powers of Entry

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation sponsored by his Department and its predecessor has (i)...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effects of turbulence in financial markets on the willingness of banks to provide loans to fuel-poor...

    • Home Energy Efficiency Scheme: Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many people in West Chelmsford constituency have (a) applied for a grant for energy efficient measures under the Warm Front scheme...

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme: Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much has been spent on grants under the Warm Front scheme in West Chelmsford constituency since its introduction.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he (a) is taking and (b) plans to take to publicise the (i) Warm Front Scheme and (ii) Warm Deal Scheme; how much was...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what research he has recently (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effectiveness of the (i) Warm Front Scheme and (ii) Warm Deal...

  • Transport

    • Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department travelled by (i) car, (ii) rail and (iii) air on Government business in each year...

    • Heavy Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to reduce congestion on motorways and two-lane roads caused by slow-overtaking heavy goods vehicles; and if he will make a statement.

      Railway Network: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of the rail network was electrified in (a) 1978, (b) 1988, (c) 1998 and (d) 2008; what plans exist to electrify further sections;...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the net change in the number of train carriages on the rail network has been since 1 May 1997, allowing for the removal of Mk 1 trains and other...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department has a comparator to assess the relative value for money of private and public operation of railway passenger services.

      Railways: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which train operators have requested a time extension for payments of the premia due under their franchise agreements in the last 12 months.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he has taken to ensure the implementation of fair and competitive pricing structures by train operating companies.

      Railways: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what European Union law governs whether train and station operations should be separated from rail infrastructure maintenance and renewals.

      Railways: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department has made an assessment of the value for money of (a) integrating rail infrastructure and operations in the public sector and...

      Railways: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the value for money of operating rail passenger services in the public sector after each passenger franchise...

      Railways: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 14 October 2008, Official Report, column 1043W, on railways: Milton Keynes, how many more southbound Virgin trains will call...

      Railways: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 14 October 2008, Official Report, column 1043W, on railways: Milton Keynes, what the aggregate number of Virgin trains...

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of hours of delays there will be on the railway in (a) 2010, (b) 2015 and (c) 2025.

      Roads: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with Lancashire county council on improving safety on (a) the A59 and (b) other roads in the council's area.

      Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many 20 mph speed limit zones have been introduced in each region in (a) each of the last eight years and (b) 2008; (2) how many 20 mph...

      Vehicle Number Plates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he proposes to amend the Road Vehicles (Display of Registration Mark) Regulations 2001 so as to permit the display of the Union Flag and the...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was raised from the modulation element of the single farm payment in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) lowest, (b) highest, (c) median and (d) mean value was of claims under the 2007 Single Payment Scheme.

      Agriculture: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many work permits were allocated under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme in each of the last five years.

      Animals: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many livestock disease reactors were identified through pre-movement testing in each year such testing has been in operation.

      Bees: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the prevalence of deformed wing virus in the bee population in England; and what assessment he...

      Bluetongue Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what strains of (a) avian influenza and (b) bluetongue were confirmed in the UK in each of the last three years; where such...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consideration his Department has given to the use of contra bait or other measures to control breeding in the management...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects a bovine tuberculosis vaccine to be available for (a) badgers and (b) cattle.

      Climate Change: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the increase in mean surface temperatures on the potential for (a) malaria, (b) equine...

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of dairy farmers in each of the last 10 years.

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on the implications of the Local Government Ombudsman ruling 06/C/10554, in relation to the waste...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has received on the consultation on restructuring of inland drainage boards.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Government will (a) respond to and (b) set out its five proposals for action in respect of the consultation on...

      Floods: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how often the Environment Agency updates its maps of river and coastal flood risks.

      Floods: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of homes at risk of (a) coastal flooding and (b) inland flooding, broken down by region.

      Incineration: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to encourage alternatives to incineration for the management of non-recyclable waste.

      Milk: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much milk was imported in each of the last 10 years; and from which countries such milk was sourced.

      Milk: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much milk was produced in England in each of the last 10 years.

      Oil: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the UK's obligations are on encouraging the recovery and re-use of waste under the waste framework directive; what...

      Pitt Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will publish a plan and timetable for implementing the findings of Sir Michael Pitt's review of flooding.

      Pitt Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to his written ministerial statement of 4 February 2008, Official Report, columns 49-50WS, on flood and coastal...

      Rural Payments Agency: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many instances of the loss of personal documents have been recorded by the Rural Payments Agency in each of the last five...

      Sewers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to publish a further consultation on the transfer of private sewers and lateral drains connected to the...

      Sewers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to publish the Government's response to his Department's consultation on the transfer of private sewers to...

      Supermarkets: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much waste was produced by supermarkets in each of the last three years; and how much of this was (a) recyclable and...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made (a) in the UK and (b) internationally in implementing the recommendations arising from the 2002...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many people in North Yorkshire received Warm Front grants in each of the last five years; (2) how many people in...

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the estimated yearly effect on the (a) tax bill and ( b) other expenditure of a family in the lowest income quintile is...

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on whether care homes should be subject to the new charges for the collection of household waste.

      Waste Management: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of each of the responses to the consultation on joint waste authorities' regulations...

      Waterwise: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department requires the water industry to provide funding to Waterwise; and if he will make a statement.

  • Justice

    • Church of England: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average length of time has been to fill clergy vacancies in Lord Chancellor-appointed livings in each of the last five years.

    • Church of England: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many vacancies there are for clergy in the livings to which the Lord Chancellor makes the appointment.

      Church of England: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether there are plans to review the procedures for clergy appointments by his Department.

      Church of England: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) male and (b) female clergy have been appointed by his Department in each of the last five years.

      Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many community orders were issued in each month since April 2005; and how many times each of the 12 requirements was used.

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff in his Department and its predecessors and their agencies were (a) dismissed and (b) disciplined for their conduct in each of the last...

      Departmental Overtime

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

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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...

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been prosecuted for driving without insurance in (a) Wales and (b) each region of England in (i) each of the last 10 years and...

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many drivers under the age of 25 years were prosecuted for driving using a mobile phone in each region of England and Wales in (a) each of the last...

      Driving Offences: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many fines have been issued for drivers exceeding the speed limit in a 20 mph zone in the last eight years; and what the average such fine was in...

      Driving Offences: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what average fine was levied for driving an unsafe car which did not comply with MOT requirements in (a) Wales and (b) each region of England in (i)...

      Firearms: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been convicted for possession of an illegal firearm in each of the last 10 years, broken down by police force area.

      Judiciary: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the value was of public sector pensions for the judiciary in each of the last five years; and what the cost to the public purse was of providing...

      Magistrates Courts: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many magistrates courts have closed in (a) rural areas and (b) non-rural areas in each year since 1995.

      Parental Responsibility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the implications of the Coleman judgement on the status of parents with a disabled child.

      Prisons: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many crimes have been committed in prisons in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) offence and (b) prison establishment; and if he will...

      Prisons: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many fires there were in prisons in each of the last five years; and what the cost of repairing the damage caused by each of them was.

      Special Educational Needs and Disability Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the expertise and qualifications of the lay members of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Panel will be.

      Special Educational Needs and Disability Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice who will chair the case management hearings for the new Special Educational Needs and Disability Panel.

      Special Educational Needs and Disability Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what expertise or training in special educational needs will be required of chairs of the new Special Educational Needs and Disability Panel.

      Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans are in place to assess and review the effects of implementation of the changes to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal.

      Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department has taken in response to representations from parents about the changes to the Special Educational Needs and Disability...

      Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the time needed by organisations providing support to parents going to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal...

      Suicide Act 1961

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the operation of section 2(1) of the Suicide Act 1961; and how many proceedings have been brought under this section since...

      Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he intends to introduce regulations on charging orders under the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007.

      Youth Offending Teams: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the national performance targets for youth offending teams were in each of the last five years; and what the performance of Torbay Youth Offending...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Solicitor-General what progress the Crown Prosecution Service has made on an action plan following its response to the All Party Parliamentary Inquiry into anti-Semitism.

    • Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Solicitor-General what funding has been agreed with each of the Law Officers' Departments' non-departmental public bodies for the period 2008 to 2011.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in the Attorney-General's office in the last 12 months; and at what total cost.

  • Scotland

    • Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many Christmas functions (a) he, (b) officials from his Department and (c) officials from its executive agencies (i) host and (ii) attend in...

    • Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much was claimed in expenses for taxi travel by officials from his Department in (a) 2006-07, (b) 2005-06, (c) 2004-05, (d) 2003-04 and (e)...

  • Health

    • Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 10 September 2008, Official Report, column 1878W, on cancer, what percentage of cancer patients in each (a) cancer network and...

    • Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much each local authority spent on state-funded care in each of the last five financial years, broken down by (a) community-based care and (b)...

      Cataracts: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the median waiting time for treatment of cataracts in NHS hospitals was in each year since 1997-98; and how many treatments were provided in each...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in which of his Department's programmes (a) the total cost of employing consultants has surpassed £500,000 and (b) his Department employed...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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 Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what targets the Commercial Director of his Department must achieve to qualify for bonus payment; and what bonus levels are in place.

      Diazoxide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of levels of availability and supply of the drug diazoxide suspension.

      Disability Aids: Sight Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he has given on the rules covering companies which both produce and conduct assessments of products for visually-impaired people to ensure...

      FirstAssist

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been paid by the NHS Litigation Authority to FirstAssist by way of premiums; and how much has been paid by FirstAssist to the NHS Litigation...

      FirstAssist

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions since its inception the accord between the NHS Litigation Authority and FirstAssist has not been complied with in the payment of...

      FirstAssist

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 455W, on the NHS: negligence, what the legal basis is for the non-binding status of the...

      General Practitioners: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average general medical services weighted capitation payment received by GP practices was in (a) England and (b) each primary care trust, in...

      Health Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what data his Department has gathered from primary care trusts to assess progress in the implementation of the GP-led health centres programme.

      Health Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the effect of allowing primary care trusts to provide a minimum income guarantee to the new GP-led health...

      Health Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which primary care trusts have made a request to his Department that an existing health centre or health centre already under development be counted as...

      Health Centres: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for South Cambridgeshire on 1 September 2008, Official Report, column 1689W, on health centres, for what reason...

      Health Centres: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for South Cambridgeshire on 1 September 2008, Official Report, column 1689W, on health centres: finance, how...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which comparable measures of the quality of acute patient care have been identified, as referred to on page 50 of High Quality Care for All, Cm 7432; what...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on the pilot project to evaluate the implications for nursing of 100 per cent. single room provision in the NHS; and if he...

      Hospital Wards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to phase out mixed-sex wards in NHS hospitals.

      Hospitals: Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS has spent on hospital libraries in the last five years.

      Hospitals: Security Guards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on security staff in hospitals in (a) England and (b) the London Borough of Havering in the last year for which information is available.

      Injuries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many minor injuries units there were (a) at the most recent date for which figures are available and (b) in 2006-07.

      Injuries: Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people aged (a) under 16, (b) between 16 and 18 and (c) over 18 years were admitted to hospital with stab wounds in (i) Jarrow constituency,...

      Medical Treatments: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost of medical care per head of prison population was in each of the last 10 years.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects his Department to respond to the letter sent by the hon. Member for Billericay to the Under-Secretary of State for Health, dated 25...

      Mental Health Services: Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on average in providing child and adolescent mental health services for each young offenders institution in each of the last eight...

      Mental Health Services: Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which child and adolescent mental health service inreach teams which carry out psychological assessments of young offenders at young offender institutions...

      Mental Health Services: Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the number of people who were serving sentences at each young offender institution who had been receiving treatment from child and...

      Midwives: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 26 June 2008, Official Report, column 483W, on midwives: training, whether the number of NHS midwifery training places...

      Neurology: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many neurologists are employed by the NHS; how many were employed in 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people with a home address in (a) Scotland and (b) Northern Ireland were treated in NHS facilities in England in each year since 2006.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS trusts are deemed financially challenged; what the cumulative deficit of each such trust is; what estimate has been made of the proportion of...

      NHS: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who is the senior officer responsible for Connecting for Health.

      NHS: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors, (b) nurses and (c) administrators were employed by the NHS in 2007-08.

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the value was of public-sector pensions in the NHS in each of the last five years; and what the cost to the public purse was of providing such...

      Organ Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what percentage of donor hearts were found to be diseased or otherwise defective prior to transplantation in the latest period for which figures are...

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's policy is on "do not resuscitate" decisions.

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GP dispensaries there are in (a) Ribble Valley constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c) England.

      Pharmacy: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pharmaceutical licences have been awarded under Section 13 of the NHS (Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2005 in (a) West Chelmsford...

      Physiotherapy: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to reduce waiting times for physiotherapy for elderly and vulnerable patients.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which local authorities have responsibility for social care services.

      Speech Therapy: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to increase the number of speech and language therapists working in the public service in (a) Greater London and (b) England.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Animal Welfare: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what teaching about animal welfare takes place in schools.

    • Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of (a) boys and (b) girls in year (i) 7, (ii) 8, (iii) 9, (iv) 10 and (v) 11 have received (A)...

      Pupil Referral Units: Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 16 July 2008, Official Report, column 498W on Pupil Referral units: Truancy, how many and what...

      Pupils: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what progress his Department has made on developing a central database to record pupils' examination results; and if he will...

      Schools: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many buildings of maintained schools use high energy efficiency pumps for (a) central heating, (b) air conditioning and (c)...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools in England offer competitive sports as part of their curriculum.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to ensure that changes to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal result in an...

      Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the value was of public sector pensions for teachers in each of the last five years; and what the cost to the public purse...

  • Women and Equality

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality when she plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 22 August on discrimination by employers against people with...

    • Prostitution: Human Trafficking

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps she has taken pursuant to the Government Equalities Office's report of January 2008, Women Not For Sale.

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Leader of the House how many citizens' juries her Department has held since 1 July 2007; what the cost was of each; what issues were discussed at each event; and how many (a)...

    • Members: Pensions

      To ask the Leader of the House what the value was of public sector pensions for hon. Members in each of the last five years; and what the cost to the public purse was of providing such pensions...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Christmas

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

    • Departmental Recruitment

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

      Departmental Written Questions

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

      Homophobic Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many complaints against the Police Service of Northern Ireland's handling of cases of homophobic crime were recorded in each of the last 12...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many cases of sectarianism within the police force were reported within the Northern Ireland Police Service in each of the last 10...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of recruits to the Police Service of Northern Ireland who come from ethnic minorities completed their probationary period in...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland: Homosexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cases of homophobia within the Northern Ireland Police Service were reported in each of the last 10 years; and how many officers (a)...

      Prosecution Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what the prosecution rate was for racist hate crime detected by the Police Service for Northern Ireland in each of the last five years;...

      Rape: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what freephone 24-hour telephone lines exist for victims of rape and sexual assault in Northern Ireland.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • 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, (1) how many copies of PR...

    • Dorneywood

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham (Mr. Maude) of 19 June 2008, Official Report, column 1187W, on Dorneywood: official...

      Fertility

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the average fertility rate in (a) Leeds West, (b) Leeds Metropolitan District and (c) the UK was in each five year period since 1978.

      Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the total cost was to the Exchequer of all quangos in 2007-08.

      Unemployment: Fife

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

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Arctic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what international meetings to discuss claims over the Arctic he plans to attend in the next 12 months.

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of claims that Rwandan troops are continuing to operate within the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department and its agencies spent on entertainment in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the average duration of single periods of sick leave taken by staff in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) the...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what was the average duration of single periods of sick leave taken by staff in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c)...

      Departmental Sick Leave

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

      Departmental Sick Pay

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

      Diplomatic Service: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK (a) ambassadors and (b) high commissioners are (i) female and (ii) from an ethnic minority background.

      Diplomatic Service: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many requests he has received from HM ambassadors for an increase in security staff since 2000; and how many such requests...

      Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many and what proportion of staff in (a) his Department and (b) the executive agencies for which he is responsible are...

      Ethiopia: Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Ethiopian authorities to accept the final and binding verdict of the International...

      Iran: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect on commercial relations with Iran of changes in staffing levels in the commercial...

      Kosovo: Natural Resources

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the product of the Gazivoda Reservoir in Kosovo is available without impediment to all communities in Kosovo; and if he...

      Kosovo: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he plans to take to assist Kosovo in securing greater recognition of its status by the international community.

      Switzerland: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations were made to the Swiss Government by the UK authorities in 1993, consequent on the arrest in Switzerland of...

      Uganda: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received regarding Lieutenant Ramathan Magara of the Uganda Army and the shooting of three people at Dr...

      Western Sahara: United Nations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on the re-appointment of Peter van Walsum as UN special representative on the Western Sahara.

      Wouter Basson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will direct the relevant authorities to investigate the claim made by Wouter Basson during his trial in South Africa in...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Apprentices: Newcastle-under-Lyme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many apprenticeship places in the construction industry he expects to be offered in (a) Newcastle-under-Lyme and (b)...

    • Education Maintenance Allowance: Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many students in West Chelmsford constituency are waiting to receive education maintenance allowance payments.

      Educational Institutions: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of the financial exposure of further and higher education institutions in terms of deposits and...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much has been spent on widening participation in higher education in each year since 1997; on what schemes that money has...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent progress has been made in widening participation in higher education.

      Small Businesses: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent steps the Government has taken to increase the use of innovation in small business.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts Council England: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much grant in aid was received by Arts Council England in each year since 1997-98 in 2007-08 prices; and what such grants were,...

    • BBC: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will reduce the level of public funding paid to the BBC to reflect the fine imposed by Ofcom for misleading audiences by fake...

      Broadcasting: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff in his Department are employed to work on matters relating to broadcasting.

      Circuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make it his policy to include tickets for circuses in his Department's proposed Free Ticket Scheme; and if he will make a...

      Cultural Heritage: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 8 October 2008, Official Report, columns 696-97W, on cultural heritage: pay, how much his Department spent on...

      Culture: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he expects the Cultural Planning Toolkit training to commence.

      Departmental Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his Department's total annual (a) administrative and (b) programme income was in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on net administration costs in each year since 1997; and what percentage of departmental net operating...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on the (a) Sporting and (b) Cultural Champions initiatives in each of the last three years; and what...

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many citizens' juries his Department has held since 1 July 2007; what the cost was of each; what issues were discussed at each...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the average duration of single periods of sick leave taken by staff in (a) his Department, (b) its agency and (c) the...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the average duration of single periods of sick leave taken by staff in (a) his Department, (b) its agency and (c) the...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many sick days were taken by employees in (a) his Department, (b) its agency and (c) the non-departmental bodies for which it has...

      Departmental Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff in (a) his Department, (b) its agency and (c) the non-departmental bodies for which it has responsibility have...

      Departmental Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was paid in sick pay to staff in (a) his Department, (b) its agency and (c) the non-departmental bodies for which it has...

      Football: Betting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with the Football Association in respect of recent allegations of match-fixing and unusual betting activity...

      Museums and Galleries: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much unallocated grant in aid there is for museums and galleries in his Department's budget.

      Public Service Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether he plans to review the fulfilment by broadcasters of their public service obligations.

      Swimming: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many additional free or discounted swimming lessons will be provided as a result of the additional Government funding for swimming.

      Swimming: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what meetings have taken place with the Swimming Teachers' Association to discuss the Government's free swimming proposals.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Casualties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) reports and (b) complaints his Department has received of civilian deaths due to aeroplane attacks by NATO forces in Afghanistan in the last...

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the prospects for conflict resolution in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what types of helicopter are deployed in Afghanistan undertaking (a) combat support roles and (b) medical evacuation roles; and how many of each type...

      Afghanistan: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in which (a) reconstruction and (b) aid projects British armed forces are participating in Afghanistan.

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the most recent time projection is for the completion and commissioning of the two new aircraft carriers.

      Apache Helicopters: Crew

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans there are to increase levels of the recruitment, training and retention of Apache helicopter crews.

      Armed Forces: Blood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will use pathogen inactivation for blood products to be supplied for UK forces personnel.

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) regular and (b) Territorial Army (i) officers and (ii) personnel of other ranks have been mobilised for service overseas within six months...

      Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) armed forces personnel and (b) civilians from his Department wounded in operations have contracted (i) methicillin-resistant...

      Armed Forces: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) required, (b) actual and (c) fit for task strength is of each pinch point trade in the Armed Forces.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many servicemen and women were recruited to (a) the Army, (b) the Royal Navy and (c) the Royal Air Force in 2007-08; and how many left each...

      Armed Forces: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the co-operation between schools and armed forces recruitment centres; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what account his Department has taken in its formulation of policy on training of the summing-up remarks of Mr. Justice Royce of Winchester Crown Court...

      Armed Forces: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of (a) AS90s and (b) L118s are (i) in service, (ii) fit for purpose and (iii) out of service.

      Armed Forces: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of (a) light machine guns, (b) general purpose machine guns and (c) heavy machine guns are (i) in service, (ii) fit for purpose and...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of (a) Scimitar and (b) Spartans are (i) in service, (ii) fit for purpose and (iii) out of service.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current (a) in-service date and (b) cost of the Future Rapid Effects System is.

      Army: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) required, (b) actual and (c) fit for task strength of each battalion of the infantry is.

      Campaign Against the Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times officials from his Department have met representatives from the Campaign Against Arms Trade since September 2006; what the title was of...

      China: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration was given by officials in his Department to the terms of the Madrid Declaration 1989 when agreeing to (a) its bilateral programme...

      China: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received from his US counterpart on (a) his Department's Chinese bilateral programme and (b) the training of Chinese...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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 Pay

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

      Energy: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what research has been carried out by his Department into the kinetic energy of hypersonic mass over the last five years.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether combat simulation studies have been carried out to analyse the capabilities of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter against those of other aircraft,...

      Merlin Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) in-service and (b) operational delivery dates are of each of the six Merlin helicopters procured from Denmark.

      Meteorological Office: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much the Government have provided by way of grants or subsidies to (a) the Met Office and (b) the Met Office Hadley Centre in each financial year...

      Military Bases: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many break-ins were reported at UK military bases in each of the last 12 months.

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current (a) in-service date and (b) cost of the Nimrod MRA4 is.

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many recommendations of the Nimrod XV230 crash board of inquiry report have been implemented to date.

      Parachute Regiment: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) establishment and (b) current strength is of each of the three battalions of the Parachute Regiment.

      Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has to improve conditions for Royal Marines wounded in Afghanistan or Iraq requiring hospital treatment.

      Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on transporting family members to airports to meet returning service members coming home from operations in each month...

      Russia: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what reports he has received of the recent joint naval military exercise conducted by Venezuela and Russia; what response he has made to those reports;...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's total expenditure was on payments to welfare associations, as listed in his Department's resource account code hierarchy, in near...

      Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate his Department has made of the number of attack submarines in service in the Royal Navy in each of the next 10 years.

      Territorial Army: Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to allow members of the Territorial Army to be treated by dentists employed by the army free of charge at army premises.

      Tides: Timetables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will arrange for the Hydrographic Office to issue tide times for 2009.

  • Treasury

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the average real price of units of alcohol (a) consumed in pubs and (b) bought in retail outlets for each main unit of alcohol...

    • Building Societies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will commission research on the effects of the demutualisation of former building societies on the wider financial system.

      Coinage: Forgery

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance he has issued to the public on how to recognise a counterfeit £1 coin; and if he will make a statement.

      Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what correspondence his Department's (a) Ministers and (b) officials had with banks and their representatives on the provision of affordable credit...

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions there have been between the European Commission and the Government on ways to prevent a repeat of the financial market turbulence of the...

      Equitable Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to respond to the Parliamentary Ombudsman's report on the regulatory supervision of Equitable Life; and if he will make a statement.

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what net revenue was generated in 2007-08 from excise duty on (a) petrol, (b) diesel and (c) red diesel.

      Housing: Owner Occupation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment the Financial Services Authority has made of the level of risk of buying a house.

      Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he next expects to meet the Governor of the Bank of England to discuss the level of UK interest rates; and if he will make a statement.

      Pension Funds: Housing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to review his Department's decision not to allow the inclusion of residential property in pension funds.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many private finance initiative projects have not met their contractual obligations; for how many projects contracts have been re-registered; and how...

      Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of those registered for tax credits were receiving payments in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many TC647 forms have been produced since their introduction; and how many unused forms have been (a) discarded and (b) recycled since their...

      Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures his Department has taken to ensure that staff working in tax credit helpline call centres are trained about claimants' entitlement to be sent...

      Tax Yields: Betting

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue was received from betting on (a) horse racing and (b) greyhound racing in Northern Ireland in the latest period for which figures are...

      Taxation: EC Action

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Government was informed by the European Commission that it was considering proposing amendments to the Capital Adequacy Directive.

      Taxation: EC Action

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Government received a copy of the European Commission's proposed amendments to directives 2006/48/EC and 2008/49/EC.

      Taxation: EC Action

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Government has had discussions with the Leader of the Opposition and leaders of other UK political parties on the European Commission's...

      Taxation: Property

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many capital gains calculations were apportioned under principal private residence rules in each of the last five years; (2) how many principal...

      Taxation: Property

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the amount of revenue foregone each year from not taxing capital gains by non-UK residents in relation to UK real estate in...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect on recipients of pension credit of the reduction of the backdating period for the credit.

    • Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to increase take-up of pension credit.

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on the modernisation of Remploy; and if he will make a statement.

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department's policy is on the modernisation of Remploy; and if he will make a statement.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when his Department expects to announce the successful bidder for the contract to provide the Post Office card account.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when his Department will announce the result of the competition for the contract to provide the Post Office card account.

      Benefit Backdating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of (a) the number of people who will be affected by and (b) the financial effects of reducing the backdating period...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to assist the long-term workless to enter employment.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of future trends in the level of unemployment in the UK.

      Benefits Contract

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to award the contract for the delivery of work and pensions benefits.

      Departmental Telephone Services

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

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions by what date his Department expects to release to the hon. Member for Yeovil the information in respect of the traffic light system for written...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how frequently claimants of disability living allowance are assessed.

      Income Support: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 16 July, Official Report, columns 474-5W, on income support: lone parents, how many and what proportion of the 8,950...

      Income Support: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 9 July 2008, Official Report, columns 1685W, on lone parents: income support, what progress has been made in...

      Jobcentre Plus: Occupational Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much Jobcentre Plus spent on staff counselling in each of the last 10 years.

      Pension Disability and Carers Service: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much the Pensions Service has spent on its Full of Life campaign; and how the performance of the programme will be measured against his...

      Pensioners: Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will consider paying carers allowance to pensioners; and if he will make a statement.

      Pensioners: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what steps the Government have taken to assist pensioners in the current economic climate; (2) what recent steps the Government have...

      Pensions Regulator: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons the Pension Regulator has not replied to the hon. Member for Weston-Super-Mare's letters of 13 May, 23 June and 28 July 2008...

      State Retirement Pensions: Automated Credit Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints his Department and its agencies received claiming that a pension has been paid into a bank account other than the nominated...

      Workers Registration Scheme: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people registered on the Workers Registration Scheme there have been in each London borough in each year since the new scheme was...

  • House of Lords

    • Access to Justice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to give effect to the recommendations of the Civil Justice Council on "improving access to justice through collective actions".

    • Airports: Stansted

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whom the Secretary of State for Transport met to discuss the expansion of Stansted Airport; and from whom he took advice.

      Armed Forces: Short-take-off Aircraft

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What evaluation has been made of ultra-short-take-off fixed-wing aircraft as an alternative to helicopters for casualty evacuation in (a) current operational...

      Children: Poverty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the current economic situation will affect their targets for reducing child poverty by 2010; and what the projections are for (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011...

      Courts: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What prohibitions exist on members of the public taking notes in the public galleries of courts in Northern Ireland; and what authorities govern the matter.

      Disabled People: Clay Pigeon Shooting

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to promote the sport of clay pigeon shooting by disabled people.

      Education: Land-based Diploma

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which representatives of farmers, veterinary surgeons and farriers have been involved in preparations for the land-based diploma due to start in 2009.

      Education: Land-based Diploma

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many students are expected to enrol in 2009 for the land-based diploma; and how many hours of work experience for those students will need to be provided by...

      Education: Land-based Diploma

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the land-based diploma will be supported; and whether the model will be similar to that for the construction industry.

      Food: Pork and Bacon

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action the Department for International Development is taking to implement the public sector food procurement initiative in respect of its purchasing of pork...

      Food: Pork and Bacon

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Further to his Written Answer on 16 July(WA 168—69), whether he has referred the difference in quoted costs for bacon between the United Kingdom and the...

      Food: Prices

      asked Her Majesty's Government: With reference to the report Food Matters: Towards a Strategy for the 21st Century by the Cabinet Office, whether any revenue raised by taxes on the generation of...

      Homelessness

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they are supporting churches providing homeless shelters.

      Immigration: False Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will reconsider the provisions of the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants) Act 2004 concerning asylum applicants who travel on false passports.

      Immigration: Worker Registration Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they use the funds raised from worker registration scheme fees.

      Immigration: Worker Registration Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the net gain to HM Treasury from A8 and A2 nationals paying worker registration scheme fees, taxes and national insurance contributions.

      India: Orissa

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they or non-governmental organisations supported by the United Kingdom are sending aid to the 8,000 Christian and Dalit refugees who have fled persecution...

      Northern Ireland Office

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many staff and posts in the Northern Ireland Office will transfer to the Northern Ireland Civil Service if policing and justice are devolved.

      Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Passport Office does not send reminders that a passport is due to expire, as the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency does for vehicle and driving licences.

      People Trafficking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the UK Border Agency will implement the 17 action points in the report of the Asylum Aid and the Poppy Project Good Intentions, produced on 24 July.

      Planning: Appeals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Statement by Baroness Andrews on 30 June (WS 5—6), whether they will include in the list of cases where the Secretary of State will...

      Planning: Eco-towns

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Housing Minister, Caroline Flint, on 3 July (Official Report, House of Commons, 1058—59W) whether the draft...

      Police: Macpherson Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the recommendations in the Macpherson report into the murder of Stephen Lawrence have been implemented; if so, with what results; and, if not, what action,...

      Post Offices

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Minister for Employment Relations and Postal Affairs, Mr Pat McFadden, on 3 July (Official Report, House of Commons, 1142W),...

      Prisons: Mental Health

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In what respects provision for mental health in the Prison Service in Northern Ireland differs from England and Wales and What proposals they have for bringing...

      Privacy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they have for reforming the law of privacy as it affects the media.

      Railways: Class 442 Units

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many class 442 units are available for deployment on Britain's railways (in and out of service); and where they are located.

      Railways: Class 442 Units

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much time and money has been spent on officials, consultants and modifications in redeploying class 442 units from the former South Western Franchise to their...

      Railways: Class 442 Units

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the estimated cost of modifying the class 442 units redeployed to the southern franchise.

      Railways: Class 442 Units

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the factors involved in moving the class 442 units.

      Railways: Franchises

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 29 September (WA 41), why the design of railway franchises does not take into account their potential...

      Railways: Rolling Stock

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 29 September (WA 419—20), whether they direct the hire or use of rolling stock fleets.

      Railways: Time-keeping

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the public performance measure for the time-keeping of trains reflects the service experienced by the travelling public.

      Roads: A40

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the widening of the railway bridge on the A40 at Acton will be completed; whether they plan to make the rest of the A40 three lanes each way; and, if so, when...

      Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 16 July (WA 174—75), whether heavy goods vehicle drivers (a) are charged a fee when checked for...

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assistance was given to the Turks and Caicos Islands following the recent hurricanes, particularly Hurricane Ike.

      Welfare Capitalism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What effect welfare capitalism has on their policy; and who are the beneficiaries.

      Zimbabwe: Asylum Seekers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many unsuccessful Zimbabwean asylum applicants are in detention pending removal; and whether they will grant them and others in the United Kingdom temporary...

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