Written answers

Monday, 27 October 2008

  • Church Commissioners

    • Churches: Theft

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what assessment the Church Commissioners have made of the prevalence of theft of lead from church roofs; and what...

  • Wales

    • Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many and what proportion of civil servants in his Department are members of the (a) classic, (b) classic plus, (c) nuvos and (d) premium civil...

    • Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many civil servants working in his Department have pensions with a cash equivalent transfer value of over £1 million.

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what personal training courses at public expense he has undertaken since his appointment.

      National Assembly for Wales: Legislative Competence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the Government's policy is on the inclusion of clauses limiting the scope of the legislative competence of the National Assembly for Wales within...

      Plain English

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many documents produced by his Department were submitted to the Plain English Campaign for approval for Crystal Mark status in each year since 2005;...

      Plain English

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department has spent on Plain English Campaign training courses in each year since 2005.

      Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the answer of 16 October 2008, Official Report, column 1385W, on referendums, what his policy is on the application of section 104 of the...

  • Transport

    • Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether an impact assessment has been conducted for those proposals in the Blue Badge Reform Strategy relating to local authorities' ability to charge...

    • Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what timetable he has set for bringing forward legislative proposals to enact the commitments made in the Blue Badge Reform Strategy to extend the...

      Departmental Information Officers

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

      Departmental Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent on overnight accommodation by his Department's civil servants in the last 12 months.

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department takes to recover vehicle excise duty payments outstanding from the registered keepers of vehicles who do not have an address...

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance he has issued on whether replacing the EU flag on a car number plate with a British flag may lead to an MOT failure; and if he will make...

      Parking Offences: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what procedures are in place to ensure that personal details made available to parking enforcement companies may not be accessed by terrorist organisations.

      Parking: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when he plans to publish the results of his consultation on Blue Badge reform; and if he will make a statement; (2) when he plans to publish the...

      Railway Stations: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the original estimate was for the cost of the engineering work and platform upgrade at Milton Keynes Central station.

      Road Traffic Offences: Animals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received on the exclusion of cats from the terms of section 170 of the Road Traffic Act 1988.

      Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which companies have been used by his Department for providing temporary staff in each of the last five years; and what the value of contracts with...

      Trams

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when stage two of the tram trains trials will commence.

      Trams

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the decision on the operation of tram trains in England to be made.

      Transport: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 16 October 2008, Official Report, columns 52-4WS, on the EU Transport Council, what proposals on the...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agricultural Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much (a) wheat, (b) barley, (c) fresh vegetables, (d) potatoes, (e) fresh fruit, (f) beef and veal, (g) pork, (h)...

    • Agriculture: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the likely effect of implementation of his Department's proposal to require arable farmers to...

      Agriculture: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment his Department has made of the availability of agricultural and horticultural labour in the UK; and if...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been distributed by Yorkshire Forward under agricultural schemes in each of the last three years.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on badger culling as it relates to the control of bovine tuberculosis.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what contingency plans his Department has in the event that cases of bovine tuberculosis spread across the UK.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department has spent on research on a bovine tuberculosis vaccine in each of the last three years.

      Cats: Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department has taken to identify whether bovine tuberculosis is carried by cats.

      Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was claimed in expenses by Ministers in his Department in each of the last three years.

      Dangerous Dogs Act 1991: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people were prosecuted for offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in 2007.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans his Department has for the future use of the office building at 1A Page street; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many security passes have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen by staff in (i) his Department and (ii) agencies...

      Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the policy of the Forestry Commission is on dog-free car parks; and which car parks are being considered for designation...

      Dogs: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department has commissioned into commercial relationships between members of the veterinary profession and...

      Environment Protection: New Forest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 16 October 2008, Official Report, column 1487W, on environment protection: New Forest, if he will...

      Environment Protection: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the provisions in Article 9 of Council Regulation 2371/2002 on the...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 23 January 2008, Official Report, column 2021W, on fisheries, when he expects to formulate and...

      Fisheries: Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what dates there have been no River Class offshore patrol vessels operating as part of the Fishery Protection Squadron...

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to introduce quota management reforms; and if he will make a statement.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many flood protection schemes have been (a) postponed and (b) delayed in each of the last five years; and if he will...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what priorities he has set for reducing flood risk in (a) urban and rural areas.

      Flood Control: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what outcome measures are used to assess the effectiveness of expenditure on flood risk management measures; what criteria...

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which flood defences have been improved in 2008; and how much each improvement cost.

      Food Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 29 September 2008, Official Report, column 2419W, on food, what estimate he has made of the level...

      Food Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government are taking to increase national self-sufficiency in food production.

      Food: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government are taking to ensure that imported food meets the (a) quality, (b) hygiene, (c) safety and (d)...

      Fruit: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the EU proposals for free fruit provision in schools; and if he will make a statement.

      Madders Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he plans to take in response to the Madders Report on animal movements.

      Pollution: Digswell

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will arrange for the Environment Agency to test the pumping station at Digswell in Hertfordshire for bromate contamination.

      Powers of Entry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many powers of entry have been (a) introduced and (b) abolished by legislation by his Department since 1997.

      Recycling: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much waste was recycled by each local authority in East Sussex in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Rights of Way

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what functions the National Rights of Way Casework Team had at its establishment; what additional functions it has been given...

      Waste Disposal: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many schools have registered exempt low risk waste operations; and if he will make a statement.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the timetable for creation of regional waste strategy boards is; what their budgets are; what their powers are; how...

      Water: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government have taken to assist low income families with the costs of sewage and water pipe repairs.

      Weedkillers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what date (a) his Department and (b) the Advisory Committee on Pesticides was first informed by the manufacturers that...

      Weedkillers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what date members of the Advisory Committee on Pesticides were first informed that aminopyralid or similar chemical...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he will answer question (a) 224594, (b) 224593, (c) 224886, (d) 224812, (e) 224627, (f) 224808, (g) 225455, (h)...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which districts of Helmand Province are deemed to be (a) under UK, ISAF and NATO forces or the Afghan Government control, (b) under Taliban control and...

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of casualties of (a) insurgents and (b) civilians in Helmand Province in Afghanistan in 2007-08.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what reports he has received of recent comments by President Zardari about the position of the Taliban in the conflict in Afghanistan; what assessment he...

      Armed Forces: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent steps the Government have taken to uphold the military covenant.

      Armed Forces: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether (a) the Army, (b) the Royal Navy and (c) the Royal Air Force have policies in place to prevent discrimination against personnel with diabetes...

      Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the defence casualty welfare package includes; and how much the daily payment towards meeting expenses incurred for the use of (a) television, (b)...

      Armed Forces: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many days on average an RAF helicopter was (a) on operations, (b) engaged in non-operational flying, (c) available but not flown, (d) in...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many units of (a) single living and (b) service family accommodation in the UK were occupied at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Armed Forces: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many pinch point trades there were in each service in each year since 2003.

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was paid (a) by (i) employees and (ii) employers into and (b) to those receiving pensions payments from the armed forces pension scheme in...

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what estimate he has made of the annual change in the cost to the public purse of the 2006 changes to the armed forces pension scheme; and if he...

      Armed Forces: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the out of service dates of the (a) AS90 and (b) L118 are.

      Armed Forces: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel aged under 18 years died (a) while on active service and (b) in training in each of the last five years; and what the...

      Armed Forces: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many under 18-year-olds are serving in the armed forces.

      Armed Forces: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many under 18-year-olds have applied for discretionary discharge under the unhappy minors provisions in the last three years; and how many of these...

      Armed Forces: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the compatibility of the commitment of young people who joined the armed forces before the age of 18 years to serve for...

      AWE Burghfield: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contingency planning had been conducted at AWE Burghfield before the 2007 floods to prepare for such an eventuality; and if he will make a statement.

      China: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence further to the answer of 20 October 2008, Official Report, column 130W, on China: armed forces, whether the interruption of military co-operation with...

      Colombia: Security Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department records the names of Colombian security forces personnel who have received training from UK military advisers in Colombia.

      Defence: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of gross domestic product was spent on defence (a) including the cost of military operations and (b) excluding the cost of operations...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what IT projects (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies is undertaking; and what the most recent estimate of (i) the cost and (ii) the...

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what proportion of civil servants in his Department and its agencies are members of the (a) Classic, (b) Classic Plus, (c) Nuvos and (d)...

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many civil servants working in his Department and its agencies have pensions with a cash equivalent transfer value of over £1 million.

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many security passes have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen by staff in (i) his Department and (ii) agencies sponsored by his Department in...

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which companies were used by his Department for providing temporary staff in each of the last five years; and what the value of contracts with each such...

      Hercules Aircraft: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons foam suppressant was not fitted to the wing-tanks of Hercules XL 179 which was shot down by enemy fire over Baghdad in 2005.

      Hercules Aircraft: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the concluding comments of Wiltshire Coroner David Masters into the loss of Hercules XL179; and if he will make a statement.

      Horn of Africa: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the command relationships will be between Combined Task Force-150, Combined Joint Task Force—Horn of Africa and the new EU-led...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether representatives of the British Army and representatives of the Mahdi Army entered into any agreement or accommodation in respect of military...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of (a) C-17 Globemaster, (b) C-130K Hercules, (c) C-130J Hercules, (d) Tristar, (e) VC-10 and (f) Nimrod aircraft are...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of (a) Nimrod, (b) Harrier, (c) Tornado GR4, (d) Tornado F3 and (e) Typhoon aircraft are (i) in service, (ii) in the...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many days on average a (a) Hercules C-130, (b) Tristar, (c) VC-10 and (d) C-17 Globemaster was (i) on operations, (ii) engaged in...

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of (a) Chinook, (b) Merlin and (c) Sea King helicopters are (i) in service, (ii) fit for purpose and (iii) out of service.

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of helicopters in the (a) Army Air Corps, (b) Fleet Air Arm and (c) Royal Air Forces are (i) in service, (ii) in the...

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of helicopters used by British armed forces was contracted from private operators in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Military Aircraft: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many units of the (a) Tranche 3 Typhoon, (b) Joint Strike Fighter and (c) A300M have been (i) ordered and (ii) delivered.

      Military Aircraft: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many training sorties for the (a) Hercules C-130, (b) Tristar, (c) VC-10 and (d) C-17 Globemaster were cancelled in each year since 2003.

      Military Aircraft: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many training flying hours crews of the (a) Hercules C-130, (b) Tristar, (c) VC-10 and (d) C-17 Globemaster aircraft flew on average in each year...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether US personnel will be asked to participate in his Department's work on the Warhead Pre-Concept Working Group; (2) whether the Warhead...

      Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many service personnel have been diagnosed with (a) heatstroke and (b) other heat-related illness in Iraq since 2003; (2) how many service...

      Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what priority is accorded to post and parcels in shipping goods from the UK to (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan for service personnel.

      Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the primary means for transporting post and parcels from (a) the UK and (b) Germany to (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan is.

      Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on transporting post and parcels from (a) the UK and (b) Germany to (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan since 2001.

      Royal Military Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether it is routine procedure for approval of overseas military personnel attending military courses at Sandhurst to be required from Ministers in his...

      Russia: NATO

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has had discussions with its NATO counterparts on possible military co-operation with the Russian Federation in Afghanistan.

      USA: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what use is made of RAF Molesworth in the US Africom programme.

      USA: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether an operational certificate has been issued by the US Administration for the space-based infra-red system at RAF Menwith Hill.

      War Graves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps would need to be taken to extend the Commonwealth War Graves Commission dates of commemoration from 31 December 1947.

      War Graves: Educational Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will hold discussions with the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families to discuss increasing opportunities for schoolchildren to...

      World War II: Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people in Bexley were awarded a veteran's badge in each year since the inception of the award.

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of emergency patients were discharged within a day in each of the last five years.

    • Ageing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to promote healthy ageing in the last 10 years.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether responsibility messages, unit labelling and other such information should be on the bottle or can or on the disposable outer packaging in which...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many individuals have made more than one submission to his Department's consultation on the alcohol strategy.

      Annual Health Check

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost of implementing the recommendations of the report of the Healthcare Commission in 2007-08 entitled Annual Health Check.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of NHS patients who received infected blood products in each year since 1992.

      Dementia: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the number of patients with dementia who have been given neuroleptic sedatives in each of the last five years;...

      Dementia: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what analysis his Department has undertaken of the funding required to implement the draft National Dementia Strategy for England.

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish his Department's resource accounts for 2007-08.

      Departmental Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on upgrading its IT in each of the last three financial years.

      Departmental Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of documents sent to external bodies by his Department were lost in the post in the latest period for which information is available.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on buying advertising space on the Jeremy Kyle show to date in 2008.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was paid in bonuses to staff in his Department in the latest period for which figures are available; and what the largest single payment was.

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of civil servants in his Department and its agencies are members of the (a) Classic, (b) Classic Plus, (c) Nuvos and (d)...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) private finance initiative and (b) local improvement finance trust schemes his Department is planning which are not yet operational; what the...

      Dietary Supplements: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what support is being provided by the Food Standards Agency and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency to help the Governments of...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the effects of the use of suboxone instead of methadone or subutex in prisons.

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of whether suboxone has advantages in terms of reduced potential for diversion and reduced chance of overdose compared with...

      Eculizumab

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will assist primary care trusts with the funding of eculizumab; and if he will make a statement; (2) how many primary care trusts in England...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 411WA, on general practitioners, how many examples his Department received from members...

      Health Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what data returns his Department plans to collect from (a) strategic health authorities and (b) primary care trusts to assess levels of implementation...

      Health Services: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent per head on health services in (a) Peterborough, (b) Cambridgeshire and (c) England in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Health Services: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent per head on health services in (a) the Mid Essex Hospital Trust area, (b) the North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust area and...

      Health Services: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the overall measurable NHS spending is per local resident in (a) England and (b) each primary care trust within the South West Strategic Health...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of prevalence of hepatitis B in each primary care trust; and if he will make a statement.

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to commission research in the next 12 months on the anticipated incidence of all types of chronic hepatitis B over the next decade; and...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many notifications there were for (a) hepatitis A, (b) chronic hepatitis B, (c) hepatitis C, (d) hepatitis D, (e) hepatitis E, (f) hepatitis F,...

      Home Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people seeking registration as domiciliary care providers in each region (a) met and (b) did not meet the required standard at each stage in...

      Incontinence: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) healthcare professionals, (b) primary care trust representatives, (c) strategic health authority representatives, (d) patients and (e)...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people received the influenza vaccination in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) age group and (b) primary care trust.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received on reducing the age limit to 60 years for free influenza injections; and if he will make a statement.

      Learning Disability: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent steps the Government have taken to improve the quality of care provided to patients with learning disabilities; (2) what steps the...

      Mental Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he has issued to London local authorities on the provision of move-on accommodation for residents of specialist mental health hostels in London.

      Mental Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he has given to (a) primary care trusts and (b) local authorities in London on (i) the assessment of mental health needs in their...

      Mental Health Services: Islington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many residents of the London Borough of Islington have received assistance for mental illness in each year since 1998; how many in each year received...

      Mentally Ill Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department has gathered on the effect of its policies and practices on the recruitment, development and retention of employees with...

      Mentally Incapacitated: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the role of the No Secrets Guidance Programme Board is; (2) how many times the advisory group established as part of his Department's...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of possible medicine shortages in the winter of 2008-09; and which drugs he expects will be most affected.

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to improve performance in those trusts rated double weak in the Healthcare Commission's Annual Health Check for 2007-08.

      Pharmacy: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many licensed pharmacies there are in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) West Hertfordshire primary care trust.

      Pharmacy: General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GP dispensaries there are in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) West Hertfordshire primary care trust.

      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) Hemel Hempstead and (b)...

      Portsmouth Hospitals Trust: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much compensation was paid to patients of the Portsmouth Hospitals Trust in each of the last three years; and what legal costs were incurred in each case.

      Primary Care Trusts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 14 October 2008, Official Report, columns 1180-3W, on primary care trusts: finance, what definition his Department uses of...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what additional steps the Government plan to take to encourage smokers to stop smoking.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people who sold their home to pay for social care in the last year for which figures are available, broken down...

      Sugar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the confectionery industry on the sugar content of their products.

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was claimed in expenses for taxi travel by officials from (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies in (i) 2006-07, (ii) 2005-06, (iii)...

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to evaluate the effect of the £26 million allocated to primary care trusts for programmes to reduce teenage...

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what negotiating mandate he has given to his Department's officials for the conference of the parties on the framework convention on tobacco...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many civil servants in his Department were seconded to work for (a) trade unions and (b) the Trades Union Congress in each year since 2003.

      Wines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's practice is on supplying non-alcoholic wine as a choice at official receptions or functions.

  • Prime Minister

    • Departmental Training

      To ask the Prime Minister what personal training courses at public expense he has undertaken since his appointment.

    • Government Departments: Appointments

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will place in the Library copies of replies to his letters of appointment to (a) the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and (b) Ministers in that...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he has commissioned any studies into lessons learnt from the UK's military and humanitarian efforts in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan since June 2007; and if he...

      Israel

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what discussions he has had with Prime Minister Olmert on the release of Palestinian parliamentarians held in Israeli prisons; (2) what discussions he has had...

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Prime Minister how many (a) Ministers, (b) Opposition politicians and (c) members of the (i) London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games, (ii) Olympic Delivery Authority and...

      Regional Economic Council

      To ask the Prime Minister who the members are of the (a) Regional Economic Council and (b) Regional Council; and whether multiple regional councils will be put in place for each Government...

      Special Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 22 July 2008, Official Report, columns 99-102WS, whether Mr. Ravi Gurumurthy was in post as a special adviser on 22...

  • International Development

    • Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the cost to the public purse of his Department was in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.

    • Departmental Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many security passes have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen by staff in his Department in each year since 2001.

      Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 13 October 2008, Official Report, columns 991-92W, on humanitarian aid, what measures are in place to ensure...

      Mentally Ill Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions his Department has had with other Government Departments on the steps it is taking, including through its Mental...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the UK's total net official development assistance contribution was as a percentage of gross national income in each year since 2005.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much UK Government development aid and assistance was given to (a) India and (b) China in the latest year for which figures are...

  • Home Department

    • Tackling Knives Action Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made on the Tackling Knives Action Programme; and if she will make a statement.

    • Criminal Activity: Publication of Details

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with representatives of local newspapers on police force policies on the publication of details of...

      Knife Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of measures to reduce knife crime.

      Scientific Procedures on Animals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the likely number of scientific procedures on animals which will be carried out in 2009-10.

      UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes to immigration legislation, guidance and practice will be introduced following the Government's decision to remove its...

      DNA Samples

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions for serious crimes are recorded as substantially based on evidence provided by the retention of DNA samples in 2007-08.

      Alcohol Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Health on informing young people of the dangers of alcohol misuse as part of the...

      Safer Neighbourhood Teams: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many safer neighbourhood teams have been introduced in West Yorkshire since 2002.

      Overseas Workers: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many overseas workers were granted visas to enter the UK in the last 12 months; and if she will make a statement.

      Victims of Crime: Female Prostitutes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to prevent female prostitutes from becoming victims of crime.

      Violent Crime: Plymouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of trends in the level of violent crime in Plymouth.

      Police Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect of the work of police community support officers on crime levels.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to deal with those who persist in antisocial behaviour.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what steps she is taking to ensure that the police, local authorities and other interested agencies work together to address antisocial...

      Asylum: Cameroon

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she or her predecessor last discussed the issue of Cameroonian citizens seeking asylum in the UK with the Cameroonian High Commissioner.

      British Nationality: Right of Abode

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate her Department has made of the number of (a) British Overseas Citizens, (b) British Nationals (Overseas) and (c) other...

      Christmas

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

      Community Support Officers: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers there were per head of population in each police authority area in England and Wales in the most...

      Death: Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations she has received on the time taken by the Independent Police Complaints Commission to inquire into the death of Stuart...

      Essex Police Authority: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which (a) organisations, (b) agencies and (c) individuals have (i) partial and (ii) full access to personal data held by Essex police...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people are profiled on the national DNA database who had samples taken whilst they were under 18 years of age; and how many of these...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) people and (b) people aged under 18 years were added to the national DNA database in each year since its inception.

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have their DNA profile stored on the national DNA database, broken down by (a) police force area and (b) ethnicity.

      Identity Cards: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department has taken to encourage the use of forms of age verification other than passports; and if she will make it her...

      Oakington Immigration Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many detainees have escaped from Oakington Immigration Centre in Cambridgeshire in the last five years; how many have since been...

      Passports: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of (a) fraudulent and (b) stolen (i) passports and (ii) driving licences in circulation.

      Passports: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passports were issued by the Home Office in (a) 2007 and (b) 1997 that later transpired to have been fraudulently applied for.

      Passports: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passports were issued to residents of Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (a) constituency, (b) district...

      Personation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to combat the use of fraudulent identity documents.

      Police Authorities: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was held by each police authority in England and Wales in foreign bank accounts (a) in each year since 2001 and (b) at the latest...

      Police Authorities: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much is held by each police authority in England and Wales in (a) UK and (b) foreign bank accounts.

      Police: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many homes of serving police officers were searched by investigation teams on 27 January 1998; how many police officers were subsequently...

      Police: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers (a) below superintendent rank and (b) of superintendent rank and above were suspended in each police force area in...

      Police: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 15 October 2008, Official Report, column 1272W, on police: disciplinary proceedings, from what date each officer...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the budget is for each police authority in England and Wales in 2008-09.

      Police: Newham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which population figures are used to calculate the level of police precept in the London borough of Newham.

      Police: Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much police forces spent on interpretation and translation in (a) Lancashire and (b) England and Wales in each of the last five years.

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will change the process of obtaining a Criminal Records Bureau check so that an individual in more than one relevant role need only...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Emergency Services: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many convictions there were in Northern Ireland in relation to assaults on (a) police officers, (b) ambulance personnel and (c) fire...

    • Police Service of Northern Ireland: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the effects of the shortfall in the policing budget of £88 million over the last three years identified by...

  • Women and Equality

    • Departmental Older Workers

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many people aged over (a) 55 and (b) 60 years were recruited by her Department in 2007-08; and what percentage in each case this was of the number...

    • Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality which companies have been used by the Government Equalities Office for providing temporary staff since its establishment; and what the value of...

      Women: Violence

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what recent assessment she has made of the (a) nature and (b) extent of violence against women; and if she will make a statement.

      Women: Violence

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what recent progress has been made in the Government's work to reduce levels of violence against women; and if she will make a statement.

  • Olympics

    • Olympic Games 2012: Construction

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what the original estimate for building cost inflation in the Olympic Construction Budget was for each year to 2012; and what the most recent estimate is for...

    • Olympic Games 2012: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics with reference to the answer of 26 March 2007, Official Report, column 1250W, on the Olympic Games, whether the £290 million, referred to in the answer...

      Olympic Games 2012: Wales

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics which organisations based in Wales have been awarded contracts by the Olympic Delivery Authority; what the value of each such contract is; and what work has...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Departmental Civil Service Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many agencies were sponsored by his Department or its predecessor in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 1997-98.

    • Higher Education: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what criteria are used to take decisions on allocation of quality related research funding.

      Higher Education: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much quality related funding was awarded in the last funding round to universities to support (a) five star, (b) four...

      Higher Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the performance of English universities against international benchmarks; and if he...

      Innovators Growth Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what projects have been supported by the £3 million Innovators Growth Programme; and when he expects the programme to...

      Intellectual Property: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to require internet service providers and...

      Midwives: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many midwifery educationalists there were in higher education institutions in England in each year since 1997.

      Students: Initiation Rites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what representations have been made to his Department about university initiation rites in each of the last three years.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the average (a) training and (b) student support cost of training a primary school teacher was in the most recent...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Apprentices: North Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what plans Jobcentre Plus has to (a) advertise, (b) promote and (c) fill apprenticeships in (i) Newcastle-under-Lyme and (ii) North...

    • Christmas

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

      Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was claimed in council tax benefits in each constituency in England in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Civil Service Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many agencies were sponsored by his Department or its predecessor in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 1997-98.

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research has been commissioned on behalf of his Department by external consultants in the last 10 years; and what the cost was of this...

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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...

      Disability Living Allowance: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey constituency receive the higher rate mobility component of disability living allowance.

      Disability Living Allowance: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are in receipt of (a) the lower rate and (b) the higher rate of the mobility component of disability living allowance in (i)...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much in housing benefit has been paid to tenants of (a) housing associations and (b) local authorities, including arm's length management...

      Housing Benefit: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints have been brought to the attention of his Department or the Rent Service on the operation of local housing allowance; and...

      Jobcentre Plus: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many failed telephone calls were made to the Jobcentre Plus helpline (a) in each region and (b) nationally (i) in each quarter of 2008-09...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to reply to the hon. Member for Edinburgh, West's correspondence of 22 August on his constituent Mr. Sandy Horn and the Financial...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of the access criteria laid down in the tender documents for the successor to the Post Office Card Account.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment he has made of the potential effects of awarding the Post Office Card Account contract to more than one bidder; (2) when...

      Poverty: Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of pensioners who would be lifted out of poverty if there was 100 per cent. take up of entitlement to...

      Powers Of Entry

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

      Social Security Benefits: Earnings Rules

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether a deferred state pension is considered notional income when calculating (a) housing and (b) council tax benefit.

      Social Security Benefits: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) on what date the decision was made to charge clients for telephone calls to the 0845 number for the benefits delivery centre at St....

      Unemployment Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of children lived in families claiming out-of-work benefits in each year since 2004, broken down by parliamentary...

      Unemployment Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the most recent workload forecasts by Jobcentre Plus are for the volume of claims for (a) jobseeker's allowance, (b) income support,...

      Unemployment Benefits: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average length of time on (a) incapacity benefit, (b) income support and (c) jobseeker's allowance was in the latest period for...

      Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research he has commissioned on the effect of volunteering on an individual's speed of return to employment; and if he will make a statement.

      Welfare to Work: Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what Ministerial or official meetings he or his officials have had with counterparts in the devolved institutions in Scotland and Wales on...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Academies: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what criteria his Department uses to value non-cash contributions made by academy sponsors.

    • Assessments: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how much funding has been provided by his Department to educational institutions to offer diploma courses for 14 to...

      Autism: Intimidation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to minimise the number of pupils with autism who are excluded from school because they are being bullied.

      Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will place in the Library copies of letters sent by his Department's ContactPoint team to practitioners about Conservative...

      Departmental Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many of his Department's capital projects under (a) the Building Schools for the Future programme and (b) other programmes...

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many civil servants in his Department were recruited through the fast stream; and what the average salary of those officials is.

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which companies have been used by his Department for providing temporary staff since its establishment; and what the value of...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the reasons are for the delays in making education maintenance allowance payments; and if he will make a statement.

      General Teaching Council: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what discussions he has had with the General Teaching Council about its recent loss of confidential data; and what steps are being...

      Outdoor Education: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he plans to issue revised health and safety guidance on learning outside the classroom to schools; and if he will make a...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what definition of internal exclusion his Department uses in its guidance on school exclusions and pupil referral units.

      Pupil Exclusions: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children with autism spectrum disorders were subject to (a) permanent exclusion and (b) fixed-term exclusion from...

      Pupil Exclusions: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he plans to take to reduce the number of exclusions of pupils with special educational needs.

      Pupil Exclusions: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the factors influencing the proportion of children...

      Pupil Exclusions: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans his Department has to collect data on the types of special educational needs of pupils who have been excluded.

      Pupil Referral Units: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children with autism spectrum disorders have been sent to a pupil referral unit in the last 12 months.

      Pupil Referral Units: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children at pupil referral units had special educational needs according to the most recent school census for which data...

      Pupils: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many pupils at (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Lancashire do not speak English as a first language; (2) how...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the changes being made to the operation of the Special Educational Needs and...

      Specialised Diplomas: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the procedure is for businesses applying to participate in delivering diploma courses.

      Specialised Diplomas: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average number of hours of training is that teachers have been given on the new diplomas prior to their implementation.

      Specialised Diplomas: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which organisations are offering training on teaching diploma courses to teachers.

      Specialised Diplomas: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the syllabus is for the training of teachers on diplomas.

      Teachers: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teachers there were per 100 pupils in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) Chesterfield, (ii) Derbyshire and...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many teacher trainees on the initial teacher training course had to retake the basic (a) literacy, (b) numeracy and...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) mathematics, (b) physics, (c) chemistry, (d) biology, (e) English and (f) IT teacher trainees have failed one...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what requirement local authorities have to adopt National Indicator 35 on violent extremism as part of their Local Area Agreement.

    • Departmental Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department spent on upgrading its IT in each of the last three financial years.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether (a) civil servants, (b) Ministers and (c) special advisers in her Department are permitted to access web mail...

      Departmental Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people aged over (a) 55 and (b) 60 years of age were recruited by her Department in 2007-08; and what percentage in...

      Departmental Overseas Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer of 15 September 2008, Official Report, column 2081W, on departmental overseas visits, which division of...

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of civil servants in her Department and its agencies are members of the (a) Classic, (b) Classic...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Departmental Unallocated Provision for Capital DEL outlined in her Department's 2008 Annual Report on page 166, has...

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost was of (a) entertainment, (b) advertising and promotion and (c) public relations consultancy to her Department...

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) if she will place in the Library a copy of the job specification of the spatial analysis co-ordinator position advertised...

      Equality and Diversity Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding the Government Offices for the Regions gave to regional equality and diversity partnerships in the last period for...

      Fire Services: Long Service Awards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent changes have been made to the eligibility criteria for the Fire Brigade's Long Service and Good Conduct Medal; what...

      Fire Services: Long Service Awards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many Fire and Rescue Service Long Service and Good Conduct medals were awarded in each of the last 10 years; and if she will...

      Firebuy Ltd.

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government who the board members of (a) Firebuy Ltd and (b) the Community Development Foundation are.

      Housing: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) least deprived and (b) most deprived lower layer super output area is in (i) Barry, (ii) Blackpool, (iii) Bognor...

      Housing: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what targets have been set for house building in (a) Eastbourne constituency and (b) East Sussex in the next planning period.

      Keep Our Future Afloat Campaign

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding the Northwest Regional Development Agency provided to the campaign group Keep our Future Afloat, in each year...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much local authority income in (a) England and (b) each local authority in England came from (i) revenue support grant,...

      Local Government: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) organisations and (b) individuals responded to the consultation on the date of the 2009 local elections; and what...

      Local Government: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to clause 5 of the draft Local Elections (Ordinary Day of Elections in 2009) Order 2008, for what reason it is...

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been paid (a) by (i) employees and (ii) employers into and (b) to those receiving pensions payments by the local...

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the annual change in the cost to the public purse of the 2006 changes to (a) the local government...

      Local Government: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government further to the Community Empowerment White Paper, what the minimum percentage of local residents required to sign a petition...

      Local Government: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether county council elections will take place in (a) Suffolk and (b) Ipswich in 2009.

      New Dimension Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the report by Nera UK Ltd. on the economic benefits of the New Dimension programme.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether licensed premises which diversify under the Pub is the Hub scheme would receive a revised business rates valuation on...

      Place Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether new Place Surveys will be conducted by (a) face-to-face interview or (b) correspondence.

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of her call-in policy for planning applications.

      Rates and Rating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much (a) council tax or community charge and (b) non-domestic rate revenue was written off in England in each year since 1985.

      Rates and Rating: Tax Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the collection rates of (a) council tax or community charge and (b) non-domestic rates were in England in each year since...

      Travelling People: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what requirements there are on individual local authorities to make provision for sites for (a) permanent and (b) transient...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Civil Service Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many agencies were sponsored by his Department or its predecessor in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 1997-98.

    • Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what sanctions are available in cases of departmental staff found to have committed disciplinary offences; and how many times each has...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what IT projects (a) his Department and (b) its agency is undertaking; and what the most recent estimate of (i) the cost and (ii) the...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on upgrading its IT in each of the last three financial years.

      Institute for Contemporary Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much public funding is being provided to the Institute for Contemporary Arts (ICA) expressed (a) in cash terms and (b) as a...

      National Lottery: Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much National Lottery funding was awarded to sport-related groups in (a) Southampton and (b) Test Valley Borough in each of the...

      Olympic Games 2012: Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made on the development of a non-commercial brand intended to take advantage of the tourism benefits of hosting...

      Overseas Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many visits from overseas to (a) the UK and (b) England there were in each year since 1997; and what percentage of the world...

      Overseas Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much visitors from overseas to (a) the UK and (b) England spent in each year since 1997; and what percentage of global tourism...

      Sex Establishments: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations the Government have received on changes to licensing laws associated with lap dancing establishments.

      Sports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much (a) Exchequer and (b) Lottery money was given to the street athletics initiative in each year since its inception.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many people were employed in the UK coal industry in each of the last five years.

    • Coal: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of likely trends in the price of coal for domestic heating use in the next three years.

      Community Energy Saving Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the timetable is for the introduction of the Community Energy Saving Programme.

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what percentage of UK electricity was generated from (a) coal, (b) nuclear power, (c) renewable sources and (d) gas in each of the...

      Energy: Metering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how long he expects the work evaluation of smart meters to take; who is conducting the evaluation; and when he expects to take the next...

      Energy: Metering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress his Department has made in requiring electricity and gas suppliers to provide advanced meters to electricity customers in...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what additional monitoring the Government is undertaking of the effects on (a) payment method preference, (b) levels of debt and (c)...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what criteria underpin his Department's definition of fuel poverty; what public surveys his Department and its predecessor have...

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many individual contractors have been appointed to carry out work under the Warm Front scheme.

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessments are carried out before appointing contractors to carry out work under the Warm Front scheme.

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in how many and what proportion of cases the cost of Warm Front work recommended exceeded the available grant in (a) Leicester and...

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many former miners' compensation claims cases are awaiting responses in Scotland, broken down by constituency.

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the average settlement has been for (a) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and (b) vibration white finger claims submitted by...

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much was claimed under the Coal Miners' Compensation Scheme by (a) former miners and (b) former miners' families in Scotland in...

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the potential impact on the price of electricity of proposals by energy companies to build new nuclear...

      Nuclear Power: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the oral response to the hon. Member for St. Albans (Anne Main) of 30 June 2008, Official Report, column 628W, what...

      Oil: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps the Government is taking to ensure that falls in the price of oil are passed on to drivers via the pump price.

      Radioactive Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will instruct the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to release the full unredacted version of the macro-economic study of United...

      Radioactive Wastes: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the annual budget of his Department (a) is in 2008-09 and (b) will be in 2009-10; how much of the budget in each year is...

      Renewable Energy: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the timescale is for issuing a statement on the proportion of the 2020 renewables target to be met by (a) Northern Ireland, (b)...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much was spent under the Warm Front Scheme on improving the energy efficiency of park home residents in 2006-07.

      Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress the Government made in (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) in the first nine months of 2008 on meeting the targets arising...

      Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when the fuel poverty strategy required by the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000 was published; what changes have been made...

  • Justice

    • Christmas

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

    • Dangerous Driving: Satellite Navigation Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions there have been for the offences of (a) careless driving, (b) causing death by careless driving and (c) causing death by...

      Departmental Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was spent on overnight accommodation by his Department's civil servants in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people aged over (a) 55 and (b) 60 years were recruited by his Department in 2007-08; and what percentage in each case this was of the number...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will place in the Library the names and addresses of each organisation that supplied goods and services to his Department in 2007-08, based on the...

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many civil servants in his Department were recruited through the fast stream; and what the average salary of those officials is.

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which companies were used by his Department for providing temporary staff in each year since it was established; and what the value of contracts with...

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many drivers under the age of 25 years were prosecuted for driving over the permitted alcohol limit in each region of England and Wales in (a)...

      Driving Offences: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average sentence imposed by magistrates' courts for those found guilty of driving without car insurance was in the latest period for which...

      Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice under what circumstances the (a) existence and (b) content of a legal (i) practice direction and (ii) code of practice may not be placed in the public...

      Mentally Disturbed Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of convicted prisoners with severe psychiatric disorders in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a...

      Prisoners Release: Re-offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of the alleged further offences committed by offenders on end of custody licence since 29 June 2007 were (a) murder, (b) attempted murder,...

      Religion: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the Government plans to bring forward legislative proposals to remove the prohibition on Catholics or their spouses from succeeding to the throne.

      Repossession Orders: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many house repossession orders were laid before the courts in Hampshire in each of the last 12 months, broken down by county court.

      Shoplifting: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to respond to the results of the consultation on the sentencing guidelines for shoplifting; what recent representations he has received on...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many proceedings for television licence evasion were brought in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 7 July, how many of the fines levied in the period between 2002 and 2006 have been paid (a) in part and (b) in whole; and in...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 7 July, what the (a) average fine imposed and (b) average period of imprisonment served was in each year between 2002 and 2006.

      ViSOR System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the running costs of the ViSOR system have been to date.

      War Crimes: Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) which overseas governments have made representations to the Government to change legislation on war crimes to prevent the issuing of arrest...

      Wiring Up Youth Justice Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to date has been of running the Wiring Up Youth Justice programme.

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Compensation: Fisheries

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much fishermen received to date under the Icelandic Fishermen's Compensation Scheme, broken down by port.

    • Departmental Civil Service Agencies

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many agencies were sponsored by his Department or its predecessors in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 1997-98.

      Departmental Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much his Department spent on upgrading its IT in each of the last three financial years.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the cost was of (a) internet and website design and hosting, (b) print media design and (c) broadcast media...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in his Department in the last 12 months;...

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the cost was of (a) entertainment, (b) advertising and promotion and (c) public relations...

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many civil servants in his Department were recruited through the fast stream; and what the average...

      Minimum Wage: Greater London

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many people living in each London borough received the national minimum wage at the latest date for...

      Post Office: Marketing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much the Post Office has spent on (a) advertising and (b) sponsorship in each of the last five years.

      Post Office: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will consider proposals for the Post Office network to have its terminals linked to the Motor Vehicle...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many people used post offices for (a) foreign currency transactions and (b) submitting passport...

      Post Offices: Chelmsford

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many post offices and sub-post offices were closed in the Chelmsford local authority area in the...

      Post Offices: Closure

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many letters his Department has received (a) in favour of and (b) opposed to post office closures in...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he expects Post Office Ltd. to make a decision on the future of Linslade Post Office in South West...

      Post Offices: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will instruct Post Office Ltd. to make its accounts available to North Yorkshire County Council to...

      Regional Development Agencies: Bank Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much each regional development agency has invested or on deposit in Icelandic banks.

      Small Firms' Loan Guarantee

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many businesses have been refused loans under the Small Firms' Loan Guarantee in each year since 2003.

      Taxis

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much was claimed in expenses for taxi travel by officials from (a) his Department and (b) its...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the (a) average gross income per annum and (b) subsidy from the public purse for a large 2.5 MW...

      Wines

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his Department's practice is on supplying non-alcoholic wine as a choice at official receptions or...

      World War II: Medals

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England were...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Death: Weather

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many excess deaths from cold weather there were in York in each year since 1996-97; and if he will make a statement.

    • Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which companies were used by his Department for providing temporary staff in each of the last five years; and what the value of contracts with each...

      Foreign Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate he has made of the number of foreign workers in employment who have lived in the UK for less than six months.

      Lost Working Hours

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many hours of work in the United Kingdom were lost as a result of industrial action in each year since 1997.

      Methadone: Death

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many deaths attributed to methadone addiction were recorded in each of the last five years.

      Minimum Wage: Chelmsford

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people living in West Chelmsford constituency received no more than the national minimum wage at the latest date for which figures are...

      Teenage Pregnancy: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what proportion of women under 18 years old living in (a) local authorities with a benefit claim rate of 10 per cent. or above and (b) in the 10...

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the rate of youth unemployment was in each (a) constituency, (b) local authority and (c) region in each of the last 10 years.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Chad: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the government of Sudan on its alleged support of armed groups in Chad; and if he will make...

    • Departmental Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what savings have been identified by his Department as a result of co-location of offices with the Department for International...

      Foreign Policy: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will amend his Department's strategic priorities and policy goals to include the advancement of human rights and freedom...

      India: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the next round of the ad hoc EU-India human rights dialogue will take place; and whether the recent violence in Orissa...

      India: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of temple desecration in Goa, India; what assessment he has made of the scale of the problem; and...

      North Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what occasions he or officials from his Department have met representatives of the governments of (a) Sudan and (b) Libya...

      Pakistan: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government has taken to assist Pakistan with reducing the incidence of racially-motivated murders in that country.

      Peace Negotiations: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in promoting the role of women in...

      Somalia: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he plans to take to enhance stability in Somalia in order to facilitate the delivery of aid; and if he will make a...

      Somalia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of progress towards the establishment of independent human rights institutions in Somalia; and if...

      Somalia: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in securing the (a) financial resources, (b) personnel and (c) equipment for the international...

      Sri Lanka: Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last discussed the situation in Sri Lanka with his Commonwealth counterparts; and if he will make a statement.

      Sri Lanka: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Sri Lanka on the evacuation of foreign aid workers and UN staff from the...

      Sudan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in the procurement and transport of donor-provided equipment for Darfur; and if he will make a statement.

      Sudan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of progress in the Arab League's mediation attempts between the Government of Sudan and the rebel...

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in identifying countries with the capability to contribute to the police units for the joint UN-AU...

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of the security situation in Darfur on the number of police patrols UNAMID is able to...

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to encourage the establishment of an effective National Election Commission in Sudan.

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance the Government are giving to the conduct of the national elections in Sudan that are scheduled for 2009; and if...

  • Treasury

    • Bank of England Act 1998

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the operation of the Bank of England Act 1998; what recent representations he has received about...

    • Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to ensure that British business clients of the Landsbanki bank are able to continue to draw on their overdraft facility...

      Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what protection is available for UK depositors in Kaupthing Isle of Man banks.

      Bank Services: Guernsey

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the UK Government are responsible for conducting negotiations with the Icelandic authorities on behalf of Guernsey in respect of deposits held by...

      Bank Services: Local Government

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to introduce a centralised system of credit approval for all loans made by English local authorities; and if he will make a statement.

      Banks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the effect the mark to market rules are having on bank liquidity; and what the procedures are for changing those rules.

      Banks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration he has given to the remutualisation of (a) Northern Rock and (b) Bradford and Bingley.

      Banks: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what mechanisms he plans to put in place to ensure that the banking rescue package does not disadvantage banks which do not seek recourse to it.

      Banks: Debts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what reports he has received on the extent of bad debt held by (a) UK banks and (b) banks with a base in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Construction Industry Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have lost construction industry scheme status in relation to their tax affairs since 6 April 2007.

      Cost of Living

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of the turbulence in the financial markets on the cost of living; and if he will make a statement.

      Credit Cards: Debts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the level of credit card debt in (a) November 2006 and (b) the most recent month for which figures are available.

      Departmental Accountancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's (a) chart of accounts and (b) resource account codes and usage descriptions for the 2008-09...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what IT projects (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies is undertaking; and what the most recent estimate of (i) the cost and (ii) the completion...

      Departmental Official Visits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent on overnight accommodation by his Department's civil servants in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of civil servants in his Department and its agencies are members of the (a) Classic, (b) Classic Plus, (c) Nuvos and (d)...

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which companies were used by his Department for providing temporary staff in each of the last five years; and what the value of contracts with each such...

      EC Grants and Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of European Union funding in each region was administered by (a) Government departments, (b) regional development agencies, (c) local...

      Geographical Information Systems: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate the Valuation Office Agency has made of the cost of implementing its plans for a geographical information system.

      Government Departments: Annual Reports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library the guidance provided by HM Treasury to departments on what they should disclose in their 2008 autumn performance reports.

      Government Departments: Annual Reports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his practice to place in the Library copies of the guidance provided by HM Treasury to Departments on what they should disclose in...

      Income Tax: Self-assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps HM Revenue and Customs has taken to ensure the efficient administration of online tax returns for the 2007-08 tax year.

      Inflation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take in response to recent trends in the rate of inflation; what representations he has received on this...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate (a) his Department, (b) the Bank of England and (c) the Financial Services Authority has made of the number of local authorities which have...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the guarantee given to UK savers in Icelandic-owned banks will apply to investments made by local authorities.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the hon. Member for Edinburgh West's letter of 25 July 2008 on his constituents Miss M. Murray and Mr. Stuart Fleming.

      Monetary Policy Committee

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what process is followed for appointment of members of the Monetary Policy Committee.

      Northern Rock: Repossession Orders

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the policy of Northern Rock is on repossessing homes; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 15 May 2008, Official Report, column 1739W, on public expenditure, what, in near cash terms, the amount of negative departmental...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the Comprehensive Spending Review 2007 (Cm 7227, 2006/07), what the expected level, in near cash terms, of (a) negative resource...

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of differences in treatment of civil servants and other public sector staff in (a) pay rises and (b) the funding of pay...

      Repossession Orders

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to take possession of houses and flats on which mortgage-holders with Northern Rock and Bradford and Bingley have defaulted...

      Tax Credit: Complaints

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints from customers in (a) Bexley and (b) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency on tax credits his Department received in each year since...

      Tax Yields: Gaming Machines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many category B1 gaming machines there are in casinos in each region; and how much value-added tax revenue accrued from customer spending on B1 gaming...

      Taxation: Aviation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what economic modelling he has undertaken in assessing the likely effect of the introduction of the proposed new aviation duty; and if he will make a...

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the loss to the Exchequer caused by late tax returns in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make...

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much income was received from (a) penalty charges and (b) interest charged to people who did not meet tax return deadlines in each of the last five...

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received on his policy of advertising deadlines for tax returns to be made.

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent on advertising the need for people to make timely tax returns in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Treating Customers Fairly Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the average cost of investigating an independent financial adviser under the Treating Customers Fairly scheme was in the last 12 months; (2) how...

      VAT: Channel Islands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his officials are participating in the European Commission's investigation into the legality of the continued availability of low value consignment...

      VAT: Local Government

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which items of expenditure in a local election or local referendum are liable for value added tax.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 17 October 2008, Official Report, columns 1593-94W, on social security benefits, how many people applied for either working tax...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Chelmsford

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints from customers in West Chelmsford constituency he received on tax credits in each year for which figures are available.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to answer question 221509, tabled on 17 July 2008 for named day answer on 22 July 2008, on Civil Service pay.

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the Leader of the House what IT projects her Office is undertaking; and what the most recent estimate of (a) the cost and (b) the completion date of each is.

    • Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Leader of the House (1) how many press and communications officers her Office employs; (2) how much her Office spent on salaries for press and communications officers in each of the...

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Leader of the House how many civil servants in her Office were recruited through the fast stream; and what the average salary of those officials is.

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Leader of the House how many civil servants in her Office were seconded to work for (a) trade unions and (b) the Trades Union Congress in each year since 2003.

      Departmental Older Workers

      To ask the Leader of the House how many people aged over (a) 55 and (b) 60 years were recruited to work in her Office in 2007-08; and what percentage in each case this was of the number of new...

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan: Drinking Water

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much drinking water for Her Majesty's Armed Forces serving in Afghanistan has been imported from or via Pakistan in each month of 2008.

    • Agriculture

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to ensure international support for the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development.

      Agriculture: Bluetongue

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have for any future outbreaks of bluetongue disease, in particular the BTV-1 strain that is affecting cattle in France; and whether there are any...

      Agriculture: Set-aside

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are proceeding with plans to take farmland out of production and to compensate for the loss of set-aside's environmental benefits; and, if so, whether...

      Agriculture: Set-aside

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they propose to remove 5 per cent of English arable land from production as set-aside land; and what assessment they have made of the effects on competition of...

      Badgers and Bovine Tuberculosis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many cattle likely to be culled in the next three years following their decision not to cull tuberculosis-infected badgers; and at what projected cost to...

      Banking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the board members of United Kingdom banks which participated in the bank reconstruction fund will be held to account for their stewardship of the...

      Banking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much public money has been made available in the past month per person on the Scottish electoral roll for rescuing the Royal Bank of Scotland and HBOS.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many new incidents of bovine tuberculosis were reported in 2008; how many cattle were culled; at what cost to farmers and the taxpayer; and what were the...

      Children: Poverty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many (a) people and (b) children are living in poverty in the United Kingdom; what were the figures in (1) 2005, (2) 2006, and (3) 2007; and what is the...

      Courts Service: Public Expenditure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will consult the Civil Justice Council, the Bar Council, the Law Society and other stakeholders before reducing public expenditure by the Ministry of...

      Courts: Fees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they have taken to inform people receiving a specified means-tested benefit (income support, income-based jobseeker's allowance, pension guarantee...

      Economy: Growth Forecasts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the Ernst & Young Item Club's quarterly economic outlook saying the United Kingdom economy is in recession.

      Economy: Growth Forecasts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are their latest projections of economic growth for the third and fourth quarters of 2008.

      Energy: Double Glazing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Jane Kennedy, on 10 July (Official Report, House of Commons, 1784W), whether there was...

      Fees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 15 July (WA 137—8), which Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs bodies and agencies...

      Flooding: India

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of their assistance for the recent flood emergency in the Indian states of Bihar and Orissa has been through local non-governmental organisations.

      Flooding: India

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many new local channels of humanitarian aid they have identified in Bihar during the recent emergency, inside and outside government; and with what results.

      Flooding: India

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in the light of poverty statistics and recent experience during the flood emergency, they will make Bihar a priority state for the Department for...

      Food: Meat

      asked Her Majesty's Government: With reference to the report in Meat Journal on 20 June that Vion Food Group has acquired Grampian, and in the light of the avian flu investigation of...

      House of Lords: Multifaith Prayers

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Whether there is scope for including multifaith prayers at the beginning of sittings of the House of Lords.

      Housing: Disability

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why no disability impact assessment was carried out prior to introducing the local housing allowance; whether the provision of extra housing space for disabled...

      International Labour Organisation: Decent Work

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they will take to implement the provisions of the International Labour Organisation's Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization, adopted at...

      International Labour Organisation: Decent Work

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress the United Kingdom has made to implement the International Labour Organisation's decent work agenda.

      International Labour Organisation: Decent Work

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are working with the International Labour Organisation to influence and design the decent work country programme for other International Labour...

      Northern Ireland Office: Taxis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much the Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland spent on taxis in each of the past five years.

      Northern Rock

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, since the nationalisation of Northern Rock, the company known as Granite has been included in the group accounts; and, if not, why not; and Whether all...

      Prisoners: Disabilities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 22 July (WA 277), how many of the 3,431 prisoners referred to (a) have learning difficulties or...

      Prisoners: Disabilities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many prisons have developed an action plan in accordance with Prison Service Order 2855 (prisoners with physical, sensory and mental disabilities); and Whether...

      Prisons: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many prisoners in Northern Ireland are classified as educationally retarded; and what are the classifications used; and What steps they take to ensure that...

      Public Prosecution Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What guidance they have given to the Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland about the employment of part-time staff.

      Railways: Network Rail

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether appropriate financial incentives exist for Network Rail and the train operating companies to work together to secure efficiency in excess of the levels...

      Railways: Rolling Stock

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why, in its response to the Competition Commission's provisional findings in its rolling stock leasing market investigation, the Department for Transport is...

      Recycling: Batteries

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Joan Ruddock, on 14 July...

      Roads: A55

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will facilitate more rest zones for truck drivers on the A55.

      Transport: Independent Transport Authorities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to set up the independent transport authorities as proposed in the Local Transport Bill; and what particular actions are being taken in...

      Waste Management: Fly Tipping

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will enable farmers and landowners to transport materials that have been tipped illegally on their land to the nearest convenient landfill site...

      Waterways: Rivers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which rivers in the United Kingdom have been studied using the system developed by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology to measure endocrine disruption from...

      Weeds

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have held discussions with the relevant local authorities and other associations over their role in containing the spread of ragwort on land under...

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