Written answers

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

  • Prime Minister

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Prime Minister how many staff work on the Downing Street switchboard, broken down by Civil Service grade.

    • Stress

      To ask the Prime Minister what arrangements his Office has in place to assist officials to overcome the effects of stress experienced in the workplace.

      Wouter Basson

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will direct the relevant authorities to investigate the claim made by Wouter Basson during his trial in South Africa in July 2000 that an illicit weapons cache,...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Borders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether funding is provided by his Department to counties in the Republic of Ireland which border Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

    • Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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 Temporary Employment

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

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of (a) people in young offender centres in and (b) the population of Northern Ireland are (i) male, (ii) female, (iii) of each...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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 Public Participation

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

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many vacant posts in his Department were advertised in each of the last three years; and at what cost.

      Plain English

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

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • EC Countries: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure that other European Union states share responsibility for providing asylum to those from...

    • Falkland Islands: Argentina

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his most recent assessment is of the state of relations between the Falkland Islands and Argentina.

      Iraq: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 15 September 2008, Official Report, column 2186W, on Iraq: asylum, how many of the 422 applications...

      Iraq: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 15 September 2008, Official Report, column 2186W, on Iraq: asylum, of those applications (a)...

      Israel: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he received of terrorist attacks in the State of Israel since July 2008; what discussions he has had with the...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department, (c) officials in his Department, (d) the British Ambassador to...

      Sri Lanka: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reasons Colonel Karuna was released from UK custody; what assessment he has made of Colonel Karuna's status as a member...

      Sri Lanka: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on Sri Lanka's candidacy for a seat on the UN Human Rights Council; and if he will make a statement.

      Sri Lanka: Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to promote freedom of movement for displaced people in the Vanni region of Sri Lanka.

      Sri Lanka: Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Sri Lankan authorities on recent events in the Vanni region of Sri Lanka; and if he will...

      Sri Lanka: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Sri Lankan Government over their responsibility to (a) ensure that security forces...

      Sri Lanka: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the recent statement by the International Committee of the Red Cross on the misrepresentation of...

      Sudan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of progress in implementing a consultation process with the population of the Nuba Mountains as...

      UN Convention on Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reservations have been sought by the Government on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against...

  • Olympics

    • Olympic Games 2012: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics if she will provide a breakdown by main budget heading of the (a) £66 million contribution to paralympic costs and (b) £32 million allocated to...

  • Women and Equality

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what IT projects the Government Equalities Office is undertaking; and what the most recent estimate of (a) the cost and (b) the completion date of each is.

    • Departmental Official Visits

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how much was spent on overnight accommodation by civil servants within the Government Equalities Office since its creation.

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many citizens' juries the Government Equalities Office has held since 1 July 2007; what the cost was of each; what issues were discussed at each...

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many security passes have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen by staff in the Government Equalities Office since its creation.

      Departmental Trade Unions

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many civil servants in the Government Equalities Office were seconded to work for (a) trades unions and (b) the Trades Union Congress in each year...

      Domestic Violence: Sentencing

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many successful prosecutions for domestic violence against women have resulted in a prison sentence for the perpetrator in the last five years.

      National Equalities Panel

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what estimate she has made of the cost of (a) establishing the National Equalities Panel, (b) running the panel in its first year and (c) the salary...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Intimidation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many calls have been logged on the armed forces anti-bullying confidential support line in the last 12 months; what procedures are in place to ensure...

    • Armed Forces: Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many days lost were recorded for service personnel in respect of (a) rest and recuperation, (b) post-operational tour and (c) annual leave in each...

      Armed Forces: Termination of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel leaving the armed forces in each year since 2001 had completed (a) under five years service, (b) between five and 22 years...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many instructors have enrolled in and completed training at the Staff Leadership School at Pirbright; how many and what proportion of instructors...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps have been taken by the Army to establish and maintain central records of written policy changes within the training estate.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many recruits enrolled in the Army Junior Entry Phase 1 training at (a) Army Foundation College Harrogate, (b) Army Training Regiment Winchester...

      Armed Forces: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) 16-year-olds and (b) 17-year-olds were recruited into each of the armed services in (i) 2002 and (ii) 2007; and how many recruits aged...

      Army: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures are in place to monitor delays in Phase 2 training in the army; how many individuals were subject to delays in (a) 2005 and (b) 2007;...

      Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has for a new defence review.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the proposed Directive (a) COM(2007) 0766 on public procurement in the fields of defence and security and (b) COM(2007) 0765 on...

      Departmental Consultations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what public consultations his Department has undertaken in the last month.

      Departmental Recruitment

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

      Hercules Aircraft: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what advice Ministers had received prior to 2005 on fitting of foam suppressant on the Hercules wing-tanks.

      Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of training exercises have been cancelled in 2008; and for what reason each exercise was cancelled.

      Persian Gulf: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many seaborne incidents in the Persian Gulf involving coalition forces and (a) armed gangs and (b) the Iranian navy have been recorded since...

      Submarines: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress his Department has made in the development of plans for the dismantling and storage of submarines at Plymouth and Rosyth.

  • Home Department

    • Airports: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department takes to check members of foreign aircrew landing in the UK for (a) immigration status and (b) criminal offences.

    • Antisocial Behaviour: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will visit the Croxteth and Norris Green districts of Liverpool in the near future to discuss anti social behaviour with the police...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the rate of absconding was of (a) single men, (b) single women, (c) families and (d) unaccompanied child asylum seekers who were not...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information her Department provides to the authorities in the country of origin of an asylum seeker without documents as part of the...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to determine the asylum application of Phindintombi Ndlovu, Ref No N1062839.

      Asylum: Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consideration was given to arranging for independent interpreters to be present during all interviews that took place in March and April...

      Asylum: Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Sudanese asylum seekers were deported following re-documentation interviews in March and April 2007 were from Darfur.

      Asylum: Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps were taken in response to the complaint made by a Darfuri asylum seeker against a Sudanese official as part of the...

      Asylum: Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what grounds may a work permit be refused to an asylum seeker who has been awaiting a decision upon an asylum application for more than a year.

      Border and Immigration Agency: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the parliamentary business unit of the Immigration and Nationality Department plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for...

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she takes to track the identities of individuals (a) entering and (b) leaving the UK.

      British Nationality: Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the Government's policy is on the grant of UK citizenship to Gurkhas who have served in the armed forces.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether any officials in (a) her Department and (b) its agencies were disciplined or dismissed for (i) breaches of data protection...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department spent on advertising in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Pensions

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

      Departmental Temporary Employment

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

      Drugs: Seizures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many seizures of illicit drugs there were at (a) Heathrow Airport, (b) Gatwick Airport, (c) Stansted Airport, (d) the Port of Dover...

      Entry Clearances: Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) Palestinians and (b) Israelis have been refused entry into the UK because of their links to violence, terrorism or other armed...

      Identity Cards: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals have (a) been interviewed for the national identity card scheme and (b) received a biometric residence permit.

      Illegal Immigrants: Police Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of those arrested were identified as illegal immigrants in each of the last five years; and how many of these were (a) detained in...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures are in place to deal with people who make false declarations of their country of residence on immigration cards at the UK border.

      Immigration: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment her Department has made of the likely effects of climate change on numbers of (a) immigrants and (b) asylum seekers...

      Immigration: Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people whose home addresses are in illegal Israeli settlements entered the UK in the last 12 months.

      Plain English

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many documents produced by her Department were submitted to the Plain English Campaign for approval for Crystal Mark status in each year...

      Plain English

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many documents produced by her Department were submitted to the Plain English Campaign for approval for Crystal Mark status in each year...

      Police Authorities: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the financial exposure of each police authority to the Icelandic banking crisis is, expressed in cash terms.

      Police: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 were made to each police authority about an individual's profile...

      Police: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in (a) Hyndburn constituency and (b) the Lancashire Constabulary area in (i) 1997 and (ii) the latest...

      Police: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the annual change in the cost to the public purse of the 2006 changes to the national police pension scheme;...

      Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to set a limit for UK population size; and if she will make a statement.

      Travel Requirements: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what forecasts her Department has made of levels of fee income from (a) British and (b) foreign nationals for passport, visa and other...

      Travel Requirements: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department received in passport, visa and other immigration-related fees from (a) British and (b) foreign nationals in (i) the...

      UK Border Agency: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department spent on commissioning a new (a) logo and (b) brand for the UK Border Agency.

      UK Border Agency: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of invoices (a) the UK Border Agency and its predecessor organisations and (b) the Identity and Passport Service paid (i)...

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport under what provisions passengers using domestic flights are required to show a passport.

    • Aviation: Royal Family

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Canterbury of 3 July 2008, Official Report, column 1020W, on aviation: the Royal Family, if he will...

      Bridges: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much his Department and its agencies have spent on bridge maintenance since 2000; (2) how much his Department and its agencies have spent on...

      Bus Lanes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of new bus lanes were created in each of the last 11 years, broken down by region.

      Bus Services: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on the provision of bus passes for people aged over 60 years with no fixed abode; and if he will make a statement.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average level of carbon dioxide emissions in grammes-per-kilometre was for (a) new and (b) all cars in (i) the UK and (ii) each other EU...

      Departmental ICT

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

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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 Marketing

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

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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...

      Departmental Pensions

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

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the Answer of 1 September 2008, Official Report, columns 1408-9W, on departmental postal services, how much (a) his Department, (b) the...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 16 October 2008, Official Report, column 1372W, on departmental staff, how many individuals in the rail network strategy...

      Departmental Training

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

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency spent on external information technology consultants in each of the last five financial years; and if...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people hold a UK driving licence.

      East Coast Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made on the production of Network Rail's capacity analysis of the East Coast Main Line; and when it will be completed.

      Fuels: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 15 October 2008, Official Report, column 46WS, on the Post-Gallagher update, what assessment he has...

      Fuels: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will discuss with ministerial colleagues at HM Treasury a fuel tax derogation for rural areas.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on whether a third runway should be built at Heathrow Airport.

      Lorries: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will consider requiring foreign hauliers entering the UK to have the same level of fuel when leaving the UK as when entering.

      Lorries: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will consider bringing forward proposals to limit the number of hours per week that foreign hauliers may spend on UK roads.

      Motorways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of new (a) motorway and (b) motorway widening were completed in each of the last 10 years.

      Parking: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will encourage local authorities to allow blue badge holders to park free of charge in (a) residents' parking bays and (b) parking bays; and if...

      Public Transport: Visually Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the number of visually impaired people injured whilst using public transport in the last 10 years.

      Public Transport: Visually Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) blind and (b) partially sighted people had a free bus pass (i) in each year since 1997 and (ii) at the latest date for which information...

      Rail Network: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he plans to take to reduce overcrowding on the rail network; and if he will make a statement.

      Rail Network: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he plans to take to reduce overcrowding on the rail network; and if he will make a statement.

      Railway Network: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department plans to extend the electrification of the rail network west of London.

      Railways: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will introduce a national discount railcard linked to the proposed standardisation of rail ticket tariffs; and if he will make a statement.

      River Mersey: Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what estimate he has made of the combined number of vehicle journeys per year likely to be made across the new Mersey Gateway Bridge and the...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent from the public purse per head on roads in (a) rural and (b) urban areas in 2007-08.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many drivers under the age of 25 years were involved in road collisions in each region of England and Wales in (a) each of the last 10 years...

      Roads: Southend

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what discussions he has had with Southend-on-Sea borough council on the proposed highway improvement at Priory Crescent and the A127 junction;...

      Transport: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the adequacy of supply of engineering and other skills required to implement his Department's transport strategy; and if...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the Government have spent on research on the potential for biofuel use overseas in the last 12 months.

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Maidenhead of 1 July 2008, Official Report, columns 770-74W, if he will...

      Carbon Emissions: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage contribution to a reduction in UK carbon emissions on 1990 levels, as defined by the Climate Change Bill, are...

      Inland Waterways: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the further review of the Environment Agency's plans for lock-keepers' cottages along the Thames will be published;...

      River Lymington: Ferries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 13 October 2008, Official Report, column 938W, on River Lymington: ferries, what the role of the...

  • Justice

    • Anti-corruption Champion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make a statement on his role as anti-corruption champion.

    • Courts System: Pay Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the system of regional pay within the courts system; and if he will make a statement.

      Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the performance of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority against its objectives.

      Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the performance of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority against its objectives.

      Citizenship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on how to expand initiatives on, and awareness of, citizenship among people between the ages of...

      Courts Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he next expects to meet senior members of the judiciary to discuss the budget for HM Courts Service.

      Courts Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the (a) court time expended and (b) cost to the Courts Service of cases of television licence fee evasion.

      Courts Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he next expects to meet senior members of the judiciary to discuss the budget for HM Courts Service; and if he will make a statement.

      Courts Service: Northamptonshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what representations he has received on staffing levels in the Northamptonshire courts service and the implications of such levels for the effectiveness...

      Prison Officers: Assaults

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department is taking to reduce the incidence of attacks on prison officers by inmates.

      Political Party Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will take steps to regulate political party funding via British subsidiaries of foreign-owned companies.

      Titan Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress has been made on the Government's plans to build titan prisons.

      Radicalisation: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps are being taken to combat radicalisation in prisons.

      Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the capacity of young offender institutions in England and Wales.

      Prisons: Telephones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will conduct a review of the cost to prisoners of telephone calls from prisons.

      Commonhold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects to publish a consultation document on commonhold tenure; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on external IT consultants in the last 12 months.

      Domestic Violence: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps the Government have taken to support victims of domestic violence during the judicial process.

      Driving Offences: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were (a) cautioned and (b) fined for speeding in Hampshire in each of the last five years.

      Electoral Register: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what procedures are in place to prevent second home owners voting in more than one constituency at general elections.

      Mentally Disturbed Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his Department's policy is on meeting the needs of convicted prisoners with psychiatric disorders.

      Mentally Disturbed Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the facilities available to convicted prisoners with severe psychiatric disorders; and if he will make a statement.

      Mentally Disturbed Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent discussions he has had with the Chief Inspector of Prisons on the provision of treatment in prisons for prisoners with severe psychiatric...

      Mentally Ill Staff

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

      Offenders: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of released prisoners found (a) full-time employment and (b) placements in work-based training programmes within six...

      Polling Stations: CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department has issued guidance on the placing of CCTV cameras near polling stations.

      Prison Officers: Vaccinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison officers in England and Wales who are at occupational risk have been required to pay for vaccination against chronic hepatitis B since...

      Prisons: North-West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which local authorities in the North-West have expressed an interest in a titan prison being established in their area.

      Reparation by Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his policy on restorative justice and its future funding is; and if he will make a statement.

      Standford Hill Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps are being taken in response to prisoners' views about methods of pain relief in Standford Hill Prison as outlined in the measuring the quality...

      Taxis: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) arrests, (b) prosecutions and (c) convictions there have been for offences relating to drivers operating taxi services without a licence...

      Will Owen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether all the official documents relating to Will Owen, former hon. Member for the former constituency of Morpeth, have been placed in the public...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people he estimates are (a) eligible for and (b) in receipt of council tax benefit in each region.

    • Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much council tax benefit was paid in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08 in (i) England and (ii) Wales; and how much is expected to be paid in...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what guidance his Department has issued on the criteria for remitting payment of housing benefit directly to landlords providing...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what monitoring his Department is undertaking of the proportion of housing benefit paid directly to landlords because of the vulnerability of...

      Income Support: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 20 October 2008, Official Report, columns 145-46W, on income support: lone parents, if he will place in the Library...

      Income Support: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 20 October 2008, Official Report, columns 145-46W, on income support: lone parents, how many and what proportion of...

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the highest weekly payment of local housing allowance is that has been paid since its introduction; and in which broad market rental areas...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the average credit pension credit recipients will receive in each of the next three years.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people applied for pension credit in each month since January 2006.

      Pensioners: Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average income of households in Bexley is where all occupants are of pensionable age.

      Pensioners: Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures are in place to ensure that pensioners in receipt of a state pension and SERPS are not disadvantaged compared to those entitled...

      Pensions: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effects of the banking crisis on the value of pension funds and their ability to make payments as they fall...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to assist (a) workless households with children under five years of age and (b) families in relative...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many and what proportion of three-to five-year olds were living in relative poverty in Leeds West constituency in each year since...

      Retirement: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people who wish to work beyond retirement age in (a) Leeds West constituency, (b) the Leeds City...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many callers were unable to speak to an operator about a Social Fund application in (a) the last quarter and (b) the last year for which...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the reasons why applications for Social Fund (a) community care grants decreased by 9.2 per cent. and (b)...

      State Retirement Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals received the state pension in each of the last five years.

      State Retirement Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases of pensioners potentially entitled to lump sum payments of backdated retirement pension through payment of Class 3 National...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department plans to extend the right of women to buy retrospective national insurance contributions in order to qualify for a state...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many winter fuel payments have been made to pensioner households in each of the last five years.

      Winter Fuel Payments: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much he expects to pay to pensioner households in York in winter fuel payments in 2008-09; (2) what estimate he has made of the...

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many work permits have been issued in 2008 for shortage occupations.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Advertising Standards Agency: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 15 October 2008, Official Report, column 1296W, on the Advertising Standards Authority: public appointments,...

    • Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made in improving the digital signal for terrestrial television in the UK; and what further steps are planned.

      Digital Broadcasting: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department plans to take to improve the digital signal for terrestrial television in the North East.

      Digital Switchover Help Scheme: Borders Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 15 September 2008, Official Report, column 2020W, on the Digital Switchover Help Scheme: Borders Regions, how...

      Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent steps the Government has taken to modernise public libraries.

      Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent steps the Government has taken to increase use of public libraries.

      Sport England: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 14 October 2008, Official Report, column 1206W, on Sport England: public appointments, how much he expects...

      Sports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations he has had from UK sporting organisations on the adoption of a wider list of sports eligible for elite funding.

      Sports: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding his Department provided for elite athletes with a learning disability in each year between 1997 and 2001.

      Swimming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of funding for the Government's free swimming initiative has been allocated to improving access to swimming lessons.

      Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate his Department has made of the number of households which are unable to receive all five terrestrial television channels...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many households have a free television licence.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many households have a television licence.

      Veredus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been paid to Veredus in each of the last five years; and how much has been spent in respect of recruitment to the position...

      Wines

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

  • Treasury

    • Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with HM Revenue and Customs about support for taxpayers who have savings in a bank which has required payments from the...

    • Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which companies have been appointed to assist his Department in the preparation of his plans for financial support to the banking industry.

      Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what representations he has received from the government of Iceland on the use of anti-terrorist legislation to seize Icelandic bank assets; (2) what...

      Bank Services: Iceland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether all UK charities who had deposits with Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander Bank will have those deposits fully protected by the Government.

      Bank Services: Low Incomes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to ensure that banks support low income households in accessing financial services during the current financial situation.

      Banking Services: Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment the Government has made of the likely effect on small businesses of the collapse of Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander Limited.

      Banking Supervision

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer from which budgets capital was made available to (a) support and (b) invest in banks; what considerations were given to presenting a Bill to put the...

      Banking Supervision

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely extent of nationalisation of the British banking system which will be necessary.

      Banks: Iceland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what protection there is under UK banking regulations for the savings of UK citizens deposited in Icelandic banks trading in the UK; and if he will make a...

      Banks: Iceland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of the current economic situation in Iceland on (a) UK-owned banks and (b) banks located in the United Kingdom.

      Banks: Iceland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the Seventeenth Report of the Treasury Committee on Banking Reform, HC 1008, what subjects were discussed during the regular contact...

      Banks: Insolvency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects on financial institutions of the tighter insolvency regime introduced by the Financial Services Authority in...

      Bradford and Bingley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Government's estimate is of the cost to the public purse of the nationalisation of Bradford and Bingley.

      Bradford and Bingley: Santander Group

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the terms of the agreement were with Santander Abbey over Bradford and Bingley, with particular reference to the balance between cash and other assets...

      Building Societies: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government has taken to ensure the interests of all building societies are taken into account in the Government's financial strategy during...

      Capital Investment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which capital projects he has identified to date as suitable to be fast-tracked during the current economic uncertainty.

      Commissioners for the Reduction of the National Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) date and (b) location was of the last meeting of the Commissioners for the Reduction of the National Debt.

      Corporation Tax: Tax Yields

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of corporation tax receipts, excluding North Sea revenues, in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10.

      Credit Rating

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will establish an inquiry into the competence of credit rating agencies.

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what sanctions are available in cases of departmental staff found to have committed disciplinary offences; and how many times each has been used in each of...

      Departmental Paper

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of paper used (a) for photocopying and (b) in printed publications by his Department was from recycled sources in each of the last two years.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he plans to take to ease the procedures for tendering and procurement between Government departments and (a) social enterprises and (b) small-...

      Departmental Secretarial Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department provides a separate diary secretary to (a) the Economic Secretary, (b) the Financial Secretary, (c) the Exchequer Secretary and...

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 each...

      EU External Trade: Israel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether European Commission officials have on any occasion launched investigations inside Israel to determine whether Israeli importers are correctly...

      EU External Trade: Israel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many requests for information have been raised with the Israeli customs authorities to establish whether consignments have been imported from Israel or...

      EU External Trade: Israel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many requests for information to the Israeli customs authorities under the 2005 technical arrangement regarding the origin of consignments from Israel...

      EU External Trade: Israel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many requests for information regarding consignments believed to have originated from Israeli settlements have been answered by Israeli customs...

      EU External Trade: Israel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to ensure Israeli customs authorities respond to all requests from HM Revenue and Customs made under the 2005 technical arrangement.

      EU External Trade: Israel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he has issued any fines to companies for falsely declaring goods are from Israel when they have originated from illegal Israeli settlements under the...

      EU External Trade: Israel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Israeli customs authorities have provided HM Revenue and Customs with a list of postcodes for Israeli settlements and the corresponding names...

      EU External Trade: Israel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will put in place procedures to record the import of products from illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory separately from...

      Financial Inclusion Team

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer to what publications his Department's Financial Inclusion Team contributed in each of the last 10 years.

      Financial Inclusion Team

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many officials were employed in his Department's Financial Inclusion Team (a) on a full-time equivalent basis and (b) on a headcount basis (i) in each...

      Government Securities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the value of (a) index linked and (b) conventional gilts planned to be auctioned by the Debt Management Office in each of the...

      Housing: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average capital value was of (a) a pre-1919 terraced house (modernised), (b) an inter-war semi-detached house (modernised), (c) a post-1960...

      Icesave

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with Nordic countries on their reciprocal financial compensation scheme and its application to the Icesave online bank.

      Imports: Israel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many consignments of Israeli goods entered the UK in each of the last three years.

      Imports: Israel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many targeted physical examinations have been carried out on goods coming into the UK from Israel in the last three years.

      Imports: Occupied Territories

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many consignments of goods entered the UK from the occupied Palestinian territory in each of the last three years.

      Inflation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what research his Department has undertaken recently into the effect of incomes restraint on inflation.

      Iraq Conflict: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Answer of 21 November 2007, Official Report, column 918W, on the Iraq conflict, if he will place in the Library a copy of the latest report...

      Landfill Tax: Tax Yields

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the gross revenue from landfill tax in each of the next three years.

      Mentally Ill Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information his Department has gathered on the effect of its policies and practices on the recruitment, development and retention of employees with...

      Mortgages: Repossession Orders

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will direct those banks which have received funds from the public purse not to repossess any property in cases where the mortgage holder is unable to...

      Non-domestic Rates: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the Valuation Office Agency's non-domestic rating guidance, RAT IA, as amended to include advice on the smoking ban.

      Non-domestic Rates: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what methodology will be used to calculate the rateable value of (a) micro wind turbines and (b) solar or photovoltaic cells, for the 2010 rates...

      North Sea Oil

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of North Sea revenues in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10.

      Northern Rock: Mortgages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many mortgage repossessions Northern Rock has initiated in each month since it was taken into public ownership.

      Overseas Companies: Israel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether HM Revenue and Customs maintain a list of companies operating in illegal Israeli settlements.

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what fiscal measures he and his predecessor introduced in each year since 1997 with the aim of reducing childhood poverty.

      Public Works Loan Board

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the value of loans to be made by the Public Works Loan Board in each of the next 12 months.

      Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the European Union to change the mark or marking to market rules.

      Revenue and Customs: North West

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) plans to spend on (a) maintenance and (b) upgrading of its offices at (i) St. Helens and (ii) Blackburn in each of...

      Seafarers' Earnings Deduction

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to issue revised guidance on eligibility to claim the seafarers' earnings deduction.

      Swimming

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions his Department had with (a) local authorities, (b) the Local Government Association and (c) the Chief Cultural and Leisure Officers'...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons his Department sends a standard tax credits renewal pack to the next-of-kin of deceased tax credit claimants.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were in receipt of tax credits at the end of each of the last 10 fiscal years.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints related to tax credits his Department has received from customers in (a) Hertfordshire and (b) Hemel Hempstead in each year since...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much, on average, his Department clawed back per case of tax credit overpayment in each (a) month of 2008-09 and (b) of the last five financial...

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of patients required emergency readmissions within 28 days of emergency admission to hospital in each of the last five years.

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on advertising his Department's alcohol strategy through (a) television, (b) radio and (c) print media.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department took to ensure neutrality in the wording of questions issued to the public in relation to his Department's recent consultation...

      Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government has introduced to alleviate the condition of those with Alzheimer's disease.

      Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in (a) the UK, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley district and (d) Middlesbrough South and...

      Ambulance Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many part-time employees work in NHS ambulance service trusts; and what percentage of all employees of these trusts this figure represents.

      Asthma: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will add asthma to the list of conditions for which patients should receive free prescriptions; and if he will make a statement.

      Blood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans the Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs has to undertake bacterial infection in blood trials as part of their...

      Breast Cancer: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when information on incidence and mortality will be collected for people with breast cancer from black, Asian and other minority ethnic backgrounds;...

      Breasts: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many breast care nurses are working in the NHS.

      Breasts: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many breast cancer patients have no access to a breast care nurse.

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) current and (b) capital spending took place per capita in relation to cancer treatment and services for (i) England and (ii) each primary care...

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cancer networks have been established with NHS support; where each such network is based; and what the size of population covered by each network is.

      Cancer: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the Government's policy is on the use of Cyberknife robotic radio surgery for cancer patients.

      Care Homes: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what data his Department hold on rates of healthcare-associated infections in care homes.

      Care Homes: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nursing homes have been inspected in (a) South Tyneside, (b) Tyne and Wear and (c) England in each year since 2000.

      Care Homes: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nursing homes inspected by the Commission for Social Care Inspection in (a) South Tyneside, (b) Tyne and Wear and (c) England received a (i) 0...

      Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines are in place in the NHS for offering (a) home births and (b) natural births to expectant mothers.

      Community Care: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many older people were supported to live at home per 1,000 people in the year to 31 March 2008.

      Community Care: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people over the age of 65 years were supported to live at home in (a) England and (b) each strategic health authority area in each of the last...

      Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many detained mental health patients were absent without leave in each of the last five years.

      Dental Services: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the number of NHS dental practices in England that make use of the internet in providing care.

      Dental Services: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of dental patients were treated (a) by the NHS and (b) privately in (i) England and (ii) each primary care trust within the South West...

      Dispensing Appliance Contractors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dispensing appliance contractors have been prosecuted for fraudulent use of dispensing licences in the last five years; and how many of those...

      Dispensing Appliance Contractors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many dispensing appliance contractors dispense appliances above the level of the infrastructure payment cap of 50,000 proposed by his...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average duration was of methadone treatment programmes in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Health Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many representations his Department has received from general practitioners requesting a further consultation in respect of proposals to establish...

      Health Professions: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people with medical qualifications later discovered to be fake have been employed in a clinical capacity by the NHS since 2000; and if he will...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost of introducing single rooms for all NHS patients.

      Hospitals: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to publish his Department's report on the effectiveness of its deep cleaning exercise conducted in 2007-08.

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing personal antimicrobial products for hospital patients as a means of combating...

      Incontinence: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will increase the additional dispensing fee under Part IX of the Drug Tariff for single line items; and if he will make a statement; (2) how...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department plans to spend in the current financial year on (a) radio advertising to encourage the public to have an influenza vaccination...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) consultant-led and (b) midwife-led maternity units there were in England in each year since 1997 for which figures are available.

      Maternity Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many maternity care assistants there were in England in each of the last five financial years for which figures are available, broken down by NHS trust.

      Midwives: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration he has given to providing support for participants who commenced re-training under the Return to Practice Programme for midwives in the...

      Midwives: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwives were employed in the NHS in (a) Bolton and (b) England in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Midwives: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many community midwives were employed in each strategic health authority region in (a) 1997, (b) 2002 and (c) 2007.

      Midwives: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS midwives have received redundancy notices in (a) Peterborough, (b) Cambridge and (c) England in the last two years.

      Multiple Sclerosis: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he made of the effectiveness of the risk sharing scheme for the provision of multiple sclerosis disease modifying drugs; what value for...

      NHS: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were employed in the National Health Service in 2007, expressed on (a) headcount and (b) full-time equivalent basis.

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was paid (a) by (i) employees and (ii) employers into and (b) to those receiving pensions payments from the National Health Service Pension...

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many part-time employees of NHS ambulance service trusts and their predecessors who were excluded from the NHS pension scheme before 1999 were...

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements are in place for part-time NHS employees to buy back foregone pension contributions; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what pension entitlements are provided to (a) full-time and (b) part-time employees of NHS ambulance service trusts.

      NHS: Wards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether (a) his Department's officials and (b) NHS officials have been instructed to review the cost to the public purse of providing more single rooms...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 16 October 2008, Official Report, column 1466W, on nurses, (1) when his Department last issued guidance on the modern matrons...

      Osteoporosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to improve the performance of healthcare professionals in the early diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis.

      Perinatal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of stillbirths.

      Pregnant Women: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when and for what reason the decision was taken to withdraw diethylstilboestrol as a treatment for pregnant women; (2) what research conducted...

      Sepsis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of sepsis were recorded in England in each year since 2005.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 16 October 2008, Official Report, column 1468W, on social services, what assessment he has made of the likely financial...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 21 October 2008, Official Report, column 321W, on social services, how the personal expenses allowance is calculated; and what...

      Social Workers: Manpower

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

      Trauma: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 16 October 2008, Official Report, column 1469W, on trauma: children, what proportion of (a) psychological trauma cases and...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress has been made on the commitments undertaken at the meetings of the Major Economies Process on Energy Security and Climate...

    • Energy Bill 2007-08

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what representations he has received on the powers of entry provisions in the Energy Bill relating to carbon dioxide inspectors.

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) former miners and (b) former miners' families in Scotland have received compensation payments from the Coal Miners'...

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many miners' compensation claims remain unsettled in Scotland, broken down by constituency.

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the availability of UK labour to build the next generation of nuclear power stations.

  • International Development

    • Departmental Recruitment

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

      Sri Lanka: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the number of people in the north of Sri Lanka who do not have access to healthcare and water as a result...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of Government-commissioned advertising in the last 12 months relating to matters falling...

    • Departmental Mass Media

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the cost of media monitoring for (a) the Prime Minister, (b) the No 10 Downing Street office and (c) the Cabinet Office was in each of the...

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many departmental identity cards or passes have been reported lost or stolen by staff of (a) the Cabinet Office and (b) the Central Office of...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much the Prime Minister's Office spent on external training courses for staff in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007 and (d) 2008; and which...

      Foreign Workers: Greater London

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many non-UK nationals worked in London in each of the last 10 years.

      Media Monitoring Unit: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many full-time equivalent employees are employed to work in the Cabinet Office's Media Monitoring Unit.

      Mentally Ill Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what information his Department has gathered on the effect of its policies and practices on the recruitment, development and retention of employees...

      Stress

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what arrangements his Department has in place to assist officials to overcome the effects of stress experienced in the workplace.

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Prices

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the effect on local licensed premises of sales of low-cost alcohol in...

    • Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many civil servants working in his Department and its agencies have pensions with a cash equivalent...

      Energy Supply: Natural Gas

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many days' supply of gas the UK has storage capacity for; and what proposals his Department has to...

      Fireworks: Safety

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent discussions he has had with firework manufacturers on safety.

      Havering

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many employees of his Department work in the London Borough of Havering.

      National Grid: Standards

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 15 September 2008, Official Report, column 2128W, on the National Grid:...

      Overseas Trade

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent discussions have taken place between his Department and non-EU European countries to encourage...

      Post Offices: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when a decision on the future of the Conniburrow and Fishermead post office branches in Milton Keynes will...

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent steps the Government has taken to promote business relations between the Kingdom of Saudi...

      Small Firms' Loan Guarantee

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) how much money has been guaranteed by the Government under the Small Firms' Loan Guarantee in each...

      Street Trading

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) if he will publish the interim report of the Street Trading and Pedlar Review commissioned by his...

      Supermarkets: Complaints

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much the Office of Fair Trading has spent on investigating complaints under the supermarket code of...

      Trade: Iceland

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the value of UK (a) imports to and (b) exports from Iceland were on the latest date for which...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many wind turbines there are in the UK.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what procedures are in place to ensure that generation from fossil fuel power stations is regulated to...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what information his Department holds on whether (a) the output of fossil fuel power stations may be...

      Wind Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what (a) planning applications to local authorities and (b) pre-application enquiries to the Ministry of Defence for...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Aerials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many mobile telephone masts were constructed in each year since 1997.

    • Arc Manche

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether representatives of (a) her Department and its predecessors and (b) the Government Office for the South East have...

      Audit Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government who the Audit Commission's appointed auditors are.

      Council Housing: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authority-owned dwellings underwent improvements to their (a) central heating and (b) insulation in each year...

      Council Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what date each local authority is expected to meet the decent homes standard.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the implications of the recent Court of Appeal ruling on increased traffic and council tax bands...

      Demolition: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 20 May 2008, Official Report, column 262W, on demolition:...

      Departmental Non-Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 21 October 2008, Official Report, columns 227-28W, on departmental non-departmental public bodies, if...

      Departmental Recruitment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which recruitment agencies (a) her Department and (b) its agencies have used in the last three years; and how much was paid to...

      Departmental Recruitment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which companies were used by her Department for providing temporary staff in each of the last five years; and what the value of...

      Design for Manufacture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the location and address of each site in the Design for Manufacture competition is; and which sites have completed their...

      Eco-Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what support her Department provided to Shelter for the production of the document on the proposed eco-town at Long Marston,...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 1 September 2008, Official Report, columns 1421-22W, on empty property, if she will place in the...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what powers local authorities have to take action against empty non-domestic dwellings which harm the amenity of the local...

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether an impact assessment was undertaken in relation to the decision to allow energy performance certificates for the sale of...

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) from what date energy performance certificates are required for a residential property sale; and at what stage in a sale;...

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment has been made of the reliability and accuracy of energy performance certificates for domestic dwellings.

      Environmental Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what requirements there will be on local planning authorities to produce environmental impact assessments; and to what types of...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether regional firecontrol room limited companies are public authorities for the purposes of freedom of information legislation.

      Fire Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many firefighters there were per 100,000 residents in each fire and rescue authority in England in each year since 1997.

      First Time Buyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been allocated to assist first-time buyers with property purchases in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11 and...

      Gigateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reason her Department has decided to cease funding for the Gigateway; and whether she plans to reassess the spatial...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 8 May 2008, Official Report, columns 37-39WS, on home information packs, what...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield of 15 September 2008, Official Report, column 2085W, on home...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information her Department (a) collected and (b) sampled arising from home information pack purchases.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable is for the introduction of property information questionnaires in home information packs.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the maximum period is for which a search report included in a home information pack is valid.

      Home Information Packs: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many individuals have been prosecuted for failure to comply with home information pack requirements.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what measures the Government plans to introduce to alleviate (a) homelessness and (b) youth homelessness.

      Homelessness: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people aged 18 to 21 years approached their local authority for accommodation on the basis that they were homeless in...

      Homelessness: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many free emergency beds are available solely to homeless youths at any one time in (a) the UK, (b) the North East, (c)...

      Homelessness: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department and its predecessors has spent on services for homeless youths in each of the last 10 years.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what issues the forthcoming Housing Green Paper will address; and what the timetable is for its publication.

      Housing and Communities Agency: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government who has been appointed to the Board of the Housing and Communities Agency; what criteria were used in making the appointments;...

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer of 1 September 2008, Official Report, column 1479W, on stamp duty land tax, who is responsible for...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment she has made of the implications of the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) budgeted expenditure and (b) outturn expenditure was for each HomeBuy scheme in each year since the schemes were...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent steps the Government has taken to increase the stock of affordable housing.

      Housing: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the Government plans to bring forward new standards for statutory housing over-crowding; and if she will make a statement.

      Housing: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent from the public purse per head on housing in (a) rural and (b) urban areas in 2007-08.

      Housing: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been allocated to (a) the Housing and Planning Delivery Group and (b) Growth Point funding for each of the next...

      Housing: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the criteria are for the allocation of housing and planning delivery grant.

      Housing: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she has considered the merits of implementing a scheme to narrow the gap between house prices and wages.

      Housing: Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether 2008-09 output targets for the latest round of housing market renewal pathfinders have now been agreed.

      Housing: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average length of time taken to complete urgent housing repairs by each local authority was in each of the last five years.

      Housing: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make a statement on the withdrawal of housing data in July 2008 due to inconsistencies; and what data were affected.

      Housing: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether new additional student accommodation in university towns counts towards the building targets in regional spatial strategies.

      Housing: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the differences are between a sustainability certificate and an energy performance certificate.

      Infrastructure Planning Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the Infrastructure Planning Commission is expected to be operational.

      Intelligent Addressing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 20 May 2008, Official Report, column 263W, on departmental consultants, for what purpose her...

      Local Authorities: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what powers local authorities have with regard to non-ringfenced grants made according to comprehensive performance assessments;...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what grants from her Department are available to local authorities in 2008-09.

      Local Government: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what inspections of local government take place under (a) the Charter Mark programme, (b) auspices of the Audit Commission and...

      Local Government: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the estimated annual effect on costs to the public purse is across (a) central Government, (b) the Audit Commission and...

      Modelling Transitional Rate Relief Options

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the research report, LGR 65/12/122, on Modelling Transitional Rate Relief Options.

      National Land Use Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to respond to the recommendations in the National Land Use Database scoping study commissioned by her Department.

      Non-domestic Rates: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the deadlines for small firms to submit applications to claim small business rate relief for the (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08...

      Ordnance Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what arrangements are in place for the payment of bonuses to officials of Ordnance Survey; and if she will make a statement.

      Place Shaping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's definition of place shaping is.

      Places Community

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the annual cost of her Department's Places Community.

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government under what circumstances a certificate of lawfulness is required in relation to a proposed development; and whether a developer...

      Planning Permission: Approved Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether planning authorities may take into account the potential effect on (a) crime and disorder and (b) fear of crime and...

      Planning: Building Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance she has given local planning authorities on determining applications to extend (a) domestic and (b) commercial...

      Planning: Hammersmith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what grounds her Department issued the Article 14 notice to stop Hammersmith and Fulham Council granting planning approval...

      PPS6

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she plans to (a) publish a draft version of PPS6 and (b) consult on its content.

      Property Searches: Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of changes in the level of local authority revenue from land searches in each of the last 12 months.

      Regeneration: Canvey Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 16 October 2008, Official Report, column 1411W, on regeneration: Canvey Island, what assessment she...

      Regional Development Agencies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's contribution to regional development agencies single budget in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11 will be.

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average number of planning enforcement officers in local authorities was in the latest period for which figures are...

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what obligations local planning authorities have to place maximum parking standards for (a) residential and (b)...

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which regional spatial strategies or regional planning guidance documents currently in effect have maximum parking standards in...

      Regional Planning and Development: Castle Point

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will instigate an inquiry into Castle Point Borough Council's (a) policies and procedures regarding planning enforcement...

      Regional Planning and Development: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 14 May 2008, Official Report, column 1638W, on regional planning and development: finance, which...

      Regional Spatial Strategy: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assumptions of average economic growth per annum to 2026 were made in the preparation of the draft Regional Spatial...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the total value of right to buy receipts has been in each month of the most recent two years for which figures are...

      Right to Buy Scheme: Discounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn, Hatfield of 10 September 2008, Official Report, columns 1996-98W, on the...

      Right to Buy Scheme: Discounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn, Hatfield of 10 September 2008, Official Report, columns 1996-98W, on the...

      Right to Buy Scheme: Discounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what each of the regional and local authority caps for right to buy discounts are.

      Shared Ownership Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people have taken part in Government programmes for (a) shared and (b) subsidised home ownership; and what the cost...

      Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she is taking to end rough sleeping (a) nationally and (b) in London; and if she will make a statement.

      Social HomeBuy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn, Hatfield of 15 September 2008, Official Report, column 2086W, on housing:...

      Travelling People: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a full copy of the recent Planning Inspectorate ruling in relation to the retrospective...

      Travelling People: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's policy is on small groups of local authorities working together to produce a joint strategy to make...

      Travelling People: Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the period of time is that the Valuation Office Agency uses to determine whether a traveller caravan is too transient for...

      Urban Areas: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effect of prices for town centre parking on town centre regeneration and town centre economies.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Attorney-General: Trade Unions

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many civil servants in the Attorney-General's Office were seconded to work for (a) trade unions and (b) the Trades Union Congress in each year since 2003.

    • CPS Direct

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the target response time is for answering calls to CPS Direct; what the average response time was for calls in each of the last five years; and how many calls...

      CPS Direct

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the annual running costs of CPS Direct are; how many staff CPS Direct employs, including duty prosecutors; and what the annual expenditure on staff was in each...

      CPS Direct

      To ask the Solicitor-General in how many Crown Prosecution Service areas Crown Prosecution Direct is fully operational.

      Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Solicitor-General in how many and what percentage of cases (a) a guilty plea was registered and (b) a conviction resulted in (i) Crown Courts and (ii) magistrates courts in each of...

      Crown Prosecution Service: Standards

      To ask the Solicitor-General what recent representations she has received on the performance of the Crown Prosecution Service; and if she will make a statement.

      Departmental Official Visits

      To ask the Solicitor-General how much was spent on overnight accommodation by Law Officers Departments officials in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Older Workers

      To ask the Solicitor-General 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 of new recruits.

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many security passes have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen by staff in (i) the Attorney-General's Office and (ii) the agency sponsored by the Office in...

      Fraud

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many cases of fraud exceeding £1 million the Fraud Prosecution Service has handled since September 2006.

      Fraud

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many cases have been referred to the Joint Vetting Committee since the Fraud Prosecution Service's formation in September 2006.

      Fraud

      To ask the Solicitor-General what assessment she has made of the likely effect of the expansion of the City of London's Economic Crime Department on the flow of cases to the Serious Fraud Office.

      Fraud

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the cost to the Serious Fraud Office was of reviewing 36 Fraud Prosecution Service case files for Her Majesty's Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate's Review...

      Law Officers' Department: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Solicitor-General which companies were used by the Law Officers' Departments for providing temporary staff in each of the last five years; and what the value of contracts with each...

      Law Officers' Department: Recruitment

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many civil servants in the Law Officers' Departments were recruited through the fast stream; and what the average salary of those officials is.

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what plans he has for the future use of lifelong learning networks; and if he will make a statement.

    • Adult Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the effects on participation rates on concessionary fees in adult education under the age...

      Aimhigher Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many staff are employed full-time on the Aimhigher programme.

      Departmental Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will place in the Library copies of (a) surveys taken among his Department's employees since its inception and (b)...

      GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the answer of 1 September 2008, Official Report, column 1504W, on GCSE A-Level, if he will place in the Library...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what plans the Government has to (a) simplify higher education funding and (b) increase the transparency of higher...

      Higher Education: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much quality- related funding has been awarded to each of the UK's universities since 2002.

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) which 50 (a) universities and (b) further education colleges had the highest number of non-European Union students...

      Scholarships: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much has been spent on each publicly funded international student scholarship programme for which he is responsible in...

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of the annual costs that would accrue to the public purse from the abolition of fees for students...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the annual cost to his Department was of the funding of (a) post graduate certificate in education courses and (b)...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what proportion of students on an initial teacher training course were eligible for a bursary in the most recent...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Academies: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether it is his policy that academies should recognise trades unions; and if he will make a statement.

    • Alderman Blaxhill School: Colchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 14 October 2008, Official Report, column 1104W, on the Alderman Blaxhill school, Colchester, if he will...

      Alderman Blaxhill School: Colchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families who instigated the visit on 12 September to Alderman Blaxill school, Colchester, by the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of...

      Alderman Blaxhill School: Colchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 14 October 2008, Official Report, column 1104W, on the Alderman Blaxill school, Colchester, on what...

      Children: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many unaccompanied asylum-seeking children who were suspected to be victims of human trafficking came to the UK in each year...

      Children: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what discussions Ministers in his Department have had with children's charities on (a) the needs of children with parents in...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what IT projects his Department is undertaking; and what the most recent estimate of (a) the cost and (b) the completion date of...

      Departmental Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families 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 Children, Schools and Families how many people aged over (a) 55 and (b) 60 years of age were recruited by his Department in 2007-08; and what percentage in...

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many civil servants working in his Department and its agencies have pensions with a cash-equivalent transfer value of over...

      Diplomas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many places will be available for each of the diplomas for 14-to 19-year-olds in 2009-10.

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of students resident in each local authority area achieved a score of 1,000 or more under the...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what research his Department has (a) commissioned, (b) evaluated and (c) undertaken on the influence of sixth forms in schools...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the Answer of 8 October 2007, Official Report, column 389W, what proportion of pupils aged 16 to 18 years in...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of students achieved five A* to C GCSEs including English and mathematics in each local education authority area...

      Gifted Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of schools have a gifted and talented register in (a) the primary sector and (b) the secondary sector.

      Mentally Ill Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what information his Department has gathered on the effect of its policies and practices on the recruitment, development and...

      Pre-school Education: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what qualifications his Department (a) approves and (b) recommends for people working in child care.

      Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of students (a) were eligible for free school meals, (b) had a statement of special educational needs and (c)...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his policy is on the use of support federations to turn around failing schools; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Demolition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many school buildings built before 1900 were demolished in each local authority area in each of the last five years.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether schools classified as National Challenge schools on the basis of 2007 GCSE results will continue to be classified as...

      Secondary Education: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what surveys his Department has conducted to estimate the proportion of the school student population in Peterborough which wishes...

      Specialised Diplomas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils have been entered for each available diploma, broken down by sex.

      Specialised Diplomas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils have been entered for diploma qualifications, broken down by local authority.

      Specialised Diplomas: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils studying for diplomas are eligible for free school meals.

      Specialised Diplomas: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to help rural schools collaborate in offering the diploma courses.

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what representations he has received on the difference in salary levels between further education lecturers and schoolteachers;...

      Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was paid (a) by (i) employees and (ii) employers into and (b) to those receiving pensions payments from the teachers'...

      Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the annual change in cost to the public purse of the 2006 changes to the teachers' pension scheme;...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many civil servants in his Department were seconded to work for (a) trades unions and (b) the Trades Union Congress in each...

      Young People: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people aged 16 to 24 years old not in education, employment or training there were in each year since 1997, broken down...

  • House of Lords

    • Ecuador: Yasuni Rainforest Reserve

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What support they intend to offer the Government of Ecuador in preserving the Yasuni rainforest reserve.

    • Energy: Emissions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the technology planned for reducing emissions from new coal-fired power stations is the same as that approved by the Environment Agency for use by plants...

      Flooding: Risk Maps

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the flood risk maps established by the Environment Agency take account of existing flood defences and assess the risk of flooding accordingly.

      Health: Continuing Care

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health, Mr Ivan Lewis, on 20 June (Official Report, House of Commons,...

      Health: Drug Tariff

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many Part IX items are dispensed by the largest dispensing appliance contractor annually; and how many Part IX items are dispensed by the largest theoretical...

      Housing: Black and Ethnic Minority Housing Associations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much of the social housing resources has been spent on consultants in connection with the Housing Corporation's induced merger of the black and ethnic...

      Immigration: New Asylum Model

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their assessment of the quality and consistency of decision-making in the new asylum model, in the light of (a) the UK Border Agency's new asylum model...

      Migrant Workers: Employment Qualifications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What documentation of their qualifications migrants from the European Union need before obtaining employment in the United Kingdom.

      Migrant Workers: Training Courses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether migrant workers from the European Union can participate in training courses in the United Kingdom to enhance their skills.

      Northern Ireland Office

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 29 September (WA 317), why the number of staff employed in the Northern Ireland Office has risen from 1,909 to...

      Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many applicants were interviewed at each of the passport personal interview offices from 31 July 2007 to 31 July 2008.

      Railways: Rolling Stock

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the impact of delays in approving orders on the availability of rolling stock.

      Railways: Rolling Stock

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How long they expect negotiations with TransPennine Express and National Express East Anglia over the provision of additional rolling stock to last.

      Railways: Rolling Stock

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the figure published in the Department for Transport's Rolling Stock Plan for additional vehicles required for TransPennine Express services is correct.

      Railways: South West Trains

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to conclude their discussions with South West Trains about additional vehicles.

      Revenue and Customs: Staff

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In respect of the revenue arm of HM Revenue and Customs, how many staff (a) are currently serving in each of the grade (or pay) levels; (b) in each of those levels...

      Sport: Participation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements are being put in place to meet the target of having 2 million more people participating in sport by 2012.

      Sport: Participation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they intend to meet any increased demand for more sports facilities derived from the target of having 2 million more people participating in sport by 2012,...

      Waste Management: Packaging Waste

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the remarks by Lord Rooker on 8 July (Official Report, House of Lords, col. GC 97—8) on the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste)...

      Waterways: Rivers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the system developed by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology to measure endocrine disruption from steroid oestrogens in rivers will be marketed overseas;...

      Welfare Services: Child Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to improve the level of public services available to vulnerable infants in need of child education welfare services, with a view to reducing...

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