Written answers

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

  • Scotland

    • Barnett Formula

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister on the operation of the Barnett formula; and if he will make a statement.

    • Defence Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on defence procurement in Scotland.

      Financial Services Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had on the future of the financial services sector in Scotland.

      Regional Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the future of Scotland's regional airports.

      Banking Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the banking industry in Scotland.

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent assessment he has made of the prospects for the Scottish economy.

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has held with ministerial colleagues on the condition of the economy in Scotland.

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many people in Scotland had their wages increased as a result of the recent rise in the national minimum wage.

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what issues relating to the devolution settlement he has considered since his appointment.

      Mentally Ill Staff

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

  • Prime Minister

    • Cabinet: Meetings

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what the cost was to the public purse of holding the meeting of the Cabinet in Birmingham on 8 September 2008; (2) how much was spent on police protection for the...

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental Training

      To ask the Leader of the House how much her Office spent on external training courses for departmental staff in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007 and (d) 2008; and which external organisations...

    • Departmental Training

      To ask the Leader of the House what personal training courses at public expense she has undertaken since her appointment.

      Plain English

      To ask the Leader of the House how much has been spent by her Office on Plain English Campaign training courses for its staff in each year since 2005.

      Plain English

      To ask the Leader of the House how many documents produced by her office were submitted to the Plain English Campaign for approval for crystal mark status in each year since 2005; and how many...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Official Visits

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

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Local Government: Elections

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, if he will place in the Library a full copy of the research that the Electoral Commission...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agricultural Products: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the (a) value and (b) volume of imports of (i) wheat, (ii) barley, (iii) fresh vegetables,...

    • Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how his Department's budget has changed following the movement of responsibilities to the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which IT projects sponsored by his Department have been abandoned prior to completion in each of the last five years; and how...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff from his Department will be redeployed to the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what agencies or units for which his Department is responsible require the public to make telephone calls to them on numbers...

      Floods: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with water companies on the method of charging voluntary organisations for their surface...

      Food: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on (a) crop yields and (b) food prices of proposed...

      Pesticides

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

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what date members of the Advisory Committee on Pesticides were first informed that the group of insecticides known as...

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will suspend immediately the use of neonicotinoid insecticides in order to protect honey bees.

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what special steps he has asked (a) the pesticides safety directorate (PSD) and (b) the advisory committee on pesticides...

      Single Payment Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost was of administering payments under the single payment scheme in each of the last three years, broken down by...

      Wildlife: Pets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government has taken to reduce illegal possession of exotic wildlife.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information is available to recruits to the armed services on the function of the service complaints commissioner and how to make complaints in...

    • Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 9 July 2008, Official Report, columns 1600-1W, on armed forces: health services, what the basis for charges for the use of...

      Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) telephones, (b) televisions and (c) computers with internet access are supplied for patient use at (i) the Royal Centre for Defence...

      Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average cost per patient was of the provision of (a) internet, (b) television and (c) telephone facilities at (i) the Royal Centre for...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many units of service family accommodation (a) in the UK and (b) overseas there are in each standard for condition grade; and what percentage of...

      Armed Forces: Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what priority is accorded to post and parcels in shipping goods for service members to theatres of operation.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the conclusions were of the evaluation in 2007 of the use and effectiveness of procedures for seeking confirmation of self-declared medical and...

      Armed Forces: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what procedures are in place in the armed forces to consider and act upon recommendations following Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigations;...

      AWE Sites: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the Atomic Weapons Establishment report on the effects of extreme weather events and flooding at its Burghfield and...

      Beryllium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what research his Department has (a) undertaken and (b) evaluated on the possible health effects of beryllium on humans.

      Departmental Art Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on maintaining its works of art in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the five most serious disciplinary breaches in his Department were in the last 12 months; and what steps were taken in response to each breach.

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

      Departmental Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British-built cars his Department (a) owns and (b) operates.

      Departmental Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the annual (a) staffing and (b) other office costs of the office of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and Minister for Veterans is.

      Departmental Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many officials from his Department have been seconded to work for private companies in the last five years, broken down by (a) grade, (b) salary...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 21 October 2008, Official Report, column 191W, on departmental sick leave, what management areas would need to be surveyed to...

      Ex-servicemen: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many ex-armed services personnel have received specialist advice at each of the six pilot schemes offering such advice in the community.

      Ex-servicemen: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the start up dates were of the six pilot schemes for specialised advice to armed forces veterans.

      Ex-servicemen: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the locations are of the six pilot schemes offering specialist advice to armed forces veterans.

      Mediterranean Region: Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what roles Royal Navy vessels were performing in the Mediterranean during (a) July, (b) August and (c) September 2008.

      Plain English

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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;...

      Turkey: Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which Royal Navy vessels were stationed in or around the coast of Turkey during the month of August 2008.

  • Transport

    • Access for All Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding he plans to allocate to the Access for All fund in each of the next three years.

    • Cars: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he plans to take to minimise the negative effects on the environment of cars in development, with specific reference to measures to promote...

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 22 October 2008, Official Report, column 417W, on departmental non-departmental public bodies, if he will provide the...

      Departmental Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff parking spaces are provided by his Department, broken down by location.

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 1 September 2008, Official Report, columns 1408-09W, on departmental post offices, how many items of mail were dealt with by...

      Departmental Public Participation

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

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of people driving illegally without a licence or insurance who are resident in (a) north-west Cambridgeshire...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received from the business community about a third runway at Heathrow in the last two years.

      Highways Agency: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total expenditure on consultants by the Highways Agency was in each year since its creation.

      M1: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his most recent estimate is of the date when the roadworks in Nottinghamshire on the M1 motorway north of junction 25 will be completed; and if he...

      Motor Vehicles: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many foreign-registered motor vehicles which had been in the UK for more than six months were registered and licensed in the United Kingdom in the...

      Motor Vehicles: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents were caused by drivers without (a) valid insurance and (b) a valid driving licence in each year since 1997.

      Motor Vehicles: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for how many vehicles a statutory off road notification was made in the third quarter of (a) 2008, (b) 2007, (c) 2006, (d) 2005 and (e) 2004.

      Motor Vehicles: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the terms of Commission directive 2008/89/EC, on the provision of daytime running lights on motor vehicles, permit (a) retailers before sale...

      Network Rail: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Office of the Rail Regulator has issued an improvement notice against Network Rail in the last month; and if he will make a statement.

      Railway Stations: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made on plans to use Access for All funding to make access improvements at Leominster railway station; and if he will make a...

      Railway Stations: Gatwick

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what decision he has made on the redevelopment of Gatwick railway station.

      Railway Stations: Gatwick

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has made to Network Rail on upgrading Gatwick railway station before 2012.

      Railway Stations: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many stations (a) were accredited to (b) unsuccessfully applied for accreditation to and (c) were lapsed from accreditation to the Secure...

      Railway Stations: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many stations, which were working towards accreditation, subsequently failed to receive accreditation within 18 months, in each year since the...

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many complaints his Department received from members of the public on matters which fall within the remit of the approved penalty fares scheme in...

      Railways: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if his Department will gather information on overcrowding levels on trains outside London and the south-east.

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many scheduled train services were cancelled in the six months from 1 April 2008, broken down by train operating company.

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many scheduled rail services were (a) delayed and (b) delayed more than 20 minutes in each of the first three quarters of 2008, broken down by...

      Rescue Services: Hope Cove

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will arrange for the meeting between the hon. Member for Totnes, the Hope Cove lifeboat crew and the Minister responsible for the Maritime and...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) fatalities, (b) serious injuries and (c) other outcomes there were in road accidents in (i) Cornwall and (ii) England in the months of...

      Roads: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to encourage local authorities to dim street lights during the early hours of the morning.

      Roads: Robin Cousins Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with (i) Bristol city council and (ii) the Highways Agency in relation to highways...

  • Justice

    • Administration of Justice: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has in place to ensure that all criminal justice IT systems are effectively co-ordinated once they are fully operational.

    • Approved Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what assessment he has made of the implications for public safety of the disclosure to the public of the identity and location of bail hostels; and...

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what powers coroners have to investigate deaths overseas.

      Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his objectives are as Government anti-corruption champion over the next 12 months.

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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...

      Electoral Commission: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps are being taken to (a) increase the effectiveness of the Electoral Commission as a regulator of electoral administration and (b) strengthen...

      Freedom of Information: Local Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what additional funding has been given to local authorities to assist them with processing the new burdens associated with the ongoing implementation of...

      Lancaster Farms Young Offender Institution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 16 October 2008, Official Report, column 1379W, on the Lancaster Farms Young Offender Institution, how many inmates of HM...

      Magistrates Courts: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effect of changes in the courts service budget for (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11 on the operation of...

      Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to ensure prisoners on sentences of imprisonment for public protection with mental health problems...

      Plain English

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

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he has taken to ensure that people sentenced to imprisonment for public protection and their families are given correct information about the...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what strategies have been developed in order to identify and combat radicalisation within the UK prison population.

      Re-offenders: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many persistent offenders there were in east Lancashire in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

      Repossession Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) repossession notices were served and (b) ejection orders were granted by the courts in each year since 1985.

      Sentencing: Mentally Ill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will provide guidance to sentencers on the appropriate use of sentences of imprisonment for public protection for offenders with mental health...

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to progress with a further review of alcohol labelling before the review of the first stage is complete; (2) what reviews there...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the timetable is for implementing his decisions following the consultation on the alcohol strategy.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what procedures will be followed to analyse responses to his Department's public consultation on the alcohol strategy; (2) when his Department's...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to ensure that the outcome of his Department's consultation on alcohol strategy (a) does not have a disproportionate effect...

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what benchmarking data his Department collects on the use of cancer treatments in comparable health economies; and what estimate his Department has made...

      Care Homes: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was paid in charges for (a) residential and (b) non-residential care, broken down by local authority area, in each of the last five financial...

      Care Homes: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) cases of healthcare-acquired infections and (b) deaths where the death certificate refers to a healthcare-acquired infection there were in...

      Cholesterol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration he gave to setting the quality and outcomes framework measure for cholesterol management in accordance with guidance issued by the...

      Chronically Sick: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to evaluate the (a) implementation and (b) outcomes of the national service framework for long-term medical conditions.

      Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women aged (a) 16 to 24, (b) 25 to 34, (c) 35 to 45 and (d) 46 or more years were taken off combined levonorgestrel and ethinyl estradiol...

      Dementia: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2008, Official Report, column 1348W, on dementia: drugs, if he will set out details of (a) the work programme and...

      Dementia: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much is being spent on Government commissioned and funded medical research on (a) Alzheimer's disease and (b) other forms of dementia in 2008-09.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made on the adequacy of the current level of access to NHS dentistry.

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in relation to what requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on (a) abortion, (b) contraception, (c) reproductive health...

      Departmental Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the value is of off-balance sheet private finance initiative projects that his Department proposes to enter on its balance sheet in the present...

      Doctors: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many non-UK registered doctors in further training in the NHS have been the subject of (a) disciplinary and (b) criminal proceedings for the...

      Doctors: Manpower

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

      General Practitioners: Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many responses (a) in total and (b) which deal with proposals for dispensing GPs he received to the pharmacy White Paper; (2) what recent...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many care episodes related to (a) health visiting, (b) community nursing, (c) district nursing, (d) community psychiatric nursing, (e) community...

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 1 September 2008, Official Report, column 1713-4W, on hospitals: infectious diseases, if he will take steps to provide more...

      Human Papilloma Virus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultation his Department undertook with (a) the public and (b) sexual health professionals before deciding to award the human papillomavirus...

      In Vitro Fertilisation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many strategic health authorities in England provide no more than one cycle of IVF treatment per patient.

      Junior Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what length and type of training trainee and junior doctors undertake at each medical school on the dispensing of medicines; and if he will make a statement.

      Maternity Services: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on NHS maternity services in each region of England in each financial year from 1997-98 to 2001-02.

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has had with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence on changes to its working practices following...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to page 35 of his Department's resource accounts for 2007-08, if he will place in the Library a list of each of the 442 significant control...

      NHS: Managers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information he holds on (a) the number of senior managers who left the NHS with redundancy payments and who have subsequently returned to direct or...

      Nurses: Manpower

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

      Nurses: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent school nurses there are; and how many full-time equivalent school nurses there have been in each of the last 10 years for...

      Nurses: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the public health responsibilities of school nurses are.

      Patient Choice Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to his announcement of 21 October 2008 on patient self-referrals, (1) what estimate he has made of the likely take-up of self-referrals,...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Government's commitment to remove charges for cancer patients applies to (a) all cancers and (b) prostate cancer; and for how long the...

      Schizophrenia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people with a history of violence who suffer from paranoid schizophrenia do not voluntarily stop...

      Sexually Transmitted Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what research his Department has commissioned on medical interventions to prevent genital warts; (2) what his current estimate is of (a) the...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were receiving local authority-funded care in each local authority area in the latest year for which figures are available; and how many...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Bangladesh: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government has taken to promote a peaceful transition to an elected government through the 2008 elections in...

    • Bangladesh: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government has taken in the run up to elections in Bangladesh to promote free and fair elections.

      Colombia: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on (i) the level of paramilitary activity and (ii) the number of...

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many departmental identity cards or departmental passes have been reported lost or stolen by staff in (a) his Department...

      Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of reports of the alleged radicalisation and militarisation of refugees in camps in Darfur by rebel...

      Sudan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to monitor the potential for renewed conflict in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan; and what steps he is...

      Thailand: Borders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government has taken to encourage a peaceful resolution of the situation on the Thailand-Cambodia border.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Older Workers

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

    • Employee Assistance Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff his Department employs to deliver his Department's Employee Assistance Programme, broken down by (a) region and (b) pay band.

      Employee Assistance Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many counsellors there are in his Department's Employee Assistance Programme, broken down by region.

      Employee Assistance Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how the counselling service offered by his Department's Employee Assistance Programme is delivered to staff in Jobcentre Plus offices who...

      Employee Assistance Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether requests by staff for services offered by his Department's Employee Assistance Programme are recorded.

      Incapacity Benefit: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children in the London Borough of Bexley are dependent on parents or guardians whose main income source is incapacity benefit.

      Jobseekers Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2008, Official Report, column 1232W, on jobseekers allowance, how many of those jobseeker's allowance...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on whether chief executives of his Department's executive agencies should reply personally to letters sent directly to them...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when his Department's office at Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire, plans to reply to the hon. Member for Edinburgh West's correspondence of 2...

      Pensioners: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of the number of pensioners living in poverty in West Chelmsford constituency.

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children have been moved out of poverty in (a) Leeds West constituency, (b) Leeds City area and (c) the UK since 1997; and if he...

      Social Security Benefits: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the effect on benefit entitlement is for someone who leaves the UK to live overseas for a number of years and then returns to the UK.

      TICC Skill Centres: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 13 June 2008, Official Report, columns 623-24W, on TICC Ltd: redundancy, what his Department's policy is on the...

      TICC Skill Centres: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 13 June 2008, Official Report, columns 623-4W, on TICC Ltd: redundancy, whether his Department consulted other...

      TICC Skill Centres: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 13 June 2008, Official Report, columns 623-4W, on TICC Ltd: Redundancy, what the reasons were for the time taken to...

      TICC Skill Centres: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 13 June 2008, Official Report, columns 623-4W, on TICC Ltd: Redundancy, whether the records relating to (a) the...

      Unemployment: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) employment and (b) unemployment rate was for lone parents in each of the last 24 months (i) in the UK and (ii) broken down by...

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when her Department plans to publish plans to tackle alcohol-related crime.

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been prosecuted for the offence of obtaining alcohol for a person who is drunk in each of the last three years.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many breaches of antisocial behaviour orders have been recorded in (a) the London Borough of Bexley and (b) Greater London since their...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many breaches of antisocial behaviour orders have been recorded in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire since their inception.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people from each country of origin used the 1951 Convention on Refugees exemption from prosecution defence when attempting to enter...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum cases were concluded in each year since 2003 because the claimant's country of origin had acceded to the EU, broken down by...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers her Department estimates used false documentation to travel to the UK in each of the last five years.

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers received section (a) 4 and (b) 95 support under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 in each year since the Act came...

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of administering section (a) 4 and (b) 95 support under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 has been in each year since the...

      Crime: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of victims of crime were aged between 14 and 19 years in (a) the London Borough of Newham, (b) the London Borough of...

      Crime: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of crimes were committed by 14 to 19 years old in (a) the London Borough of Newham, (b) the London Borough of Hackney, (c)...

      Crime: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of crimes in Hemel Hempstead were committed by 14 to 19-year-olds in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes her Department has made to the postal delivery service it uses for returning documents to members of the public in the last 10...

      Deportation: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been paid in compensation since April 2006 to foreign prisoners held in custody beyond the expiry of their sentence while...

      Deportation: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with which states the UK has signed memorandums of understanding intended to facilitate the deportation from the UK of individuals who are...

      Dispersal Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many dispersal orders were issued by each police authority area in England and Wales in each of the last five years.

      Driving Offences: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fixed penalty tickets for motoring offences were issued to non-UK residents in the last 12 months; and how many of those remain unpaid.

      Drugs: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of measures to combat drug-related crime.

      Firearms: Detection Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the detection rate was for offences involving firearms in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (a) offence and (b) police force area.

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of the British population has a DNA sample stored on the national DNA database.

      Highly Skilled Migrant Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many permits were issued under the highly skilled migrant programme or tier 1 of the points based system in each month of 2008; which the...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) arrests and (b) convictions there were for human trafficking offences in each police force area in England and Wales in each...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with (a) ministerial colleagues and (b) her international counterparts on combating human trafficking...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions for trafficking for labour exploitation have been made under the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.)...

      Human Trafficking: Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people have been extradited to work in order to be prosecuted in the UK for offences relating to the trafficking of human...

      Human Trafficking: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) arrested, (b) prosecuted and (c) convicted for crimes relating to human trafficking in Lancashire in each of the...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people from each country of origin were prosecuted for using false documentation to enter the UK in each of the last five years.

      Interception Modernisation Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the cost of the interception modernisation programme.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she will answer the letter of 15 July 2008 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Mr N. Ali.

      Offensive Weapons: Schizophrenia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people suffering from paranoid schizophrenia have been convicted of knife crimes in each of the last five years.

      Passports: Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passports were lost by the Identity and Passport Service in transit to the passport holder in each year since 1997.

      Passports: Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which of Royal Mail's delivery options is used by her Department for the return of passports and visas to applicants; whether the option...

      Public Order Offences: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions have been brought against persons or organisations engaging in religious proselytising on the grounds of threats to...

  • Treasury

    • Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether his Department has taken steps to protect commercial depositors in Kaupthing, Singer and Friedlander Limited; (2) what steps the Government...

    • Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to protect the money deposited by Naomi House with Kaupthing, Singer and Friedlander.

      Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what protection the Government is giving to depositors with savings in multiple deposit-taking institutions under a single Financial Services Authority...

      Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the standards of auditing of banks following the recent banking difficulties; (2) what discussions the Chancellor has...

      Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what regulations he has introduced to govern bank liquidity over the last five years.

      Banks: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will direct the Financial Services Authority to issue formal guidance or a code of conduct for the banking sector in respect of remuneration policy.

      Credit Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Government is guaranteeing accounts held in credit unions; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent on (a) new furnishings, (b) art and (c) new vehicles by his Department in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Public Participation

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

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what personal training courses at public expense he has undertaken since his appointment.

      Dorneywood

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham of 19 June 2008, Official Report, column 1187W, on Dorneywood: official hospitality, what use...

      Financial Services: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether financial services regulation is an exclusive competence of the European Union.

      Government Securities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value was of (a) index linked and (b) conventional gilts auctioned by the Debt Management Office in each of the last 12 months.

      Personal Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people earned over (a) £100,000 and (b) £250,000 respectively a year on the latest date for which figures are available; what...

      Personal Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of (a) persons and (b) households with assets, excluding dwellings, over (i) £1 million, (ii) £5...

      Plain English

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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; and...

      Public Works Loan Board

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value is of outstanding loans made by the Public Works Loan Board.

      Public Works Loan Board

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what value of new loans was made by the Public Works Loan Board in each of the last 12 months.

      Repossession Orders

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of house repossessions which have taken place in (a) Southend West constituency and (b) the United Kingdom as a...

      Revenue and Customs: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff of each (a) sex and (b) grade were employed at HM Revenue and Customs offices (i) Tyler's House, (ii) Dencora Court, (iii) Alexander House,...

      Rural Areas

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in respect of which of his Department's public service agreements rural proofing of departmental policies is stipulated.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Coal: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the average price of coal for domestic heating use in each of the last five years.

    • Coal: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will provide assistance to (a) consumers and (b) local distributors of coal for domestic use to manage recent cost increases.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many staff work in his Department's strategy team on a (a) full-time equivalent and (b) headcount basis; and what the annual...

      Natural Gas: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what gas storage facilities he expects to be constructed to provide the extra 13.8 billion cubic metres of storage, referred to in the...

      River Severn: Tidal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects to be able to publish the findings of the Severn Tidal Power Feasibility Study.

      River Severn: Tidal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects to publish a short-list of options for a Severn tidal power scheme; how many options he expects to shortlist; and what...

      River Severn: Tidal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what representations he has received from local businesses and employers in (a) the South West and (b) South Wales on the impact of a...

      River Severn: Tidal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change who the members are of (a) the Project Board overseeing the Severn Tidal Power Feasibility Study and (b) the Ministerial Group to...

      River Severn: Tidal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the remit is of the Technical and Engineering Expert Panel appointed to provide advice to the Severn Tidal Power Feasibility Study...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the potential for development of solar photovoltaic energy in the UK.

      Water Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans the Government has to promote the commercial development of wave and tidal stream technology.

      Wind Power: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the average length of time between the submission of a planning application for an onshore wind farm and the grant of consent was...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) equipment and (b) data was lost by his Department in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

    • Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department has taken to monitor the cost of its mail services in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on (a) transcripts and recordings, (b) fees to the Newspaper Licensing Authority and (c) analysis of...

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) listening exercises and (b) public forums his Department has held in each of the last two years; what the (i) purpose and...

      Departmental Security

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

      Departmental Temporary Employment

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

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which recruitment agencies (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have used in the last three years; and how much was paid to each of...

      Horserace Totalisator Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what consideration would be given to a reasonable offer from a third party to purchase the Tote.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what total balance was held by each of the lottery distributors on the latest date for which figures are available.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was received by each of the National Lottery good causes in each year since 1995-96, expressed in 2008-09 prices.

      Olympic Games 2012: Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what role heritage will play in his Department's plans for an Olympic legacy; and if he will make a statement.

      Plain English

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many documents produced by his Department were submitted to the Plain English Campaign for approval for Crystal Mark status in each...

      Plain English

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many documents produced by his Department were submitted to the Plain English Campaign for approval for Crystal Mark status in each...

      Remembrance Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was raised from the sale of poppies in his Department for Remembrance Sunday in each of the last five years.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what tourism growth target his Department has set for the period 2008 to 2011; and if he will make a statement.

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Banks: Competition

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his most recent assessment is of levels of competition within the banking sector.

    • Departmental Reorganisation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what change there has been to his Department's budget to reflect the movement of responsibilities to the...

      Departmental Secretarial Staff

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether his Department provides a separate diary secretary to (a) each Minister of State and (b) each...

      Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what official visits abroad he plans to make in 2009.

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many and what proportion of written questions for answer on a named day his Department has answered on...

      Exports: Israel

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many consignments of goods were exported from the UK in each of the last three years to (a) Israel and...

      Fisheries: Compensation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he will be in a position to publish the review of the Icelandic Trawlermen Compensation Scheme as...

      Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many refusals of requests for flexible working by (a) (i) mothers and (ii) fathers in each year since 2003 and...

      Maternity Leave

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what analysis he has made of changes in the length of maternity leave taken over the last 10 years; and...

      Postal Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many post office boxes have been closed in the last 12 months; how many are expected to be closed in...

      Powers of Entry

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many powers of entry have been (a) introduced and (b) abolished by legislation introduced by his...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Debts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the level of (a) public and (b) private debt was in each year since 1979 expressed (i) in pounds sterling and (ii) as a percentage of gross...

    • Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2008, Official Report, column 1186W, on departmental procurement, if he will place in the Library a copy of the...

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many civil servants in his Department were recruited through the fast stream; and what the average salary of those officials is.

      Government Departments: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 25 June 2008, Official Report, columns 25-26WS, on data handling procedures, how many Government...

      Immigrants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many immigrants to the UK from (a) other EU member states, (b) Pakistan, India and Bangladesh, (c) African countries, (d) the Caribbean...

      Young People: Hampshire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate the Office for National Statistics has made of the number of 16 to 25-year-olds living in (a) Southampton, (b) Test Valley Borough...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much has been spent on personal and community development learning in each year since 2002-03.

    • Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) adult safeguarded learning places and (b) personal and community development learning places (i) were funded...

      Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how many learner places funded by the Learning and Skills Council which would now be classified as development learning...

      Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how much the Learning and Skills Council spent in each of the last five years before 2008-09 on learning that would now...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of people on programme-led apprenticeships proceeded to employed-status apprenticeships in each year since...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many programme-led apprenticeships there have been in each year since their inception.

      Apprentices: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many apprentices were made redundant (a) during an apprenticeship and (b) shortly after finishing an apprenticeship in...

      Christmas

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

      Departmental ICT

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

      Departmental ICT

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

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what funding has been agreed with each of his Department's non-departmental bodies for the period 2008 to 2011.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the cost to the public purse of his Department was in 2007-08.

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many civil servants in his Department were recruited through the fast stream; and what the average salary of those...

      Departmental Security

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

      Departmental Temporary Employment

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

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Havant of 3 March 2008, Official Report, column 2219W, on taxis, what...

      National Vocational Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people took level 3 NVQs in childcare in the last three years, broken down by (a) local authority area and (b)...

      National Vocational Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of the working age population is educated to NVQ level (a) 2 and (b) 4; and which 20 local authorities of...

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much was claimed in expenses for taxi travel by officials from (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies in (i)...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • 2008 Annual Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consideration was given to making a written ministerial statement on the publication of her Department's 2008 Annual Report.

    • Audit Commission: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the running costs of the Audit Commission were in 2007; and what estimate has been made of such costs for 2008.

      Best Value

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent by her Department on best value (a) inspection subsidies to public corporations and (b) interventions in...

      Buildings: Electronic Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government further to her Department's plans for enabling electronic communication of building control documents, which public bodies other...

      Caravans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which Minister in her Department is responsible for policies related to (a) static caravans and (b) park homes.

      Community Infrastructure Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what assessment her Department has made of the effects of introducing a community infrastructure levy in the current state...

      Community Infrastructure Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the annual net change in revenue to accrue from community infrastructure levy, compared with the...

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what requirements local authorities will have to set up a tension monitoring committee or working group.

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the budgets for (a) the Government Office Transformation programme, (b) the Community Empowerment Programme Board and...

      Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the purpose of the compensation payments set out on page 62 of her Department's latest resource accounts were.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the Valuation Office Agency's targets are for (a) elapsed time on council tax reports, (b) banding accuracy and (c)...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill) of 10 September 2008, Official Report,...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer of 1 September 2008, Official Report, column 1419W, on council tax, what guidance (a) the Valuation...

      Council Tax: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2008, Official Report, column 112W, on council tax: standards, which data collections...

      Council Tax: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department has taken to implement recommendation 7.5 of the Lyons Inquiry report in relation to student...

      Council Tax: Tax Yields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the forecast gross revenue from council tax is in England in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of private (a) sales and (b) rental transactions in England are accessible to the Valuation Office Agency...

      Councillors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has issued on the restriction on councillors from serving as staff on local authorities other than...

      Departmental Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) purpose and (b) nature of (i) the £136,000 ex gratia payment and (ii) the £286,000 adverse costs...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what contracts her Department has with external consultants; what the value of these contracts is in the current financial year,...

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what sanctions are available in cases of departmental staff found to have committed disciplinary offences; and how many times...

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library copies of the assessments and reports made by her Department's press officers, or outsourced...

      Departmental Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which organisations provided media monitoring services to (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) the non-departmental...

      Development of English Regions Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what projects her Department is undertaking through the Development of English Regions programme; and what the budget of each is.

      Eco-towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment her Department has made, and what legal advice it has commissioned, on the compatibility of her Department's...

      Eco-towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the planned budget for her Department's eco-towns programme is for each of the next three years.

      Eco-towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the National Policy Statement on eco-towns will be location-specific.

      Eco-towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the whole-programme timetable for the consultations in relation to eco-towns planning and development plans is.

      Eco-towns: Curborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of hectares of the proposed Curborough eco-town will be on greenfield land.

      Eco-towns: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what funding and other resources her Department is providing to run road shows or other events to promote eco-towns; (2)...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) pursuant to the answer of 1 September 2008, Official Report, columns 1421-42W, on empty property, what the timetable for...

      English Regions Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 15 September 2008, Official Report, column 2082W, on the English Regions Network, if she will make it...

      Fire Services: Pensions

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

      Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what powers local authorities have to issue fixed penalty notices.

      Greenbelt: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many planning applications relating to development on green belt land have been called in by her or her predecessors since 1...

      Householder Development Consents Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable is for the implementation of the conclusions of the Householder Development Consents Review.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of her Department's research entitled Impact of Demographic Change on Housing, with...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will review provisions in the Land Compensation Act 1961 relating to the rebuilding of houses destroyed by Second World...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average number is of data items held for each property on the National Register of Social Housing.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households are expected to be supported by the HomeBuy Direct scheme in each of the next three years; and at what cost...

      Housing: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what research her Department has undertaken, commissioned or evaluated on the relative changes of the prices of houses and flats...

      Housing: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the level of tenant satisfaction with each registered social landlord's performance on repairs and maintenance was in each...

      Housing: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what account was taken of British Standard BS 5906:2005 on waste management in buildings in the development of the Code for...

      Housing: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many properties have been granted a zero star rating under the Code for Sustainable Homes in each month since the code's...

      Interreg Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what projects are being considered under the Interreg IVC programme which relate to the United Kingdom.

      Local Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the terms of reference are of the review by Land Data cic of local authorities; what the cost is to the public purse for...

      Local Authorities: Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department and its predecessors have issued to local authorities on local authority-funded (a) public...

      Local Government Services: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her Department has taken steps to encourage implementation of the recommendations of the Audit Commission's 2006 report...

      Local Government: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what impact assessment has been produced by (a) her Department and (b) the Audit Commission on the effect of moving from...

      Local Government: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what statutory requirements there are on local authorities to provide information on an authority's activities in the area it serves.

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the premises of diplomatic missions are (a) valued for non-domestic rates by the Valuation Office Agency and (b)...

      Non-domestic Rates: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the average cost of empty property business rates to local authorities in 2008-09 arising from...

      Non-domestic Rates: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how the forecast additional revenue arising from empty property business rates will be (a) treated and (b) disposed of.

      Non-domestic Rates: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 1 September 2008, Official Report, column 1427W, on non-domestic rates: valuation, whether each...

      Ordnance Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance she has issued to Ordnance Survey on its role as (a) an adviser and (b) a commercial supplier to the Government.

      Ordnance Survey: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what datasets Ordnance Survey has purchased from the company MapInfo.

      Ordnance Survey: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much Ordnance Survey has spent on overseas travel for its staff in the last 12 months; and which (a) cities and (b)...

      Parish Councils: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she plans to take to implement her proposal to make parish polls more accessible contained in the Community...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to amend (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation on the manner in which the Secretary of State may...

      Preventing Violent Extremism Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what projects her Department is undertaking through the Preventing Violent Extremism programme; and what the budget of each is.

      Regional Efficiency Improvement Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been allocated to regional efficiency improvement partnerships in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

      Regional Empowerment Consortia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 21 April 2008, Official Report, column 1412W, on regional empowerment consortia, how much her...

      Regional Planning and Development: 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 regional planning and development, whether she has...

      Retail Trade: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable is for the Government to publish its assessment of whether to introduce a competition test to the planning...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many social tenants participated in the (a) right to buy and (b) right to acquire scheme in each year since the...

      State of the Cities Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the purpose of the proposed State of the Cities Database development is.

      Trees: Chorley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what planning constraints are in place relating to the felling of trees within Lever Park, Rivington, near Chorley.

      Valuation Office: Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer of 1 September 2008, Official Report, column 1429W, on the Valuation Office: council tax, if she will...

      Valuation Office: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill) of 30 June 2008, Official Report, column...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have cited a move to an alternate weekly collection of household rubbish as an efficiency saving in...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many press and communications officers are employed by (a) his Department, (b) its non-departmental public bodies and (c)...

    • Health Education: Sex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) if he will publish the results of the research commissioned by his Department's Sex and Relationship Education Steering...

      Plain English

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many documents produced by his Department were submitted to the Plain English Campaign for approval for Crystal Mark status in...

      Primary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to extend the National Challenge to primary schools; and if he will make a statement.

      Pupil Exclusions: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils eligible for free school meals were given a fixed period exclusion in the last 12 months, broken down by national...

      Pupil Referral Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children who attended pupil referral units in each of the last five years were (a) pupils permanently excluded from...

      Pupil Referral Units: General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils who attended pupil referral units did not achieve an A*-G grade in either English or mathematics GCSE in each of...

      Pupil Referral Units: Head Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupil referral units had more than (a) one, (b) two and (c) three headteachers in the last year for which records are...

      Pupil Referral Units: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what the average vacancy rate for teachers in pupil referral units was in each of the last five years, broken down by (a)...

      Schools: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many schools in England and Wales have produced a disability equality scheme since the coming into force of the...

      Schools: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether the Government plans to provide headteachers with additional powers to increase school discipline.

      Truancy: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils eligible for free school meals took unauthorised absence in the last 12 months, broken down by national curriculum...

      UK Council for Child Internet Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on what dates the UK Council for Child Internet Safety has met; when it next plans to meet; and how often he expects the council...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has undertaken of the effects of UK-funded reconstruction and development projects in Afghanistan; what...

    • Burma: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what grants were given to the Karen Development Committee in Burma in each of the last five years; and what the purpose of each grant was.

      Burma: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether (a) UN staff and (b) staff of his Department have unrestricted access to all areas of the delta region in Burma where...

      Burma: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with the Government of Burma on the lifting of aid restrictions in eastern and other parts of Burma.

      Burma: Storms

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what mechanisms are in place to monitor the response to Cyclone Nargis of these organisations or companies using funds allocated by his...

      Burma: Storms

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which sub-recipients and end recipients received UK relief aid following Cyclone Nargis in Burma.

      Burma: Storms

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which organisations have received funding from his Department to assist in the response to Cyclone Nargis in Burma.

      Burma: Storms

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much of the aid provided by his Department to alleviate the effects of Cyclone Nargis in Burma has been given to private companies...

      Departmental Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2008, Official Report, columns 1339-40W, on departmental fraud, if he will place in the Library a...

      Departmental Pensions

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

      Departmental Pensions

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

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many individuals his Department recruited from the fast stream through (a) the Central Departments option and (b) the Technical...

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government have taken to increase access to AIDS medication in developing countries.

      Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government have taken to assist developing countries to meet the costs of AIDS medication.

      Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has allocated to the Platform2 programme; what conditions were attached to that funding; and what assessment he...

      Zimbabwe: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what discussions he has had with (a) the World Bank, (b) the African Development Bank, (c) the International Monetary Fund and...

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Complex Weapons

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Team Complex Weapons gathers, collates and evaluates information about complex weapons being developed and deployed by other countries; and, if not, how...

    • Armed Forces: Costs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What cost savings have been achieved this year and are forecast for next year as a result of (a) extending the readiness of Royal Navy ships; and (b) withdrawals...

      Asylum Seekers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What notice and time for response the Home Office gives asylum seekers with a further right to appeal before proceeding with a re-documentation interview with the...

      Courts Service: Budgets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much is the shortfall in the budgets for (a) Her Majesty's Courts Service, and (b) the Tribunals Service.

      Courts Service: Public Expenditure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will protect the right of access to civil justice in making decisions about public expenditure by the Ministry of Justice; and, if so, how.

      Crime: Drink-driving

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the research findings of University College London that reducing the limit of alcohol in the blood of drivers to 50 mg would...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Lord Darzi of Denham on 7 January (WA 151) and 16 October (WA 67-8), how many eggs have been received and used to date under...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Lord Darzi of Denham on 16 October (WA 67—8) regarding the inspection report for research licence R0152 dated 18 June 2008,...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Lord Darzi of Denham on 16 October (WA 67—8), what progress has been made in using stem cells derived by nuclear transfer...

      Euro

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the level of public sector debt alters their considerations about whether to apply to join the euro.

      Fridges

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the European Commission has given them notice that it will bring forward from 2014 the date by which the topping-up of refrigeration plant with HCFC R22,...

      Government: Online Transactions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to promote the widespread use of the Government root certificate (public key infrastructure) to encourage persons to communicate only...

      Health: Physiotherapy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In light of their announcement that physiotherapists will be able to take self-referrals, whether they will afford them independent prescribing status.

      Housing: VAT

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will lower the rate of value added tax on house renovations to that of other European Union member states.

      Immigration: Removal Centres

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the authorities at Yarl's Wood immigration removal centre removed the Legal Action for Women's Self-Help Guide against Detention and Deportation from a...

      Ministry of Defence: Commercial Logistics Operations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to introduce commercial logistics operations using the rail facilities on the Ministry of Defence Bicester sites; and what evaluation they...

      Modernising Scientific Careers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they plan to hold a formal 12-week consultation on the proposals for Modernising Scientific Careers, as set out in the Government Code of Practice for...

      Muslims

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What procedures were followed in deciding the membership of the Young Muslim Advisory Group; what opportunities organisations had to nominate members; what...

      NHS: Discrimination

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether National Health Service human resources policies require a member of staff responsible for acts of race discrimination or harassment of other staff to be...

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the membership of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission reflects the community in Northern Ireland; and, if so, by what measurement.

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In view of the reduction in funding for the Irish Human Rights Commission announced last week and the obligation in the Belfast agreement of 1998 that the Irish...

      Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much each of the passport personal interview offices cost from 31 July 2007 to 31 July 2008.

      Planning: Stansted Airport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Statement by Lord Adonis on 9 October (WS 20—22) about the increase in the number of flights from Stansted, what plans they have to...

      Prisons: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the average cost of keeping a person in prison in England for one week in the last year for which figures are available.

      Railways: Noise

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the effect of the European Commission's proposals on rail noise, in particular the difference between composite braking systems...

      Railways: Northern Rail

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to conclude their discussions with Northern Rail about additional carriages.

      Railways: Rolling Stock

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 29 September (WA 419), whether the words "still to deliver" in the Minister's Answer imply that 1,300...

      Roads: A55

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many accidents were reported to North Wales Police on the A55 in Wales in (a) 1990, (b) 1995, (c) 2000, (d) 2005, and (e) 2007.

      Roads: A55

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many fatalities on the A55 there were in Wales in (a) 1990, (b) 1995, (c) 2000, (d) 2005, and (e) 2007.

      Roads: Fatal Accidents

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they intend to improve the record of United Kingdom road accident fatalities; and what assessment they have made of their rate of improvement over the past 10...

      Smart Meters

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the introduction of smart meters in homes will be accompanied by a tariff that encourages the use of electrical appliances at times of low demand.

      St Andrews Agreement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any undertakings were made at the St Andrews conference in 2006 about a specific date for the devolution of policing to the Northern Ireland Assembly.

      Sudan: Asylum Seekers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Home Office received any complaints from lawyers of Darfuri asylum seekers with active cases and who had been interviewed by a Sudanese embassy...

      Sudan: Asylum Seekers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish the content of the disclaimers allegedly signed by Darfuri asylum seekers in March and April 2008, saying they agreed to be interviewed...

      Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the fees payable under the Goods Vehicles (Authorisation for International Journeys) (Fees) Regulations 2008 (SI 2008/1576), having not been uprated since...

      Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the fees set by the Goods Vehicles (Authorisation for International Journeys) (Fees) Regulations 2008 (SI 2008/1576) were calculated; and what factors were...

      Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: After the proposed registrations come into effect, how many heavy goods vehicles will be on the roads of the United Kingdom which do not comply with the...

      Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the draft European Union regulation on further implementation of the European satellite navigation programmes (EGNOS and Galileo) will improve the accuracy...

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