Written answers

Thursday, 30 October 2008

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what IT projects his Department is undertaking; and what the most recent estimate of (a) the cost and (b) the completion date of each is.

    • Departmental Information Officers

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

      Departmental Pay

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

      Dorneywood

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

  • Solicitor-General

    • Departmental Drinks

      To ask the Solicitor-General what total value of (a) alcoholic and (b) non-alcoholic drink was purchased by the Attorney-General's Office in each of the last 12 months.

    • Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Solicitor-General what makes and models of Ministerial cars are available to the Law Officers.

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many vacant posts in (a) the Attorney-General's Office and (b) its agencies were advertised in each of the last three years; and at what cost.

      Departmental Standards

      To ask the Solicitor-General what gateway reviews were conducted in the Attorney-General's Office in each of the last 12 months.

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Solicitor-General how much the Attorney-General's Office spent on external training courses for departmental staff in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007 and (d) 2008; and which external...

      Domestic Violence: Hampshire

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions for offences related to domestic violence there were in Hampshire in each of the last 10 years.

      Plain English

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many documents produced by the Attorney-General's Office were submitted to the Plain English Campaign for approval for Crystal Mark status in each year since...

      Sentencing

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many charges brought by the police were downgraded to a lesser charge by the Crown Prosecution Service in the last 12 months.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many prosecutions sought by the police were not proceeded with by the Crown Prosecution Service in the last 12 months.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animals: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the changes in mean surface temperature on the number of flystrike cases reported this (a)...

    • Bees: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of the additional funding made available to the National Bee Health Unit has been allocated for research into...

      Bluetongue Disease: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department took to encourage uptake for the bluetongue vaccination.

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many civil servants working in his Department and its agencies have pensions with a cash equivalent transfer value of...

      Inland Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many residential moorings are registered by the Environment Agency; what their locations are; and how many boats can be...

      National Forest Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the timetable is for the review of the Forest District Strategic Plans on the National Forest Estate to meet the...

      New Forest National Park Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people are employed in the New Forest National Park Environmental Design Department; and how many of them are (a)...

      Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in respect of which of his Department's public service agreements rural proofing of departmental policies is stipulated.

      Rural Development Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been paid to regional development agencies for implementation of the Rural Development Programme for England.

      Rural Development Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what projects have been approved for the Rural Development Programme for England; on what date each was approved; and by...

      Rural Development Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which projects approved for Rural Development Programme for England funding have yet to receive their funding; and on what...

      Rural Development Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many projects each regional development agency has funded under the (a) Axis 1, (b) Axis 3 and (c) Leader sections of...

      Rural Development Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much each regional development agency has committed to projects under (a) Axis 1, (b) Axis 3 and (c) Leader sections...

      Rural Development Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much each regional development agency has received from the Regional Development Programme for England since the...

      Rural Development Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which projects have received Rural Development Programme for England funding since 1 January 2007, broken down by regional...

      Satellites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what use his Department makes of data obtained from earth observation satellites; and what payment is made for such data,...

      Smuggling: Wildlife

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to combat the illegal trade in wildlife over the internet.

      South West Water Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 29 September 2008, Official Report, column 2423W, on the South West Water Authority, (1) whether...

      Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government are taking to create a national water grid within the UK.

  • Treasury

    • Financial Markets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the effect of turbulence in the financial markets on the economy.

    • Public Borrowing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer by how much he plans to increase public borrowing over the next 12 months.

      Public Borrowing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the likely impact of recession on Government borrowing.

      Banking System

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will commission an independent inquiry into the causes of the recent turbulence in the banking system.

      Bank Recapitalisation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the policies of banks which have been recapitalised with public funds on providing credit to small businesses.

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward measures to reduce the burden of tax on small businesses.

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent fiscal steps he has taken to assist small businesses in the current economic situation.

      Repossessions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects on the housing market of the repossession policies of those banks in public ownership.

      Government Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to reduce unnecessary expenditure across Government.

      Comprehensive Spending Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will ensure that the potential for early intervention is taken into account across all spending decisions in the next Comprehensive Spending Review;...

      Bank Services: Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the policies on providing credit to small businesses of banks which have been recapitalised with public funds.

      Banks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what day he expects the share subscriptions and share placings relating to the £9 billion preference shares and the £28 billion of ordinary...

      Corporation Tax: Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when his most recent estimate of the predicted additional Exchequer revenue from the phased increase of the small companies rate of corporation tax is...

      Corporation Tax: Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate his Department has made of the number of companies paying the small companies rate of corporation tax which paid annual corporation tax...

      Departmental Committees

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what external representatives sit on each of his Department's committees.

      Gift Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance HM Revenue and Customs have issued on the eligibility of small charities for gift aid.

      Halifax Bank of Scotland: Yorkshire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress his Department has made, together with Yorkshire Forward, in safeguarding HBOS jobs in Halifax.

      Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department's estimate is of the potential liability of the British insurance industry in the current financial situation.

      Lehman Brothers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what meetings his predecessor held with Lehman Brothers in (a) 2004, (b) 2005 , (c) 2006 and (d) 2007; what the purpose of each meeting was; and if he...

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the effect on Exchequer receipts in each of the next 10 financial years of the entry into force of clause 138 of the Finance...

      Public Expenditure: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what sums will be transferred to the Scottish Executive under the Barnett formula provisions for the promotion of the use of energy from renewable resources...

      Public Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on turbulence in the global financial markets.

      Public Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the levels of Government (a) borrowing and (b) debt were in each of the last three months.

      Public Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he made of the level of (a) public sector net debt and (b) the current deficit; what assessment his Department has undertaken of performance...

      Public Value Programme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made on the Public Value Programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Revenue and Customs: North West

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what percentage of staff have left the employment of HM Revenue and Customs at each of its offices in the North West since April 2006.

      Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many tax credit referrals were taken up by the Independent Adjudicator in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available; (2) what...

      Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average length of time taken by HM Revenue and Customs to provide substantive responses to requests for information made by the Independent...

      Taxation: Sports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many sports clubs had community amateur sports club status removed in each of the last six months, broken down by (a) sport and (b) region; (2)...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assumptions he has made about levels of unemployment over the next three years for the purposes of calculating the public finances.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental NDPBs

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

    • Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department's policy is on allowing its staff to attend meetings that they are not required to attend as part of their departmental...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the Answer of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 65W, on incapacity benefit: applications, how many new claims for incapacity...

      Jobcentres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what jobcentres he has visited since taking up his post.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he intends to respond to the letter to him dated 12 September from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr P. Meakin.

      National Insurance: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many migrant workers have (a) applied for and (b) received national insurance cards in the last five years.

      Social Security Benefits: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will bring forward proposals to provide enhanced financial assistance to families with disabled children to reflect recent trends in fuel...

      Unemployment Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what forecast he has made of total expenditure on (a) incapacity benefit, (b) income support, (c) employment and support allowance and (d)...

  • Transport

    • Buses: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received from local authorities in Lancashire on the adequacy of grant funding for the free off-peak local bus...

    • Crossrail: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what financial agreement he has reached with BAA and Transport for London on the funding of Crossrail.

      Crossrail: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding has been (a) committed and (b) provided for Crossrail from (i) BAA, (ii) Transport for London and (iii) London businesses.

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

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

      Departmental Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which of his Department's public-private partnerships and private finance initiative schemes which (a) have begun and (b) are planned have as a...

      First Great Western

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the performance of First Great Western against the objectives of its remedial plan; and if he will make a statement.

      Government Departments: Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to ensure that all Departments use British-built cars.

      National Express

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he or his officials last met representatives of National Express North Eastern to discuss the provisions of its franchise agreement.

      Official Cars: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost of provision of Government cars to special advisers has been in the last 12 months, broken down by Department.

      Parking: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people have been (a) detected and (b) reprimanded for inappropriate use of disabled badges in each of the last 10 years.

      Powers of Entry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many powers of entry have been (a) introduced and (b) abolished by his Department through legislation since 1997.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information his Department collects on proposed penalty fare schemes by train operating companies before approving them.

      Railways: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department and its predecessors have taken to alleviate congestion on trains in the last 10 years; and what steps it plans to take.

      Railways: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many rail passengers there were in each year since 1997.

      Railways: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the change in train passenger numbers has been in the South West since 2002-03; what change was predicted in the Strategic Rail Authorities' Route...

      Road Traffic: Bristol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost to the economy of congestion in the Greater Bristol area; what steps the Government is taking to reduce it; and...

      Road Vehicles (Display of Registration Marks) Regulations 2001

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received on the Road Vehicles (Display of Registration Marks) Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which roads were detrunked in each of the last 11 years, broken down by region.

      Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport in respect of which of his Department's public service agreements rural proofing of departmental policies is stipulated.

      Taxis: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many hackney carriage licences have been issued by local authorities in the last five years.

      Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department has for establishing road pricing pilots; and if he will make a statement.

      Transport: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what improvements are being made to the South West's transport infrastructure to support the number of homes to be built in the region by 2026 as...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Departmental Lost Property

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what (a) equipment and (b) data were reported lost by the House of Commons Service in the last 12 months.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Local Government: Referendums

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what rules apply to expenditure by (a) central government and (b) local authorities in respect of local referenda (i) before and (ii) during the...

  • Wales

    • Auditor General for Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he next plans to meet the Auditor General for Wales.

    • Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much was spent on salaries for press and communication officers in his Department in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Lost Property

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

      Departmental Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales which organisations provided media monitoring services to (a) his Department and (b) its non-departmental public bodies in each of the last three years;...

      Departmental Recruitment

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

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department spent on external training courses for departmental staff in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007 and (d) 2008; and which external...

      Security Industry Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether he has had discussions with the Secretary and Chief Executive of the Security Industry Authority (SIA) on establishing an administrative base for...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of UK efforts to eradicate poppy growing in Afghanistan; and if he will make a...

    • China: Armed Forces

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

      Georgia: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions and what dates he has communicated with (a) members and (b) representatives of the Georgian government...

      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 applications under the...

      Iraq: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 July 2008, Official Report, column 1827W, on Iraq: asylum, of the 351 applications assessed as...

      Iraq: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 22 July 2008, Official Report, column 1120W, on Iraq: asylum, of the 220 applications for assistance...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when his Department first received a copy of the report dated 10 February 2004 from the International Committee of the Red Cross...

      Kosovo: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether diplomatic relations have been established between the UK and Kosovo since its declaration of independence.

      South Ossetia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to visit South Ossetia.

      Sudan: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to seek to encourage conditions conducive to freedom of expression in Sudan ahead of the forthcoming...

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the government of Qatar on the situation in Sudan.

      UN Women's Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's policy is on the creation of a UN Women's Agency; and what steps his Department has taken to encourage the...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Departmental Information Officers

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

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff who are now members of his Department in the last 12 months; and at...

      Energy: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on whether the aviation sector's energy requirements should be counted towards the total final energy demand of the...

      Energy: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will take steps to ensure that energy prices are reduced for those paying by pre-payment meters.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the recent changes in energy prices on fuel poverty among elderly people; what...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many people were in fuel poverty in (a) the London borough of Havering and (b) England in the latest period for which figures are...

      Fuel: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will bring forward legislation to reduce the retail price of (a) petrol and (b) gas in line with reductions in production costs.

      Insulation: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the volume of carbon dioxide emissions from 100,000 tonnes of ozone-depleting substances in building foams...

      Microgeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the potential TWh contribution that solar photo voltaics and small wind technologies can make (a) to the...

      Microgeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for what reasons the Renewable Energy Strategy Consultation document did not include an analysis of the potential of solar photo...

      Microgeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the number of domestic microgeneration installations, broken down by type.

      Microgeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the number of people employed in the microgeneration industry.

      Plutonium: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what value was put on the share of British Energy plutonium owned by the Government through its share ownership in British Energy, as...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what his policy is on whether 5000 MW is an appropriate threshold for renewable energy projects that will not be completed by...

      Renewable Energy: Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on whether renewable energy should be given priority access, subject to maintaining network reliability, to...

      Renewable Energy: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on whether countries outside the EU supplying renewable energy to the EU should also have adopted a renewable energy...

      Solar Power: Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the feasibility of importing solar electricity from Africa using a high voltage direct current grid; and...

      Water Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment has been made of the potential contribution water wheels could make to the production of energy from renewable...

      Water Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of energy in the UK was produced from water wheels situated on major rivers in the latest period for which figures are...

      Wind Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) if he will change the planning application process for wind farms to include an assessment of economic viability as part of the...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Cars: Retail Trade

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what response he plans to make to the expiry of the Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation in 2010; and...

    • Minimum Wage

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many prosecutions there have been of employers for (a) failing to pay the national minimum wage and...

      Official Hospitality

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which offices in his Department made arrangements to receive the incoming Secretary of State at the...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much his Department plans to spend on development of solar energy technology in 2008.

      Trade: Canada

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the value of trade between the UK and Canada was in each of the last five years.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Pensions

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

    • 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, what the reason is for...

      Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many community amateur sports clubs there are in (a) Bassetlaw constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the (a) total payload and (b) flexibility of the weapons system of the (i) Tornado aircraft to be deployed in...

    • Armed Forces: Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of service personnel in (a) the Army, (b) the Royal Navy and (c) the Royal Air Force are registered to vote.

      Armed Forces: Financial Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what financial support or advice is available to armed services personnel in financial difficulty or debt.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel in (a) single living and (b) service family accommodation have defaulted on their rent payments in the last 12 months.

      Armed Forces: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the NATO-supported centres of excellence in (a) joint air power competence, (b) defence against terrorism, (c) naval...

      Armed Forces: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he has taken to ensure that parents or responsible adults are consulted before the recruitment of minors to the armed services; and what...

      Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the establishment of common international standards for the export, import and transfer of conventional arms.

      Departmental Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many civil servants were promoted in each year since 1998.

      Departmental Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what policies his Department has in place to support British motor manufacturers.

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what funding has been agreed with each of his Department's non-departmental public bodies for the period 2008 to 2011.

      Departmental Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many serving armed services personnel have taken voluntary early retirement in each year since 2001.

      Dorneywood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham of 19 June 2008, Official Report, column 1187W, on Dorneywood: official hospitality, what...

      EU Code of Conduct on Conventional Arms Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the EU Code of Conduct on Conventional Arms Transfers.

      Kenley Airfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 17 September 2007, Official Report, column 2174W, on Kenley airfield, where the fence is stored; what condition it is...

      Navy: Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of the availability of suitable Royal Navy Reserve candidates for the post of Commander Maritime Reserves; (2) what...

      Satellites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what use his Department makes of data obtained from earth observation satellites; and what payment is made for such data, where applicable.

      Trident Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has for measures (a) to further reduce the operational status of the UK's Trident system and (b) increase transparency with...

      USA: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many private prosecutions have been brought against members of the United States visiting forces in each year since 2000; and how many were...

      World War II: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether a representative of his Department will attend the 65th D-Day Anniversary Parade in Normandy.

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what consideration he gave to including cost projections in relation to (a) police enforcement and (b) changes in trading standards arrangements...

    • Breast Feeding: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) on what date the national breastfeeding helpline went live; how many calls it has received in each month since that date; and what steps have been...

      Contraceptives: Depression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many females were diagnosed with depression triggered by an oral contraceptive in each of the last five years, broken down by oral contraceptive.

      Dementia: Stroud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people with (a) Alzheimer's disease and (b) other forms of dementia in the Stroud constituency.

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to review the efficacy of the (a) Carcinogenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and Environment Committee, (b)...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many post holders in his Department receive a London living allowance of £8,400 per month.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the highest bonus was paid to any post holder in his Department in 2007-08.

      Departmental Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the terms are of the individual performance agreement of the Commercial Director of his Department.

      Elderly: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to reform care provided by the NHS for the elderly.

      Food: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) inspections and (b) audits the Food Standards Agency undertakes of local authority premises; and what plans there are to incorporate such...

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people living in (a) Warrington, (b) the North West and (c) England have been diagnosed with (i) coronary heart disease, (ii) diabetes and...

      Health Professions: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many individuals of each healthcare profession there have been in the Newly Qualified Healthcare Professionals Pool in each month since its creation;...

      Health Visitors: Manpower

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

      Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospitals he has visited in an official capacity in the last 12 months.

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to improve (a) the rate of infection control and (b) patient safety in the NHS.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to respond to the National Audit Office report, Caring for Vulnerable Babies, of 19 December 2008, HC 101; and if he will make a...

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what treatments have been considered but not recommended for use by the NHS by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) in the...

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has issued guidance to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) on the weight to be accorded to representations from...

      Mental Health Services: Patient Choice Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the rights to choose both treatment and providers outlined in the draft NHS Constitution extend to mental health.

      Mental Health Services: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to (a) reduce the number of people with mental health problems being sent to prison and (b) improve the quality and...

      Midwives: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS midwives in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) West Hertfordshire Hospital Trust have received redundancy notices in the last two years.

      Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps the Government has taken to improve healthcare services for those diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

      National Child Health Immunisation Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library the minutes of the 15 October meeting of the National Child Health Immunisation Board.

      NHS Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which NHS paediatric units have closed since 1997; (2) which NHS midwife-led birthing units have closed since 1997; (3) which NHS neonatal units...

      NHS: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many responses he has received to the consultation on the NHS constitution from (a) national organisations, (b) NHS staff and (c) members of the...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children in (a) Warrington and (b) England have a body mass index which indicates obesity.

      Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the number of 16 to 25-year-olds who have been screened for sexually transmitted infections in (a) Southampton,...

      Smoking: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the effect on expenditure by his Department of the ban on smoking in public places and in the workplace; and what estimate he...

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of (a) tuberculosis and (b) drug-resistant tuberculosis there were in England in each year since 2001, broken down by primary care trust.

  • Home Department

    • Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps the Government has taken to improve conviction rates in domestic violence cases.

    • Driving Offences: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) arrested and (b) convicted for driving without a licence or insurance in (i) Hemel Hempstead and (ii)...

      Electronic Surveillance: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what ground local authorities will have access to the new 12 month database of communications data; what approval process to access such...

      Emergency Services: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what organisations within her responsibilities (a) already are and (b) are planned to start using Airwave handsets.

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times personal profiles stored on the national DNA database have been released to (a) European and (b) other foreign governments...

      Lancashire Constabulary: Special Branch

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what additional funding above the rate of inflation Lancashire Constabulary has received to fund Special Branch expansion since 2005.

      Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were convicted for possessing or distributing prohibited weapons or ammunition in England and Wales in each police force area...

      Police Patrolling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hours were spent on patrol by police officers in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Police: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what percentage of the budget of each police authority in England and Wales was held in Icelandic bank accounts before the recent...

      Police: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate her Department has carried out on the number of police hours saved through the introduction of personal digital assistants for...

      Police: Pensions

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

      Police: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers will have received payment from the Police Force Pension Fund in 2008 by the end of the year.

      Proscribed Organisations: Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) which (a) armed Palestinian groups and (b) armed Israeli groups are proscribed in (i) the UK and (ii) the EU; (2) if she will...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Access to Skills, Trade Unions and Advice in Government Contracting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what timetable has been established for the extension of the Public Services Forum's Access to Skills, Trade Unions and Advice...

    • Business Links: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to her Department's 2007-08 resource accounts, HC 791, what the nature of the financial irregularities in the...

      Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will introduce proposals for third party rights of appeal in the forthcoming legislation on community enhancement.

      Community Land Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she is taking to promote community land trusts; and what plans she has for further legislation on the matter.

      Council Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many council houses there are in each local authority area; and what estimate she has of the cost to Government of...

      Council Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much each local authority has received in (a) capital receipts from right-to-buy sales, (b) management and maintenance...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effect on levels of council tax of the creation of additional parish councils and changes in...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her policy is on differential charging depending on payment method in relation to council tax; and what guidance has been...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance (a) her Department and its predecessor and (b) the Audit Commission has produced for local authorities on (i)...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has issued to local authorities on the collection of council tax payments by direct debit from bank...

      Council Tax: Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what Government policy is on levying retrospective (a) council tax and (b) business rates.

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 10 September 2008, Official Report, column 1949W, on council tax: valuation, what the value of the...

      Councillors: Code of Practice

      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 15 September 2008, Official Report,...

      Data Matching Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Audit Commission has (a) prepared and (b) consulted on a code of practice on data matching exercises, further to...

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of her Department's Information Asset Register.

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many invitations to tender her Department has issued in the last 12 months; and for what projects.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding her Department has paid to external organisations to produce promotional materials over the last 12 months.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent on entertainment by her Department in 2007-08; and how much of that sum is accounted for by expenditure on...

      Departmental Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the (a) display energy certificates and (b) advisory reports in respect of each...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government further to page 162 of her Department's Annual Report 2008, what the reason is for the increase in the unallocated provision in...

      Electromagnetic Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether electromagnetic interference can be classified as a form of pollution for the purposes of Planning Policy Statement 23.

      Empty Property: Eastbourne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many empty homes there are in the Eastbourne borough council area.

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what evidential basis her Department decided to allow an energy performance certificate to have a maximum duration of three years.

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what types of residential property have required an energy performance certificate (EPC) in order to be (a) sold and (b)...

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether display energy certificates are to be compulsory for large buildings in the private sector.

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what requirement there is for an energy performance certificate to be (a) produced and (b) commissioned before a private...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what role Firebuy Ltd. will play in FiReControl (a) projects and (b) procurement.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what timetable she has set for the publication of the latest version of the national business case for the FiReControl project.

      Fire Services: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the projected savings are of the new Firefighters' Pension Scheme 2006 as compared to the Firefighters' Pension Scheme 1992...

      Fire Services: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many members of the fire service will have received payments from the Fire Service Pension Scheme in 2008.

      Firebuy Ltd.

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what forecast she has made of the (a) costs and (b) business-generated income of Firebuy Ltd. in 2008-09.

      Government Office for London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the budget of the Government Office for London is in 2008-09; and how many people it employs.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what arrangements are in place for (a) examination and (b) searches for information on (i) home condition report and (ii)...

      Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the (a) set-up cost and (b) annual running cost of the Homes and Communities Agency.

      Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what budget has been established for the Homes and Communities Agency in the first full year of its operation.

      Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the estimated annual budget is of the Homes and Communities Agency in each of the next three years.

      Housing Associations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what powers housing associations have to borrow against their assets; and what restrictions apply.

      Housing Associations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment the Housing Corporation has made of the aggregate financial value of the reserves of housing associations that...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate she has made of the net number of new build dwellings which will be (a) completed and (b) started in (i)...

      Housing: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what records (a) her Department and (b) the Housing Corporation holds relating to the housing debt of (i) local authorities...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average length of time taken was for a household to be provided with suitable housing after joining the socially...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the amount of social housing being sub-let within each local authority area.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effect of changes in (a) the availability of mortgages for first-time buyers and (b)...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      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:...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of social housing dwellings are currently recorded on the National Register of Social Housing; and...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the National Register of Social Housing will include property attributes from non-social affordable housing.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many completed transactions there were under each HomeBuy scheme in each month since April 2006, broken down by local...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what change there has been in the funds each regional development agency received for contributions to the Homeowner Support...

      Housing: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment has been made of the pilot projects to tackle housing over-crowding.

      Housing: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the planning process is for the sale of educational use land for residential use; and how much educational use land in (a)...

      Housing: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effect of her Department's use of (a) a mix-adjusted house price measure and (b) other...

      Housing: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have made representations to her Department on the effect of the economic situation on funding for...

      Housing: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which organisation is providing her Department with research into levels of housing need; and what the terms of reference of...

      Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department and its predecessors have taken to reduce the incidence of (a) gazumping and (b) gazundering.

      Housing: Solar Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many residential properties in the UK have solar panels; and what data her Department gathers on residential solar panel...

      Housing: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was paid by local authorities in South Yorkshire to Bramall Construction Ltd. for housing stock renewal in each of the...

      Housing: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable is for the mandatory roll-out of the Code for Sustainable Homes across each level in new build (a) social...

      Housing: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the minimum Code for Sustainable Homes level is that housing in eco-towns must meet.

      Housing: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the minimum eco-standards for new homes built in the Thames Gateway area are; and what plans she has to change such...

      Housing: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 15 October 2008, Official Report, column 1322W, on housing: sustainable development, if she will...

      Housing: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance has been produced on vetting the eligibility of (a) second home, (b) empty home and (c) single person council...

      Housing: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will provide a greater level of accommodation for those in the 18 to 21 age group.

      Lighting: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent planning guidance has been provided on light pollution.

      Listed Buildings: Demolition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many Grade (a) I and (b) II listed buildings have been demolished in each year since 2000; and if she will make a statement.

      Local Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's definition of (a) a rural and (b) an urban local authority is.

      Local Authorities: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's target is for the number of new local authority social dwellings to be constructed in the next 12 months.

      Local Authorities: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities are buying unsold housing stock.

      Local Authorities: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether local authorities have powers to buy their insurance from mutual local authority companies set up to provide insurance...

      Local Authorities: Newspaper Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Beckenham (Mrs. Lait) of 24 July 2007, Official Report, column 966W, on...

      Local Authorities: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether joint waste authorities will be subject to oversight by (a) the Standards Board of England and (b) the Local...

      Local Authority Business Growth Incentives Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reason the NUTS 2 territorial groupings are being used to distribute the new round of funding from Local Authority...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what criteria are used by the Public Works Loan Board to decide whether to lend to a local authority.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the maximum amount of funding lent to local authorities via the Public Works Loan Board each year is fixed, or varies...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether it is her Department's policy that the new burdens principle applies to the funding of town and parish councils.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in what circumstances additional income from fines, assuming constant staff costs, results in a cash-releasing value for money...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether councils which have a smaller number of households claiming single person's council tax discount (a) receive greater...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which county councils will receive the lowest possible increase in grant from her Department in 2008-09.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the effect of recent falls in stock market values on levels of local authority investment income.

      Local Government: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has provided to local authorities on investing funds in Irish-owned banks operating in the Republic...

      Local Government: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much each local authority has invested in Icelandic financial institutions.

      Local Government: Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make a statement on the implications of the July 2008 Court of Appeal ruling on equal pay in local government.

      Local Government: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether an impact assessment has been produced to accompany her Department's proposals on local government bylaws and greater...

      Local Government: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department provides to local authorities on the levels of local authority chief executive pay.

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will consider the merits of introducing cost-capping and cost-sharing agreements in relation to the recently introduced...

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local government employees will have received payments from the local government pension scheme in 2008.

      Local Government: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 10 September 2008, Official Report, columns 1994-95W,...

      Local Government: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable is for the coming into full operation of each new unitary council.

      Local Government: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will withdraw proposals for new unitary councils in Devon, Norfolk and Suffolk.

      Local Government: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which indicators in the national indicator set have associated (a) targets and (b) aspirations for local authorities to meet.

      Mayors: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what evidential basis the supplementary vote was chosen as the electoral system for directly-elected mayors; and whether...

      Multiple Occupation: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what records her Department holds of the licensing fees charged by local authorities for registration of houses of multiple...

      Multiple Occupation: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in what circumstances (a) discretionary and (b) mandatory licensing of houses of multiple occupation may be imposed on private...

      Non-domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 351W, on non-domestic rates: ports, if she will place in the...

      Non-domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 351W, on non-domestic rates: ports, what the business names...

      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, columns 1427-28W, on non-domestic rates: valuation, what the...

      Ordnance Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what financial targets were set for Ordnance Survey for the latest period for which figures are available; and what outcomes...

      Ordnance Survey: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many invitations to tender Ordnance Survey has issued in the last 12 months; and for what project in each case.

      Place Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what guidance her Department has provided on the procurement process by which local authorities should employ opinion...

      Place Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the estimated cost is of local authorities producing and compiling place surveys over the next three years.

      Plain English

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many documents produced by her Department were submitted to the Plain English Campaign for approval for Crystal Mark status...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the report produced by Ove Arup and Partners on the consultation responses to the...

      Planning Gain Supplement (Preparations) Act 2007

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will bring forward legislation to repeal the Planning Gain Supplement (Preparations) Act 2007.

      Planning Inspectorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the Planning Inspectorate's inspectors' handbook.

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has issued to local authorities on certificates of lawfulness for developments with permitted...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance she gives to planning authorities on the application of planning policy guidance or planning policy statements to...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what procedures are in place to ensure that local planning authorities take appropriate action to enforce planning control...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether companies who are registered in tax havens may sell planning permissions awarded in this country; and if she will...

      Planning Permission: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government under what circumstances individuals may submit objections to planning applications without their names and addresses being made...

      Planning: Departmental Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she plans to have with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on implications for climate change...

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding streams provide resources to tackle deprivation in super output areas.

      Redress Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the terms of reference are of the Redress Review; and what forms of redress will be reviewed; (2) what the timetable...

      Regional Planning and Development: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library the report on the draft West Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy commissioned from Nathaniel...

      Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of tenants of private landlords where the landlord has a buy-to-let mortgage on the...

      Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will take steps to protect the residency of tenants within the private rented sector in circumstances where their...

      Small Business: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department has taken to promote the take-up of small business rate relief; and if she will take further measures...

      Small Business: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the estimated take-up rate is of small business rate relief.

      Standards Board and Adjudication Panel: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the estimated annual budget of the Standards Board and Adjudication Panel will be in each of the next three years.

      Waste Disposal: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Empowerment White Paper's proposals for local government byelaws will give greater scope for waste collection...

      Waste Disposal: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether municipal rubbish and recycling facilities are liable for business rates; and what the criteria are under which the...

      Wind Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will amend the planning application process for wind farms so as to require assessments of (a) the suitability of...

      Youth Advisors Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government by what criteria the members of the Youth Advisors Panel will be chosen; whether they will be paid; and whether they will be...

      Youth Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what recent steps the Government have taken to encourage local authorities to improve community facilities for children...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Architecture: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much public funding has been provided to the Cityware project through the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research...

    • Art Works: Royalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many responses were received to the recent consultation paper on the Artists' Resale Right derogation for deceased...

      British Standards Institute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what Minister is responsible for his Department's Memorandum of Understanding with the British Standards Institute.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of 17 to 20-year-olds have entered part-time higher education; and what proportion entered to undertake (a)...

      Higher Education: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what information he holds on the number of university departments which have closed in the last five years; how many he...

      Higher Education: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the timetable is for publication of the reports by the nine higher education review groups.

      Postgraduate Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of levels of undergraduate student debt on the number of applications for...

  • Justice

    • Courts: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases the Alton specialist domestic abuse court has before it; and what plans he has to expand the court's capacity to handle all sentencing.

    • Departmental Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) which organisations provided media monitoring services to (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies in...

      Departmental Overtime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost was of overtime payments to staff in (a) his Department, (b) HM Prison Service and (c) other agencies for which he is responsible in...

      Departmental Training

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

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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 these...

      HMP Whitemoor: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many attempted murders there were at HMP Whitemoor which did not result in a prisoner being charged by the police in each of the last three years.

      Land Registry: Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he next expects to meet Land Registry officials to discuss its proposed destruction of original documents.

      Land Registry: Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many original documents are stored by the Land Registry; and what the total number of pages stored is.

      Legal Profession: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what information he holds on the amount of funds held in law firms' client accounts nationally.

      Licensed Premises: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) if his Department will undertake a privacy impact assessment of the use of the ID Clubscan system in nightclubs; (2) whether the Information...

      Secure Accommodation: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he will publish the Government's response to the review of restraint techniques in secure accommodation for children.

      Security Industry Act 2001: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions were brought for offences committed contrary to the Security Industry Act 2001 in each region in each year since the Act came into...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which private sector companies are participating in Local Education Partnerships to deliver Building Schools for the Future projects.

    • Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 15 October 2008, Official Report, column 284W, how many people with children under five years old live...

      Children: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if his Department will consider giving local safeguarding children boards a role in identifying and supporting the children of...

      Children: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance his Department issued to local authorities on the adequate protection and care of children whose parent or parents...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many students had (a) applied for an education maintenance allowance (EMA), (b) been processed for an EMA and (c)...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the decision by Liberata to reduce the number of its employees in...

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 16 October 2008, Official Report, columns 1502-03W, on schools: assessments, what the estimated cost is...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will ensure that the formula for distributing education funding will incorporate a factor for sparsity in respect of (a)...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 23 October 2008, Official Report, column 577W, on GCSEs, how the £4,000 figure was calculated; and...

      Grammar Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the changes in grammar school admission numbers consequent upon the Building Schools for the Future...

      Health Education: Sex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools do not have a sex and relationship education policy; (2) how many (a)...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many UCAS points on average those entering BEd courses had in each of the last five years.

      National Academy for Parenting Practitioners: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding his Department has provided to the National Academy for Parenting Practitioners in each year since it was...

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which officials from the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority signed the contract with ETS for the administration and marking...

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what (a) evidence and (b) references were sought regarding the suitability of ETS as a provider of marking services for...

      Playgrounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent steps the Government has taken to improve children's outdoor play areas.

      Primary Education: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether his Department's review of the designated schools grant will take into account the contribution that small rural primary...

      Pupils: Intimidation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent representations he has received on bullying behaviour on school buses; what steps he is taking to monitor trends in...

      Schools: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will issue guidance to Ofsted on reducing the number of inspections carried out at schools which it consistently rates highly.

      Schools: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families for what reasons (a) academies and (b) foundation schools are granted ownership of the land and buildings they occupy; and if he...

      Shared Residence Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many shared residence orders were issued in each of the last five years.

      Specialised Diplomas: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what additional funds will be available to help rural schools provide intra-institutional transport for students undertaking a...

      Teachers: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of (a) full-and (b) part-time (i) primary and (ii) secondary school teachers who entered local authority...

      Teachers: Manpower

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

      Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many newly qualified teachers who had a grade (a) A or A*, (b) B and (c) C GCSE in (i) English and (ii) mathematics took up...

      Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of those (a) going into teacher training and (b) gaining qualified teacher status in the last year...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teacher trainees did not pass their teacher training in each of the last 10 years, broken down by graduate route into...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what estimate he has made of potential coal, gas and oil reserves in Afghanistan; (2) what plans there are for the construction...

    • Africa: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 6 October 2008, Official Report, columns 94-96W, on Africa: education, with which multilateral organisations...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what IT projects his Department is undertaking; and what the most recent estimate of (a) the cost and (b) the completion date of each is.

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many press and communications officers are employed by his Department.

      Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what requirements his Department makes regarding user fees when funding national primary education plans in developing countries.

      Developing Countries: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations he has received on the International Monetary Fund's placing of caps on teacher recruitment in developing...

      Dorneywood

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham of 19 June 2008, Official Report, column 1187W, on Dorneywood: official...

      Environment Protection: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the Answer of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 112W, on environment protection: overseas aid, who the signatories...

      Global Cluster Appeal

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which organisations shared the £2 million given by his Department via the Global Cluster Appeal; and what the arrangements were...

      Pakistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 6 October 2008, Official Report, columns 119-20W, on Pakistan: overseas aid, what progress the Pakistani...

      Pakistan: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will offer Pakistan advice and assistance to enable it to widen its tax base and minimise the scope for evasion; and if he will...

      Trade Unions

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

      UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the £0.5 million allocated to the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs to improve accountability between...

      Zimbabwe: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with the governments of states bordering Zimbabwe on the effect of food shortages in that country on the...

      Zimbabwe: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with the World Food Programme and other international agencies delivering humanitarian aid to Zimbabwe on...

      Zimbabwe: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what checks he has in place on UK aid monies paid into the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe to protect against siphoning off in currency...

  • Leader of the House

    • Members: Pensions

      To ask the Leader of the House how many hon. Members will have received payments from the Parliamentary Pension Scheme this year by the end of the year.

  • House of Lords

    • Africa: Agriculture

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much assistance they have given to centres of research into improved dry land agriculture in Africa during the past two financial years; and with what...

    • Banking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the European Commission required dividends on ordinary shares not to be payable until preference shares were redeemed under the Government's bank...

      Benefits: Winter Fuel Payment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will increase the winter fuel allowance to pensioners on benefits in line with fuel cost inflation.

      Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who are their principal advisers on human rights; when they were appointed; what remit, if any, they were given; for how long they are appointed; whether they are...

      India: Orissa

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Department for International Development plans to invest in projects for tackling rural poverty amongst the Dalit peoples and scheduled tribes in...

      Northern Ireland Office: Taxis

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

      Northern Ireland Office: Taxis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which ranks of officials in the Northern Ireland Office are permitted to use a taxi; and for what type of trip.

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