Written answers

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

  • Wales

    • Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many external consultants work for his Department.

    • Departmental Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much surplus land his Department owns; and what the (a) area and (b) estimated monetary value of each site is.

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many full-time equivalent staff in his Department assist special advisers; and what the cost of employing such staff was in each of the last three years.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Portcullis House: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission on what percentage of sitting days in the last 12 months have (a) one and (b) both water features in the...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many Questions for written answer were tabled to him in Session (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04, (c) 2004-05, (d) 2005-06, (e) 2006-07 and (f)...

  • Leader of the House

    • Committees

      To ask the Leader of the House what estimate she has made of the annual cost of the proposed (a) regional Select Committees and (b) regional Grand Committees, including remuneration for...

    • Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House how many Questions for written answer were tabled to her and her predecessors in Session (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04, (c) 2004-05, (d) 2005-06, (e) 2006-07 and...

      Early-Day Motions

      To ask the Leader of the House what recent assessment she has made of the methods by which hon. Members may add their names to early-day motions.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House if she will bring forward proposals to allow hon. Members to table no more than one Question for oral Answer to each Department which answers substantive and...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts Council England: Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Arts Council England spent on recruitment consultants in each of the last five years; and which companies provided these services.

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport for which Government websites his Department are responsible; how many visitors each received in the last period for which figures are...

      English Heritage: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which planning applications for renewable energy projects English Heritage have objected to in the last five years.

      English Heritage: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the policy is of English Heritage on planning applications for renewable energy projects.

      Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many public libraries have opened in the last 10 years.

      Racial Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many complaints of racial abuse relating to staff for which his Department is responsible have been (a) investigated and (b)...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many pensioners in Enfield North constituency received a free television licence in each year since the introduction of the scheme.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what powers the Television Licensing Authority has to instruct bailiffs to collect unpaid television licence fees.

  • Olympics

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend East of 6 October 2008, Official Report, columns 635W, on departmental buildings, what...

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics when she plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall North of 30 September 2008 regarding a constituent.

      Olympic Games 2012: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics (1) what steps she (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to provide stop-overs for caravans on (i) the M20 and (ii) other routes from Channel ports to the...

      Olympic Games 2012: Contracts

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics which contractors have won landscaping contracts for the London 2012 Olympics; in which (a) country and (b) county each is based; and what proportion of...

      Olympic Games 2012: Contracts

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what (a) environmental and (b) other criteria were considered in deciding on the bids for landscaping contracts for the London 2012 Olympics.

      Olympic Games 2012: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what outstanding requests from the Olympics Delivery Authority for resources from contingency funding are under consideration; and if she will make a statement.

      Olympic Games 2012: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics pursuant to the answer of 27 October 2008, Official Report, column 690W, on Olympic Games: finance, how much is to be given to each Home Country Sports...

      Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many staff for whom she is responsible did not achieve an acceptable assessment grade in their annual report in the latest reporting year for which...

      Racial Harassment

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many complaints of racial abuse relating to staff for which her Office is responsible have been (a) investigated and (b) upheld in the last 12 months.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people over the age of (a) 55 and (b) 60 were recruited to his Department in the last 12 months; and what percentage of all recruits...

    • Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the number of hours of work lost through sickness absence on the part of staff working in his Department in the...

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of measures to combat drug-related crime in Northern Ireland.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions he has had with the (a) First Minister and (b) Deputy First Minister on Northern Ireland's contribution to the 2012...

      Plain English

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

      Saville Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the Saville Inquiry has cost to date; and how much it is expected to cost.

  • Transport

    • Airports: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his Department's planned spend on matters related to the expansion of Heathrow and Stansted airports is in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

    • Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the average number of passengers on internal flights within Great Britain in the last period for which figures are available is, expressed...

      Aviation: Certification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many type approval certificates for aircraft were issued by the Civil Aviation Authority in each of the last three years; (2) what the...

      British Railways Board (Residuary): Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding his Department provided to the British Railways Residuary Board in 2008-09.

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which local authorities offer free bus travel before 9.30 am to pensioners.

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with local authorities on the provision of central Government funding to local authorities for free bus travel for...

      Congestion Performance Reward Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the criteria are for making awards from the Congestion Performance Reward Fund.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority: Telephone Numbering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority has considered changing its 084 telephone numbers for the public to 03 numbers; and if he will make...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Centre: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many local authorities accessed records held by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency via the web enabled enquiry system in 2007-08; and for what...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a list of attendees at the International Experts Meeting held (a) in London on 27 October 2008 and (b) at Millbrook,...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when he expects his Department to complete the internal review regarding the freedom of information request E0004045; and if he will make a...

      Heavy Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles heavy goods vehicles of over 3.5 tonnes travelled in Great Britain in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007.

      Motor Vehicles: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent steps the Government has taken to reduce the numbers of road users who drive without valid (a) driving licences and (b) MOT certificates.

      Motor Vehicles: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Government has taken to prosecute vehicle owners who do not have valid car tax.

      Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the annual budget of the Government Car and Despatch Agency is for providing transport for (a) Ministers, (b) senior civil servants, (c) other...

      Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what work has been conducted by his Department to encourage and facilitate the use of intelligent transport systems; and from which budgets such work...

      Public Transport: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will meet representatives of the Youth Parliament to discuss concessionary fares on public transport for young people aged 11 to 18 years old who...

      Public Transport: Visually Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the Answer of 28 October 2008, Official Report, column 837W, on public transport: visually impaired, if his Department will instigate...

      Railway Heritage Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) role and (b) remit is of the Railway Heritage Committee; what projects it is conducting; and from what budgets the costs of each such...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many rail passenger journeys were made in (a) 1997 and (b) 2007 (i) England and (ii) from Blundellsands and Crosby railway station.

      Railways: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much capital expenditure his Department incurred in relation to rail travel in (a) 1997 and (b) 2007; (2) how much his Department plans to...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the number of vehicle miles travelled on (i) motorways and (ii) other roads...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) men and (b) women aged between 17 and 21 years were killed in road traffic accidents in (i) Hemel Hempstead, (ii) Hertfordshire and...

      Roads: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the Highways Agency has budgeted for expenditure on major road projects in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12, (d) 2012-13, (e) 2013-14...

      South West Trains: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to announce a decision in response to the application by South West Trains to change its ticket office opening hours.

      Speed Limits: Motorcycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to deploy average speed cameras to detect motorcycles travelling at excess speed; and if he will make a statement.

      Stansted Airport: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect of adjacent green field land in mitigating air borne pollution from Stansted Airport.

      Traffic Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the annual budget for Traffic Radio on DAB digital radio is for (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

      Transport: Local Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what transport grants are to be provided by his Department to local authorities in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

      Vehicle and Operator Services Agency: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who is the employer of staff within the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency.

      Waterloo Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when he expects the work on linking one of the former Eurostar platforms at Waterloo International to the main domestic Waterloo terminal to be...

      Waterloo Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what estimates his Department has made of the number of passengers travelling into Waterloo in (a) 2007, (b) 2008, (c) 2009, (d) 2010, (e)...

  • International Development

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans the Government has to provide humanitarian aid to the displaced people of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

    • Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether the television licence fee in his official Ministerial residence is paid for from public funds.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Academies: Kettering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupils he expects to attend the two new planned academies in Kettering.

    • Education Maintenance Allowance: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the numbers of calls to the Learner Support Helpline that went unanswered in each month since January...

      Pre-school Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what proportion of early years settings have been found to be (a) outstanding, (b) good, (c) satisfactory...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the per pupil average dedicated school grant will be in (a) each local authority in England and (b) England for the 2009-10...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Adult Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much his Department spent on the Adult Education and Skills Strategy in (a) the most recent year for which figures are...

    • Airwave Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what organisations for which his Department is responsible (a) use and (b) are planning to use Airwave handsets.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what proportion of apprentices (a) were school leavers, (b) were further education college leavers, (c) were...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how many and what proportion of (a) large employers, (b) medium-sized employers and (c) small employers in England...

      Counterfeit Manufacturing: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps are being taken to tackle the trade in counterfeit goods on internet auction sites.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend, East (James Duddridge) of 6 October 2008, Official...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) universal serial bus flash memory data storage devices, (b) mobile telephones, (c) personal digital...

      Departmental Information Officers

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

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) page hits and (b) visitors his Department's website received in 2007-08.

      Departmental Older Workers

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

      Departmental Pensions

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

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much his Department spent on (a) entertainment, (b) advertising and promotion and (c) public relations consultancy in...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of successful undergraduate university applicants from (a) the UK, (b) EU member states other than the UK...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of the income of each university in England derives from funding provided by the Higher Education Funding...

      Higher Education: Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the adequacy of higher education representation at regional level of further education...

      Higher Education: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent meetings his officials have had with organisations from the north west to discuss widening access to higher...

      Higher Education: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) what discussions he has had with the Learning and Skills Council on its working relationship with the Higher Education...

      Higher Education: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what arrangements the Higher Education Funding Council for England has for working with further education colleges that...

      Students: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people in Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency received (a) adult learning grants and (b) career development...

      Union Learning Fund: Crosby

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many workplaces in Crosby constituency are in receipt of funding from the Union Learning Fund; and how much the fund has...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent discussions his Department has had with the Higher Education Funding Council for England on the effectiveness of...

  • Treasury

    • 11 Downing Street: Utilities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent on (a) heating, (b) electricity and (c) water bills for (i) No. 11 Downing street and (ii) Dorneywood in each of the last five years.

    • Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will take steps to restore assets belonging to UK depositors of Kaupthing, Singer and Friedlander (Isle of Man) following the freezing of...

      Bank Services: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects on pension funds of major banks ceasing to pay dividends.

      Banks: Government Shareholding

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether the ordinary shares in (a) HBOS plc, (b) RBS plc and (c) Lloyds TSB plc purchased by the Commissioners of HM Treasury are ordinary voting...

      Banks: Government Shareholding

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date each of the different share categories under the £37 billion purchase by the Commissioners of HM Treasury in (a) HBOS plc, (b) RBS Group...

      Banks: Italy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance his Department has provided to public authorities on the safety of placing deposits in Italian banks.

      Banks: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment has been made of the (a) safety, (b) risk profile and (c) security of deposits made by local authorities in Irish-owned banks operating...

      Betting: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 11 November 2008, Official Report, column 1083W, on betting: regulation, what plans there are to transfer the regulation of...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Fareham (Mr. Hoban) of 27 October 2008, Official Report, columns 778-80W, on departmental ICT, for what...

      Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department spent in 2007 on visits by its staff to Brussels; and how many such visits were made by (a) air and (b) rail.

      Financial Services Authority: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many complaints have been received concerning the Gathering Better Regulatory Information Electronically electronic reporting system, in the last...

      Government Departments: Property

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 3 March 2008, Official Report, column 2184W, on Government Departments:...

      Government Departments: Property

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 3 March 2008, Official Report, column 2184W, on Government Departments:...

      Housing: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill) of 18 June 2008, Official Report, column 988W, on housing: valuation,...

      Housing: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 22 July 2008, Official Report, column 1393W, on housing: valuation, when...

      Housing: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many domestic dwellings in England are marked with a property details activity code of (a) 30, (b) 60 and (c) 70 according to the Valuation Office...

      Lloyds TSB

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what elements of Government support for Lloyds TSB are conditional on that company completing its proposed merger with HBOS; and if he will make a statement.

      National Association of Estate Agents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what meetings (a) Ministers and (b) civil servants in his Department have had with the National Association of Estate Agents in the last 12 months; and on...

      Non-domestic Rates: Empty Property

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment has been made of the effect of the introduction of empty property business rates on the attractiveness to overseas investors of real estate...

      Plain English

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

      Private Finance Initiative: Local Government

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment has been made of the effect of the current financial situation on the viability of local authority private finance initiative projects.

      Regional Economic Council

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration has been given to including local authority representatives on the Regional Economic Council.

      Regional Government: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the budget for the (a) Council of Regional Ministers and (b) Regional Economic Council is in the first year of operation.

      Taxation: Inspections

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many new tax inspectors his Department appointed in each of the last five years; how many it plans to appoint in 2008-09; how many tax inspectors...

      Taxation: Inspections

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many fully qualified tax inspectors worked in his Department's (a) large business service, (b) teams dealing with tax avoidance schemes and (c) teams...

      Taxation: Prisoners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much tax and national insurance had been paid by prisoners employed in the Howard League for Penal Reform social enterprise in HMP Coldingley at the...

      Valuation Office: Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Valuation Office Agency has access to an electronic tendering system.

      Valuation Office: Geographical Information Systems

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill) of 4 November 2008, Official Report, column 314W, on the Valuation...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will make a substantive reply to Question (a) 229574 on preference shares, (b) 229573, on ordinary shares, (c) 229576, on subscription of the...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Abandoned Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department has taken to tackle the problems of abandoned cars since 2002.

    • Agriculture: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding from the public purse has been allocated for research into new farming systems in each of the last five...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the most recent inspection report of the Rural Payments Agency by the Office of the...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the likely effect of proposals under the CAP Health Check to remove cross-compliance rules...

      Badgers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on the use of rodenators to control badgers.

      Carbon Emissions: New Forest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 10 November 2008, Official Report, columns 769-70W, on carbon emissions: New Forest, (1) what...

      Departmental Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent on entertainment by his Department in 2007-08; and how much of that sum is accounted for by expenditure on...

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on (a) electricity and (b) heating in each month of each of the last five years.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his Department's expenditure was on consultants for (a) management, (b) media and public relations, (c) design, (d)...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many unique visitors there were to his Departmental website in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Departmental Liability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what dates in each of the last five years his Department informed the House of the creation of contingent liabilities...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many full-time equivalent press officers (a) work and (b) provide assistance for his Department.

      Departmental Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent on overnight accommodation by his Department's civil servants in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 1 September 2008, Official Report, column 1484W, on departmental planning permission, what the...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of invoices for goods and services procured from small- and medium-sized businesses were paid within 30 days...

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many civil servants in his Department were recruited through the fast stream; and what the average salary of those...

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill) of 1 September 2008, Official...

      Eco-towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what studies his Department has commissioned into the suitability of the Co-operative Wholesale Society's Stoughton Farm...

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to his Department's press release of 16 September 2008, on local environment quality surveys; if he will place...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on fisheries protection in (a) 1997 and (b) 2008.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions his Department has made to Ofwat with respect to the future pricing review on (a) sewage flooding, (b)...

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to increase public access to woodland.

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to increase woodland cover in England.

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward proposals that no one should live more than 500 metres from a two hectare wood and four kilometres...

      Genetically Modified Organisms: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for which genetically modified varieties of (a) soya, (b) maize and (c) rapeseed approval has been given for import in the...

      Inland Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with British Waterways on progress towards its target to expand its waterways network by 2012.

      Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many inspectors were employed by his Department in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 1997-98.

      Mussels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will instruct the Fish Health Inspectorate to reduce the five working days' notice required for a visual inspection of...

      Nanotechnology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many submissions to the voluntary reporting scheme for engineered nanoscale materials his Department received from (a)...

      Nanotechnology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when his Department's review of the voluntary reporting scheme for engineered nanoscale materials will conclude; and when he...

      Nature Conservation: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether compensatory habitats for large developments provided for under the EU Habitats Directive may be located in a member...

      Nature Conservation: Madagascar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to protect endangered animal species in Madagascar.

      Noise: Oxfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress his Department has made in conducting noise mapping of the M40 at Milton Common in Oxfordshire in accordance...

      Parliament Square: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the written answer of 21 July 2008, Official Report, column 748W, on noise pollution, whether the repeal of...

      Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff in his Department did not achieve an acceptable assessment grade in their annual report in the latest...

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding is available from the public purse to support the registration of crop protection products for off-label use.

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the total cost of the current process of registering crop protection products for off-label use.

      Pesticides: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on the implementation of proposed EU regulations on crop protection chemicals; and if he will make a statement.

      Pesticides: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with UK Members of the European Parliament on European Commission proposals for new regulations...

      Pesticides: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the pesticide Imidacloprid was licensed for use in the UK.

      Plain English

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many documents produced by his Department were submitted to the Plain English Campaign for approval for Crystal Mark...

      Plants: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what response he has made to the European Parliament's proposals on the draft Regulation concerning the placing of plant...

      Plants: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps he is taking to ensure an assessment of the impact of the proposed EU regulation on the placing of plant...

      Plants: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure that the derogation contained in the Council of Ministers' Common Position of the proposal...

      Plants: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on the zoning proposals contained in the draft EU Regulation concerning the placing of plant protection...

      Plants: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will commission a further analysis by experts of the proposed zones in regards to the proposed EU Regulation concerning...

      Plants: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he has taken to address the potential impact on the British horticulture industry of the European Parliament's...

      Property: Forestry Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the Forestry Commission has spent on maintaining its properties in each of the last five years.

      Smoking: Departmental Co-ordination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Department of Health on the effect of the public smoking ban on levels of (a) noise...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many civil servants in his Department were seconded to work for (a) trades unions and (b) the Trades Union Congress in...

      Tuna: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy to suspend bluefin tuna fishing in the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean until such time as...

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the proposed pilot waste incentive schemes for the collection of household waste will include houses in multiple...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what dates his Department's Waste Incentives Project Board has met to date; and what the membership of the Board is.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the relationship there will be between regional waste strategy boards if established and joint...

      Water: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the remit is of Ofwat in relation to pricing for low income groups; and if he will make a statement.

  • Home Department

    • Border and Immigration Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Border and Immigration Agency (BIA) operations there were in (a) 2007 and (b) the last 10 years; what records her Department...

    • Departmental Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) date, (b) location and (c) purpose was of the meetings she had while in the United States in February 2008; and who attended...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of employees in her Department who received a performance-related bonus at their last appraisal were (a) male,...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has spent on targeted initiatives in (a) inner cities, (b) rural areas and (c) seaside towns in each of the last...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of her Department's staff took more than (a) five, (b) 10, (c) 15, (d) 20, (e) 25, (f) 30, (g) 35 and (h) 40 days leave due...

      Departmental Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much (a) her Department and (b) its agencies spent on telecommunication costs in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many questions for written answer were tabled to her Department in Session (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04, (c) 2004-05, (d) 2005-06, (e)...

      Deportation: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the evidential basis is for statements by Ministers in her Department that somebody is removed from the United Kingdom every eight minutes.

      Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children are held at Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for further leave to remain have been received in each of the last 10 years; how many applications were granted; how...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many universities, further education colleges and other educational institutions had applied for licences to sponsor foreign students by...

      Essex Police Authority: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussion (a) she, (b) Ministers in her Department and (c) officials in her Department have had with Essex Police Authority...

      Foreign Workers: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what data her Department holds on the number of economic migrants working in the care and health sectors.

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with the Ministry of Justice in relation to the universal periodic review by the UN Human Rights Council.

      Illegal Immigrants: Plymouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has received reports on whether an illegal immigrant and alleged murderer is working in a care home in Plymouth.

      Immigrants: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 16 May 2008, Official Report, column 1827W on immigration: housing, what record is kept of the number of private...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how she proposes to give effect to the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal's decision in the case of Mrs E.K., wife of Mr S.Z. of Aylesbury, and...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were applying for settlement in the UK under each employment route when the qualifying period for settlement was increased...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans (a) she and (b) the UK Border Agency has to hold information sessions for hon. Members and their caseworkers on the points-based...

      Immigration Controls: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether universities will be permitted to be licence holders for sponsored researchers under the points-based migration system.

      Immigration Officers: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) immigration officers and (b) other Border and Immigration Agency staff took long-term sick leave in each of the last five years.

      Islam: Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many mosques (a) were registered and (b) had applied for registration to perform joint civil and religious marriage ceremonies at the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Minister of State for Borders and Immigration plans to reply to the enquiry from the right hon. Member from Birmingham, Ladywood of...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letters of 10 September and 9 October 2005 from the hon. Member for Weston-Super-Mare on behalf of his...

      Oleg Deripaska

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether information held by the US authorities on Oleg Deripaska was available to the UK authorities before a visa was issued to him; and if...

      Passports: Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many pensioners in Enfield North constituency have received a free passport in each year since the introduction of the policy.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the expenditure on (a) direct staff cost, (b) operational support cost, (c) business support cost and (d) cost excluding sustaining...

      Police: Misconduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of procedures in place for the investigation of alleged misconduct by the police; what...

      Police: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what programmes there are for police officers to be posted overseas to help train overseas police forces in (a) secure and (b) insecure...

      Police: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police community support officers and (b) civilian support officers there were in (i) Vale of Clwyd constituency and (ii)...

      UK Border Agency: Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate her Department has made of the number of case files of asylum and immigration applicants lost by the UK Border Agency or its...

  • Justice

    • Bill of Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects to publish his Green Paper on a British Bill of Rights; and if he will make a statement.

    • Civil Service Commission: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what arrangements there are for the Civil Service Commission to transfer payments to (a) suppliers and (b) its staff in circumstances where the payment...

      Compensation: Industrial Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects to publish the Government's response to the consultation on pleural plaques; and if he will make a statement.

      Compensation: Industrial Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many responses he has received to the consultation on pleural plaques; how many were from (a) trades unions, (b) members of the public and (c)...

      Compensation: Industrial Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the consultation on pleural plaques, how many responses were in favour of (a) the status quo, (b) a compensation scheme and (c) a...

      Courts Service: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to the Courts Service of litigants in person was in each year since 1997.

      Courts: Control Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress has been made on point 8 of the then Prime Minister's security measures announced on 5 August 2005, on the expansion of court capacity to...

      Departmental Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will place in the Library a copy of the recent presentation by Sir Suma Chakrabarti to senior officials in his Department on cost savings across...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) page hits and (b) visitors his Department's website received in 2007-08.

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many questions for written answer were tabled to his Department and its predecessor in Session (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04, (c) 2004-05, (d)...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the proportion of the electorate who have declined to have their details published in the edited version of the electoral...

      Islam: Legal Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to write to the hon. Member for Wycombe in fulfilment of the commitment given by the Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local...

      Licensing: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been fined for television licence fee evasion in each of the last five years; and how much was collected in fines in each such year.

      Prison Service: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison officers were dismissed in connection with drug-related offences in each year since 1997.

      Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners have escaped while under escort from prison in each year since 1997; and how many of those escapes were from (a) private taxis and...

      Prisoners: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) male and (b) female prisoners entered prison needing treatment for drug addiction in each year since 1997.

      Prisoners: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will meet representatives of the Howard League for Penal Reform to discuss the findings of the independent evaluation carried out by Professor...

      Prisoners: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment his Department has made of the possible benefits of meaningful employment for long term prisoners, including the impact of any taxation...

      Prisoners: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what hours were being worked each day by prisoners at the Howard League for Penal Reform social enterprise in HMP Coldingley in its (a) first month and...

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prison officers have been assaulted whilst at work in female prisons in each year since 1997; (2) how many prison officers have been...

      Probation Service: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the budget of the Probation Service is in 2008-09; and what proportion of that budget is for the care and aftercare of young people in young...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the re-offending rate (a) within six months and (b) within 12 months for young men on release from young offender institutions was in each of the...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 10 November 2008, Official Report, column 874W, on reoffenders, how many offenders under 21 years old who had served (a) less...

      Secure Training Centre Rules (Amendment) Rules 2007

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when his Department will publish revised draft rules to replace the Secure Training Centre Rules (Amendment) Rules 2007.

      Vandalism: Cemeteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which Jewish cemeteries in England and Wales have been desecrated in the last two years; and if he will make a statement.

  • Health

    • Accidents: Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the NHS of treating patients who were involved in cycling accidents and were not wearing a...

    • Ambulance Services: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many emergency response vehicles are operated by each NHS ambulance trust in England; and what the ratio is of such vehicles per 1,000 of the population.

      Ambulance Services: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent per person on the provision of ambulance services for (a) each ambulance trust in England and (b) England for the latest period for...

      Aortic Aneurysm: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will publish a timetable for the introduction of the NHS abdominal aortic aneurysm screening programme; (2) when he expects the NHS abdominal...

      Arachnoiditis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has carried out into possible links between arachnoiditis and depression.

      Cancer: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of trends in mortality rates of (a) common cancers and (b) rarer cancers; and if he will make a statement. [Official Report,...

      Congenital Abnormalities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children of consanguineous unions were born with genetic abnormalities in each year since 2000.

      Dementia: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish an estimate of the full average cost of caring for a dementia patient for 12 months before he publishes his national dementia care strategy.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS (a) dentists and (b) orthodontists there were in each (i) strategic health authority and (ii) primary care trust area in England in each of...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) NHS dentist to patient and (b) NHS orthodontist to patient ratio is in each (i) strategic health authority and (ii) primary care trust area...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 21 October 2008, Official Report, column 303W, on dental services, what items of information are supplied by dental providers...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 21 October 2008, Official Report, column 303W, on dental services, what the average patient recall interval was for dentists in...

      Diabetes: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department has taken to ensure that primary care trusts provide appropriate support for children diagnosed with diabetes; and if he...

      Doctors: Career Structure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doctors who qualified in each of the last five years have not practised medicine since qualification.

      Doctors: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses were employed (i) by Sefton Primary Care Trust and (ii) by the NHS in England in (A) 1997 and (B) 2008.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information he holds on the number of people aged 18 years or under who died as a direct or indirect result of abusing (a) cannabis, (b) cocaine,...

      Eyesight: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pensioners in Enfield North constituency have received free eye tests in each year since tests were introduced.

      Food: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps (a) his Department and (b) the Food Standards Agency has taken to ensure compatibility between the work of the Food Standards Agency and the...

      Genetics Insurance Committee: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) capital, (b) revenue and (c) other funding his Department has given to the Genetics Insurance Committee since its inception.

      Health: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the availability of top-up health insurance in England; and what information his Department holds on providers of...

      Hepatitis: Vaccinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken by his Department to ensure that hepatitis B vaccines are made available free of charge to essential workers in nursing homes;...

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the average cost per day of a patient staying in hospital in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Hospitals: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses work in (i) Aintree and (ii) Royal Walton Hospital; and how many did so in 1997.

      Lung Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people with pleural plaques; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department (a) has spent and (b) is expected to spend on legal and associated fees in all ongoing legal cases concerning NHS staff.

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the claims are for which total damages are worth more than £500,000 that have been settled under the Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts; and...

      NHS: Psychiatrists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many psychiatrists were employed by the National Health Service in each year since 1997.

      NHS: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he takes to ensure that LINks pay appropriate attention to social care inquiries; and what mechanisms are in place to ensure that health and...

      NHS: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that LINks and health and overview scrutiny committees work effectively together.

      Nurses: Crosby

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average starting salary of nurses in Crosby constituency was in 1997; and what it was at the latest date for which information is available.

      Patient Choice Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the expansion of patient choice from April 2008 will specifically apply to mental health services; and if he will make a statement.

      Primary Care Trusts: Judicial Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of judicial reviews of decisions by primary care trusts to refuse funding for (a) non-cancer...

      Sennybridge Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the likely change in the number of cases of Sennybridge disease when UK derogations from European animal health regulation...

      Smoking: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what budget within the East of England strategic health authority has been allocated to lowering the number of smokers in the latest period for which...

      Termination of Pregnancy Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of the partial regulatory impact assessment on (a) the Termination of Pregnancy Bill of Session 2005-06 and (b)...

      Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been on the waiting list for organ transplant in each year since 1997, broken down by organ awaited; and if he will make a statement.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • British Energy: EDF

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on which occasions Ministers in his Department have met senior executives of (a) British Energy and (b) EDF in each of the last 12 months.

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the amount of emissions of (a) ammonias, (b) nitrogen oxides, (c) particulates and (d) sulphur dioxide in the UK was in each...

      Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the likely extent of use of clean coal in the UK in the future; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what percentage of employees in his Department are (a) on a flexible working contract, (b) on a job share employment contract and...

      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 Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what (a) equipment and (b) data has been lost by the Department in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's organisational chart.

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the likely carbon price within the EU Emissions Trading Scheme traded sectors under (a) a 20 per cent....

      Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects the production of (a) oil, (b) gas and (c) other fossil fuels to peak globally; what steps he plans to take in...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of households in (a) Peterborough, (b) Cambridgeshire and (c) the UK which were in fuel...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the percentage of households living in fuel poverty who are on a social tariff from their energy supplier;...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what funding is being provided by his Department for alternative energy technologies in the next three years.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for what reasons the consultation on the feed-in tariff is not scheduled to begin until the summer of 2009.

      Renewable Energy: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) for what reason the Government requested article 5(2) to be inserted in the proposed Directive on the promotion of the use of...

      Renewable Energy: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much of the £500 million allocated to be spent from 2002 on research and development and capital grants for emerging renewable...

      Science: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much he has allocated to his Department's science budget under main headings for each of the next three years; and if he will make...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Icelandic Bank Deposits: Scotland and Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations she has received on assistance to local authorities in Scotland and Wales in respect of deposits they held...

    • Local Government: Constitutional Independence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will bring forward proposals to establish constitutionally independent local government; and if she will make a statement.

      Communities in Control White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made on the implementation of the Communities in Control White Paper, with particular reference to the...

      Regeneration Schemes: Employment Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department has taken through regeneration schemes to maintain employment opportunities.

      Regeneration Schemes: Employment Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department has taken through regeneration schemes to maintain employment opportunities.

      Repossessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Government is taking to help working families facing the prospect of home repossession.

      Community Cohesion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department is taking to encourage community cohesion.

      Fire Cover: Northamptonshire and England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of provision of fire cover for (a) Northamptonshire and (b) England.

      Local Community Empowerment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what measures her Department has implemented to empower local communities to determine the future of their local areas.

      Local Authorities: Economy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assistance her Department is providing to local authorities to deal with the current economic situation; and if she will...

      Regional Development Agencies: Planning Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations she has received on proposals to grant regional planning powers to regional development agencies.

      Local Area Agreements and Local Strategic Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the contribution which can be made by local area agreements and local strategic partnerships to...

      Flood Plains: Planning Policy Guidance Note 25

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions she has had on the application of Planning Policy Guidance 25 to development on flood plains; and if she...

      Affordable Housing: London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions she has had with the Mayor of London on demand for affordable housing in London.

      Airwave Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what organisations for which her Department is responsible (a) use and (b) are planning to use Airwave handsets.

      Arson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent steps have been taken to reduce the incidence of arson.

      Community Relations: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans her Department has to deal with the effects on local communities of large numbers of students taking up residence in...

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 30 October 2008, Official Report, column 1260W, on...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 30 October 2008, Official Report, column 1260W, on...

      Eco-Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions she has had on the establishment of eco-towns.

      Eco-towns: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the Government's proposed contribution to infrastructure costs in respect of each of the proposed...

      Eco-towns: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will publish the report made to her Department by PricewaterhouseCoopers on the financial viability of eco-towns.

      Eco-towns: Long Marston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department has spent on legal fees in defending the application for administrative review brought by David Bliss...

      Empty Homes Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding the Empty Homes Agency received from (a) her Department and (b) its agencies in each of the last three years.

      Fire Prevention: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the advertising campaign "Put it out, right out", has cost.

      Fire Prevention: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the advertising campaign Push the Button has cost.

      Fire Service: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many attacks were recorded on firefighters in 2007-08; and if she will make a statement.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has made available to fire authorities on the operational safety of firefighters in the last three...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 30 October 2008 , Official Report, column 1264W, on Firebuy...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) suppliers and (b) contractors have provided goods or services in relation to the FiReControl programme.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the minimum period is that a fire fighter must have trained before commencing operational duty.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many fire fighters died whilst on duty in each of the last 20 years.

      Fire Services: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what contingency plans are in place in the event of a firefighters strike; and whether her Department is responsible for...

      Fire Services: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much per capita funding has been provided from central government for each fire authority in England in the latest period...

      Fire Services: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what account she takes of firefighter safety in reviewing the efficacy of integrated risk management plans published by fire and...

      Fire Services: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what contingency plans she has should the South West fire control room not become operational; (2) whether the existing...

      Fire Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has for the introduction of national fire standards.

      Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many domestic fires were caused by (a) cigarettes and (b) candles in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Fires: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent steps have been taken to reduce the numbers of accident-related fire deaths.

      Green Belt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 30 October 2008, Official Report, column 1291W,...

      Guildford Street Angels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the contribution of church-led initiatives to increasing levels of safety in towns and cities,...

      Historic Counties Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what meetings she has held with the Historic Counties Association in the last 12 months; and what matters were discussed.

      Holocaust Memorial Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made on the arrangements for Holocaust Memorial Day 2009; and if she will make a statement.

      Home Information Pack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether a home information pack is required to be produced for the sale of a houseboat.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make it her policy to extend the transitional arrangements for home information packs beyond 31 December 2008.

      Housing Starts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of houses to be built each year until 2020 to attain her Department's target for three...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for how many permanent domestic dwellings construction was started in England in each year since 1979.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether dwellings built on windfall sites may be counted towards house-building targets required from a local authority under a...

      Housing: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes have been damaged by fire resulting from (a) accidents and (b) arson in the last 12 months.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what Government funds are available to registered social landlords for the construction of new social housing in Birmingham; and...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many unsold houses have been bought by the Government for affordable housing under its recent £200 million scheme.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the proportion of existing social housing that meets current standards for new build social...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many houses owned by local authorities for social accommodation there are.

      Housing: Recreation Spaces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will encourage local authorities to take action to ensure that no one should live more than 500 metres from a two hectare...

      Housing: Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether consideration has been given to encouraging residents living in inner London to move to new homes to be built as part of...

      Housing: Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new homes will be built as part of the Thames Gateway project; and what estimate she has made of the average cost of...

      Local Authorities: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she has taken to facilitate prompt payments to suppliers on the part of local authorities.

      Local Government: Liability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what requirements there are on local authorities to inform her Department of liabilities incurred in the course of their...

      Local Government: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of local authorities consistently making payment to suppliers within 30 days.

      Local Government: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will issue guidance to local authorities on the inclusion of Christian prayers during council meetings and authorities'...

      Mobile Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will establish a register of fit and proper owners of park home sites; and if she will make a statement.

      Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she will publish the review of houses in multiple occupation and possible planning responses announced on 9 April 2008.

      Multiple Occupation: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate her Department has made of (a) the number of houses in multiple occupation licensed in each local authority area...

      Multiple Occupation: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many applications have been received from local authorities to introduce additional licensing schemes for houses in multiple...

      Neighbourhood Wardens: Crosby

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the percentage change in the number of neighbourhood wardens between 1997 and 2007 has been in (a) Crosby constituency and...

      Newcastle International Airport Company: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will investigate the (a) liabilities incurred and (b) payments made from the public purse by the seven local...

      Planning Inspectorate: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the Planning Inspectorate is expected to start charging for appeals; and what estimate has been made of the Inspectorate's...

      Regional Planning and Development: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 27 October 2008, Official Report, column 718W, on equality...

      Regional Planning and Development: Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new jobs she expects to be created as part of the Thames Gateway project.

      Regional Planning and Development: Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent steps have been taken to ensure that the Thames Gateway project meets its target of becoming an eco-region.

      Regional Planning and Development: Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many acres of community recreational space are planned as part of the Thames Gateway project.

      Rented Housing: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects to respond to the review of private rented sector housing led by Julie Rugg and David Rhodes.

      Retail Trade: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the extent to which in-town trade diversion affects town centres; and whether this assessment...

      Retail Trade: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how the proposed revision of Planning Policy Statement 6 will protect and promote retail diversity.

      Retail Trade: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects to issue revised Planning Policy Statement 6; and whether the revised version will incorporate the recent...

      Severn Barrage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she has provided guidance to planning authorities on the potential impact of a Severn Barrage on flooding in the south...

      Severn Barrage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what responsibilities the Homes and Communities Agency will have for assessing the risk of flooding arising from the...

      South-East Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to whom a hard copy of the South-East Plan consultation document was distributed by her Department during the recent...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Action for Sustainable Living: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much funding (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) Capacitybuilders has given to Action for Sustainable Living in the last 24 months.

    • Average Earnings: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the average earnings of (a) males and (b) females are in the principal seaside towns in England and Wales.

      Cardiovascular Diseases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many and what proportion of all deaths were from (a) circulation diseases and (b) cancers in each of the last 15 years.

      Civil Servants: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many full-time equivalent civil servants each Government department and executive agency employed in City of York constituency in each year...

      Death: Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the mortality rate from cancer was in Crosby constituency in (a) 1997 and (b) 2008 to date.

      Death: Carbon Monoxide

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning there were of people aged (a) 60 to 64, (b) 65 to 74 and (c) 75 years and over since 1997.

      Death: Drugs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many deaths attributed to drugs overdoses were recorded in (a) Doncaster, (b) Barnsley and (c) South Yorkshire in each of the last five years.

      Death: Heart Diseases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many deaths in Crosby constituency resulted from heart disease in (a) 1997 and (b) 2008 to date.

      Death: Methadone

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many deaths attributed to methadone addiction were recorded in (a) Doncaster, (b) Barnsley and (c) South Yorkshire in each of the last five...

      Death: Weather

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many excess deaths from cold weather there were in (a) North Yorkshire and (b) Vale of York constituency in each year since 1997.

      Dorneywood

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 6 November 2008, Official Report, column 736W, on Dorneywood, what the...

      Dorneywood

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 6 November 2008, Official Report, column 736W, on Dorneywood, what the...

      Employment: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people and what proportion of the working age population were in employment in each of the principal seaside towns in England and Wales in...

      Foreign Workers: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many and what percentage of migrant workers there are in the workforce in each of the principal seaside towns in England and Wales.

      Greater Manchester

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much funding (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) Capacitybuilders has given to the Manchester-based organisations (i) Transport...

      Immigration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what, on the basis of the most recent population projections, is the level of immigration at which the population of the UK would remain below 70...

      Non-profit Making Associations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what further steps he plans to take to ensure that social enterprises compete for Government contracts on the same basis as other bidders.

      Plain English

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many documents produced by his Department were submitted to the Plain English Campaign for approval for Crystal Mark status in each year since...

      Population

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the most recent forecast is from the Office for National Statistics of the proportion of population growth (a) directly attributable and (b)...

      Voluntary Work

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate he has made of the number of (a) formal and (b) informal volunteers in England and Wales in each of the last 15 years.

      Young People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many 16 to 24 year olds were living in (a) North Yorkshire, (b) London and (c) England in each year since 1997.

  • Defence

    • Adjutant Generals Corps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what criteria govern the selection of Adjutant General Administrative Instruction documents to be made available on the Ministry of Defence website.

    • Afghanistan: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many tonnes of charity clothing have been transported by the Royal Air Force using vacant cargo space on regular sorties to and from Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of UK armed forces are deployed in (a) Kabul and (b) Helmand province.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total cost has been of the UK's involvement in Afghanistan in each of the last five financial years.

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many goodwill parcels from the public intended for deployed troops were (a) received by his Department and (b) delivered to troops on service in...

      Armed Forces: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment has been made of the operation of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme in comparison with (a) compensation arrangements for police...

      Armed Forces: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date the decision was made that the Directorate of Army Personnel Strategy Science should attend the scene of all sudden deaths on the military...

      Armed Forces: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library the latest service families continuous attitude survey.

      Armed Forces: Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of levels of officer retention in the armed forces over the last 10 years.

      Armed Forces: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what items are listed in the psychological checklist drawn up by the Army Suicide Prevention Group following the recommendation of the Walton report; and...

      Armed Forces: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what principal recommendations were made as a result of the qualitative research conducted by the Directorate of Army Personnel Strategy in 1999 at the...

      Armed Forces: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what teaching materials are available in each service on awareness and prevention of suicide and self-harm; and what steps he plans to take to encourage...

      Armed Forces: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the weekly allocation of free telephone calls for armed forces' personnel serving overseas.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the topic headings are for course work on (a) the law of armed conflict and (b) the requirements of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human...

      Defence Estates: Bye Laws

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 6 November 2008, Official Report, columns 671-72W, on Military Lands Act byelaws, what the 96 sites, including the 13...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department paid to consultants and external assistants in the last period for which figures are available.

      Departmental Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many energy saving light bulbs his Department has used in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration he has given to relocating his Department's sites to areas of high unemployment.

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many questions for written answer were tabled to his Department in Session (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04, (c) 2004-05, (d) 2005-06, (e) 2006-07 and...

      Ex-servicemen: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what provision his Department is planning to make to assist veterans in returning to Normandy for the 65th anniversary of the Landings in 2009; and if he...

      Ex-servicemen: Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many former members of the (a) Army, (b) Royal Air Force and (c) Royal Navy now work in civilian roles in his Department's (i) Main Building...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many surveillance cameras have been deployed by HM armed forces in Iraq since the beginning of 2008.

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Business

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what helplines and websites his Department and its predecessors have funded to support businesses since...

    • Christmas

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many Christmas functions (a) he, (b) officials from his Department and (c) officials from its...

      Departmental Databases

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend, East of 9 October 2008, Official...

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much was spent on salaries for press and communications officers in (a) his Department, (b) its...

      Departmental Land

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what plans he has for each of the sites owned by his Department and registered on the Register of Surplus...

      Departmental Liability

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on what dates in each of the last five years his Department informed the House of the creation of...

      EU External Trade: Sri Lanka

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what requirements apply to third countries under the Generalised System of Preferences plus (GSP plus)...

      Home Computing Initiative

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate has been made of the cost to the public purse of the tax exemptions provided to employers as...

      Illegal Broadcasting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what recent estimate he has made of the loss of income to commercial broadcasters arising from the...

      Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will meet representatives of the British Made for Quality organisation to discuss their campaign to...

      Paternity Pay

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of increasing the period for which a father can...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many post office branches were closed in the SS8 and SS7 post code areas between 1987 and 1997.

      Regional Development Agencies: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the budget is for each of the regional development agencies for each of the next three years.

      Regional Economic Council

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what (a) matters were discussed and (b) decisions were taken at the first meeting of the Regional...

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what discussions the Secretary of State has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local...

      Schools

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will place in the Library a copy of materials his Department has distributed to schools in the last...

      Trade: Montserrat

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

      West Midlands Economic Council

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform by what means the effectiveness of the West Midlands Economic Council will be assessed.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • British Nationality: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK nationals are serving a custodial sentence overseas, broken down by country of detainment.

    • China Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times the China Task Force has met since its establishment; who chaired each meeting; and if he will make a statement.

      China: Tibet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether benchmarks have been agreed to assess progress in the Sino-Tibetan dialogue; and if he will make a statement.

      China: Tibet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the positive outcomes for the Tibetans which have emerged from the UK-China Human Rights Dialogue...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of recent activity by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in north-eastern Congo; what assessment he...

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost was of (a) entertainment, (b) advertising and promotion and (c) public relations consultancy to his Department...

      Departmental Recruitment

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

      Diplomatic Service: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many and what proportion of British diplomatic staff, excluding locally recruited personnel, at each diplomatic mission in a...

      Eritrea: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will introduce an arms embargo against Eritrea.

      Georgia: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the progress of the EU monitoring mission in Georgia, with particular regard to EU monitors'...

      Iran: Jews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the treatment of Jews in Iran; what recent representations he has received on this...

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has for discussions with the Iranian government on its nuclear programme.

      Iran: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the treatment of imprisoned Jews in Iran; and if he will make a statement.

      Morocco: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what monitoring his Department is undertaking of the operation of the EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement in respect of fish taken...

      Morocco: Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 228W, on Morocco: Western Sahara, if the Government will take...

      Panchen Lama

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps he has taken to establish the whereabouts and health of the Panchen Lama; and if he will press for his release.

      Russia: Georgia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment the Government has made of Russia's fulfilment of its obligations under the Medvedev-Sarkozy ceasefire plan of...

      Snatch Land Rovers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what instructions his Department gave to its staff in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan during 2005 on (i) the use of and (ii)...

      Sri Lanka: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Sri Lankan Government on its decision to instruct UN agencies and humanitarian...

      Western Sahara: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has held with the UN on the proposed referendum of the Saharawi people on the future status of the...

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations have been made to the government of Zimbabwe on the treatment of Morgan Tsvangirai by the section of...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the hon. Member for West Lancashire's constituent Ms Helen L. Dunham will (a) be sent any backdated monies from the Child Support Agency...

    • Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make an assessment of the role of part-time working in facilitating return to work for incapacity benefit claimants in the principal...

      New Deal for 50 Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much the New Deal 50 Plus programme cost to maintain in 2006-07.

      Pension Credit: Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many residents of Enfield, North constituency have applied for pension credits since the establishment of the pension credit scheme.

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners there were in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 1997.

      Pensioners: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioner households were in poverty in Enfield North constituency in each year since 1997.

      Pensioners: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps the Government are taking to simplify the process for pensioners to claim benefits to which they are entitled.

      Pensions: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of up-rating the frozen pensions for retired UK nationals resident abroad who have reached the ages of...

      Pensions: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has instructed the Pension Service to write to giro cheque pension recipients telling them that this payment process is to end and...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people in (a) Kingston and Surbiton constituency and (b) the Royal Borough of Kingston have a Post Office Card Account, broken...

      Poverty: Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners were living in poverty in Vale of Clwyd constituency in each of the last 16 years.

      Poverty: Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of pensioners in pensioner poverty in (a) Glasgow North West constituency, (b) Glasgow and (c) Scotland.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what recent steps his Department has taken to encourage the take-up of (a) carer's allowance, (b) pension credit, (c) housing benefit...

      Social Security Benefits: Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the monetary value of benefits that have not been claimed by pensioners as a result of the...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals deferred their state pension to the age of 70 years in each of the last 10 years.

  • House of Lords

    • Banking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will urge the European Commission to review current accounting rules, with particular reference to the value of derivatives.

    • Belfast Agreement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 11 November (WA 123—24) concerning the interpretation of words as they...

      Bloody Sunday: Saville Inquiry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 3 November (WA 12) concerning a statement about the cost of the Saville...

      Bloody Sunday: Saville Inquiry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 3 November (WA 12) concerning a statement about the cost of the Saville...

      Bloody Sunday: Saville Inquiry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 3 November (WA 12) concerning a statement about the cost of the Saville...

      Bloody Sunday: Saville Inquiry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 3 November (WA 12) concerning a statement about the cost of the Saville...

      Citizens Advice Bureaux

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will allocate funding to citizens advice bureaux to enable them in certain locations to have Polish-speaking advisers.

      Data Monitoring: Equality Outcomes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To what extent equality outcomes require accurate monitoring data to be managed and accounted for.

      Department for Communities and Local Government: Printing Costs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much the Department for Communities and Local Government has spent in the last year for which figures are available on hard copy printing of documents for...

      Economy: Vulnerable People

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to address the proposal from the UK Autism Foundation for greater support for the vulnerable during the current economic situation.

      Equality

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will review the present regime for equality enforcement; and whether they will introduce new enforcement arrangements in the forthcoming Equality Bill.

      Ethnic Monitoring: Data

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they promote the use of equality impact assessments in measuring and managing equality performance; and what role ethnic monitoring data play in...

      EU: Shipping

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 23 October (WA 120—21), what consultation there has been with the British shipping industry about the new...

      EU: Shipping

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 23 October (WA 120—21), where the new monitoring organisation will be based.

      EU: Shipping

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 23 October (WA 120—21), whether any special arrangements will be made for Commonwealth and United States shipping.

      EU: Shipping

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 23 October (WA 120—21), what arrangements will be made for Parliament to debate and approve the proposed...

      EU: Taxation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the present status of the proposal for a direct European Union tax, put forward by Commissioner Schreyer in 2002.

      Housing: Black and Ethnic Minority Housing Associations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will investigate the Housing Corporation's treatment of the black and minority ethnic-led Presentation Housing Association, or ask the Equality and...

      India: Orissa

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Tunnicliffe on 30 October (WA 120) regarding the western Orissa rural livelihoods project, what were the income levels in the...

      Internet: BT and Phorm

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Phorm/121 Media technology tested by BT creates literal copies and adaptations of copyright-protected works in transmission without a licence for the...

      Iraq

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assistance they are giving to the Kurdish Regional Government in Iraq to assist the development of civil society and protection of minorities.

      Northern Ireland Parades Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What information has been provided to government auditors by the Northern Ireland Office concerning the possible double payment of income tax by members of the...

      Northern Ireland Parades Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Tunnicliffe on 21 July (WA 220), why it would not be appropriate to provide the names of monitors for the Northern Ireland...

      Northern Ireland Parades Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the qualifications required of monitors for the Northern Ireland Parades Commission; who set those requirements; and when.

      Northern Ireland Parades Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Crawley on 22 July (WA 276) concerning the Northern Ireland Parades Commission, why the information was not provided...

      Palestine: Refugees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assistance they are giving, through non-governmental organisations and the United Nations, to Palestinian refugees from 1948 living in Bourj al-Barajneh and...

      Planning

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Andrews on 15 October (WA 53—55), how long undetermined applications may remain with the relevant deciding...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Semtex explosive used in a recent attack on police officers in County Fermanagh came directly or indirectly from Provisional IRA stock.

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many times Army technical officers have been called out to assist the Police Service of Northern Ireland since November 2006.

      Race Relations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the effect of race equality councils on the promotion of good race relations and community cohesion in their local areas.

      Racism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have received advice from the Equality and Human Rights Commission about positive action to overcome any institutional racism in the United Kingdom's...

      Railways: Bonuses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the impact on the image of the rail industry of bonuses awarded to Network Rail executives.

      Railways: Chiltern Franchise

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 10 November (WA 106), how many interventions they have made in the Chiltern railway franchise in 2008.

      Sinn Fein

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in respect of their duties in the Northern Ireland Assembly, any Sinn Fein Members or Ministers receive grants or allowances, directly or indirectly, from...

      St Andrews Agreement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 5 November (WA 75—76) concerning the St Andrews agreement, whether the...

      Taxation: Residential Property

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many unincorporated taxpayers declared aggregated details of rental income and associated expenses for residential property on self-assessment tax returns in...

      Taxation: Residential Property

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the registration of residential housing tenancies by local authorities will provide information to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs on rental income liability.

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