Written answers

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

  • Church Commissioners

    • Churches: Change of Use

      To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners how many representations the Commissioners have received from parishes on alternative uses for churches...

    • Investment

      To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what the value of the Commissioners' investment portfolio was in each of the last five years.

  • Prime Minister

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) how many (a) page hits and (b) visitors the No. 10 website received in the 2007-08 financial year; (2) what the cost of maintaining the No. 10 website was in...

    • Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Prime Minister how many staff in his Department are responsible for branding activity; and what the cost of employing such staff was in 2007-08.

      Departmental Press Releases

      To ask the Prime Minister how many press releases have been issued by his Office in each year since 1997-98; and if he will make a statement.

  • Wales

    • Bidston to Wrexham Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales What recent discussions he has had with the First Minister on proposals to electrify the Bidston to Wrexham railway line.

    • Cross-border Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues and Welsh Assembly Government Ministers on health provision for English patients in Wales.

      Cross-border Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues and Welsh Assembly Government Ministers on cross-border patients treated by Welsh GPs.

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent assessment he has made of the state of the Welsh economy.

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister on policy to mitigate the effects of the economic downturn on Wales; and if he will make a statement.

      Digitial Inclusion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what steps he is taking to extend digital inclusion to elderly people.

      Rural Broadcasting Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had on rural broadcasting provision in Wales.

      Defence Expenditure

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

      Defence Technical Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he last met the First Minister to discuss the Defence Technical Academy, St. Athan.

      Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department has spent on Christmas (a) cards, (b) parties and (c) decorations in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the rate of staff (a) absence and (b) sickness absence was in his Department in each year since 1997; what the target rates set for his Department...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department spent on external consultancy in each year since 1997-98; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many employees in his Department took early retirement in each of the last five financial years; and at what total cost.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) special advisers and (b) press officers have been employed by his Department in each year since 1997-98; and at what cost in each year.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department spent on (a) publicity and (b) advertising in each year since 1997-98; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the cost of provision of Government cars to special advisers in his Department has been in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what bonuses were paid by his Department in 2007-08; to which members of staff; and for what purposes.

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether his Department uses Royal Mail as the primary company for sending its post, parcels and packaging.

      Departmental Press Releases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many press releases have been issued by his Department in each year since 1997-98; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether there has been any nugatory cost to his Department relating to tendered procurement where the tender process has been cancelled prior to the award...

      Public Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department has spent on (a) focus groups and (b) opinion polls in each year since 1997-98; how much he estimates will be spent on each...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission pursuant to the answer of 4 November 2008, Official Report, column 284W, on the electoral...

    • Political Parties and Elections Bill 2007-08

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission with reference to the evidence of the Electoral Commission to the Public Bill Committee on the...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the proportion of (a) lamb, (b) beef, (c) chicken, (d) pork, (e) turkey, (f) other meats,...

    • Council Tax: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the annual change in the level of council tax in each district council in the East Midlands was in each year since 1997-98;...

      Credit Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what support her Department gives to community groups to set up and run credit unions.

      Departmental Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the rate of staff (a) absence and (b) sickness absence was in (i) her Department and (ii) each of its agencies and...

      Departmental Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many civil servants have been employed by each of her Department's agencies and non-departmental bodies in each year since...

      Departmental Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many employees in her Department took early retirement in each of the last five financial years; and at what total cost.

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent on employing press and communications officers in (a) her Department, (b) its non-departmental public...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) special advisers and (b) press officers have been employed by her Department in each year since its inception;...

      Departmental Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which keywords or terms her Department has monitored in the media in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost of provision of Government cars to special advisers in her Department has been in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what bonuses were paid by her Department in 2007-08; to which members of staff; and for what purposes.

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her Department uses the Royal Mail as the primary company for sending its post, parcels and packages.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill) of 3 November 2008, Official Report,...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether there has been any nugatory cost to her Department and its agencies relating to tendered procurement where the tender...

      Departmental Public Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department has spent on (a) focus groups and (b) opinion polls in each year since 1997-98; how much she estimates...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate she has made of the number of empty non-residential properties in each local authority area.

      Empty Property: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many vacant retail units there were in each principal seaside town in each year for which figures are available; and what...

      Empty Property: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many empty properties there were in each (a) ward and (b) lower layer super output area of each principal seaside town in...

      Empty Property: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many empty homes there are in (a) Suffolk and (b) the East of England.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) when each regional fire control room outside London is planned to come into operational use; (2) what the timescale is...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the latest Part 1 business case for FiReControl, what the (a) current control room costs and (b) forecast...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her most recent estimate is of the cost of delivery of the FiReControl project.

      Fire Services: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been spent to date on external consultants working on the FiRe Control project.

      Fire Services: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects the FiRe Control project to be implemented in full (a) nationally and (b) in the East of England region.

      Fire Services: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's original estimated date for the full implementation of the FiRe Control project was (a) nationally and...

      Fire Services: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been spent on the FiRe Control project (a) nationally and (b) in the East of England region to date.

      Fire Services: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's original budget was for the implementation of the FiRe Control project (a) nationally and (b) in the...

      Fire Services: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the effect of the costs of operating the South West Regional Fire Control Centre is expected to be on Dorset Fire...

      Fire Services: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations she has received requesting a delay in the entry into operation of the South West Regional Fire Control...

      Fire Services: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department originally budgeted for the creation of the South West regional fire control room; what its current...

      Fire Services: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what date she expects the South West regional fire control room to become fully operational.

      Fire Services: Taunton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the monthly cost of maintaining the Regional Fire Control Centre at Taunton was in the latest period for which figures are...

      Floods: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of households (a) displaced from their homes and (b) living in caravans as a result...

      Floods: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of people who will be living in temporary accommodation on 25 December 2008 as a result...

      Homelessness: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people were recorded as homeless in Suffolk in each of the last five years.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department is taking to ensure support is given to low income households facing possible repossession of their homes.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much social housing stock each local authority in the ceremonial county of Devon holds; how many people were waiting for...

      Housing: Low Incomes

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

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of the housing stock in each of the principal seaside towns has been assessed as (a) meeting and (b) not...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment her Department has made of the relationship between opportunities for regeneration and redevelopment in seaside...

      Local Area Agreements: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress her Department has made in implementing its statutory duty to co-operate in local area agreements (LAAs) in...

      Local Authorities: Copyright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much additional funding the Government has allocated to local authorities for enforcement of sections 198 and 101A of...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will revise her guidance to local authorities on capitalisation in order to allow them to re-profile expenditure for...

      Local Government: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance she issues to local authorities on the appointment by them of non-executive directors; and what requirements there...

      Minister for the South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if the Minister for the South West will assist hon. Members from constituencies in the South West who are experiencing...

      Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the mean (a) mortgage payment and (b) rent payment was in England in each year since 1997, broken down by (i) age of...

      Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authorities have introduced (a) licensing requirements for homes in multiple occupation outside the Housing Act...

      Multiple Occupation: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 17 November 2008, Official Report, column 129W, if she will make it her policy to (a) collect and...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information she holds on the number of local authorities in England which have exercised their discretion to award hardship...

      Non-domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the level of non-payment of retrospective business rates on UK port occupiers in respect of 2005 will have an effect on...

      Non-domestic Rates: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many small businesses have claimed small business rates relief in Bolton, South-East constituency in the last 12 months; and...

      Ordnance Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Ordnance Survey has received in respect of use of its mapping data covering the Greater London area for the purpose...

      Ordnance Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Ordnance Survey has received in respect of use of mapping data covering the Greater London area for the purpose of...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many staff in her Department left under (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 2005-06;...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many of her Department's staff who left under (a) an involuntary and (b) a voluntary exit scheme in each year since...

      Rented Housing: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many properties in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire are privately rented; (2) how many people have been...

      Rented Housing: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what measures are in place to tackle unscrupulous landlords in the private rented sector; and if she will make a statement.

      Repossession Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the effect on levels of home...

      Repossession Orders: Barnet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will assess the effects of house repossessions in Chipping Barnet constituency.

      Second Homes: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what percentage of homes are registered as second homes in the (a) Test Valley borough and (b) Hampshire County...

      Smoking: Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has provided to local authorities on whether adults who smoke may be eligible to become foster parents.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent steps the Government has taken to ensure that the views of local authority tenants on (a) social housing issues and...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many registered social landlords (a) are in breach of their borrowing covenant, (b) are within 5 per cent. of breaching...

      Social Services: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the use of out-of-county placements of vulnerable adults and children in principal seaside towns...

      Staffordshire County Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessments of Staffordshire County Council's social services department have been made since 2000.

      Working Neighbourhood Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the letter from the Minister of State for Local Government to the hon. Member for...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the average daily sortie rate was for the eight Harrier aircraft deployed in Afghanistan in October 2008; (2) what the planned sortie rate is...

    • Afghanistan: Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much funding has been spent on urgent operational requirements for the Harrier force since it deployed to Afghanistan in 2004.

      Afghanistan: Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total cost to the public purse has been in addition to that which would routinely have been incurred as part of the routine Harrier Annual...

      Afghanistan: Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the forecast total cost to the public purse additional to that which would routinely be incurred as part of the routine Tornado Annual Flying Task...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many rounds have been fired by British forces in each Brigade rotation in Afghanistan since Herrick 6, broken down by type of ammunition used.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Harrier force at its full establishment could achieve harmony on Operation Herrick.

      Air Force: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many senior Royal Air Force officers of 2 star rank and above are former Tornado pilots, broken down by (a) rank and (b) post.

      Air Force: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what restrictions there are on flying times and patterns for (a) helicopters based at (i) RAF Benson and (ii) RAF Odiham and (b) Hercules at RAF Lyneham.

      Air Force: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his estimate is of the level of expenditure on infrastructure improvements required on (a) RAF Benson, (b) RAF Odiham and (c) RAF Lyneham to...

      Armed Forces: Bereavement Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average length of time was between a soldier being killed in action and the standard payment following a death in action being paid to the...

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK personnel are deployed on operations, broken down by location.

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of personnel in each pinch point trade in the armed forces exceeded harmony guidelines for tour intervals in the latest period for which...

      Armed Forces: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) outflow and (b) voluntary outflow rate has been of each infantry battalion over the last 12 months, broken down by rank.

      Armed Forces: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) target and (b) actual (i) inflow, (ii) outflow and (iii) voluntary outflow rate of each pinch point trade was in the last 12 months.

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the net present value was of a pension for a sergeant retiring after (a) 18 years' service on 30 April 1997 as a (i) Gurkha and (ii) regular army...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on progress on the Future Rapid Effects System.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many Jackal vehicles have been damaged beyond repair in service in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan; (2) how many Warrior vehicles have been...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the public disclosure of the weight of Army vehicles.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 29 October 2008, Official Report, columns 28-30WS, on protected mobility, which types of lesser...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what plans he has for the expansion of the armoured vehicle support initiative in 2009; and if he will make a statement; (2) whether his...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will include the Hadley plant of BAE Land Systems in the work undertaken to deliver the Warrior Fightability Lethality Improvement Programme.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will ensure that BAE Land Systems at Hadley is utilised to meet urgent operational requirements arising from the future rapid effects systems...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his timetable is for modernising the Warrior turret and increasing its lethality.

      Army: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of whether the Army Terms of Service (Amendment etc.) Regulations 2008 are compatible with the Convention rights in the Human...

      Army: Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many dentists the Army employs; and from which sites such dentists operate.

      Army: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many regiments were based in the North West in each of the last three years; and how many will be based in the North West in the next 12 months.

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many recruits joined the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy, (c) Royal Marines and (d) Royal Air Force in each of the last three years, broken down by...

      Army: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when the L14A1 side attack mine came into army service; when it was removed from the inventory; and how and when the ordnance's disposal took...

      Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the proportion of (a) lamb, (b) beef, (c) chicken, (d) pork, (e) turkey, (f) other meats, (g) vegetables and (h)...

      Departmental Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the rate of staff (a) absence and (b) sickness absence was in (i) his Department and (ii) each of its agencies and non-departmental public bodies...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to his Department of provision of office facilities to (a) special advisers and (b) press officers (i) was in the last 12 months and (ii)...

      Departmental Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many civil servants have been employed by each of his Department's agencies and non-departmental bodies in each year since 1997-98; and if he will...

      Departmental Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what type of data have been sold by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies under the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many employees in his Department took early retirement in each of the last five financial years; and at what total cost.

      Departmental Gifts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff in his Department have received gifts valued at £100 or higher in the course of their duties in each of the last three years; what...

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many press officers were employed in his Department in each year since 1997-98; what the total cost was in each year; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Lost Property

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

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) special advisers and (b) press officers have been employed by his Department in each year since 1997-98; and at what cost in each year.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on (i) publicity and (ii) advertising in each year...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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.

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of provision of Government cars to special advisers in his Department has been in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what bonuses were paid by his Department in 2007-08; to which members of staff; and for what purposes.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether there has been any nugatory cost to his Department and its agencies relating to tendered procurement where the tender process has been cancelled...

      Departmental Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which projects his Department has commissioned from (a) think tanks and (b) charities in each of the last two years for which figures are available; what...

      Departmental Public Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on (a) focus groups and (b) opinion polls in each year since 1997-98; how much he estimates will be spent on each...

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) listening exercises and (b) public forums his Department has held in each of the last two years; what the (i) purpose and (ii) cost was in...

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on public relations activities in each year since 1997.

      European Defence Agency: OCCAR

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the declaration on co-operation between the European Defence Agency and the Organisation for Joint Armament...

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to increase the number of helicopters in Regional Command South; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to ensure developers and contractors in the house building industry consider the whole life costs and the production process of...

      Information Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) reports and (b) statutory instruments which relate to cyber terrorism have been produced by his Department in the last three years.

      Iraq: Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armoured or protected land rovers of each type were deployed to Iraq prior to October 2003; and when they were deployed.

      Iraq: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when (a) officials and (b) Ministers in his Department were informed of the allegations made by the International Committee of the Red Cross about...

      Iraq: Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role the Harrier Force played in Operation TELIC in 2003.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 15th May 2008, Official Report, columns 1715-6W, on Iraq: peacekeeping operations, when each member of the Serious Crimes Unit...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many civilian contractors employed by his Department were serving on (a) Operation Telic and (b) Operation Herrick at the latest date for which...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what stage the Status of Forces negotiations with the Iraqi government have reached; what discussions on the issue there have been with the United...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 18th November 2008, Official Report, column 420W, on Iraq: peacekeeping operations, whether the Iraqi authorities have taken...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which Harrier squadrons have served as part of Operation Telic; and on what dates.

      Joint Force Harrier

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the armed forces serving with Joint Force Harrier have broken harmony guidelines in each of the last three years, broken down by (a)...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for how long the Tornado GR4 has been deployed continuously on operations.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 28 April 2008, Official Report, column 58W, on future large aircraft, what progress has been made in addressing the shortfall...

      Military Airlift Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will assess the proposal put to him by Crown Aviation on the provision of military airlift services; and if he will make a statement.

      Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what guidance Royal Navy personnel (a) have been and (b) will be given on (i) the impact of human rights legislation on the ability to transfer...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff in his Department left under (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 2005-06; how many of them in each...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of his Department's staff who left under (a) an involuntary and (b) a voluntary exit scheme in each year since 2005-06 received a severance...

      Royal Air Force: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent on upgrading the infrastructure at (a) RAF Benson, (b) RAF Odiham and (c) RAF Lyneham in each of the last five years.

      Submarines: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the evidence given by the Permanent Under-Secretary of State in his Department to the Public Accounts Committee on 19th November 2008 on the...

      Submarines: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will take steps to increase the number of nuclear watchkeepers to oversee the safety of the nuclear propulsion units in nuclear powered submarines.

      Tornado GR4

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost of using the Tornado GR4 to carry (a) 540lb freefall airburst/impact bombs, (b) Maverick Missiles and (c) Paveway 4...

      Tornado GR4

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) aircrew and (b) ground crew members of the Royal Air Force serving with a Tornado GR4 front line squadron have broken harmony guidelines...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the statement by the then Foreign Secretary on 14 March 2007, Official Report, column 309, on Trident, what reports his Department has...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the evidence given by the Permanent Under-Secretary of State in his Department to the Public Accounts Committee on 19th November 2008 on the...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the evidence given by the Permanent Under-Secretary of State in his Department to the Public Accounts Committee on 19th November 2008 on the...

      Trident Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the available skills base required for the Trident nuclear submarine replacement programme; and if he will...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 12 November 2008, Official Report, column 419W, on Department written questions, what the cost of preparing that answer was.

  • Transport

    • Buses: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment the Health and Safety Executive has made of the risk to the public from bendy buses.

    • Cycling: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents involving cyclist (a) injuries and (b) deaths have involved collisions with (i) cars, (ii) vans, (iii) heavy goods vehicles, (iv)...

      Dangerous Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many incidents of dangerous driving were recorded on (a) motorways, (b) the M1 and (c) A roads in each year since 1990; (2) how many...

      Dangerous Driving: Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures are in place to reduce levels of dangerous driving on motorways.

      Departmental Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the rate of staff (a) absence and (b) sickness absence was in (i) his Department and (ii) each of its agencies and non-departmental public...

      Departmental Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department and its agencies have spent on (a) flat screen televisions, (b) DVD players and (c) stereo equipment in each of the last...

      Departmental Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff were employed in the Senior Civil Service within his Department on (a) 1st April 2007, (b) 1st April 2008 and (c) 20th November 2008;...

      Departmental Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost of bonuses paid to members of the Senior Civil Service in his Department was in (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08 and (c) 2008-09 to date.

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many press officers were employed by his Department in each year since its inception; and what the total budget for press and communications in his...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether there has been any nugatory cost to his Department and its agencies relating to tendered procurement where the tender process has been...

      Driving Standards Agency: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many managers in the Driving Standards Agency have attended horse whispering courses; and at what cost; (2) what the content is of the horse...

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what estimate he has made of the number of learner drivers from Southend who travelled to (a) Chelmsford and (b) Gillingham to take their...

      Driving Tests: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the effect of the introduction of multi-purpose practical driving test centres on levels of (a) car and...

      Driving Tests: Southend-on-Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of driving tests booked at Basildon test centre which will be taken by learner drivers who had booked a driving...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many days in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available runway alternation at Heathrow Airport has been (a) fully and (b)...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff in his Department left under (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 2005-06; how many of them in each...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many of his Department's staff who left under (a) an involuntary and (b) a voluntary exit scheme in each year since 2005-06 received a severance...

      Roads: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost was to his Department of the objections to the stopping-up order at the highway between the Knapp and Castle Street, Dursley resulting in...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the cost when first submitted for Targeted Programme of Improvements approval was of each current Government-funded local authority and...

      Vehicle and Operator Services Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 18 November 2008, Official Report, column 271W, on the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, if he will list the legislation...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Archives: Offences

      To ask the Solicitor-General what steps have been taken following the police investigations conducted in 2006 on the insertion of faked documents into files at the National Archives; and if she...

    • Business: Fraud

      To ask the Solicitor General what assessment she has made of the implications of the OECD's recent report on corporate corruption for the work of the Serious Fraud Office on such cases.

      Departmental Absenteeism

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the rate of staff (a) absence and (b) sickness absence was in (i) the Attorney-General's Office and (ii) each of its agencies and non-departmental public...

      Departmental Civil Servants

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many civil servants have been employed by each of the Attorney-General's Office's agencies and non-departmental public bodies in each year since 1997-98; and if...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Solicitor-General how much (a) the Attorney-General's Office and (b) each of its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on external consultancy in each year since 1997-98;...

      Departmental Early Retirement

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many employees in the Attorney-General's Office took early retirement in each of the last five financial years; and at what total cost.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Solicitor- General (1) how many (a) special advisers and (b) press officers have been employed by the Attorney-General's Office in each year since 1997-98; and at what cost in each...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Solicitor General how much (a) the Attorney-General's Office and (b) each of its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on (i) publicity and (ii) advertising in each year...

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the remit is of each non-departmental public body sponsored by her Department; and what budget each has been set for (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

      Departmental Press Releases

      To ask the Solicitor General how many press releases have been issued by the Attorney-General's Office in each year since 1997-98; and if she will make a statement.

      Fraud

      To ask the Solicitor-General what criteria are used to determine whether a fraud case is prosecuted by the (a) Serious Fraud Office and (b) Fraud Prosecution Service.

      Fraud

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the respective responsibilities are of the (a) Serious Fraud Office and (b) Fraud Prosecution Service; and what arrangements are in place to ensure effective...

      Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many staff in her Department did not achieve an acceptable assessment grade in their annual report in the latest reporting year for which figures are available.

      Public Opinion

      To ask the Solicitor-General how much the Attorney-General's Office has spent on (a) focus groups and (b) opinion polls in each year since 1997-98; how much she estimates will be spent on each...

      Racial Harassment

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many complaints of racial abuse relating to staff for which the Law Offices' Departments are responsible have been (a) investigated and (b) upheld in the last...

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Solicitor-General whether any Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigations, apart from that into BAe, have been discontinued by the Head of the SFO following receipt of advice from the...

      Serious Fraud Office: Fraud Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General what support and services the Director of the Serious Fraud Office, Richard Alderman, has provided to the Fraud Prosecution Service (FPS) in his role as an external...

  • Leader of the House

    • Members: Allowances

      To ask the Leader of the House pursuant to the answer of 5 November 2008, Official Report, column 461W, on Members: allowances (1) in which circumstances hon. Members may (a) carry forward an...

    • Members: Allowances

      To ask the Leader of the House pursuant to the answer of 5 November 2008, Official Report, column 461W, on Members: allowances, whether hon. Members are able to spend the communications...

      Trade Union and Labour Party Liaison Organisation

      To ask the Leader of the House pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bassetlaw, 13 October 2008, Official Report, columns 846-47W, on the parliamentary resources unit, how much has been...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many employees in his Department took early retirement in each of the last five financial years; and at what total cost.

    • Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) special advisers and (b) press officers have been employed by his Department in each year since 1997-98; and at what cost in each year.

      Departmental Press Releases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many press releases have been issued by his Department in each year since 1997-98; and if he will make a statement.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many holdings claimed payments under the single payment scheme in the last year for which figures are available, broken...

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what administrative costs were incurred in respect of processing claims made under the single farm payments scheme in...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the extent of decoupling under the Common Agricultural Policy in each EU member state for...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which commoners' associations that were previously responsible for the operation of the Single Farm Payment are now no longer...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people on Minchinhampton Common, Gloucestershire are entitled to receive single farm payments; and how many such...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will hold discussions with the Minchinhampton Commoners Association on the operation of the single farm payment scheme...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what estimate his Department has made of the potential taxpayer liability for fines disallowance or other penalties as...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much the Government has paid in fines to the European Union as a result of late payments made under the Single Farm...

      Agriculture: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many foreign workers were registered under the HOPS scheme in 2008, broken down by nationality.

      Air Pollution: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he has applied for a derogation from compliance with the EU Air Quality Directive.

      Air Pollution: Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which areas around Heathrow breach the emission limits contained in the EU Air Quality Directive which are due to come into...

      Animals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the future plans are for the Dog and Cat Travel and Risk Information surveillance systems.

      Badgers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many prosecutions there have been for illegal actions relating to badgers in each of the last five years; how many of...

      Beaches: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on water quality at English beaches and the Blue Flag scheme.

      Bee Health Advisory Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Bee Health Advisory Panel last met; what matters were discussed; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the...

      Beekeeping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding has been provided by his Department to support voluntary bee keeping groups in each region in each year...

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he last made an assessment of the effectiveness of the operation of the Bee Diseases Control Order 1982.

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent guidance his Department has provided to (a) hobbyist and (b) commercial bee keepers on (i) management of...

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) hobbyist and (b) commercial bee keepers there are in each local authority area in England; and how many hives...

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps will be taken to maintain levels of UK production of honey from 2009.

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations his Department has received on the sustainability of the bee population; and if he will make a...

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding has been provided by his Department for research into the impact of genetically-modified crops on bee...

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department has taken to support the sustainability of bee colonies in each year since 1997; and if he will...

      Bees: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department has taken to find an alternative to apivar; and if he will make a statement.

      Bees: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps have been taken to find alternative treatments for (a) pyrethroid resistance, (b) colony collapse disorder and...

      Bees: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding his Department has provided for research into (a) pyrethroid resistance, (b) colony collapse disorder and...

      Bees: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of levels of (a) pyrethroid resistance, (b) colony collapse disorder and (c) varroa in bees in...

      Bluetongue Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice he has received on the risk of an individual animal being diagnosed with blue-tongue during the period of high...

      Bluetongue Disease: Import Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what obligations are placed on farmers who import stock from the blue-tongue protection zone in northern Europe.

      Bluetongue Disease: Institute for Animal Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what provision he has made for members of the blue-tongue stakeholder group to have direct access to scientists at the...

      Bluetongue Disease: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what quantities of vaccines for the (a) BTV1 and (b) BTV6 strains of bluetongue disease are (i) available and (ii) on order.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he plans to take following the judgment in the case of Partridge Farms Ltd v. the Secretary of State; and if he...

      Brussels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much his Department spent on visits by its staff to Brussels in 2007-08; and how many such visits were made by (a)...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department and its agencies have made of the effects of emissions of dioxins and dioxin-like...

      Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the proportion of (a) lamb, (b) beef, (c) chicken, (d) pork, (e) turkey, (f) other meats,...

      Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many legal proceedings naming his Department as a defending party are ongoing or unresolved; and if he will make a statement.

      Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many legal proceedings naming his Department as a defending party are under appeal.

      Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what provision his Department has made in its budget for 2008-09 for potential civil liabilities stemming from legal proceedings.

      Coastal Areas: Departmental Coordination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department has taken to improve its arrangements for co-ordination with other Government departments of policy...

      Common Agricultural Policy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of the 2007-08 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) budget was allocated to the top 10 recipients of CAP payments.

      Departmental Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the rate of staff (a) absence and (b) sickness absence was in (i) his Department and (ii) each of its agencies and...

      Departmental Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether food and drink on sale to staff of (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies at official premises is...

      Departmental Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many civil servants have been employed by each of his Department's agencies and non-departmental public bodies in each...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on external consultancy...

      Departmental Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department and its agencies have spent on (a) flat screen televisions, (b) DVD players and (c) stereo...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much expenditure was incurred by his Department in respect of (a) Brenda Poller, (b) Absolute Energy, (c) Noreen...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much expenditure his Department incurred in respect of (a) Chitterybite Ceilidh Band, (b) Off Limits, (c) Fresh...

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which organisations provided media monitoring services to (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) the...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for which Government websites his Department is responsible; how many visitors each received in the last period for which...

      Departmental Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much surplus land (a) his Department and (b) its agencies own; and what the (i) area and (ii) estimated monetary value...

      Departmental Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has for each of the sites owned by his Department which are registered on the Register of Surplus Public Sector...

      Departmental Legal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many legal proceedings naming his Department as a defending party have been (a) filed, (b) concluded and (c)...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff are on a priority movers list, people action team or similar designation for staff without posts, in each of...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) special advisers and (b) press officers have been employed by his Department in each year since 1997-98; and...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of Government-commissioned advertising in the last 12 months relating...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on (i) publicity and (ii)...

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the remit is of each non-departmental public body sponsored by his Department; and what budget each has been set for...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what bonuses were paid by his Department in 2007-08; to which members of staff; and for what purposes.

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many and what proportion of civil servants in his Department and its agencies are members of the (a) Classic, (b)...

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department uses the Royal Mail as the primary company for sending its post, parcels and packages.

      Departmental Press Releases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many press releases have been issued by his Department in each year since 1997-98; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether there has been any nugatory cost to his Department and its agencies relating to tendered procurement where the tender...

      Departmental Property

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

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much expenditure from the public purse for which his Department is responsible was incurred in 2007-08 in respect of (a)...

      Departmental Public Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department has spent on (a) focus groups and (b) opinion polls in each year since 1997-98; how much he...

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on external (a) public affairs and (b) public relations consultants in each of the last five...

      Departmental Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department has spent on joint research projects of each type with (a) universities and (b) companies in each...

      Departmental Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding his Department has allocated for agricultural research in universities in 2008-09.

      Departmental Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on agricultural research in each of the last five years.

      Environment Agency: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost to the public purse of the Environment Agency was in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.

      Eunomia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will publish the (a) date, (b) title and (c) topic of each research report or project commissioned by his Department...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made in the development of catchment flood management plans; and if he will make a statement.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent progress has been made on implementing the recommendations contained in the Pitt report on flooding; and if he...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, columns 489-521, on the...

      Flooding Lessons Learned Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions with local authorities have taken place on the Pitt review on flooding.

      Flooding Lessons Learned Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department has taken in response to the Pitt review on flooding.

      Flooding Lessons Learned Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when his Department intends to publish its detailed response to the Pitt review on flooding.

      Floods: Property Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had on building on flood plains.

      Food: Retail Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department is conducting into the effects of farmers' markets on producers and consumers.

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what proportion of planted ancient woodland sites managed by Forest Enterprise under a clear-fell regime are (a)...

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what proportion of planted ancient woodland sites managed by Forest Enterprise have been replanted with conifers since...

      Greyhounds: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to ensure that the destination of individual greyhounds no longer...

      Insects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of trends in the populations of pollinating insects in the last five years.

      Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much expenditure from the public purse was paid to legal professionals outside his Department for the purpose of acting...

      Marine Animals: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proposals his Department plans to put forward at the next European Fisheries Council on measures to protect sharks and...

      Natural England: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what real terms reductions there were in the headings of the budget for Natural England in 2008-09 compared with 2006-07.

      Natural Gas: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of central gas government grants went to (a) rural and (b) urban areas in the most recent period for which...

      Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) pursuant to the answer of 15 October 2008, Official Report, columns 1218-20W, on non-departmental public bodies, if he...

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department plans to take on pesticide spraying following the recent high court ruling by Mr. Justice Collins...

      Invertebrates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the populations of (a) bees, (b) moths, (c) butterflies, (d) beetles, (e) upwing flies and...

      Plastics: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans his Department has to fund new mixed plastics recycling plants; and if he will make a statement.

      Plastics: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many local authorities are not served by a mixed plastics recycling plant.

      Public Relations: Forestry Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 19 November 2008, Official Report, column 476W, on public relations: Forestry Commission, if he...

      Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the implications for human health of the expiry in 2010 of the UK derogations on the...

      Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the quarantine arrangements will be for pet animals entering the United Kingdom from non-European Union countries when...

      Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Government has sought relevant expert opinion on the human and animal health implications of the expiry of the UK...

      Racial Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many complaints of racial abuse relating to staff for which his Department is responsible have been (a) investigated and...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice he has given to local authorities on (a) the collection of waste material for recycling and (b) the storage of...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many requests have been made to the Environment Agency for temporary increases in storage capacity for recyclable waste...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent discussions he has had with the (a) Environment Agency, (b) Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff in his Department left under (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many of his Department's staff who left under (a) an involuntary and (b) a voluntary exit scheme in each year since...

      Reservoirs: Recreation Spaces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) water safety and (b) other environmental regulations are in place that prevent public access to grassed areas...

      Rivers: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what reports his Department and its predecessor commissioned on the rivers in (a) the South East and (b) Hertfordshire in...

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made in processing grant applications made to the Rural Payments Agency by Mr. Norman Coles of N...

      Sustainable Development Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consideration he has given to the future chairmanship of the Sustainable Development Commission; and whether Sir...

      Waste and Resources Action Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what the (a) remuneration and (b) pension entitlement provided for each board member of the Waste and Resources...

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 29 September 2008, Official Report,...

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) which local authorities have formally expressed an interest in participating in pilots for charges for the collection...

      Waste Management: Private Finance Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress is being made towards the completion of private finance initiative contracts with local authorities as part of...

      Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons his Department has delayed publication of water companies' formal responses to consultation on the new draft...

      Wines

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

  • Olympics

    • Commonwealth Games 2014

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many meetings there have been between officials from her Department and the Scottish Executive to discuss preparations for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

    • Commonwealth Games 2014

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics pursuant to the answer of 10 November 2008, Official Report, column 490, on Commonwealth Games, how many invitations to meetings to discuss preparations for...

      Commonwealth Games 2014

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics if she will publish copies of all correspondence her Department has had with the Scottish Executive on preparations for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

      Departmental Absenteeism

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what the rate of staff (a) absence and (b) sickness absence was in her Office in each year since its inception; what the target rates set for her Office...

      Departmental Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many civil servants have been employed by each non-departmental public body for which she has responsibility in each year since its inception; and if she...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how much her Office has spent on external consultancy in each year since its inception; and if she will make a statement.

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many (a) special advisers and (b) press officers have been employed by her Office in each year since its inception; and at what cost in each year.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how much (a) her Office and (b) each of the non-departmental public bodies for which she has responsibility spent on (i) publicity and (ii) advertising in...

      Departmental Press Releases

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many press releases have been issued by her Office in each year since its inception; and if she will make a statement.

      Olympic Games 2012: Contracts

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many contracts have been awarded by the Olympic Delivery Authority to date; and how many organisations have been awarded such contracts.

      Olympic Games 2012: Facilities

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what the target build cost per square foot for the Olympic village is; and what comparison she has made of the target build cost with the Royal Institution of...

      Olympic Games 2012: Facilities

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what exclusivity agreements are in force over the Olympic village; and for how long each is to be in force.

      Olympic Games 2012: Facilities

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what effect the reduction in the number of proposed (a) apartments and (b) bed spaces has had on the construction costs of the Olympic village.

      Olympic Games 2012: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Woking of 10 November 2008, Official Report, columns 781-82W, whether KPMG have been asked to examine the...

      Olympic Games 2012: Scotland

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many meetings there have been between officials of her Office and the Scottish Executive to discuss co-operation over the preparations for the 2012 Olympics.

      Olympic Games 2012: Scotland

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics if she will place in the Library a copy of correspondence relating to meetings her Office has had with the Scottish Exeuctive on preparations for the 2012...

      Olympic Games 2012: Security

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how much of the £600 million of security budget for the London 2012 Olympics has been provisionally allocated for the headquarters building.

      Olympic Games 2012: Security

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many buildings are under consideration for the headquarters of the security function for the London 2012 Olympics; and by what criteria the buildings...

      Olympic Games 2012: Wales

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what the value is of all contracts awarded by the Olympic Delivery Authority to businesses and organisations in Wales.

      Public Opinion

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how much her Office has spent on (a) focus groups and (b) opinion polls in each year since its inception; how much she estimates will be spent on each...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Pests

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what estimate the Commission has made of the number of (a) mice, (b) rats and (c) other vermin on the House...

    • Pests

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what his most recent assessment is of the extent of carpet infestation by vermin in the House of Commons estate.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Capital Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what the anticipated capital expenditure is of the Public Prosecution Service in the next (a) five and (b) 10 years; (2) what the...

    • Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have spent on Christmas (a) cards, (b) parties and (c) decorations in the last 12 months.

      Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many social action projects he has visited in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the rate of staff (a) absence and (b) sickness absence was in (i) his Department and (ii) each of its agencies and non-departmental...

      Departmental Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether food and drink on sale to staff of (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies at official premises is subsidised from public funds.

      Departmental Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many civil servants have been employed by each of his Department's agencies and non-departmental bodies in each year since 1997-98; and if...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on external consultancy in each year since...

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) emails, (b) telephone calls, (c) faxes and (d) letters he has received in his capacity as Secretary of State relating to...

      Departmental Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many employees in his Department took early retirement in each of the last five financial years; and at what total cost.

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent on employing press and communications officers in (a) his Department, (b) its non-departmental public bodies and (c) its...

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) special advisers and (b) press officers have been employed by his Department in each year since 1997-98; and at what cost in each...

      Departmental Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much surplus land (a) his Department and (b) its agencies own; and what the (i) area and (ii) estimated monetary value of each site is.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many staff in his Department are responsible for branding activity; and what the cost of employing such staff was in 2007-08.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on (i) publicity and (ii) advertising in...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost of provision of Government cars to special advisers in his Department has been in the last 12 months.

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the remit is of each non-departmental public body sponsored by his Department; and what budget each has been set for (a) 2008-09, (b)...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what bonuses were paid by his Department in 2007-08; to which members of staff; and for what purposes.

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether his Department uses the Royal Mail as the primary company for sending its post, parcels and packages.

      Departmental Press Releases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many press releases have been issued by his Department in each year since 1997-98; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether there has been any nugatory cost to his Department and its agencies relating to tendered procurement where the tender process has been...

      Departmental Television

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

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what representations he has received on the implications of (a) the agreement between the Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Fein on devolution...

      Domestic Violence: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent steps have been taken to improve conviction rates in domestic violence cases in Northern Ireland.

      Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many days he spent in Northern Ireland on official business in each of the last 12 months; and on how many occasions he stayed overnight.

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were convicted of drug dealing offences in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.

      Fines: Defaulters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many and what percentage of admissions to prisons in Northern Ireland resulted from defaulting on fines in each of the last five...

      Firearms: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many legally-held weapons have been stolen from properties in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years, broken down by police (a)...

      Kidnapping: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many attempted child abductions were reported to the police in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years, broken down by police (a)...

      Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of crimes resulted in successful prosecutions in Northern Ireland in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Public Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department has spent on (a) focus groups and (b) opinion polls in each year since 1997-98; how much he estimates will be spent on...

      Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many and what percentage of allegations of rape made to the police in Northern Ireland in each of the last two years were later withdrawn by...

      Recruitment: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people who are (a) Catholic and (b) Protestant are employed by his Department; and what percentage of the total number of employees...

  • Justice

    • Approved Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many complaints about the new facilities management contractors within the 101 probation approved premises were received in the year ended 31st...

    • Brussels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on visits by its staff to Brussels in 2007-08; and how many such visits were made by (a) air and (b) rail.

      Children Act 1989

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many Children Act proceedings he expects to be brought by local authorities in each of the next three years; (2) how many Children Act...

      Children Act 1989

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) which 93 local authorities responded to the consultation on public law family fees expressing concern that the new court fees would be...

      Community Legal Advice Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice where each of the (a) Community Legal Advice Centres and (b) Community Legal Advice Networks is located.

      Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of community sentences were breached in each of the last five years.

      Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to increase levels of compliance with (a) community sentences and (b) other non-custodial sanctions.

      Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what representations he has received on the effectiveness of community sentencing orders for shoplifting.

      Copyright: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his policy is on penalties for (a) physical and (b) online copyright infringement; and if he will make a statement.

      CORE Electoral Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) timetable and (b) budget is for the work underway on the CORE electoral database; and whether the (i) timescale and (ii) budget are in...

      CORE Electoral Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether a privacy impact assessment will be produced for the CORE electoral database.

      Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeal Panel for Northern Ireland: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the anticipated capital expenditure is of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel for Northern Ireland in the next (a) five and (b) 10 years.

      Departmental Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the rate of staff (a) absence and (b) sickness absence was in (i) his Department and (ii) each of its agencies and non-departmental public bodies...

      Departmental Art Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department and its predecessor spent on artwork in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether food and drink on sale to staff of (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies at official premises is subsidised from public funds.

      Departmental Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many civil servants have been employed by each of his Department's agencies and non-departmental bodies in each year since its inception; and if he...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on external consultancy in each year since its...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will place in the Library a copy of each tender document relating to the consultation on a Statement of Values.

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department maintains an electronic database of its suppliers.

      Departmental Credit Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many credit cards have been issued to staff in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies in the last five years.

      Departmental Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many employees in his Department have taken early retirement since its inception; and at what total cost.

      Departmental Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department, its predecessor and its agencies have spent on (a) flat screen televisions, (b) DVD players and (c) stereo equipment in each...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the reasons are for the delay in replying to a freedom of information request about deaths in prisons made by the Howard League for Penal Reform in...

      Departmental Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much has been spent on furniture and fittings for his Department's new headquarters at 102 Petty France.

      Departmental ICT

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

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) memory sticks, (b) laptop computers, (c) desktop computers, (d) hard drives and (e) mobile telephones were (i) lost by and (ii) stolen...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for which Government websites his Department is responsible; how many visitors each received in the last period for which figures are available; and what...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost was of maintaining his Department's website in the 2007-08 financial year; and what the forecast cost is of maintaining websites within his...

      Departmental Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much surplus land (a) his Department and (b) its agencies own; and what the (i) area and (ii) estimated monetary value of each site is.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) special advisers and (b) press officers have been employed by his Department in each year since its inception; and at what cost in each year.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) by how much he expects the headcount of (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies to change in the next 12 months; (2) how many people are...

      Departmental Marketing

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

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on (i) publicity and (ii) advertising in each year...

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the remit is of each non-departmental public body sponsored by his Department; and what budget each has been set for (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what bonuses were paid by his Department in 2007-08; to which members of staff; and for what purposes.

      Departmental Press Releases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many press releases have been issued by his Department in each year since its inception; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether there has been any nugatory cost to his Department and its agencies relating to tendered procurement where the tender process has been cancelled...

      Departmental Public Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department has spent on (a) focus groups and (b) opinion polls in each year since its inception; how much he estimates will be spent on...

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice to which completed consultations his Department has yet to respond.

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost was of (a) entertainment, (b) advertising and promotion and (c) public relations consultancy to his Department in 2007-08.

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies spent on (i) recruitment consultants and (ii) external recruitment advertising to recruit...

      Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department and each of its agencies spent on overseas travel in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the Answer of 18 November 2008, Official Report, columns 331-32W, on Departmental written answers, where the information on (a) questions...

      Draft Constitutional Renewal Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the timetable is for the publication of the Government's response to the Joint Committee's Report on the Draft Constitutional Renewal Bill, HC 551-I.

      Driving Under Influence: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people resident in (a) Southampton, (b) Test Valley borough and (c) the ceremonial county of Hampshire were (i) arrested under suspicion and...

      Electoral Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his Department's policy is on whether the Electoral Commission should be the (a) regulator and (b) administrator in relation to electoral services.

      Electoral Commission: Powers of Entry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make it his policy to ensure that the new powers of entry to be exercised by the Electoral Commission must be authorised by a judge rather...

      Electoral Commission: Powers of Entry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the evidential basis is which underlies the proposals to grant the Electoral Commission powers to enter people's homes.

      Electronic Voting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost was of operating electronic counting at elections for (a) Bedford borough council in 2007, (b) Breckland district council in 2007 and...

      Electronic Voting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much has been paid to Indra in respect of work on the operation of e-counting pilots.

      Employment Tribunals Service: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he has taken to ensure that employment tribunals are fully compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act 1995; and what mechanisms are in...

      Fines: Surcharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much he expects to collect from the victims surcharge in each of the next five years.

      Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reason magistrates are not able to access information on fixed penalty notices issued to those before them who have pleaded guilty.

      HM Prison Service: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which religions HM Prison Service recognises.

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of judgments made by the European Court of Human Rights which required amendments to UK legislation in the last...

      Human Trafficking: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of the convictions for human trafficking offences in each of the last five years led to (a) a custodial sentence of more than one year, (b) a...

      Intellectual Property: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convictions for intellectual property crime under (a) the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 and (b) the Trademarks Act 1994 there were in...

      Intellectual Property: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment his Department has made of the merits of training in intellectual property law for judges and magistrates and their advisers; and what...

      Judicial Appointments Commission: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the anticipated capital expenditure is of the Judicial Appointments Commission in the next (a) five and (b) 10 years.

      Judicial Appointments Ombudsman: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the anticipated capital expenditure is of the Judicial Appointments Ombudsman in the next (a) five and (b) 10 years.

      Low Newton Prison: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the sickness rates were for (a) prison officers and (b) governor grades at Low Newton prison in the latest period for which figures are available;...

      Northern Ireland Court Service: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the anticipated capital expenditure is of the Northern Ireland Court Service in the next (a) five and (b) 10 years.

      Northern Ireland Legal Services Commission: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the anticipated capital expenditure is of the Northern Ireland Legal Services Commission in the next (a) five and (b) 10 years.

      Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the cost of administering offending behaviour programmes was (a) in prison and (b) on probation in each of the last five years, broken down...

      Offenders: Biography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will introduce legislation to prevent criminals profiting from their memoirs or other publications about their crimes.

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign national prisoners recommended for deportation or removal from the United Kingdom by a judge at sentencing were (a) deported or removed...

      Operation Safeguard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many times Operation Safeguard places were used in the last 12 months; (2) what the average nightly cost to his Department of reserving a...

      Personal Injury: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Wantage of 22 May 2008, Official Report, column 413W, on personal injury: compensation, when he plans to...

      Photography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what locations and accompanying local authority areas are classified as prohibited places for photography further to an Order of the Secretary of State...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) pursuant to the answer of 6 November 2008, Official Report, column 751W, on political parties: finance, whether expenditure incurred by an hon....

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the memorandum submitted by the Electoral Commission to the Public Bill Committee on the Political Parties and Elections Bill of...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the proposed new guidance on trigger rules from the Electoral Commission will be subject to the negative or affirmative procedure for statutory...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans that the provisions in the Political Parties and Elections Bill on European Parliamentary elections are to be commenced in time to apply...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to consult on extending local candidate expense limits for parliamentary elections following the proposals to introduce the new trigger...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether contracts entered into before, but discharged after Royal Assent is received to the Political Parties and Elections Bill, will be considered as...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham of 11 November 2008, Official Report, column 1032W, on political parties: finance, whether a...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether a website promoting a candidate that was paid for before the commencement of the trigger provisions would be deemed not to trigger that...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 6 November 2008, Official Report, columns 752-53W, on political parties: finance, what types of expense used by or on behalf...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners serving sentences in HM prisons are beyond their original or adjusted tariff; how many of those maintain innocence of the crime of...

      Prison Service: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidance is given to prison officers on the wearing of political or religious badges or insignia.

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners were released having served in prison less than half their sentence in each of the last three years; what guidance his Department...

      Prisoners: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which prisons run a social enterprise programme similar to that established at HMP Coldingley.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison guards have been (a) suspended and (b) dismissed for bringing drugs into prisons in each of the last three years; and how many have...

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average amount of time each week a prisoner spent on (a) education and (b) working was in each of the last five years.

      Prisons: Governing Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison governors currently in post held the same post (a) one year ago, (b) two years ago and (c) more than two years ago.

      Prisons: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress has been made in forming a Joint Policy Board to oversee the links between mental health (a) commissioning and (b) provision and the...

      Prisons: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many body orifice security scanners have been (a) purchased and (b) installed in prisons in England and Wales since July 2008.

      Prisons: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which prisons operate body orifice security scanners.

      Probation: Leicestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the level of funding for the Leicestershire probation area in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12 compared with the...

      Probation: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the flat cash grant allocation for the Humberside probation area is for (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12; (2) what estimate he has...

      Prostitution: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many women were serving prison sentences for offences in connection with prostitution at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Re-offenders: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many persistent offenders there were in Suffolk in each of the last five years.

      Royal Park Agency: Fixed Penalty Notices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what powers he has given the Royal Parks Agency to issue fixed penalty notices; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the representations his...

      Sexual Offences: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convicted sex offenders have volunteered for antilibidinal drug treatment in prison since the programme's introduction.

      Theft: Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been imprisoned since 1987 for the theft of books, manuscripts, maps and other materials held in the national collections; and if he...

      Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many hearing centres (a) have closed in the last 12 months and (b) are scheduled for closure in the next 12 months; (2) what proportion of...

      Voting Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 6 May 2008, Official Report, column 795W, on voting methods, what evaluation reports were produced following the May 2000...

      Voting Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to hold further weekend voting pilots; and if he will make a statement.

      Voting Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to encourage greater use of remote electronic voting; and if he will make a statement.

      Voting Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether any election pilot schemes will be adopted in the 2009 local elections.

      Voting Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate has been made of the (a) setup and (b) average annual costs of enabling voters to use remote electronic voting in all elections across...

      Voting Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department has allocated funding to support the costs of weekend voting.

      Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been detained in young offender institutions in the last 12 months.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what representations he has received in (a) person and (b) writing from children detained in a (i) young offender institution and (ii) secure...

      Young Offenders: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many inmates of young offender institutions were treated for drug addiction in each year since 1997.

      Young Offenders: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many times restraint techniques have been used in (a) young offender institutions and (b) secure children's homes in the most recent 12 month...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Adult Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) the UK received (i) adult learning grants and (ii) career development loans...

    • Adult Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the average cost of an adult education course was in (a) England, (b) Houghton and Washington East constituency and...

      Adult Education: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the average cost of an adult education course was in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire in the most recent period...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what progress he is making towards meeting the target of having 500,000 high quality apprenticeships in the UK by 2020; and...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much his Department and each of its predecessors spent on advertising and marketing apprenticeship schemes in each year...

      Apprentices: Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people were in apprenticeships in Enfield, North constituency in each year since 1997.

      Apprentices: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people in Suffolk were on (a) apprenticeships and (b) advanced apprenticeships in each of the last five years.

      Brussels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much his Department spent on visits by its staff to Brussels in 2007-08; and how many such visits were made by (a) air...

      Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have spent on Christmas (a) cards, (b) parties and (c) decorations in the...

      Copyright Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the Government's response to the Second Report of the Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee on...

      Departmental Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the rate of staff (a) absence and (b) sickness absence was in (i) his Department and (ii) each of its agencies and...

      Departmental Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether food and drink on sale to staff of (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies at official premises is...

      Departmental Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many civil servants have been employed by each of his Department's agencies and non-departmental bodies in each year...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many external consultants work for his Department.

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on external consultancy...

      Departmental Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many employees in his Department have taken early retirement since its inception; and at what total cost.

      Departmental Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much his Department has spent on (a) flat screen televisions, (b) DVD players and (c) stereo equipment since its...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the cost of maintaining his Department's website (a) was in 2007-08 and (b) is projected to be in 2008-09.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) special advisers and (b) press officers have been employed by his Department in each year since its inception;...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on (i) publicity and (ii)...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many full-time equivalent staff in his Department assist special advisers; and what the cost of employing such staff has...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the cost of provision of Government cars to special advisers in his Department has been in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what bonuses were paid by his Department in 2007-08; to which members of staff; and for what purposes.

      Departmental Press Releases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many press releases have been issued by his Department in each year since its inception; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether there has been any nugatory cost to his Department and its agencies relating to tendered procurement where the tender...

      Departmental Public Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much his Department has spent on (a) focus groups and (b) opinion polls in each year since its inception; how much he...

      Departmental Public Participation

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

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure applications for education maintenance allowance are dealt with as quickly as possible.

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the average time taken to complete applications for education maintenance allowance was from receipt of application to...

      Education: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much was spent per prisoner on providing education in prisons in each of the last five years; and what the total cost was.

      Education: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the average cost was of providing an hour's education to a prisoner in each of the last five years.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the answer of 20 October 2008, Official Report, columns 103-4W, on admissions to higher education, if he will...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 29 October 2008, Official Report, columns 32-3WS, on Education (Student...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many additional student places have been created in each year since 1992.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) what data he holds on the parental household income of the cohort of undergraduates entering higher education in...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many 16 to 24 year olds were in post-16 education in (a) Hertfordshire and (b) Hemel Hempstead in each year since 1997.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what percentage of students were admitted to (a) Oxford University, (b) Cambridge University and (c) one of...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what percentage of (a) state school and (b) private school students in (i) England, (ii) the City of Sunderland and (iii)...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what percentage of (a) state and (b) private school students in (i) Hemel Hempstead and (ii) Hertfordshire were admitted to...

      Higher Education: Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many higher education institutions offered courses in building conservation and related subjects in each year since 1997;...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which (a) universities and (b) further education colleges in England have operating deficits; and if he will make a statement.

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will consider introducing a national bursary scheme for higher education students to distribute financial support on...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many university places were co-funded with employers in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07, (c) 2007-08 and (d) 2008-09; and...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much public funding was provided for the teaching costs of each place for first-time UK and EU undergraduates for courses...

      Higher Education: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much his Department and its predecessors have spent on (a) higher education and (b) further education in West...

      Higher Education: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much quality-related research funding was allocated to each university in the most recent research assessment exercise,...

      Higher Education: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of quality-related research funding for universities in the most recent research assessment exercise was...

      Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what action the Government have taken to improve the reading and writing skills of parents.

      Mature Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps he is taking to promote opportunities for those over 30 years old to study at university both as full-time and...

      National Vocational Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will estimate the cost to an individual of obtaining an NVQ level II qualification.

      Part-Time Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the Answer of 13 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1398W, on students: fees and charges, how many and what...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many staff in his Department left under (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many of his Department's staff who left under (a) an involuntary and (b) a voluntary exit scheme in each year since it...

      Science: Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether he has received the report from Ecsite-uk on science and discovery centres; and if he will make a statement.

      Science: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assistance the Government have provided to York as a science city since 1998.

      Skills Pledge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how many companies have signed the Skills Pledge since its launch; (2) how much his Department has spent on promoting...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many UK-domiciled students with a household income of between £50,020 and £60,000 the Higher Education Funding...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many late payments to students at each university of (a) loans and (b) grants there were in each of the last five years.

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the taper rates for the withdrawal of maintenance grants from 2009-10 will be, broken down by household income band.

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of levels of error and fraud within the maintenance grant system for undergraduate students; and...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent discussions he has had with the Student Loans Company on the relationship between interest rates on student loans...

      Young People: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the answer of 3 November 2008, Official Report, column 181W, on young people: unemployment, if he will break...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Breast Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many cases of breast cancer were (a) diagnosed and (b) successfully treated in (i) Hertfordshire and (ii) the UK in each of the last 10 years.

    • Cancer: Greater London

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate the Office for National Statistics has made of the number of patients diagnosed with cancer in each London borough in (a) 2005, (b)...

      Cancer: Greater London

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate the Office for National Statistics has made of the survival rate for patients diagnosed with cancer in each London borough in (a)...

      Capacitybuilders: Grants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will place in the Library a copy of a table listing each grant given by Capacitybuilders to individual voluntary groups and organisations...

      Census

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) for which ethnic groups not included in the current Census 2011 Test questionnaire consultation on ethnic group, national identity, religion,...

      Central Office of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many full-time equivalent members of staff were employed by the Central Office of Information (COI) in each year since 1997; what the staffing...

      Central Office of Information: Advertising

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the (a) name, (b) cost and (c) purpose was of each advertising campaign carried out by the Central Office of Information in 2005-06.

      Central Office of Information: Advertising

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the Answer of 5 June 2008, Official Report, columns 1138-44W, on Central Office of Information: advertising, what the (a) name, (b)...

      Central Office of Information: Iris London

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much was paid by the Central Office of Information (COI) to Iris London in each financial year since 2001; which contracts were awarded by the...

      Civil Servants: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what proportion of active members in the civil service pension scheme joined on or after 30 July 2007; and what projections he has made of changes...

      Death: Anorexia

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many deaths there have been from anorexia in (a) Norwich, (b) Norfolk and (c) the UK in each of the last five years.

      Death: Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many children in local authority care died in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by (a) local authority and (b) cause...

      Departmental Absenteeism

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what the rate of staff (a) absenteeism and (b) sickness absence was in (i) his Department, (ii) its agencies and (iii) each of its...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much his Department has spent on external consultants in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much (a) his Department and its agencies and (b) the Prime Minister's office have spent on (i) flat screen televisions, (ii) DVD players and...

      Departmental Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what types of data have been sold by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies under the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations in the...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many page hits from how many visitors the departmental website received in 2007-08.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the cost of maintaining the departmental website was in 2007-08; and what the forecast is for maintaining websites within his responsibility...

      Departmental Land

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much surplus land (a) his Department and (b) its agencies own; and what the (i) area and (ii) estimated monetary value of each site is.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many (a) special advisers and (b) press officers were employed by his Department in each year from 1997-98 to 2007-08; and at what cost...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many staff in his Department are responsible for branding activity; and what the cost of employing such staff was in 2007-08.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how much (a) his Department, (b) its agency and (c) each non-departmental public body sponsored by his Department spent on (i) publicity...

      Departmental Pensions

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

      Departmental Personnel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many permanent staff in (a) the Cabinet Office and (b) its agencies are classified as (i) staff without posts and (ii) part of a people...

      Departmental Press Releases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many press releases were issued by his Department in each year from 1997-98; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether there has been any nugatory cost to his Department relating to tendered procurement where the tender process has been cancelled prior to...

      Disabled: Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the average monthly income was for disabled adults between the ages of (a) 20 and 29, (b) 30 and 39, (c) 40 and 49 and (d) 50 and 60 years...

      Economic Activity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what economic activity levels were in each of the last 17 years.

      Electronic Government

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many of the 1,499 Government websites identified for closure in the Varney review have been closed to date.

      Futurebuilders England: Catz Club

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) on which dates each financial payment was made to Catz Club by Futurebuilders; (2) how much funding Futurebuilders has written off in total...

      Government Departments: Public Relations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the Answer of 12 November 2008, Official Report, column 759, on public relations, how much was spent on Government advertising,...

      Immigration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the Answer of 18 November 2008, Official Report, column 408W, on immigration, what the level is of net immigration at which the...

      Lone Parents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what his latest estimate is of the number of lone parents with children under 16 years old in (a) the City of Sunderland, (b) Houghton and...

      Lone Parents: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what his most recent estimate is of the number of lone parents who have a child or children under 16 years old in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b)...

      Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many staff worked at 10 Downing Street other than in the Prime Minister's office in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08.

      Racial Harassment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many complaints of racial abuse relating to staff for which his Department is responsible have been (a) investigated and (b) upheld in the...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many staff in his Department left under (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 2005-06; how many of...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps the Contact Council plans to take on replacing revenue sharing phone numbers with 03 numbers; and if he will make a statement.

      Tourism: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people were employed in the tourism sector in each principal seaside town in (a) 1978, (b) 1988, (c) 1998 and (d) the latest year for...

      V: Burston-Marsteller

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what monetary payments v (a) has made and (b) is contracted to make to Burston-Marsteller; and for what purposes.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when he plans to answer Question 231272 tabled on 23 October 2008, on assistant regional Ministers; and what the reasons are for the time taken to...

      Young People: Suffolk

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many 16 to 18-year-olds there were in Suffolk in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and what proportion were (a) in...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Academic Technology Approval Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many of his Department's employees are assigned to issue academic technology approval scheme certificates.

    • Afghanistan: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer to Baroness Williams of Crosby of 28 April 2003, Official Report, House of Lords, column WA58, on...

      Afghanistan: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance the Government (a) have provided and (b) plan to provide with preparations for the 2009 elections in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 10 November 2008, Official Report, column 877W, on Afghanistan: peacekeeping operations, (1) if he...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 November 2008, Official Report, column 878W, on Afghanistan: peacekeeping operations, what...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many quick impact projects of each type have been (a) appraised, (b) authorised and (c) completed in Helmand Province in...

      Afghanistan: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his oral answer of 11 November 2008, Official Report, column 627 to the hon. Member for North East Hertfordshire,...

      Airports: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's arrangements are for receiving visiting VIPs at UK airports; and if he will make a statement.

      Al Qaeda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will enter into political dialogue with Al Qaeda; and if he will make a statement.

      Austria: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the running cost of the British embassy in Vienna was in each of the last five years.

      Austria: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was spent on alcoholic drinks for receptions at the British embassy in Vienna in each of the last five years.

      Austria: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the current monetary value of the (a) wine and (b) other alcohol held in storage by the British embassy in Vienna is.

      Austria: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many receptions were held at the British embassy in Vienna in each of the last five years; and how many of these were...

      Austria: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much the British embassy in Vienna spent on newspapers, magazines and periodicals in each of the last five years.

      Austria: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much the British embassy in Vienna spent on stationery in each of the last five years.

      Austria: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many members of staff at the British embassy in Vienna are employed to work on correspondence; and what the average response...

      Austria: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what financial monitoring the British embassy in Vienna carries out to avoid waste and promote the efficient use of resources.

      British Embassy: Moscow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many receptions were held at the British embassy in Moscow in each of the last five years.

      Belarus: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the agreement signed by Italian and Belarusian Government, to allow Belarusian orphan children...

      Bosnia: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the most recent six monthly report of the EU High Representative on Operation Althea.

      Bosnia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the (a) political and (b) security situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina; and what his policy...

      British Council: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost has been to the British Council of fraud over the last three years, in relation to its operations in Africa; and...

      Burma: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the status and safety of Christian communities in Burma; and if he will make a statement.

      Burma: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps are being taken in the United Nations Security Council to prosecute the human rights abuses of the Burmese Government.

      Burma: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Burma on the recent decision to sentence 14 political dissidents to 65...

      Burma: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the (a) leadership and (b) political objectives of the Burmese Government.

      Chile: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what financial commitment the UK will make to the UK-Chile Scholarship Agreement signed on 14th November 2008; and what estimate...

      China: Tibet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what short-term objectives he has set for progress that can be achieved to improve the position in Tibet.

      Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have spent on Christmas (a) cards, (b) parties and (c) decorations in the...

      Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the proportion of (a) lamb, (b) beef, (c) chicken, (d) pork, (e) turkey, (f) other meats,...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate has been made of the number of rebel troops involved in the advance upon Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the possibility of sending an EU force to the Democratic Republic of...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of Angolan, Zimbabwean and Rwandan troops being drawn into the fighting in Democratic Republic of...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the recruitment of child soldiers in Democratic Republic of Congo; and if he will make a statement.

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in the Amani programme for peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; and what discussions he...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions troops of the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have reporting coming under direct attack...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the time needed to mobilise additional African Union troops to support MONUC in Democratic Republic...

      Departmental Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the rate of staff (a) absence and (b) sickness absence was in (i) his Department and (ii) each of its agencies and...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost to his Department of provision of office facilities to (a) special advisers and (b) press officers (i) was in...

      Departmental Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether food and drink on sale to staff of (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies at official premises is subsidised...

      Departmental Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many civil servants have been employed by each of his Department's agencies and non-departmental bodies in each year since...

      Departmental Conditions of Employment

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

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on external consultancy in...

      Departmental Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many employees in his Department took early retirement in each of the last five financial years; and at what total cost.

      Departmental Gifts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff in his Department have received gifts valued at £100 or higher in the course of their duties in each of the...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) memory sticks, (b) laptop computers, (c) desktop computers, (d) hard drives and (e) mobile telephones were (i)...

      Departmental Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much surplus land (a) his Department and (b) its agencies own; and what the (i) area and (ii) estimated monetary value of...

      Departmental Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) Hebrew, (b) Arabic, (c) Mandarin, (d) Cantonese, (e) Urdu, (f) Farsi and (g) Dari speakers are employed by...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) special advisers and (b) press officers have been employed by his Department in each year since 1997-98; and at...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff in his Department are responsible for branding activity; and what the cost of employing such staff was in 2007-08.

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many full-time equivalent staff in his Department assist special advisers; and what the cost of employing such staff was in...

      Departmental NDPBs

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

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the remit is of each non-departmental public body sponsored by his Department; and what budget each has been set for (a)...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what bonuses were paid by his Department in 2007-08; to which members of staff; and for what purposes.

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department uses Royal Mail as the primary company for sending its post, parcels and packages.

      Departmental Press Releases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many press releases have been issued by his Department in each year since 1997-98; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether there has been any nugatory cost to his Department and its agencies relating to tendered procurement where the tender...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 13 November 2008, Official Report, column 1407W, on departmental reorganisation, what the projected...

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many of his Department's staff were made redundant as a result of the closure of his Department's language school.

      Departmental Written Questions

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

      Diego Garcia: Rendition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has sought legal advice as to whether the use of Diego Garcia by the US for rendition flights in 2002 contravened the...

      Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK diplomats in overseas posts have been (a) expelled from a host country and (b) recalled following representations...

      Diplomatic Service: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 17 November 2008, Official Report, columns 192-3W, on diplomatic service: education, if he will bring...

      EC Action: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking in response to the publication of the draft European Framework Convention on Promoting Tolerance and...

      EC Common Foreign and Security Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the comments made by the President of the European Council at the EU-Russia Summit in Nice on...

      Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the current estimated value is of the (a) wine and (b) other alcoholic drinks held in storage by the British Embassy in...

      Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the running costs of the British Embassy in (a) Paris, (b) Berlin, (c) Madrid, (d) Brussels, (e) Rome and (f) Dublin...

      Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many receptions were held at the British Embassy in (a) Paris, (b) Berlin, (c) Madrid, (d) Brussels, (e) Rome and (f)...

      Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many receptions held at the British embassy in (a) Paris, (b) Berlin, (c) Madrid, (d) Brussels, (e) Rome and (f)...

      Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was spent by the British Embassy in (a) Paris, (b) Berlin, (c) Madrid, (d) Brussels, (e) Rome and (f) Dublin on...

      Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many members of staff are employed at the British Embassy in (a) Paris, (b) Berlin, (c) Madrid, (d) Brussels, (e) Rome...

      Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what financial monitoring is carried out at the British Embassy in (a) Paris, (b) Berlin, (c) Madrid, (d) Brussels, (e)...

      Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the British Embassy in (a) Tel Aviv and (b) Moscow takes to avoid unnecessary waste and promote efficient use of...

      Embassies: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 17th November 2008, Official Report, column 196W, on embassies: foreign workers, what additional...

      Embassies: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 17 November 2008, Official Report, column 196W, on embassies: foreign workers, which posts have been...

      Ethiopia: Rendition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether British officials have (a) met and (b) interviewed persons who in 2007 were rendered to Ethiopia for the purposes of...

      FCO Services: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the budget for the Government Hospitality section of FCO Services (a) was in each of the last five financial years and...

      Gaza: Borders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the government of Israel on the impact of the closure of Gaza upon the humanitarian...

      Georgia: BBC External Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the BBC World Service's policy is on broadcasting to Georgia; and if he will make a statement.

      Georgia: South Ossetia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 21 October 2008, Official Report, columns 213-14W, on Georgia: South Ossetia, from which Human Rights...

      Iceland: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has submitted proposals to the European Commission in respect of (a) European Union financial help for Iceland, (b)...

      Iceland: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken at EU level to assist Iceland; what support the EU has provided to date; and if he will make a statement.

      Iceland: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of relations between the UK and Iceland; and what steps he is taking to improve relations.

      Iceland: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has received an offer from the Government of Norway to mediate between the United Kingdom and Iceland in discussions...

      Ilois: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will hold discussions with the incoming US administration on the situation of the Chagos Islanders from the British Indian...

      India: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Indian government on the human rights of the Dalit peoples in India.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what decisions were made at the 13 November 2008 meeting of the political directors of the United States, France, Great Britain,...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate his Department made of the (a) amount and (b) value of refined petroleum products sold to Iran by companies...

      Iran: Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions since January 2007 the Government has received notification that the Central Bank of Iran and Iranian...

      Iran: EU External Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy was on the inclusion of Iran on the agenda of the General Affairs and External Relations Council meeting of 10...

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of Iranian engineers who have received training in nuclear sciences in Russia; and what...

      Iran: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on EU sanctions on Iran's (a) oil and gas and (b) financial sector; and when he expects new EU sanctions to...

      Iraq: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many locally engaged Iraqi staff employed by his Department since March 2003 concluded their period of employment on or...

      Iraq: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many locally engaged Iraqi staff employed by his Department on or after 1 January 2005 concluded their period of employment...

      Israel: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff at the British Embassy in Tel Aviv are employed to work on correspondence; and what the average response time to...

      Israel: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was spent by the British Embassy in Tel Aviv on newspapers, magazines and periodicals in each of the last five years.

      Israel: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many receptions held at the British Embassy in Tel Aviv were organised and funded by (a) trade unions, (b) charities, (c)...

      Israel: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was spent on alcoholic drinks for receptions at the British Embassy in Tel Aviv in each of the last five years.

      Israel: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many receptions were held at the British Embassy in Tel Aviv in each of the last five years.

      Israel: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost to the public purse of the British Embassy in Tel Aviv was in each of the last five years.

      Israel: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Israeli government on its nuclear weapons.

      Kosovo: EU Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with EU counterparts on the possible accession of Kosovo to the EU.

      Kosovo: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what progress has been made on the transition between UNMIK and the European Union's EULEX mission in Kosovo; and if he...

      Kosovo: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the UN Secretary General's recent six-point proposal for Serb majority areas of Kosovo; and if he...

      Kosovo: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the amended United Nations six point plan for deployment of the EULEX mission in Kosovo; and if...

      Kosovo: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of progress in the implementation of the Ahtisaari plan for Kosovo.

      Kosovo: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has (a) received from and (b) made to the Government of Kosovo on implementation of the...

      Kosovo: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the implications for the deployment of the EU's Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo of the recent...

      Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost of the provision of language training to members of his Department was in each of the last 10 financial years.

      Madagascar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK citizens visited Madagascar in each of the last five years.

      Madagascar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which Ministers have visited Madagascar in the last 12 months on official business.

      Madagascar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had on the possibility of re-opening a British Embassy in Madagascar.

      Middle East: Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to governments in the Middle East on anti-Semitism; what response was received in each...

      Middle East: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has developed a strategy for promoting the presence of UK academic and cultural institutions in the...

      Military Attaches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost to his Department was of each defence section in each (a) city and (b) country outside the UK in each year since...

      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, when he was informed that...

      Nepal: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will encourage the Nepalese authorities to give the right to settle in Nepal to those Tibetans presently resident in Nepal...

      Nigeria: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with UN counterparts on the international trade in stolen Nigerian oil; and what proposals the...

      Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will task officials in his Department with studying lessons learned from counter-piracy operations in the Straits of...

      Public Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has spent on (a) focus groups and (b) opinion polls in each year since 1997-98; how much he estimates...

      Racial Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many complaints of racial abuse relating to staff for which his Department is responsible have been (a) investigated and...

      Rendition: Diego Garcia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 6 November 2008, Official Report, column 688W, on rendition, whether the Customs and Daily Occurrence...

      Russia: BBC External Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the BBC World Service's operations in Russia; and if he will make a statement.

      Russia: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff at the British Embassy in Moscow are employed to work on correspondence; and what the average response time to...

      Russia: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was spent by the British Embassy in Moscow on (a) newspapers, magazines and periodicals and (b) stationery in each of...

      Russia: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many receptions held at the British embassy in Moscow were organised and funded by (a) trade unions, (b) charities, (c)...

      Russia: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the monetary value is of the (a) wine and (b) other alcohol held in storage by the British Embassy in Moscow.

      Russia: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was spent on alcoholic drinks for receptions at the British Embassy in Moscow in each of the last five years.

      Russia: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the running cost of the British Embassy in Moscow was in each of the last five years.

      Russia: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the European Commission on its audit of EU-Russian relations; what contribution the Government...

      Russia: Georgia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has discussed with his Russian and Georgian counterparts allegations of war crimes committed by both sides during the...

      Russia: Georgia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment the Government has made of the relationship between Russia and Georgia.

      Somalia: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of occasions on which ransom has been (a) demanded and (b) paid in respect of vessels...

      Somalia: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs under what arrangements the eight Somalis recently apprehended by the Royal Navy in the Gulf of Aden on grounds of piracy were...

      South East Asia: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions Ministers and officials in his Department have had with the Association of South East Asian Nations on...

      Sri Lanka: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 3 November 2008, Official Report, column 168W, on Sri Lanka, what proposals the UK has put forward to...

      Sri Lanka: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what initiatives the Government have put forward to re-start the Sri Lankan peace process negotiations; and what discussions he...

      Sri Lanka: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the government of Sri Lanka on its recent refusal to allow a European Union investigation...

      Sudan: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has discussed the merits of a UN arms embargo for the whole of Sudan with his counterparts in UN Security Council...

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with UN Security Council counterparts on proposals to strengthen the UN's Mission in Sudan in order...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what matters were discussed during his meeting with the President of Syria on 17 November; and if he will make a statement.

      Training

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

      UN Resolutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps have been taken by the Government to give effect to UN General Assembly Resolution 1723 (XVI), with specific...

      UN World Conference against Racism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will withdraw from the UN Durban II anti-racism conference in the light of the language used in the draft statement...

      UN World Conference against Racism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information his Department holds on which countries (a) have withdrawn and (b) are considering withdrawal for the UN...

      UN World Conference against Racism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the UN on the draft statement for the UN Durban II anti-racism conference; and if he will make...

      USA: Central Asia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 November 2008, Official Report, column 878W, on Afghanistan: peacekeeping operations (1) when...

      Western Sahara: Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on joint UK/Morocco military exercises in occupied Western Sahara.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) when he plans to answer Question 225596, tabled on 6 October 2008, on language training in his Department; (2) when he...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how long on average Ministers in his Department have taken to answer questions for (a) ordinary written answer and (b) written...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how long on average his Department has taken to answer letters from hon. Members in the present parliamentary session.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many questions to his Department for written answer on a named day in the present parliamentary session to date did not...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many questions to his Department for ordinary written answer did not receive an answer within one working week of the date...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Questions for (a) ordinary written answer and (b) written answer on a named day Ministers in his Department have...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans to answer Question 225600, tabled on 6th October 2008, on reception of visiting dignitaries.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans to answer Question 225598, tabled on 6th October 2008, on Government hospitality.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans to answer Question 228919, on departmental security, tabled on 16 October 2008.

      Zimbabwe: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the EU Common Position on Zimbabwe will next be reviewed; and what his policy is on (a) strengthening the Common Position...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress is being made by the Stabilisation Unit in Afghanistan on wealth creation projects.

    • Afghanistan: Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development on what fuel the main generators of power plants in Afghanistan are run.

      Afghanistan: Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the geographical location is of the main generating power plants in Afghanistan; what their output is; and how far their supply...

      Afghanistan: Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many major road projects have been (a) started and (b) completed in Afghanistan since 2001; how many of the roads concerned...

      Afghanistan: Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what forms of access roads there are into and out of Musa Qala.

      Africa: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 30 October 2008, Official Report, columns 1320-23W, on Africa: education, what the outcome of the teacher...

      Africa: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the Answer of 30 October 2008, Official Report, columns 1320-23W, on Africa: education, what the requirements for...

      Africa: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the Answer of 30th October 2008, Official Report, columns 1320-3W, on Africa: education, what the best practice criteria on...

      Africa: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the Answer of 30 October 2008, Official Report, columns 1320-23W, on Africa: education, what criteria he uses to assess...

      Africa: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the Answer of 30 October 2008, Official Report, columns 1320-23W, on Africa: education, what the compliance requirements...

      Africa: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the Answer of 30 October 2008, Official Report, columns 1320-23W, on Africa: education, what the imputed UK share of...

      Africa: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the Answer of 30 October 2008, Official Report, columns 1320-23W, on Africa: education, which sectors of the Education for...

      Africa: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the Answer of 30 October 2008, Official Report, columns 1320-23W, on Africa: education, which (a) major donors in...

      Africa: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 30 October 2008, Official Report, columns 1320-23W, on Africa: education, what reports his Department and...

      Africa: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 30 October 2008, Official Report, columns 1320-3W, on Africa: education, what the nature is of the...

      Africa: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the progress the EU Water Initiative Africa Working Group has made towards meeting the Millennium...

      CDC

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 3 November 2008, Official Report, column 5WS, on CDC Group, what measures his...

      CDC

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 3 November 2008, Official Report, column 5WS, on CDC Group, when the CDC...

      CDC

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 3 November 2008, Official Report, column 5WS, on CDC Group, what consideration he...

      CDC

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 3 November 2008, Official Report, column 5WS, on CDC Group, what measures his...

      CDC

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 3 November 2008, Official Report, column 5WS, on CDC Group, what his Department's...

      CDC

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 3 November 2008, Official Report, column 5WS, on CDC Group, why his Department has...

      Chain Reaction Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the Answer of 20 November 2008, Official Report, column 755W, on the Chain Reaction conference, (a) from which budget...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid the Government (a) has channelled and (b) plans to channel to those displaced by violence and conflict in the Democratic...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Departmental Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the rate of staff (a) absence and (b) sickness absence was in (i) his Department and (ii) each of its non-departmental public...

      Departmental Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether food and drink on sale to staff of (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies at official premises is subsidised from...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) his Department and (b) each of its non-departmental public bodies spent on external consultancy in each year since its...

      Departmental Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will place in the Library an electronic copy of his Department's Performance Reporting Information System for Management database.

      Departmental Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what information his Department holds on the (a) sex, (b) ethnicity, (c) age, (d) disability, (e) sexual orientation and (f)...

      Departmental Gifts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many staff in his Department have received gifts valued at £100 or higher in the course of their duties in each of the last...

      Departmental Land

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

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many departmental posts are (a) established and (b) filled in military stabilisation support teams in Helmand province.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) his Department and (b) each of its non-departmental public bodies spent on (i) publicity and (ii) advertising in each...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisors

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the cost of provision of Government cars to special advisers in his Department has been in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the budget for food and entertainment in his Department was in (a) 2005, (b) 2006 and (c) 2007.

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department uses the Royal Mail as the primary company for sending its post, parcels and packages.

      Departmental Press Releases

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many press releases have been issued by his Department in each year since 1997-98; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether there has been any nugatory cost to his Department relating to tendered procurement where the tender process has been cancelled...

      Developing Countries: Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the progress of the International Health Partnership towards improving maternal health.

      Efficiency Technical Notes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will place in the Library a copy of the comparative study of the effectiveness of different multilateral institutions referred to...

      Food: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the global financial situation on global food prices.

      India: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department takes to ensure that aid to India is delivered in a non-discriminatory manner, with particular reference to...

      International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will publish a list of all bilateral projects for which his Department has provided funding at or above the level of...

      International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to the answer of 13 June 2007, Official Report, column 1082W, on Lebanon, on how many occasions in the last five years...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department takes to ensure that investments abroad, through (a) CDC Group and (b) other bodies do not use with...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 27 October 2008, Official Report, column 669W, on overseas aid, what assessment he has made of the UK's...

      Overseas Aid: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 30 October 2008, Official Report, column 1325W, on environment protection: overseas aid, what criteria he...

      Overseas Aid: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps are being taken to inform eligible 18 to 25 year olds about the Platform2 volunteering programme.

      Pakistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 30 October 2008, Official Report, column 1326W, on Pakistan: overseas aid, what steps he has taken to raise...

      Pakistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 3 November 2008, Official Report, columns 112-3W, on Pakistan: overseas aid, what mechanisms will be used to...

      Pakistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 3 November 2008, Official Report, columns 112-3W, on Pakistan: overseas aid, what assessment he has made of...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment his Department has made of the humanitarian situation in the occupied Palestinian territories.

      Public Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has spent on (a) focus groups and (b) opinion polls in each year since 1997-98; how much he estimates will be...

      Sierra Leone: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the water, sanitation and hygiene programme in Sierra Leone.

      South America: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the Answer of 23 October 2008, Official Report, column 570W, on South America: research, which companies have been...

      South East Asia: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of progress towards increasing levels of primary school enrolment in South East Asia.

      Sub-Saharan Africa: Infant Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 3 November 2008, Official Report, columns 115-6W, on Sub-Saharan Africa: infant mortality, on what projects...

      Sub-Saharan Africa: Infant Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 3 November 2008, Official Report, column 116W, on Sub-Saharan Africa: poverty, what his assessment is of the...

      Sub-Saharan Africa: Infant Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 3 November 2008, Official Report, columns 115-6W, on Sub-Saharan Africa: infant mortality, which countries...

      Sudan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Sudan is upheld during the run up to the...

      Turks and Caicos Islands: Hurricanes and Tornadoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress his Department has made on a financial aid package to help the Turks and Caicos Islands deal with the effects of...

      Turks and Caicos Islands: Hurricanes and Tornadoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much financial aid his Department has given to the Turks and Caicos Islands since Hurricane Ike in September 2008.

      Zimbabwe: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Protracted Relief Programme in Zimbabwe.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Academies: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the operation of the academies programme in the London Borough of Bexley.

    • Academies: Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of levels of truancy in academies in each of the last three years, broken down by age group.

      A-Levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the (a) percentage and (b) percentage point change was in the number of people studying for AS or A-level qualifications...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children who had ever been in care while at their present school were in their school's gifted and talented cohort in...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children who had ever been in care while at their present school were in their school's gifted and talented cohort on the...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children have been taken into care in each year since 1997, broken down by reasons for being taken into care.

      Children in Care: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many looked after children there were in each (a) ward and (b) lower layer super output area in each of the principal...

      Children in Care: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the Answer of 11 November 2008, Official Report, column 1067W, on children in care: crime, how much has been spent on...

      Children in Care: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what steps he is taking to improve the performance of local authority care systems in preventing looked-after children from...

      Children in Care: Mentally Ill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of children and adolescents in care homes who had mental health problems in each of the...

      Children: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children's homes there were in each of the principal English seaside towns in each year for which figures are available;...

      Children: Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what support his Department makes available for child mentoring schemes; and if he will make a statement.

      Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) whether pupils from overseas who are boarding in UK boarding schools will be included on the ContactPoint database; (2)...

      Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his latest estimate is of the number of users who will have access to the Contact Point database.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding will be available to (a) Leeds West constituency and (b) Leeds Metropolitan district under the free Childcare...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding will be provided to (a) Romsey constituency, (b) the City of Southampton and (c) Test Valley borough under the...

      Children: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department has taken to ensure that schools provide appropriate support for children diagnosed with diabetes; and...

      Children: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department has allocated for expenditure on support for children diagnosed with diabetes in 2008-09; and if he will...

      Children: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of three to five year-olds in (a) Carshalton and Wallington constituency, (b) Greater London and...

      Children: Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in each year group have opted out of the National Child Measurement Programme in each year since its inception.

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will estimate the number of children living in poverty who are not entitled to free school meals; and if he will make a...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance other than that relating to the Criminal Records Bureau checking procedures he provides on the measures for schools...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many referrals to social services were made where there was a concern about a child's safety in the year ending March...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Government has taken to reinforce child protection in schools in the last 12 months.

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment his Department has made of the recommendations of the report of the Thanet Inquiry in respect of looked after...

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many Part 8 reviews into child deaths there have been in each local authority area in each of the last five years.

      Children's Commissioner for England: Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much the Children's Commissioner for England has spent on external (a) public relations and (b) public affairs in the last...

      Children's Workforce Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether the forthcoming Children's Workforce Strategy will include any cross-cutting themes.

      Children's Workforce Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when his Department plans to publish the Children's Workforce Strategy.

      Christmas

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

      Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department has spent on Christmas (a) cards, (b) parties and (c) decorations in the last 12 months.

      Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the proportion of (a) lamb, (b) beef, (c) chicken, (d) pork, (e) turkey, (f) other meats, (g)...

      Class Sizes: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average pupil- to-teacher ratio in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in York was in each year since 1996/97.

      Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department has taken to improve its arrangements for co-ordination with other Government departments of policy...

      Departmental Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the rate of staff (a) absence and (b) sickness absence was in (i) his Department and (ii) each of its non-departmental...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the cost to his Department of provision of office facilities to (a) special advisers and (b) press officers (i) was in the...

      Departmental Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether food and drink on sale to staff of (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies at official premises is subsidised...

      Departmental Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many civil servants have been employed by each of his Department's non-departmental public bodies in each year since its...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much (a) his Department and (b) each of its non-departmental public bodies spent on external consultancy in each year since...

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

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

      Departmental Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many employees in his Department have taken early retirement since its inception; and at what total cost.

      Departmental Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department and its predecessor have spent on (a) flat screen televisions, (b) DVD players and (c) stereo equipment...

      Departmental Gifts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many staff in his Department have received gifts valued at £100 or higher in the course of their duties in each of the...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) memory sticks, (b) laptop computers, (c) desktop computers, (d) hard drives and (e) mobile telephones were (i)...

      Departmental Land

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

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) special advisers and (b) press officers have been employed by his Department in each year since its inception; and...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much (a) his Department and (b) each of its non-departmental public bodies spent on (i) publicity and (ii) advertising in...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many full-time equivalent staff in his Department assist special advisers; and what the cost of employing such staff was in...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the cost of provision of Government cars to special advisers in his Department has been in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department and its predecessors spent on entertainment and hospitality in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Older Workers

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the total amount the staff of each (a) agency and (b) non-departmental public body within his responsibility were paid in...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what bonuses were paid by his Department in 2007-08; to which members of staff; and for what purposes.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent on (a) salaries and (b) bonuses for staff in his Department in 2007-08.

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent by his Department on pensions of its previous employees in 2007-08.

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether his Department uses the Royal Mail as the primary company for sending its post, parcels and packages.

      Departmental Press Releases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many press releases have been issued by his Department in each year since its inception; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether there has been any nugatory cost to his Department and its agencies relating to tendered procurement where the tender...

      Departmental Public Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department has spent on (a) focus groups and (b) opinion polls in each year since its inception; how much he...

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department spent on (a) entertainment, (b) advertising and promotion and (c) public relations consultancy in 2007-08.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which regional offices have responsibilities for delivering (a) funding and (b) services relating to policy objectives set by...

      Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the Answer of 17 October 2008, Official Report, column 1585W, on education, if he will provide a breakdown of the...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families under what circumstances his Department may terminate its education maintenance allowance contract with Liberata.

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he has taken to improve communications between the administrators of the education maintenance allowance (EMA) and (a)...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will consider extending the deadline for education maintenance allowance (EMA) applications for applicants who have been...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what sanctions he plans to impose on Liberata for failing to make education maintenance allowance payments on time; and if he will...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many students have (a) received a notice of entitlement for the education maintenance allowance, (b) successfully enrolled...

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what (a) contractual and (b) other penalties will be imposed on Liberata in respect of its administration of education...

      Education Maintenance Allowance: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what percentage of applications for education maintenance allowance (EMA) for 2008-09 have been recorded on the new EMA IT...

      Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many surplus places there were in (a) secondary and (b) primary schools in each local authority area in each year since...

      Education: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what comparative assessment he has made of the academic achievement of pupils living in (a) overcrowded housing, (b)...

      Education: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his estimate is of the number of unregulated and unregistered educational institutions in England used by local education...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the cost of extending free school meals to (a) children in families in receipt of maximum tax...

      Free School Meals: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children are entitled to free school meals in each (a) primary and (b) secondary school in the principal seaside towns...

      GCE A-Level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils registered as gifted and talented did not sit at least one A level examination in 2008.

      GCSE: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many pupils eligible for free school meals achieved three A grades at A level in 2008; (2) how many pupils eligible for...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of (a) pupils entitled to free school meals, (b) pupils not entitled to free school meals and (c)...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in how many comprehensive schools 50 per cent. or more pupils achieved a modern language GCSE at A* to C in 2007.

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in which maintained mainstream schools no pupils at the end of key stage 4 were entered for GCSE in history in 2007.

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the cost to his predecessor Department was of preparing the Answer of 17 April 2007, Official Report, columns 549-52W, on GCSE.

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils in the maintained mainstream sector achieved five GCSEs, including a modern language at A* to C grade in...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of eligible pupils in the maintained, mainstream sector achieved five GCSEs including a modern language at A* to C...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many gifted and talented pupils (a) eligible and (b) not eligible for free school meals who obtained level 4 or above in Key...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils (a) eligible and (b) not eligible for free school meals who (i) obtained and (ii) did not obtain level 4 in Key...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of children obtained five GCSEs at A* to C grade including English and mathematics in schools (a) with fewer than...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils in (a) pupil referral units, (b) alternative provision and (c) special schools obtained...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of gifted and talented pupils did not obtain five GCSEs at grades A* to C including English and...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils did not obtain at least one C grade or above in GCSE examinations in 2008.

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils obtained five GCSEs at grade A* to C including English and mathematics (a) excluding and...

      General Teaching Council: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent by the General Teaching Council on (a) entertainment, (b) hospitality, (c) advertising and (d) outside...

      General Teaching Council: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent on (a) salaries and (b) bonuses by the General Teaching Council for its staff in each of the last 10 years.

      Independent Schools: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which independent schools are offering diploma courses, broken down by diploma type.

      International Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many local authorities do not have any schools offering International Baccalaureate courses.

      International Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils are studying for the International Baccalaureate in maintained mainstream schools.

      National College of School Leadership: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent by the National College of School Leadership on (a) entertainment, (b) hospitality, (c) advertising and (d)...

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his plans are for national indicators (a) 95, (b) 96, (c) 97 and (d) 98 following his announcement of the abolition of...

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of when all National Curriculum test papers from 2008 will have been re-marked and returned to schools.

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many National Curriculum test papers from 2008 schools have asked to be re-marked.

      National Curriculum Tests: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what marks were required in key stage 2 tests in (a) English and (b) mathematics to achieve a level (i) 4 and (ii) 5 in (A)...

      Office for Standards in Education Children's Services and Skills: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent on salaries of staff of Ofsted in each of the last 10 years.

      Ofsed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent by Ofsted on (a) hospitality, (b) entertainment, (c) advertising and (d) outside consultancy in 2007-08.

      Ofsted: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent by Ofsted on bonuses to staff in each of the last 10 years.

      Overseas Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the reasons are for ceasing to fund scholars from Australia, the Bahamas, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cyprus, Malta, New...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what the cost to his Department of answering parliamentary questions was in each year since 2004; (2) how many people in...

      Powers of Entry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation sponsored by his Department and its predecessors has (i) amended and (ii)...

      Pre-school Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what enforcement actions Ofsted may take in circumstances where an early years provider is found to be inadequate; how many early...

      Pre-school Education: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) male and (b) female nursery school teachers there are.

      Primary Education: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what discussions his Department has had with London boroughs on the demand for primary school places over the next four years; and...

      Primary Education: Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent steps the Government have taken to improve the reading skills of children in primary schools.

      Primary Education: Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent steps the Government have taken to improve the writing skills of children in primary schools.

      Primary Education: Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many primary school pupils in Suffolk of each age have been given a fixed-period exclusion in the last 12 months, broken down...

      Private Education: Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many students in independent schools have received the education maintenance allowance in each year since the allowance was...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of fixed period exclusions were given to pupils (a) with special educational needs and (b) entitled to free...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils were given a fixed period exclusion in schools with (a) fewer than 10 per cent., (b) more...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) male and (b) female pupils receiving free school meals received one or more fixed period exclusions in each of the...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils of each age have been given a fixed-period exclusion in the last 12 months, broken down by reason for exclusion.

      Pupil Exclusions: Leicestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many children under the age of (a) five, (b) 10 and (c) 15 years were (i) temporarily excluded and (ii) permanently...

      Pupil Referral Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) male and (b) female teachers there are in pupil referral units.

      Pupils: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to reduce levels of bullying in schools, with particular reference to bullying of children with disabilities.

      Pupils: Chronically Sick

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance his Department has issued to schools on provision of support to children with long-term conditions, particularly...

      Pupils: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of training given to teachers on the needs of children with type 1...

      Pupils: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of children with diabetes who were unable to participate in school trips because of a lack...

      Pupils: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of children of school age whose diabetic conditions (a) prevent and (b) reduce their...

      Pupils: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent discussions his Department has had with the Department of Health on steps to ensure that children with diabetes...

      Pupils: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance his Department provides to schools on provision of healthcare to children with diabetes when they are in school.

      Pupils: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of provision of care for children with diabetes (a) in schools and...

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many boys on free school meals achieved three As at A-level in the last year for which figures are available.

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of 15 year olds (a) not entitled and (b) entitled to free school meals achieved (i) five GCSEs at A* to C and...

      Qualifications and Curriculum Authority: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent on (a) hospitality, (b) advertising, (c) marketing and (d) outside consultancy by the Qualifications and...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many staff in his Department left under (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 2005-06; how...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many of his Department's staff who left under (a) an involuntary and (b) a voluntary exit scheme in each year since it was...

      Refuges: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if his Department will provide funding in 2008-09 to increase emergency refuge accommodation across the UK; and if he will make a...

      Rural Areas

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

      School Food Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what funding his Department has given to the School Food Trust in each year since its establishment; and what control he exercises...

      School: St David's Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether his Department encouraged schools to celebrate St. David's Day in 2008.

      Schools: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2008, Official Report, columns 1502-03W, on schools: assessments, which mainstream schools...

      Schools: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the Answer of 16th October 2008, Official Report, columns 1502-03W, on schools: assessments, which mainstream...

      Schools: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many maintained schools (a) closed, (b) merged with another school and (c) closed and reopened as an independent school on...

      Schools: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance has been issued by his Department to (a) schools and (b) Ofsted on training of school staff to deal with...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what funds the Government have made available for schools in deprived areas.

      Schools: Plants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate his Department has made of the amount spent by maintained schools in England on ornamental plants and seeds in the...

      Schools: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much capital funding for rebuilding and refurbishing (a) primary and (b) secondary schools the City of York Council has...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many Competition Managers have been appointed; and how many he expects to be appointed during 2008-09; (2) when he...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of educational attainment at schools in the principal seaside towns in England.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many Fresh Start schools have opened in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many Fresh Start schools are part of the National Challenge; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what action the Government have taken to improve standards in schools in deprived areas.

      Schools: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children (a) walked, (b) cycled and (c) were driven to school in each of the last five years according to school...

      Schools: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether the guidance document Home to school travel for pupils requiring special arrangements (reference: LEA/0261/2004) and the...

      Schools: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many notifications his Department and its predecessor sent to each of the schools inspectorates under the automatic transfer...

      Secondary Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many unfilled secondary school places there were in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire on the latest date for which...

      Secondary Education: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what programmes are in place to educate secondary school pupils on the dangers of illegal drugs.

      Sixth Form Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he expects to implement the changes to the presumption in favour of school sixth forms set out in paragraph 4.21 of the...

      Sixth Form Education: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will estimate the number of 16 to 17-year-olds entitled to free school meals who attend a sixth-form college; and if he will...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what rules apply to the out-of-county placement of vulnerable (a) adults and (b) children; what procedures are employed to...

      Social Services: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many complaints were made against children's social services departments in each London borough in the latest period for which...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many maintained special schools there were in each year since 1997.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what progress has been made in developing a project to test ways of improving the system of providing accessible versions of text...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what sign language qualifications a communication support worker working with deaf children is expected to hold; and what measures...

      Specialised Diplomas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of 14 year-olds-he expects will be enrolled on a diploma course in 2013; and if he will make a statement.

      Specialised Diplomas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the estimated cost is of providing diploma courses for (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11 and (d) 2011-12.

      Specialised Diplomas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) male and (b) female pupils of each ethnicity (i) receiving and (ii) not receiving free school meals are studying...

      Specialised Diplomas: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils have been entered for diploma qualifications in Suffolk.

      Specialist Schools: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of children attending (a) language, (b) sports, (c) technology and (d) arts specialist schools are eligible...

      Specialist Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recurrent additional capital funding specialist schools receive to support their specialism; and if he will make a statement.

      Specialist Schools: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 10 November 2008, Official Report, column 900W, on specialist schools: languages, which specialist...

      Specialist Schools: Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 10 November 2008, Official Report, column 900W, on specialist schools: science, which specialist...

      Students: Barnet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will investigate the time taken to process applications for student support in the London Borough of Barnet; and if he will...

      Sure Start Programme: Stoke on Trent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many Sure Start children's centres have opened in Stoke-on-Trent since the scheme's inception; and if he will make a statement.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many qualified (a) teachers and (b) male teachers under the age of 60 years are not currently teaching.

      Teachers: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teachers in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools were male in each year since 1997.

      Teachers: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teachers worked in maintained schools in Crosby constituency in 1997; and how many do so in 2008.

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average starting salary (a) inside and (b) outside London was for newly qualified teachers in each of the last 10 years.

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average salary of state school teachers in Crosby constituency is.

      Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teachers will have received a payment from the Teachers' Pension Scheme in 2008 by the end of the year.

      Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many new (a) female and (b) male teachers have entered the teaching profession in (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools in...

      Teachers: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many qualified teachers have left the maintained sector since 1997.

      Teachers: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many days off sick were taken by teachers on account of stress-related illnesses in each year for which figures are available.

      Teachers: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many unfilled teaching jobs there have been at (a) primary school level and (b) secondary school level in (i) Cornwall and...

      Training and Development Agency for Schools: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent by the Training and Development Agency on (a) entertainment, (b) hospitality, (c) advertising and (d)...

      Training and Development Agency for Schools: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent on (a) salaries and (b) bonuses for staff of the Training and Development Agency in each year since its...

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils classed as persistent truants were absent from school for more than (a) 100 sessions, (b)...

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils have had (a) one, (b) two and (c) more than five unauthorised absences in the latest...

      Truancy: Wiltshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many truancies expressed in days there were in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Wiltshire in each of the last three...

      Vetting: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether volunteers will have to pay (a) the £28 fee to cover the costs incurred by the Independent Safeguarding Authority...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of people enrolled on an entry to employment programme have applied for education maintenance allowance since June...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people enrolled on an entry to employment programme have had education maintenance allowance payments delayed because of...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many local authorities allow people enrolled on an entry to employment programme to apply for education maintenance allowance...

      Young Offenders: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many first time entrants aged between 10 and 17 years to the criminal justice system there were in (a) Chelmsford local...

      Youth Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department has allocated for the training of youth workers and social service practitioners to enable the early...

  • Treasury

    • Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what factors he took into consideration when deciding to (a) include deposits at Bradford and Bingley (Isle of Man) in his arrangements to transfer...

    • Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what unilateral actions the UK can take to discourage the use of offshore financial centres by (a) persons domiciled in the UK for tax purposes and (b)...

      Bank Services: Charities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will include deposits by charities in Icelandic banks in any arrangements designed to secure UK deposits in such banks.

      Bank Services: Iceland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the United Kingdom's support for an International Monetary Fund loan to Iceland is conditional on an agreement with the Icelandic authorities on...

      Bank Services: Low Incomes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will require lenders to seek financial assistance from the Government or the Bank of England to provide a plan and timescale for how they intend to...

      Banking (Special Provisions) Act 2008

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the operation of the Banking (Special Provisions) Act 2008; and what recent representations he has...

      Banks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward proposals to protect deposits made in international banks by British citizens; and if he will make it his policy that such...

      Banks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government have taken in light of the inclusion of (a) Bank Mellat (UK), (b) Bank Saderat plc and (c) Bank Tajerat (London) in the letter...

      Banks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Bank of England on the re-introduction of capital controls requiring commercial banks to increase deposits held with...

      Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether banks participating in the Government's recapitalisation scheme will be required not to issue dividends in the next 12 months.

      Banks: Iceland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the International Monetary Fund and associated international loans to the government of Iceland recently negotiated include any conditions relating...

      Bradford and Bingley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what fees were paid to (a) Morgan Stanley and (b) other third parties in relation to the sale of Bradford and Bingley's UK and Isle of Man retail deposit...

      Bradford and Bingley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for how long he plans to borrow the funds required to finance the transfer of Bradford and Bingley deposits to Abbey Santander; and what interest rate he...

      Bradford and Bingley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the monetary value of claims upon the Financial Services Compensation Scheme which will arise from the transfer of Bradford and...

      Building Societies: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to release additional funds to the building society sector.

      Building Societies: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to assist smaller building societies with set-up costs in order to allow them to access the special loan liquidity scheme.

      Building Societies: Local Authorities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to encourage local authorities to divert investment into the building society sector.

      Building Societies: Mortgages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will provide a financial stimulus to the mortgage market, with specific reference to the operations of building societies.

      Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the estimated cost to the public purse of the new entrepreneurs relief from capital gains tax is in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11;...

      Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the cost to the public purse of the annual £9,200 exempted amount in respect of the payment of capital gains tax in (a)...

      Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of (a) the cost to the Exchequer of taper relief claimed from capital gains tax on the disposal of (i) business assets and (ii)...

      Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many individuals used all or part of their annual £9,200 exemption to capital gains tax in 2007-08; and what estimate he has made of the...

      Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what factors he took into account when deciding to set capital gains tax at a flat rate of 18 per cent; and what consideration he gave to setting...

      Carbon Monoxide: Alarms

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will exempt domestic carbon monoxide alarms from value added taxation.

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many nationals of each A8 country were receiving child benefit for a child or children living outside the UK at the end of September 2008; and in...

      Child Tax Credits: EC Nationals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many nationals of each A8 country who have worked in the UK and have now left the country are in receipt of (a) child benefit and (b) tax credits.

      Christmas

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the expenditure his Department and its agencies plan to incur in relation to Christmas entertaining.

      Coastal Areas: Departmental Coordination

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department has taken to improve its arrangements for co-ordination with other Government Departments of policy affecting coastal towns in the...

      Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department has taken since 1997 to increase access to credit for (a) households and (b) businesses.

      Credit Reference Agencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to regulate credit rating agencies.

      Credit: Low Incomes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to ensure that low income communities have access to credit; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Absenteeism

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the rate of staff (a) absence and (b) sickness absence was in (i) his Department and (ii) each of its agencies and non-departmental public bodies in...

      Departmental Catering

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether food and drink on sale to staff of (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies at official premises is subsidised from public funds.

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department spent on external consultancy in each year since 1997-98; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Early Retirement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many employees in his Department took early retirement in each of the last five financial years; and at what total cost.

      Departmental Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much (a) his Department, (b) HM Revenue and Customs, (c) the Valuation Office Agency and (d) other agencies have spent on (i) flat- screen...

      Departmental Gifts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff in his Department have received gifts valued at £100 or higher in the course of their duties in each of the last three years; what these...

      Departmental Land

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much surplus land (a) his Department and (b) its agencies own; and what the (i) area and (ii) estimated monetary value of each site is.

      Departmental Land

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has for each of the sites owned by his Department and registered on the Register of Surplus Public Sector Land; what construction projects are...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a list of all staffing units created in his Department in the last 12 months, setting out the (a) functions and (b) staff...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many civil servants have been employed by each of his Department's agencies and non-departmental public bodies in each year since 1997-98; and if he...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department spent on (a) publicity and (b) advertising in each year since 1997-98; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Mass Media

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which organisations provided media monitoring services to (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies in each of the...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many (a) special advisers and (b) press officers have been employed by his Department in each year since 1997-98; and at what cost in each year;...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisors

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department and its agencies spent on entertainment in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what bonuses were paid by his Department in 2007-08; to which members of staff; and for what purposes.

      Departmental Press Releases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many press releases have been issued by his Department in each year since 1997-98; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether there has been any nugatory cost to his Department and its agencies relating to tendered procurement where the tender process has been cancelled...

      Departmental Property

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer from the Minister of State, Home Office, to the hon. Member for Angus (Mr. Weir) of 12 June 2008, Official Report, columns 471-72W,...

      Departmental Public Opinion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department has spent on (a) focus groups and (b) opinion polls in each year since 1997-98; how much he estimates will be spent on each...

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost was of (a) entertainment, (b) advertising and promotion and (c) public relations consultancy to his Department in 2007-08.

      Departmental Television

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the television licence fee in his official ministerial residence is paid for from public funds.

      Dorneywood

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Rochford and Southend East (James Duddridge), of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 174W, on...

      Economic Situation: Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures the Government plan to introduce to protect the (a) pensions, (b) homes and (c) savings of UK citizens with reference to the recent...

      Economic Situation: Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what regulatory changes the Government plan to introduce to ensure better regulation of banks operating in the UK.

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which recruitment agencies (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have used in the last three years; and how much was paid to each of these recruitment...

      Equity Release

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of residents of (a) the City of Sunderland, (b) Houghton and Washington East constituency and (c) England and...

      European Union Solidarity Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the net additional funding the United Kingdom will receive from the European Union Solidarity Fund to assist in the aftermath...

      Excise Duties: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 375W, on excise duties: motor vehicles, what the effect of (a) each of these factors and...

      Fiscal Policy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the multiplies effect of a fiscal boost to the economy through (a) greater public spending and (b) tax reductions.

      Floods: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the EU has granted to the UK for flood relief since the 2007 floods.

      Floods: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of the EU funds given to the UK for flood relief as a result of the 2007 summer floods was (a) retained by the Treasury and (b) allocated...

      Formula One Holdings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) briefing and (b) minutes the then Chancellor of the Exchequer received from (i) 10 Downing Street and (ii) ministerial colleagues in relation to...

      Gold: Sales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much gold has been sold by the Treasury since 1997, expressed in current retail prices; and how much was received in respect of the sales.

      Horses: Animal Breeding

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what tax measures are in place relating to the breeding of thoroughbred racehorses; and whether any such measures provide incentives to breed such horses.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of (a) persons and (b) households with assets over (i) £1 million, (ii) £5 million, (iii) £10...

      Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the level to which the higher threshold for income tax would need to be raised for the same number of people to be paying the higher...

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of raising the individual inheritance tax threshold to £1 million and maintaining...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the number of company insolvencies in which HM Revenue and Customs was a creditor in each of the last four years,...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the number of individual insolvencies in which HM Revenue and Customs was a creditor in each of the last four...

      Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government plans to take to encourage banks and building societies to pass on Bank of England interest rate cuts to their customers.

      Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what criteria he expects the Bank of England to follow in setting interest rates in circumstances where inflation is below the target figure.

      Interest Rates: Borrowing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward proposals to (a) raise the limits and (b) review the interest rates on prudential borrowing by local authorities.

      Interest Rates: Mortgages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average interest rate payable on mortgages was in each of the last 10 years.

      Interest Rates: Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what factors HM Revenue and Customs took into account when setting the interest rate it charges to small businesses at 7.5 per cent.; and what consideration...

      Kaupthing Bank

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of the assets of Kaupthing Bank that were frozen in the UK belonged to Kaupthing, Singer and Friedlander (Isle of Man).

      Kaupthing Bank

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what level of protection applied to deposits with the Derbyshire (Isle of Man) upon its takeover by Kaupthing, Singer and Friedlander Ltd; what action the...

      Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander: Isle of Man

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assistance he plans to offer to British citizens with deposits in Kaupthing, Singer and Friedlander, Isle of Man; and if he will make a...

      Landfill Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether community sports clubs are eligible to apply to the Landfill Communities Fund for grants.

      Landsbanki

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he had with the Financial Services Authority between March 2008 and October 2008 on its supervisory responsibilities in respect of (a)...

      Landsbanki

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what responsibilities the Financial Services Authority had for monitoring the global liquidity position of (a) Landsbanki and (b) Kaupthing.

      Lloyds TSB: Directors

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 10 November 2008, Official Report, column 932W, on banks: incentives, whether he expects to be consulted on the size of any stock...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the annual change was in local government expenditure funded by central Government in each of the last 10 years.

      Mortgages: Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on (a) high street banks in which the Government has purchased an interest and (b) their subsidiaries passing on reductions in the bank...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue the Exchequer received from employer national insurance contributions in the last tax year; and what proportion of this came from employers...

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to level payments on national insurance between earned and unearned income.

      National Insurance: Exemptions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the effect on revenue for the Exchequer if his Department ended the exemption from national insurance contributions and...

      Northern Rock

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 5 November 2008, whether it is his policy to treat Northern Rock as a public authority for the purposes of the Human Rights Act 1998.

      Northern Rock: Nationalisation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the monetary value of compensation to be paid to Northern Rock shareholders in respect of the shares taken into public ownership.

      Office of Government Commerce: Health Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many meetings officials of OGC Buying Solutions have had with representatives of (a) strategic health authorities and (b) primary care trusts in (i)...

      Office of Government Commerce: Zanzibar

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 3 July 2008, Official Report, columns 1017-18W, on the Office of Government Commerce: Zanzibar, how much his Department spent on...

      Office of Government Commerce: Zanzibar

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the savings achieved for the use of the Zanzibar eProcurement Service across public sector bodies and Government departments in...

      Office of Government Commerce: Zanzibar

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which organisations have signed memoranda of understanding to implement the Zanzibar eProcurement Service.

      Office of Government Commerce: Zanzibar

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what initiatives, procedures or training programmes his Department has to ensure the take up of the Zanzibar eProcurement Service by public sector bodies...

      Pensions: Police

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what additional funding the Government will make available to the Scottish Executive to meet the cost of pension changes for police and fire and rescue...

      Pensions: Public Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent estimate he has made of the unfunded public sector pensions liability; what the liability was in each year since 1980; on what assumptions...

      Pensions: Public Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of revenues to the public purse from public sector pension employee contributions in the latest year for which information is...

      Pensions: Public Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent estimate he has made of the savings likely to be achieved in each year from April 2006 as a result of the Government's reforms to public...

      Plain English

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

      Pool Reinsurance scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Government have received in premiums from the Pool Reinsurance scheme in each year since the scheme's inception.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures are in place to monitor the (a) financial inability and (b) ownership of private companies involved in financing public sector projects...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what year-on-year change there has been in total Government expenditure in each year since 1997.

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which pension schemes were covered by the Government Actuary's Department's estimate of unfunded public service occupational pension scheme liabilities as...

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate on a GAAP basis the aggregate change in liability in respect of the public sector pension schemes not included in table D1 of Public...

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the aggregate value of contributions received from members of the public sector pension schemes not included in table D1 of Public...

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will prepare and publish an updated version of his Department's March 2006 paper Total liability of Unfunded Public Service Occupational Pension...

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which bonds of which durations are considered by the Government Actuary when recommending the discount rates to be used in calculating public sector pension...

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assumptions about trends in mortality growth are used to calculate the estimate of public service occupational pension liabilities published in...

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Government Actuary's Department plans to update its January 2007 paper Unfunded Public Service Pension Schemes 2006 Cashflow Projections:...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many staff in his Department left under (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 2005-06; how many of them in...

      Repossession Orders: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will issue guidelines to banks and building societies to encourage them to stop the repossession of homes belonging to vulnerable families, including...

      Revenue and Customs: Buildings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been spent on refurbishment in each HM Revenue and Customs office in the last three years.

      Revenue and Customs: Business Interests

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer who in HM Revenue and Customs is responsible for deciding on applications under the business appointments procedures.

      Revenue and Customs: Business Interests

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the rules on movements of HM Revenue and Customs officials to commercial companies under the business appointments procedures.

      Revenue and Customs: Closures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to ensure that all HM Revenue and Customs office sites proposed for closure will retain a full-time enquiry centre, open five...

      Revenue and Customs: Closures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the Workforce Change programme on the effectiveness of HM Revenue and Customs' management of tax debt.

      Revenue and Customs: Databases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 3 November 2008, Official Report, columns 103-04W, on Revenue and Customs: databases, what procedures exist to establish (a) the...

      Revenue and Customs: Devon

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received from local authorities on proposed tax office closures in South Devon.

      Revenue and Customs: Offices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what national targets exist for the average distance from customers to HM Revenue and Customs offices; and whether he plans to change these targets as a...

      Revenue and Customs: Offices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the service offered by HM Revenue and Customs in areas where (a) reduced opening hours each day and (b) fewer open days per...

      Revenue and Customs: South West

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the proportion of HM Revenue and Customs staff in offices earmarked for closure in the South West who live within reasonable...

      Revenue and Customs: South West

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the environmental impact of HM Revenue and Customs workforce change programme in (a) Somerset and (b) the South West;...

      Revenue and Customs: Surveys

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many HM Revenue and Customs customer reviews are (a) outstanding and (b) expected to be outstanding by 5 April 2009.

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what national targets exist for the maximum length of time taken to answer telephone enquiries to HM Revenue and Customs offices; and whether these targets...

      Scottish Consolidated Fund: Fossil Fuel Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent discussions there have been between his Department and the Scottish Executive on the transfer of funds held in the Fossil Fuel Levy...

      Smuggling: Drugs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimated monetary value of illicit drugs seized by HM Revenue and Customs in Northern Ireland was in each of the last 10 years.

      Smuggling: Tobacco

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the reasons are for the decrease in the amount of illegally imported hand-rolling tobacco seized by HM Revenue and Customs since 2001.

      Tax Avoidance Schemes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what tax avoidance schemes his Department has (a) disallowed and (b) prohibited in (i) 2007-08 and (ii) 2008-09 to date.

      Tax Avoidance Schemes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what research his Department has commissioned on the use of avoidance schemes in respect of (a) income tax and (b) capital gains tax in the payment of...

      Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were overpaid tax credits in each of the last five years; what the amount of the average overpayment was in each year; how many of those who...

      Tax Havens: Advisory Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward proposals to increase penalties on professional advisers who assist clients to access tax havens.

      Taxation: Domicile

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the number of UK residents who are not domiciled in the UK for tax purposes; (2) what estimate his Department has made...

      Taxation: Domicile

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to abolish the non-domicile tax rule.

      Taxation: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue was generated by the application of basic rate tax on personal or occupational pensions in each year since 1997.

      Taxation: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what changes have been made to the threshold for the amount of redundancy pay that is tax-free since 1997; and what the current threshold is.

      Taxation: Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to ensure HM Revenue and Customs implements its flexible policy towards small businesses which are in difficulties as a result of...

      Taxis

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

      UK Financial Investments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it a requirement for UK Financial Investments Ltd to report regularly to Parliament.

      UK Financial Investments Ltd

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether employees of UK Financial Investments Ltd. will be eligible to (a) receive bonus payments and (b) join the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme.

      UK Financial Investments Ltd

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate of the (a) staff numbers and (b) staffing costs of UK Financial Investments Ltd. in its first year of operation is.

      Valuation Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 29 September 2008, Official Report, column 2307-8W, on the Valuation Office: travel, if he will place in the Library a copy of...

      Valuation Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 4 November 2008, Official Report, column 313W, on the Valuation Office, if he will...

      VAT: Bingo

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many claims to reclaim overpaid to value added tax HM Revenue and Customs has received from bingo operators in the latest period for which figures are...

      VAT: Bingo

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the European Union's principle of fiscal neutrality applies to main stage bingo operators.

      VAT: Bingo

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether value added tax (VAT) will have to be repaid to bingo operators following the recent VAT and duties tribunal concerning Rank Group.

      VAT: Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many value added tax (VAT) default surcharges have been issued by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) at the (a) 2 per cent., (b) 5 per cent., (c) 10 per...

      VAT: Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many consultations have been requested by small and medium-sized businesses with HM Revenue and Customs Advice Centre to defer payment of value added...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many individuals with an annual income of (a) between £30,000 and £40,000, (b) between £40,000 and £50,000, (c) between...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department's estimate is of the effect on receipts to the Exchequer of increasing the taper rate on tax credits to (a) 46 per cent., (b) 45 per...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many individual cases of tax credit overpayments his Department has taken to court to seek recovery in (a) each month of 2008-09 to date and (b) each...

      Working Tax Credit: Luton

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of families claiming working tax credit in Luton South constituency have been asked to repay all or part of the credit received.

      Working Tax Credit: Luton

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many and what proportion of persons entitled to (a) working tax credit and (b) child tax credit in Luton, South constituency claimed each credit...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Agricultural Products: EU Action

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will assess the effect on small businesses of the proposed EU Regulation on the Placing of Plant...

    • Brussels

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much his Department spent on visits by its staff to Brussels in 2007-08; and how many such visits were...

      Business

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) how many new businesses were started in (a) Hemel Hempstead, (b) Hertfordshire and (c) the UK in...

      Business Link

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much funding his Government provided to the Business Link network in each year since 1997.

      Business: York

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many VAT registered businesses there were in the City of York (a) constituency and (b) local...

      Christmas

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have spent on Christmas (a) cards, (b) parties and (c)...

      Christmas

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the proportion of (a) lamb, (b) beef, (c) chicken, (d) pork, (e) turkey,...

      Coastal Areas

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department has taken to improve its arrangements for co-ordination with other Government...

      Consumer Council of Water

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) for what reason he has decided to review the Consumer Council for Water; (2) what role the Consumer...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what bonuses were paid by his Department in 2007-08; to which members of staff; and for what purposes.

      Debts: Scotland

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent estimate he has made of the level of personal debt in Scotland.

      Departmental Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what contractors his Department uses to undertake cleaning duties; and what the hourly rates of pay are for cleaners...

      Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what external speakers his Department and its agencies have paid since 1 January 2005; how much each was...

      Departmental Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much his Department, its predecessor and its agencies have spent on (a) flat screen televisions, (b)...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many civil servants have been employed by each of his Department's agencies and non-departmental public...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many staff in his Department are responsible for branding activity; and what the cost of employing such...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the cost of provision of Government cars to special advisers in his Department has been in the last 12...

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the effect on his Department's expenditure would be of increasing the employee contribution to each pension...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate has been made of expenditure incurred to date by (a) his Department and (b) its...

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Reform how much his Department and its predecessors have spent on (a) focus groups and (b) opinion polls in each year since...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what proportion of the working week he expects the Minister for Communications, Technology and Broadcasting...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the likely effect of the transfer of his responsibilities for energy to the...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many questions for written answer were tabled to his Department and its predecessor in Session (a)...

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what plans his Department has to encourage the purchase of television sets which support integrated digital...

      Electronic Equipment: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what representations he has received on the adequacy of the provisions of the waste electrical and...

      Electronic Equipment: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much his Department has spent on ensuring the UK's compliance with the Waste Electrical and Electronic...

      Electronic Equipment: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what consideration his Department has given to the collection of data under the Waste Electrical and...

      Employment: Environment Protection

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will make an assessment of the implications for the UK of the findings of the recent United Nations...

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what changes have been proposed by other EU member states in EU discussions to the budgets and co-financing...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will bring forward legislative proposals to require all energy suppliers to offer social tariffs based on...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent assessment he has made of the effects of the rise in the price of domestic energy during 2008 on the...

      Home Computing Initiative

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many laptops that were leased to employees under the home computing initiative had been upgraded by...

      Internet: Standards

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will take steps to ensure that broadband customers receive the level of service advertised by their...

      Motor Vehicles: Contracts

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what role Ministers in his Department had in shortlisting companies bidding to provide electric and low...

      Natural Gas: Engineers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many complaints his Department has received on the quality of work undertaken by gas fitters in each of...

      Natural Gas: Engineers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what plans are in place to inform users of gas and solid fuel energy that the gas fitter registration...

      New Businesses: Kent

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many new businesses were started in (a) Kent and (b) Ashford constituency in each year since 2001.

      Nominet

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his plans are for the future of Nominet; and if he will make a statement.

      Non-Profit Making Associations: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many social enterprises there were in each of the principal seaside towns on the latest date for which...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much compensation the private firms affected by the Government's decision to withdraw the Post Office...

      Postage Stamps

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether his Department issues guidance to the Stamp Advisory Committee on its work.

      Small Businesses: Government Assistance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many applications for funding under the Government's Small Firms Guarantee Scheme have been refused in...

      Small Businesses: Hampshire

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many small to medium-sized enterprises were registered in (a) Southampton, (b) the Test Valley...

      Small Businesses: Leeds

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many small to medium sized enterprises were registered in the Leeds, West constituency between 1997 and...

      Small Businesses: North East

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many and what proportion of businesses in (a) the north-east and (b) each parliamentary constituency...

      Small Firms Loan Guarantee

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what the total value of loans (a) applied for and (b) made under the Small Firms Loan Guarantee was...

      Small Firms Loan Guarantee

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many successful applications for the Small Firms Loan Guarantee have been made in each of the last five...

      Small Firms Loan Guarantee Scheme

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether the economic impact evaluation of the Small Firms Loan Guarantee referred to in his Department's...

      Smarta

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he expects Smarta to go live.

      Textiles: Industry

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what percentage of the economy the clothing and textiles industry accounts for.

      Trading Funds

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when the Shareholder Executive's assessment of trading funds will be published; and if he will make a statement.

      Trading Funds

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what discussions Ministers and officials in his Department have had with the Shareholder Executive on their...

      Trading Funds

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether the Shareholder Executive's assessment of trading funds is intended to provide a clear definition...

      Trading Funds

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether the Shareholder Executive team carrying out the assessment of trading funds has discussed that...

      VAT: Vale of Clwyd

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many businesses based in Vale of Clwyd constituency were registered for VAT in (a) 1997 and (b) at...

      VAT: York

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many VAT (a) registrations and (b) de- registrations there were in the City of York (i) constituency...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he will respond to the letter to the Secretary of State dated 8th September from the right hon. Member...

  • Women and Equality

    • Rape Crisis Centres

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what progress she has made on providing emergency funding support for rape crisis centres.

    • Domestic Violence

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps she plans to take to encourage individuals who are victims of domestic violence to seek assistance to prevent continued abuse.

      Children

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality whether the plans outlined in section seven of the Government's Draft Legislative Programme in relation to improved data collection on equality include...

      Departmental Absenteeism

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what the rate of staff (a) absence and (b) sickness absence was in (i) her Department and (ii) each of its agencies and non-departmental public bodies...

      Departmental Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many civil servants have been employed by each of the Government Equalities Office and non-departmental bodies in each year since its inception; and...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how much (a) the Government Equalities Office and (b) each of its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on external consultancy in each...

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many full-time equivalent press officers (a) work and (b) provide assistance for the Government Equalities Office.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality (1) how many (a) special advisers and (b) press officers have been employed by the Government Equalities Office in each year since its inception;...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how much (a) the Government Equalities Office and (b) each of its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on (i) publicity and (ii)...

      Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality if she will place in the Library the responses to the discrimination law review consultation.

      Hotels

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how much was spent on hotel bills by the Government Equalities Office in 2007-08.

      Revenue and Customs: Disabled

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality if she will hold discussions with HM Treasury over allegations of discrimination concerning the relocation of disabled staff from the Kettering Tax...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Brussels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on visits by its staff to Brussels in 2007-08; and how many such visits were made by (a) air and (b) rail.

    • Carers' Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of (a) full-time and (b) part-time carers receive benefits.

      Cemeteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of the letter from the Chair of the Health and Safety Commission to local authority chief executives in...

      Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff in the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission are employed in its face-to-face service; and what training they have received.

      Child Support Agency: Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will break down by (a) parliamentary constituency and (b) local authority the debt owed to the Child Support Agency in each of the last...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of Child Support Agency payments have been paid (a) incorrectly and (b) late in the last period for which figures are available.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) parents with care and (b) non-resident parents the Child Maintenance Option Service contact centre has assisted with (i) benefit...

      Coastal Areas: Departmental Coordination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department has taken to improve its arrangements for co-ordination with other Government Departments of policy affecting coastal...

      Departmental Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the rate of staff (a) absence and (b) sickness absence was in (i) his Department and (ii) each of its agencies and non-departmental...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on external consultancy in each year since...

      Departmental Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employees in his Department took early retirement in each of the last five financial years; and at what total cost.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) memory sticks, (b) laptop computers, (c) desktop computers, (d) hard drives and (e) mobile telephones were (i) lost and (ii)...

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many full-time equivalent press officers (a) work and (b) provide assistance for his Department.

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on employing press and communications officers in (a) his Department, (b) its non-departmental public bodies and (c) its...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for which Government websites his Department is responsible; how many visitors each received in the last period for which figures are...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many civil servants have been employed by each of his Department's agencies and non-departmental bodies in each year since 1997-98; and if...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) special advisers and (b) press officers have been employed by his Department in each year since 1997-98; and at what cost in...

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff were employed by (a) Jobcentre Plus, (b) the Health and Safety Executive, (c) the Pensions Regulator and (d) the Pension...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what bonuses were paid by his Department in 2007-08; to which members of staff; and for what purposes.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether there has been any nugatory cost to his Department and its agencies relating to tendered procurement where the tender process has been...

      Departmental Public Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent on (a) focus groups and (b) opinion polls in each year since 1997-98; how much he estimates will be spent...

      Departmental Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent by his Department on providing translation services for customers in each of the last five years.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claims have been made for disability living allowance following a diagnosis of phenylketonuria in the last 12 months; and how many...

      Disability Living Allowance: Chronically Sick

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claimed the higher rate care component of disability living allowance on the ground of terminal illness in 2007-08, broken down...

      Disability Living Allowance: Sight Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many registered blind people receive the (a) low and (b) middle rate mobility component of the disability living allowance (i) in each...

      Disability Living Allowance: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in receipt of disability living allowance in York are in paid employment.

      Employee Assistance Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 17 November 2008, Official Report, column 77W, on the Employee Assistance Programme, how many requests from staff...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what performance measures have been established for employment and support allowance.

      Employment and Support Allowance: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many additional staff were operating in benefit delivery centres specifically to implement the new employment and support allowance on 27...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what guidance is given by Jobcentre Plus to staff on how long a work-focused interview should be and how much time should be taken to...

      Employment Services: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many disabled people in York have been assisted to find work (a) by disability advisers employed by Jobcentre Plus and (b) through other...

      Employment: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many unfilled job vacancies at York Jobcentre there were on (a) 1 January and (b) 1 July in each year since 2004.

      Employment: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in City of York constituency have found employment through each of the Government's new deal programmes since their inception.

      Housing Benefit: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of abolishing the single-room rent and paying housing benefit claimants the same rate of benefit...

      Housing Benefit: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of people were in receipt of housing benefit in each (a) ward and (b) lower layer super output area of each...

      Housing Benefit: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) households and (b) individuals in each local authority area have had their housing benefit withdrawn because of their antisocial...

      Illegal Immigrants: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the letter of 14 July 2008 from the Minister of State for Employment and Welfare Reform to the hon. Member for Hertsmere, how many...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 20 October 2008, Official Report, column 1202W, on unemployment benefits, what his Department's forecast was for...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much incapacity benefit was paid on average in each week of the last period for which figures are available.

      Incapacity Benefit: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in York moved off incapacity benefit into work in each of the last five years.

      Income Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what modelling his Department has carried out on different economic and labour market conditions in assessing the potential effect on (a) lone...

      Income Support: Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 6 November 2008, Official Report, column 704W, on income support: mortgage costs, what estimate his Department has...

      Income Support: Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are receiving income support for mortgage interest payments; and how many received such payments in each of the last 10 years.

      Income Support: Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what changes have been made to (a) the conditions for claiming income support for mortgage interest payments and (b) the levels of income...

      Income Support: Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the rules are for eligibility for income support mortgage interest payments; and what changes to those rules the Government plans to introduce.

      Income Support: Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claiming jobseeker's allowance have been claiming support for mortgage interest payments for two years or more.

      Income Support: Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been claiming support for mortgage interest payments for (a) less than six months, (b) between six months and one year,...

      Income Support: Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the two year time limit on claims for income support for mortgage interest for jobseeker's allowance claimants will apply to new claimants.

      Income Support: Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were receiving income support mortgage interest payments in each month in each of the last five years.

      Income Support: Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average payment was to people receiving income support mortgage interest payments in the last 12 months.

      Institute of Revenues Rating and Valuation: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of the speech and presentation of his Department's Programme Manager on the Tell Us Once Project, made...

      Jobcentre Plus: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions by what date the review of the closure plan for Jobcentre Plus offices will be completed; and if he will make a statement.

      Jobcentre Plus: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many formal complaints were received by Jobcentre Plus in each region in each of the last five years.

      Jobcentre Plus: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been employed by Jobcentre Plus in each year since 1 April 2002, broken down by (a) region and (b) pay grade.

      Jobcentre Plus: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many (a) Jobcentre Plus staff and (b) customer-facing Jobcentre Plus staff there were (i) in total, (ii) in each region and (iii)...

      Jobcentre Plus: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobseeker's allowance claimants there were per customer-facing Jobcentre Plus staff member in each region in each quarter of each of...

      Jobcentre Plus: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) frontline and (b) other staff employed by Jobcentre Plus and its predecessor in...

      Jobcentre Plus: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time staff were employed in Jobcentre Plus offices in each month of the last five years (i) in total and...

      Jobcentre Plus: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average salary of personal advisers in Jobcentre Plus has been in each year since the role was created, broken down by (a) region and...

      Jobcentre Plus: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average salary was for Jobcentre Plus employees in each year since 1 April 2002, broken down by (a) region and (b) sex.

      Jobcentre Plus: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what national performance targets have been set for Jobcentre Plus offices; and what the performance of Jobcentre Plus Torquay was against...

      Jobcentre Plus: Torbay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many clients used Jobcentre Plus services at Torquay jobcentre between (a) 1 April 2006 and 31 March 2007 and (b) 1 April 2001 and 31...

      Jobcentre Plus: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the service made available by the Jobcentre Plus rapid response service for Wales; and what...

      Jobcentres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) jobcentre and (b) Jobcentre Plus offices there are in each (i) region and (ii) parliamentary constituency; and how many of each...

      Jobcentres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobcentres there were in each of the last 10 years.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of people flowing off jobseeker's allowance moved (a) into employment, (b) onto other benefits and (c) to an...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of new jobseeker's allowance claimants who will move onto the benefit as a...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of non-UK EU citizens who are in receipt of jobseeker's allowance while resident in another EU member...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobseeker's allowance claimants there were in (a) the UK and (b) Wellingborough constituency on the latest date for which figures...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of jobseeker's allowance claimants moved off JSA and into employment in each month of the last five years, broken...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobseeker's allowance claimants were enrolled in an outsourced skills training and support programme to which they had been referred...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claimed jobseekers' allowance between 1 April 2007 and 31 March 2008; and how much was spent on jobseekers' allowance claims in...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what information his Department holds on the amount of time each jobseeker's allowance (JSA) claimant has received JSA in the last (a)...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of people who started to claim jobseeker's allowance in each of the last 12 months were women, broken down by (a) profession,...

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households are receiving local housing allowance at a rate of (a) under £5,000, (b) between £5,001 and £7,000, (c)...

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the maximum level of local housing allowance in each broad market rental area is for a (a) one bedroom, (b) two bedroom, (c) three...

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in what circumstances local housing allowance may be paid at a rate above the average market rent in a given area.

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what process was used to set area boundaries for local housing allowance; and if he will make a statement.

      Mortgages: Interest Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will introduce a system of variations to the standard rate of interest as applied to claims made for mortgage interest payments to allow...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many new National Insurance numbers, excluding those generated automatically on reaching the age of 16 years, have been issued in each (a)...

      New Deal for 50 Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been spent on the New Deal 50 Plus Programme, broken down by (a) region and (b) Jobcentre Plus district in each year since its...

      New Deal for 50 Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of claimants on the New Deal 50 Plus entered sustainable employment immediately in each month since May 2007,...

      New Deal for 50 Plus: Crosby

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many residents of Crosby constituency are enrolled in the New Deal 50 plus programme.

      New Deal for Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of (1) leavers from the New Deal for Disabled People Programme entered immediately into sustainable employment...

      New Deal for Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the annual cost was of the New Deal for Disabled People Programme in each year since establishment, broken down by (a) region and (b)...

      New Deal for Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what employment programmes lone parents with children under the age of 12 years will be eligible to take part in once the flexible new deal has...

      New Deal for Musicians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of claimants on New Deal for Musicians Programme entered immediately into sustainable employment in each month...

      New Deal for Partners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of (1) leavers from the New Deal for Partners Programme entered immediately into sustainable employment, in each...

      New Deal for Partners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the annual cost of the New Deal for Partners Programme was in each year since establishment, broken down by (a) region and (b) Jobcentre...

      New Deal for Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the cost of the New Deal for Young People programme has been, broken down by (a) region and (b) Jobcentre Plus district in each...

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 20 October 2008, Official Report, column 7W, which potential bidders (a) he, (b) Ministers and (c) officials in...

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what modelling his Department has carried out on different economic and labour market conditions in assessing the (a) funding and (b) central...

      New Deal Schemes: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on the New Deal programme from its inception to August 2008.

      New Deal Schemes: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average expenditure has been on each person who has found employment through the New Deal programme.

      New Deal Schemes: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) people, (b) young people, (c) lone parents, (d) people over 25 years and (e) people over 50 years participated in the New...

      Occupational Health and Safety: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to promote the use of the Health and Safety Executive toolkit to help employers reduce the risk of violence...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many occupational pension schemes have fully wound up since 1997; how many are in the process of winding up; and what the membership of...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with the Pensions Regulator on the ability of companies with final salary pension schemes to make up the shortfalls...

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on the Pathways to Work programme in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05, (c) 2005-06, (d) 2006-07 and (e) 2007-08, broken down by...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) when it became possible for an out-of-work man aged between 60 to 64 years old to claim pension credit instead of jobseeker's allowance;...

      Pension Credit: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of pension credit claimants received a premium for each type of housing cost in each year since pension credit was...

      Pension Credit: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost was of the housing cost premium paid out to pension credit claimants in each year since it was introduced.

      Pension Credit: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) maximum and (b) minimum amount was that can be paid to claimants of the additional housing cost premium of pension credit in...

      Pension Credit: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average amount is of the additional housing cost premium of pension credit which has been paid to claimants in receipt of it in each...

      Pension Credit: Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people over working age with fixed rate mortgages and in receipt of pension credit who will fall...

      Pension Credit: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much in overpaid pension credits was recovered by his Department in each (a) month of 2008-09 to date and (b) year from 2003-04 to...

      Pension Credit: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what average amount per case of overpaid pension credits was clawed back by his Department in (a) each month of 2008-09 and (b) each of the...

      Pension Credit: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what average amount per case of overpaid pension credits was clawed back by his Department per case taken to court over repayment in (a) each...

      Pension Credit: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in each constituency in Wales claimed pension credit in each year since it was introduced.

      Pension Credits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pension credit applications were not processed within 10 days in each of the last three years.

      Pensioners: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been spent by his Department on pensioners per capita in (a) Crosby constituency and (b) England in each year since 1997.

      Pensioners: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he plans to take to protect pensioners from the effects of rising living costs.

      Pensioners: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been spent by his Department on pensioners per capita in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire in each year since 1997.

      Pensioners: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many pensioners in Crosby constituency are in receipt of winter fuel allowance; and how much his Department has paid to such...

      Pensioners: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average income of the poorest 33 per cent. of pensioners is in 2008; and what it was in 1997.

      Pensioners: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of pensioners over the age of (a) 60, (b) 65 and (c) 70 years were subject to means testing in each year since 1997.

      Personal Injury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many personal injury claims against his Department from its employees arose out of the floods in June 2007; and which of his Department's...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 19 November 2008, Official Report, columns 561-62W, on the Post Office card account, if he will estimate the cost to...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much compensation will be paid to failed bidders for the Post Office Card Account contract.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 19 November 2008, Official Report, columns 561-62W, on the Post Office card account, what were the names of the...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost was of (a) conducting the review into the operation of and (b) placing the contract for the Post Office card account.

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent steps the Government have taken towards their target to end child poverty by 2020.

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps are being taken by his Department to help eradicate child poverty in Leeds, West constituency.

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many staff in his Department left under (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 2005-06; how many...

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department has taken in the last two years to assist those who have lost their jobs due to the closures of Remploy factories.

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which Job Centre Plus districts underspent their allocations for (a) crisis loans, (b) budgeting loans and (c) community care grants in each...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications for (a) crisis loans, (b) budgeting loans and (c) community care grants were made to Jobcentre Plus in each month in...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many grants of (a) crisis loans, (b) budgeting loans and (c) community care grants were made by Jobcentre Plus in each month of the last...

      Social Fund: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was paid in (a) crisis loans, (b) budgeting loans and (c) community care grants to people in (i) each Jobcentre Plus district and...

      Social Fund: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what targets have been put in place for the length of time within which telephone calls to Social Fund offices must be answered.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average processing time for (a) jobseekers allowance, (b) housing benefit, (c) crisis loan, (d) community care grant and (e)...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department's latest estimate is of the savings it will make from changing the backdating period for (a) pension credit, (b) council...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many unprocessed applications for (a) crisis loans, (b) budgeting loans, (c) community care grants, (d) disability living allowance and...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of households with at least one person of working age which received benefits of all kinds in excess of...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much on average was paid in (a) incapacity benefit, (b) special disability allowance and (c) income support for the disabled in (i) each...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the proportion of eligible residents of (a) the Luton borough council area and (b) local authority areas of...

      Social Security Benefits: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the number of benefit claimants served by Jobcentre Plus and its predecessors (a) in each year since...

      Social Security Benefits: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefit claimants he expects will be served by Jobcentre Plus in each of the next five years.

      Social Security Benefits: Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department's most recent estimate is of the effect that reducing to three months the backdating of (a) pension credit, (b) housing...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people resident in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire were prosecuted for benefit fraud in each of the last five years.

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much he expects his Department's We're closing in campaign to cost; what estimate he has made of the additional number of fraudulent...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of calls reporting benefit fraud led to a successful conviction in the last period for which figures are available.

      Social Security Benefits: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason the processing of benefits administration in respect of Gloucestershire has been moved from Cedar house, Gloucester, to St...

      Social Security Benefits: Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment his Department has made of the effect on claimants of mortgage interest payments if the standard interest rate is reduced and...

      Social Security Benefits: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which countries in which UK nationals reside do not have reciprocal social security agreements with the UK; and how many UK nationals are...

      Social Security Benefits: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of travel warrants issued to his Department's customers was in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claims for the state pension took more than 60 days to process in each of the last 10 years.

      State Retirement Pensions: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect of rules on state pension entitlement on people who stay at home to care for (a) children and (b)...

      State Retirement Pensions: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in each constituency in the East Midlands received the retirement age addition for persons aged 80 years or over in the latest...

      Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on (a) commissioning and (b) funding the production of television programmes in the last year; what programmes...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to increase staff numbers in Jobcentres to cope with increased unemployment.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent steps his Department has taken to reduce levels of unemployment.

      Unemployment Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people had their benefit reduced as a consequence of not taking a reasonable job offer in each of the last 10 years.

      Unemployment Benefits: Interviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many work-focused interviews a claimant must attend in any one year in order to retain a benefit, broken down by the benefit claimed.

      Vocational Training: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employees have been offered early access under Jobcentre Plus's rapid response service to (a) work-based learning for adults, (b)...

      Vocational Training: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many on-site advice surgeries Jobcentre Plus's rapid response service has carried out in each region in each year since it was established.

      Vocational Training: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of bids for services from the rapid response service were (a) accepted and (b) rejected because of (i) lack of...

      Vocational Training: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps (a) Jobcentre Plus's rapid response service and (b) Jobcentre Plus staff take to identify companies with employees that may have...

      Vocational Training: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been spent on advertising the services offered by Jobcentre Plus's rapid response service to employers in each year since it was...

      Vocational Training: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much Jobcentre Plus's rapid response service has cost in each year since it was established; (2) how many full-time equivalent staff...

      Vocational Training: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions by what means his Department has informed employers of the existence of Jobcentre Plus's rapid response service since it was established.

      Vocational Training: Sight Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what employment training is provided for the visually impaired in Enfield Southgate constituency; and what proportion of those who have...

      Vocational Training: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have received Government funded employment training in (a) South Yorkshire, (b) Rotherham and (c) Barnsley over the last...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of (a) cold weather payments made and (b) the number of recipients of cold weather payments in each...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many times the temperature dropped below the threshold at which cold weather payments are made in each of the last 10 years, broken down by...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much the winter fuel allowance was worth as a percentage of (a) average household fuel bills and (b) average pensioner household fuel...

      Winter Fuel Payments: Crosby

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much he expects to pay to pensioner households in Crosby constituency in winter fuel payments in 2008-09.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will reply to question (a) 220310, on benefits, tabled on 16 July and (b) 220179, on staff, tabled on 15 July.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to answer Question 230115, tabled by the hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire on 27 October 2008, on payment of maintenance...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to answer question 230140, tabled by the hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire on 27 October 2008, on funding for the Child...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to answer Question 230141, tabled by the hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire on 27 October 2008, on child maintenance initiatives.

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what data collection his Department routinely makes in respect of alcohol-related admissions to (a) accident and emergency and (b) acute wards.

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on specialist treatment services for alcohol misuse and addiction in each of the last 10 years.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what modelling his Department has (a) undertaken and (b) commissioned on future levels of disease resulting from current levels of alcohol consumption.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on including alcohol screening and brief advice within the Quality and Outcomes Framework.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the extent to which primary care trust spending on services to reduce alcohol harm correlates with the extent of alcohol...

      Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 13 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1371-72W, on antibiotics, how much was spent by hospitals in each region on...

      Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the Hospital Pharmacy Audit Index, (1) how many issues of antibiotics each hospital trust in England made in 2007-08; (2) how many...

      Aortic Aneurysm: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of patients in England and Wales who were treated for abdominal aortic aneurysms by (a) open surgical repair and...

      Aortic Aneurysm: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the merits of (a) endovascular repair and (b) open surgical repair for abdominal aortic aneurysms in terms of (i)...

      Aortic Aneurysm: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health at which level of the NHS a decision on whether to screen men in the West Sussex Primary Care Trust area for abdominal aortic aneurysms will be made.

      Aortic Aneurysm: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much central Government funding has been allocated to the introduction of the abdominal aortic aneurysm screening programme; (2) what estimate...

      "British National Formulary"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 21 October 2008, Official Report, column 302W, on the British National Formulary, how many copies of the "British National...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the average time from diagnosis to treatment for patients diagnosed with cancer in each London borough in (a)...

      Cardiovascular System: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many revascularisation procedures for peripheral vascular disease took place in the national health service in each of the last five years, broken...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the timetable is for implementing the Caring with Confidence programme; how much funding has been allocated to it; and what mechanisms are in...

      Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the proportion of (a) lamb, (b) beef, (c) chicken, (d) pork, (e) turkey, (f) other meats, (g) vegetables and (h)...

      Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to improve its arrangements for co-ordination with other Government Departments of policy affecting coastal towns in...

      Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many primary care trusts have fully complied with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence appraisal TA97 since its...

      Community Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many places for BSc courses in specialist community nursing programmes have been funded through strategic health authorities in 2008-09; and how many...

      Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many emergency contraceptive pills were issued without prescription at pharmacies and chemists between 2001 and 2007, broken down by calendar...

      Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many prescriptions for emergency contraceptive pills were issued by general practitioners to women aged (a) under 14, (b) between 15 and 16,...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when the national dementia strategy will be published; (2) what assessment he has made of the role of admiral nurses in the management of dementia.

      Departmental Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the rate of staff (a) absence and (b) sickness absence was in (i) his Department and (ii) each of its agencies and non-departmental public bodies...

      Departmental Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether food and drink on sale to staff of (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies at official premises is subsidised from public funds.

      Departmental Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish a list of committees established by his Department on which appointed persons are remunerated.

      Departmental Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish a list of external appointments made in the last three years to committees established by his Department on which positions are remunerated.

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 1 July 2008, Official Report, column 859W, on departmental consultants, what progress has been made on the implementation of...

      Departmental Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has written off in bad debts in each of the last five financial years; and what the reason for each write-off was.

      Departmental Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department and its agencies have spent on (a) flat screen televisions, (b) DVD players and (c) stereo equipment in each of the last three...

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's workforce planning assumptions used to inform the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) special advisers and (b) press officers have been employed by his Department in each year since 1997-98; and at what cost in each year.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff in his Department are responsible for branding activity; and what the cost of employing such staff was in 2007-08.

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 3 November 2008, Official Report, column 79W, on departmental NDPBs, (1) for what reasons Independent Reconfiguration Panel...

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what budget was allocated for the work of (a) the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards, (b) the Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens...

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many paid officials worked for (a) the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards, (b) the Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens and (c)...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on hospitality in each of the last five financial years.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many bonus payments were made to his Department's staff in each Civil Service pay grade in each of the last three years; and what the highest and...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what bonuses were paid by his Department in 2007-08; to which members of staff; and for what purposes.

      Departmental Pensions

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

      Departmental Press Releases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many press releases have been issued by his Department in each year since 1997-98; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the present monetary value of land and buildings, including NHS land and buildings, his Department expects to dispose of by...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on targeted initiatives in (a) inner cities, (b) rural areas and (c) seaside towns in each of the last 16 years.

      Departmental Public Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on (a) focus groups and (b) opinion polls in each year since 1997-98; how much he estimates will be spent on each...

      Departmental Training

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

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) location, (b) dates and (c) cost was of each away day his departmental board has held in the last 12 months.

      Deprivation Indicators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the lower super output areas are with the (a) highest and (b) lowest health rankings in each of the principal seaside towns in England.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has carried out on the geographical distribution of people with (a) type 1 and (b) type 2 diabetes to enable effective...

      Diabetes: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children under the age of 16 years in (a) Hemel Hempstead constituency and (b) Hertfordshire have type 1 diabetes.

      Diabetes: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of (a) type 1 and (b) type 2 diabetes were diagnosed in each primary care trust area in Hertfordshire in each of the last five years,...

      Diabetes: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the number of people who have insulin pumps; and how many insulin pumps are provided by the NHS every year; (2) what...

      Diabetes: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many diabetic specialist nurses there are; and what the ratio of nurses to patients is.

      Diabetes: Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children of school age have been diagnosed with diabetes.

      Diabetes: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department expects to spend on research into diabetes in (a) 2008, (b) 2009, (c) 2010, (d) 2011 and (e) 2012.

      Dietary Supplements: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the likelihood of achieving in European negotiations the Government's objectives for the setting of a maximum...

      Disease Control: Meat Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the process if for raising the age limit for the over 30 months scheme; and what the Food Standards Agency's responsibilities are in this regard.

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many clients in structured drug treatment in each local authority area (a) had a child aged 16 years or under and (b) were living with a child aged...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many individuals have been discharged from treatment for drug misuse on the grounds that they completed treatment drug-free in England in 2007-08.

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many beds in drug rehabilitation units were available in each of the last five years.

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people received prescriptions of (a) heroin and (b) heroin substitutes in each of the last five years; and how many were receiving a...

      Extending Professional Regulation Working Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the Extending Professional Regulation Working Group to publish its final report.

      Gastrointestinal System: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 3 November 2008, Official Report, column 93W, on upper gastrointestinal cancer, on what basis he assesses the effectiveness of...

      General Practitioners: Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of prescriptions in England were dispensed by GP surgeries in the last 12 months.

      General Practitioners: Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dispensing GP surgeries there are in England.

      Health Authorities: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether voluntary sector organisations will be eligible for the new Strategic Health Authority innovation funds.

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance is given to NHS hospital trusts by (a) his Department, (b) deaneries and (c) the NHS on the protocols to be followed when clinicians...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of the roll-out of practice-based commissioning in (a) Norfolk, (b) the East of England and (c) England; and...

      Health Services: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of his Department's effectiveness in promoting innovation since the publication of the Wanless report.

      Health Services: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures he is using to assess improvement in the access to health services by war veterans.

      Health Services: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish the results of the 2004 consultation on his Department's proposals to exclude overseas visitors from eligibility to free NHS...

      Health Services: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what national targets are in place for the use by young people of in-school health care services; and what performance primary care trusts in Devon have...

      Herbal Medicine: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the effects of implementing the traditional herbal medicinal products directive; (2) what discussions (a) have been...

      Hospitals: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has issued to the NHS on the frequency with which different parts of hospitals should be cleaned in the last five years.

      Hospitals: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospitals with accident and emergency departments provide anonymised data to their local (a) police and (b) crime and disorder reduction...

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the rate of (a) MRSA and (b) clostridium difficile infection in hospitals was in each region in England in each financial year since 1997-08 for...

      Hospitals: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the unit cost of (a) making and (b) receiving phone calls on (i) adult and (ii) children's wards in NHS hospitals.

      Incinerators: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has (a) evaluated and (b) commissioned on the health effects of incinerators on people in the locality.

      Incontinence: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many letters which mentioned intermittent catheters his Department has received in response to its latest consultation on the proposed new...

      Incontinence: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when a full summary of responses to the consultation on the review of Part IX of the Drug Tariff will be made available.

      Incontinence: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he made of the British Healthcare Trades Association's response to the Government's consultation on the provision of stoma and...

      Incontinence: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the weight of an average monthly supply of intermittent catheters for a patient; and if he will make a statement.

      Injuries: Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of injuries caused by fireworks in the most recent 12 months for which figures are available.

      Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which keywords or terms his Department has monitored in the media in each of the last three years.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of progress towards implementation of the national choice guarantee for maternity services.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what data will be gathered through the National Maternity Services Dataset; and if he will make a statement.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 10 November 2008, Official Report, column 834W, on maternity services, what correspondence his Department has had with primary...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many registered neonatal nurses there are in (a) Hemel Hempstead constituency, (b) Hertfordshire and (c) nationwide.