Written answers

Thursday, 11 December 2008

  • Church Commissioners

    • Paid Posts

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what paid posts in the offices of the Church Commissioners are subject to a test of religious belief in respect of...

    • Churches: Closures

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough,, representing the Church Commissioners, what matters the Church Commissioners expect to be raised at the forthcoming summit on church closures; and if he...

  • Women and Equality

    • Departmental Disabled Staff

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what conclusions the Government Equalities Office has reached in fulfilment of its duty under section 3.111 of the statutory code of practice of the...

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality with reference to the Answer of 4 November 2008, Official Report, columns 336- 37W, on Government departments: information and communications...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how much the Government Equalities Office spent on Ministerial hospitality in each financial year since the Office was established.

      Departmetal ICT

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality with reference to the answer of 28 October 2008, Official Report, column 804W, on departmental ICT, what the (a) expected completion date and (b)...

      Rape Crisis Centres

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what progress has been made on provision of emergency funding for rape crisis centres.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Death: Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many children died from each cause of death in each local authority in the last year for which data are available.

    • Death: MRSA

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many death certificates on which (a) MRSA and (b) clostridium difficile were mentioned were issued in England and Wales in each of the last...

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many and what proportion of working age adults were in employment in each local authority area in each year since 1997; and if he will make a...

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate the Office for National Statistics has made of the number of new additional jobs created since 1997 in the (a) public sector and...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which departments and agencies utilise the Government Procurement Card.

      Suicide: Coproxamol

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many suicides have been caused by the drug coproxamol in each of the last three years.

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the conception rate was among girls aged under 18 years in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007.

      Textile Industry: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people were employed in the (a) weaving, (b) spinning, (c) dyeing, (d) finishing and making-up and (e) silk industry sectors of the...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the (a) employment and (b) unemployment rate for (i) women, (ii) men and (iii) men and women aged (A) 16 to 24, (B) 25 to 34, (C) 34 to 49...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • 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 Rail Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what date he last used a train in the course of his official duties.

      Environment Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects the Environment Agency's first flooding engineers to graduate from university and take up positions in the agency.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Environment Agency on repairs of critical infrastructure which is at risk from flooding.

      Forestry Commission: Public Relations

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

      Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 15 October 2008, Official Report, columns 1218-22W, on non-departmental public bodies, how...

      Pesticides: Crop Spraying

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

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Pay

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

  • Wales

    • Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what records his Department maintains of its expenditure on (a) official hospitality and (b) alcohol for official hospitality.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Chairman's Work Load

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how many hours per week the proposed Chairman of the Electoral Commission will be expected to...

    • Police Authorities

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what consideration the Electoral Commission has given to the arrangements which would be...

  • Transport

    • Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment has been made of the effect on levels of congestion on the Dartford-Thurrock toll crossing consequent on the introduction of the...

    • Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement of 22 July 2008, Official Report, column 116WS, on the cost of Ministerial cars for 2007-08, which...

      Severn Bridge: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the working group on the Severn Bridge is expected to present its findings.

      Transport: North-East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the Government has spent on capital transport infrastructure projects in the north- east in each year since 1997.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Directgov

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many unique visitors have used the Directgov website in each of the last five years.

    • Directgov

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which sub-sites of the Directgov website have (a) received the most direct visitors and (b) recorded the most online transactions in the last...

      Directgov: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of running the Directgov website was in each of the last five years.

      Directgov: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how the Directgov website is being promoted to the public.

      Directgov: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Directgov website; and what criteria have been established to assess its effectiveness.

      Disability Living Allowance: Sight Impairment

      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...

      Employment Services: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what employment programme lone parents with children under the age of 12 years will be eligible to take part in once the flexible new deal has...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of abolishing the single room rent and paying housing benefit claimants the same rate...

      Lone Parents: Income Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 9 July 2008, Official Report, column 1685W, on lone parents: income support, what progress has been made...

      Social Fund

      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

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which Jobcentre Plus districts underspent their allocations for (a) crisis loans, (b) budgeting loans and (c) community care grants in each...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) benefit payments and (b) pension payments were issued by giro cheque in each (i) constituency and (ii) region in each of the...

      Social Security Benefits: Interviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance has been issued to Jobcentre Plus staff in relation to the time allowed to interview claimants by Jobcentre Plus.

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many alcohol-related emergency admissions to hospitals there have been in (a) the London Borough of Bexley, (b) the London Borough of Greenwich and...

    • Allergies: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding was made available by his Department for allergy research in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Anti-depressants: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost of prescribing anti-depressant drugs in the London Borough of Bexley in each of the last five years.

      Breast Feeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps his Department has taken to bring about an increase in levels of breastfeeding.

      Cardiovascular System: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what progress has been made on the implementation of the vascular checks programme; and if he will make a statement; (2) what the mechanism is for...

      Care Homes: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many deaths in care homes were attributed to each notifiable infectious disease in each year since 1997.

      Children: Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, Health (1) how many home visits on average a child considered to be at (a) low risk and (b) high risk received from an allocated health visitor in...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of its capacity to adapt to climate change; and what plans he has to publish a climate change adaptation strategy.

      Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in each primary care trust have received continuing care in each quarter per 10,000 population (a) since the application of the national...

      Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were receiving continuing care in the last quarter for which figures are available, broken down by (a) primary care trust and (b) the...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many invoices submitted to his Department in the last month for which figures are available were paid within 10 days of receipt; and how many remained...

      Depressive Illnesses: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people diagnosed with mild or moderate depression in the London borough of Bexley in the last 12 months.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which trigger offences lead to drug testing as part of his Department's drug intervention programme; and whether he plans to include further offences...

      Elderly: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what procedures his Department has in place for routine scrutiny of serious case reviews in respect of elder abuse; (2) which serious case reviews...

      Exercise: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the National School Pedometer programme in improving children's health.

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of front-of-pack food labelling designed to assist people to make healthier food choices.

      Headaches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much per patient per year was spent on headache disorder research in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Teaching Public Health Networks in providing training opportunities.

      Health Services: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the voluntary sector will be eligible for funding from the new strategic health authority innovation funds.

      Health Visitors: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many health visitors there were in each region in each year since 1997 for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

      Health: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the outcomes of Men's Health Week 2008; and if he will make a statement.

      Healthy Start Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the healthy start scheme.

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the average cost to the NHS of administering a single dose of (a) Cervarix and (b) Gardisil.

      Lung Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of diagnosing sufferers of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at (a) stage one and (b) stage two.

      Lyme's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's definition of (a) Lyme's disease, (b) chronic Lyme's disease and (c) post-Lyme's syndrome is.

      Lyme's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to make Lyme's disease a notifiable disease.

      Medical Treatments Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of progress towards agreement of European Union proposals in relation to patients who wish to travel to other EU member states...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether mental health service users will be guaranteed a choice of hospital under the new NHS constitution.

      Mental Health Services: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure that it obtains the views of (a) people who have experience of mental health problems and (b)...

      NHS: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure that all NHS trusts purchasing supplies and equipment under central NHS contracts pay invoices within 10...

      Organophosphates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many reported cases of ill health have been attributed to long-term exposure to organophosphates in each of the last 10 years.

      Organophosphates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many reported cases there have been of people suffering from (a) excessive fatigue, (b) sensory disturbance, (c) disturbance of higher cerebral...

      Patients: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many deaths have resulted from patient safety incidents in each year since 1997-98 for which figures are available, broken down by type of incident.

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in the development of specialist accreditation frameworks for pharmacists; and if he will make a statement.

      Respite Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the £150 million spending for respite care announced in the carers strategy will be disbursed; to whom; and according to what formula.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to reduce the prevalence of smoking.

      Social Services: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he will publish responses to his Department's consultation on the Social Care Green Paper; (2) how many responses his Department received to...

  • Home Department

    • Borders: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the cost of establishing a permanent security presence on duty at all times at all ports of entry to the UK.

    • Confiscation Orders: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the monetary value of property and possessions seized by the Assets Recovery Agency from residents of Northern Ireland convicted of drug...

      Control Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assistance individuals subject to control orders receive with their living costs.

      Control Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals currently subject to control orders have previous convictions for terrorism-related offences.

      Crime: Intellectual Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consideration she gave to including intellectual property crime in the National Community Safety Plan for 2008 to 2011; and if she will...

      Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures govern telephone operators listening to silent emergency calls; and for how long operators are advised to listen to such calls.

      Identity Cards: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what circumstances A2 nationals will be required to possess the new identity card for foreign nationals.

      Police: Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been made of the results of trials of use by police of personal transporters on public highways in Sutton; what...

      Police: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers are (a) seconded to overseas missions, governments or organisations and (b) otherwise serving abroad.

      Police: Stun Guns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when the majority of police forces in England and Wales will be equipped with Taser stun guns; (2) what officers are (a) currently...

      Police: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of people accepted on the Higher Potential Scheme in each of the last five years were (a) women, (b) black and minority...

      Terrorism: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were convicted of each type of terrorist offence in each of the last five years.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Brussels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many visits to Brussels were made by staff of her Department in 2007-08; and what the total cost of such visits was.

    • Charities: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to which charities her Department has supplied funding of £100,000 or more in each of the last three years; and how much...

      Community Development: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the Government's policy is, with reference to its policies on community cohesion, on encouraging those who have settled in...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 4 November 2008, Official Report, columns 336-7W, on Government departments: information and...

      Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many individuals have worked in her Department on (a) paid and (b) unpaid work experience or internships in each of the...

      Eco-Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make a statement on what contribution she expects to be made to the delivery of the eco-towns programme by the...

      Elevate East Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has with regard to future funding of the Elevate East Lancashire housing renewal area; and if she will make a...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what cost estimate her Department based its plans for the administration of each regional fire control centre between the...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) on what date each fire and rescue authority is expected to cut over to its regional control centre, broken down by (a)...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable will be for her Department's proposed expenditure analysis review of fire and rescue services.

      FireBuy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether her Department plans to continue the revenue funding of FireBuy's strategic procurement role; and if she will make...

      Homelessness: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households in local authorities had been accepted as owed a main homelessness duty between 1997-98 and 2007-08 in (a)...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her most recent estimate is of the level of new house building in 2009-10 in housing renewal areas; and if she will make a...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new houses have been built in (a) England, (b) the East of England, (c) Cambridgeshire and (d) Peterborough in each...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many energy efficiency measures have been installed under the Decent Homes programme in each (a) Government office region,...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what date she expects rate demands to be issued to port businesses for rates due from 2005; what the Valuation Office...

      Property Development: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations she has received from (a) developers, (b) local authorities and (c) the Environment Agency on the...

      Regional Planning and Development: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many responses she has received to the latest consultation on the South West Regional Spatial Strategy in respect of (a)...

      Repossession Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many properties have been repossessed in each of the housing renewal areas in each month since 1 April 2007; and if she will...

      Repossession Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many home repossessions there were in (a) England, (b) the North West, (c) Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council area...

  • Treasury

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received from US authorities on the proposed changes to air passenger duty; what the content of each such representation was;...

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 4 November 2008, Official Report, columns 336-7W, on Government departments: information and communications technology,...

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he (a) last met the President of the European Commission and (b) spoke to the President of the European Commission; and whether he discussed...

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department has spent on preparations for the possibility of joining the European single currency since 1997.

      Equitable Life Assurance Society

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to respond to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman's report into the prudential regulation of the Equitable Life Assurance Society...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what bodies store the data for transactions made through the Government Procurement Card.

      Insolvency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 1900W, on insolvency (1) how much was claimed by HM Revenue and Customs in (a)...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Empty Property

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the evidential basis was for the statement in the 2008 Pre-Budget Report that 70 per cent. of all empty properties would be covered by the temporary...

      Pre-Budget Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what appraisals were made of (a) the sustainability impact and (b) the carbon and climate change impact of the ; and if he will (i) publish on the...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to Table B17 of the Pre-Budget Report 2008, Cm 7484, which departments will have their (a) resource and (b) capital departmental expenditure...

      Revenue and Customs: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans there are to pay bonuses to staff at the Tax Credit Office in 2008-09.

      Revenue and Customs: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the basis is for the assertion by HM Revenue and Customs that it will be able to meet its obligation to provide a full Welsh language service for its...

      Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many and what percentage of tax credit claimants have been underpaid more than (a) once, (b) twice, (c) three times and (d) four times since...

      VAT: Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Answer of December 2008, Official Report, column 15W, on VAT: financial services, (1) what estimate he has made of the financial benefit...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, column 1517W, on Afghanistan: military aircraft, for what reasons he made the...

    • Armed Forces: Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Christmas mail packages sent to armed forces personnel have been returned to the original sender in the last three months.

      Armed Forces: Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of the defence budget was spent on responding to (a) natural disasters, (b) network failures or disruption and (c) criminal activity...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer given to the hon. Member for Congleton (Ann Winterton) of 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 1170W, on armoured...

      Biological Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what safeguards are in place for which his Department is responsible to prevent the acquisition of dangerous pathogens from UK civilian laboratories by...

      Biological Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what safeguards are in place for which his Department is responsible to prevent the acquisition of scientific and technical knowledge from UK sources by...

      Departmental Disabled Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what conclusions his Department has reached in fulfilment of its duty under section 3.111 of the statutory code of practice of the disability equality duty.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what weapons system the Joint Strike Fighter will carry.

      Navy: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent guidance has been issued to the Royal Navy on engaging pirates.

      Navy: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Navy ships are undertaking anti-piracy patrols; and on how many occasions in the last 10 years the Royal Navy has engaged suspected pirates.

      Rifles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when his Department plans to bring legacy L115 A1 and A2 sniper rifles up to the A3 standard; and if he will make a statement.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Attorney General for Northern Ireland: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what process governs the appointment of the Attorney General Northern Ireland.

    • Departmental Disabled Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what conclusions his Department has reached in fulfilment of its duty under section 3.111 of the statutory code of practice of the disability...

      Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many individuals have worked in his Department on (a) paid and (b) unpaid work experience or internships in each of the last three years;...

      Parades Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many visits have been undertaken by members of the Parades Commission to venues outside Northern Ireland in the last five years; which...

      Parades Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which members of the Parades Commission have undertaken visits on official business outside Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; and...

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have been (a) prosecuted for and (b) convicted of prostitute-soliciting in Northern Ireland in each of the last two years; and...

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have been (a) prosecuted for and (b) convicted of brothel-keeping in Northern Ireland in each of the last two years; and how...

  • Prime Minister

    • Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) when he (a) last met the President of the European Commission and (b) spoke to the President of the European Commission; and whether he discussed Britain's...

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental Disabled Staff

      To ask the Leader of the House what conclusions her Office has reached in fulfilment of its duty under section 3.111 of the statutory code of practice of the disability equality duty.

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Leader of the House with reference to the answer of 4 November 2008, Official Report, columns 336-7W, on Government departments: information and communications technology, which IP...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Leader of the House what records her Department maintains of its expenditure on (a) official hospitality and (b) the amount of money spent on alcohol for official hospitality.

      Members: Allowances

      To ask the Leader of the House if she will list the hon. Members who used the communications allowance to fund the publication of a Parliamentary Report in the 2007-08 Session.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Liquefied Petroleum Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has held discussions on possible regulation of the liquefied petroleum gas market.

    • Power Stations: Kingsnorth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department has taken to determine whether the proposed Kingsnorth power station would deliver an absolute increase in...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Disabled Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what conclusions his Department has reached in fulfilment of its duty under section 3.111 of the statutory code of practice of the disability equality duty.

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland with reference to the answer of 4 November 2008, Official Report, columns 336-7W, on Government departments: information and communications technology,...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what his Department spent on Ministerial hospitality in (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06, (c) 2006-07 and (d) 2007-08, expressed in current prices.

      Whisky

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment the Government has made of the value of the Scotch whisky industry to the Scottish economy.

  • International Development

    • Development Aid: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make extra funding available to assist people with disabilities in the developing world.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many home visits a child considered to be at (a) low risk and (b) high risk received from an allocated health visitor in...

    • Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what records his Department maintains of its expenditure on (a) official hospitality and (b) alcohol for official hospitality.

      Education and Skills Act 2008

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how he plans to monitor compliance by schools with the provision of section 81 of the Education and Skills Act 2008.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of children obtained five good GCSEs including English and mathematics, excluding equivalents, in...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what percentage of (a) boys and (b) girls in (i) pupil referral units, (ii) alternative provision and (iii)...

      GCSE: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of children obtained five GCSEs at grades A* to C including English and mathematics in schools (a) with fewer...

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of 14 year olds (a) not in care and (b) in care achieved level five in English, mathematics and science at key...

      Pre-school Education: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) male and (b) female teachers there are in (i) Sure Start centres and (ii) nursery schools.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department has spent on upgrading or rebuilding school buildings in (a) the North East, (b) Tees Valley district,...

      Schools: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the written Ministerial Statement of 13 November 2008, Official Report, columns 61-62WS, on secondary school...

      Science: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department plans to take to improve teaching provision for science in schools.

      Sixth Form Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he plans to implement changes to the presumption in favour of school sixth forms, as set out in paragraph 4.21 of the Raising...

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many local authorities' children's services were placed in special measures in each of the last five years.

      Social Services: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department has allocated for the training of (a) youth workers and (b) social service practitioners to enable early...

      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 how many (a) male and (b) female pupils of each ethnicity (i) in care and (ii) not in care are studying on one or more diploma...

      Specialised Diplomas: Rural Areas

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

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many special schools there were in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) the last year for which data are available.

      Teachers: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many days of sick leave were taken by teachers in maintained schools in the last year, broken down by type of illness.

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • 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 Rail Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills on what date he last used a train in the course of his official duties.

      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...

      Train to Gain Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people in England participated in the Train to Gain programme in 2006-07.

      Train to Gain Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people in (a) England and (b) the Vale of York completed a Train to Gain programme in 2006-07.

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Business Grants

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the effects of the streamlining of grants for businesses announced in the...

    • Bank Lending

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the effect on small businesses of bank lending practices.

      Credit Availability

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent assessment he has made of the availability of credit to businesses.

      Credit Availability

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent assessment he has made of the effects on businesses of the availability of credit to them.

      Credit Availability

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent assessment he has made of the availability of credit to businesses.

      Transition Loan Fund

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what criteria apply to the making of grants from the transition loan fund through regional development agencies.

      Balance of Payments

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent assessment he has made of the reasons for the UK's balance of payments deficit.

      Post Office

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the consultation programme carried out by the Post...

      Utility Companies

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the effect on businesses of utility companies' charges.

      Manufacturing Sector

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent representations he has received from representatives of the manufacturing sector on the global...

      Assistance for Businesses

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent representations his Department has received on provision of assistance for businesses; and if...

      Internet Governance Forum

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department is taking to promote engagement in the work of the Internet Governance Forum.

      Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what funding his Department is providing to assist small and medium-sized enterprises in 2008-09.

      Foreign Companies

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the proportion of UK-based industry in foreign ownership in (a) 2008 and (b)...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when his Department's officials last discussed the UK's prospective membership of the euro with the European Commission; and if...

    • Gulf of Aden: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 19 November 2008, Official Report, column 655W, on Gulf of Aden: piracy, if he will provide a...

      Israel: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British citizens have been refused entry into Israel at Ben Gurion Airport in each of the last three years; what...

      Israel: EU External Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the implications of the recent vote by the European Parliament postponing a decision on involving...

      Jeremy Hoyland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what discussions he has had with the British Ambassador to Indonesia about the ongoing search for a missing British...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

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

      Rashid Rauf

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the accuracy of reports that Mr. Rashid Rauf was killed in the US air strike of 21 November 2008...

      Rashid Rauf

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made representations to (a) the Government of Pakistan and (b) the Government of the USA on the reported death...

      Russia: BBC External Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff at BBC Monitoring Caversham (a) there are in total and (b) monitor Russian-language broadcasts.

      Russia: BBC External Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of the audience for the BBC Russian internet service is based in (a) Russia, (b) other former Soviet Union...

      Russia: BBC External Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) the US Administration and (b) other European countries on offering...

      Russia: BBC External Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the location is of the transmitters for the BBC Russian Service.

      Russia: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his most recent assessment of the state of UK-Russia relations is.

      Syria: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to make representations to the Syrian government in respect of honours they have bestowed on convicted Islamist...

      World War II: Military Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will release into the public domain the 1,949 files his Department holds relating to Englandspiel, with specific reference...

  • Justice

    • Archives: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department is taking in conjunction with the National Archives to improve (a) standards in and (b) awareness of the archive sector,...

    • Corporate Management Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much each member of his Department's Corporate Management Board has claimed in expenses since his Department was established; what the purpose was of...

      Corporate Management Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the role is of each member of his Department's Corporate Management Board; and what tasks and responsibilities have been allocated to each member.

      Corporate Management Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on what dates each member of his Department's Corporate Management Board has undertaken work on his Department's behalf since the Department was...

      Corporate Management Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what terms and conditions have been attached to the appointment of each member of his Department's Corporate Management Board.

      Corporate Management Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what (a) remuneration and (b) bonuses and other benefits each member of his Department's Corporate Management Board has received since the...

      Corporate Management Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what training and guidance has been provided for each member of his Department's Corporate Management Board on (a) mediation and (b) the Government's...

      Corporate Management Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what procedures govern the appointment of a lead negotiator by his Department's Corporate Management Board in cases of mediation; and whether such...

      Departmental Mediation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many mediations his Department has participated in since its establishment; (2) who was appointed as lead negotiator in each of the mediations...

      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 Pensions

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

      Disability Equality Duty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what conclusions his Department has reached in fulfilment of its duty under section 3.111 of the statutory code of practice of the disability equality duty.

      Employment Tribunals Service: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much compensation was awarded by employment tribunals in each year since 2003-04, broken down by jurisdiction.

      Employment Tribunals Service: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many unpaid employment tribunal monetary awards were registered in county courts in each year since 2003-04.

      Government Departments: Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to improve the capacity of Government Departments and agencies to manage knowledge and information in the light of guidance...

      High Visibility Payback Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the high visibility payback scheme in meeting its objectives; and if he will make a statement.

      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...

      Legal Services Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases the legal services ombudsman has dealt with in each of the last five years; how many of these have found in favour of the individual...

      National Offender Management Service: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much the National Offender Management Service has cost in each year since its inception.

      National Offender Management Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many are employed in the National Offender Management Service Head Office; and how many of these are former employees of the (a) probation and (b)...

      National Offender Management Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many persons have been seconded from (a) the Probation Service and (b) the Prison Service to work in the National Offender Management Service's...

      Open Prisons: Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many absconds there were from open prisons in England and Wales in each of the last 24 months; and how many offences were committed by such offenders...

      Prevention of Corruption Act 1906

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906.

      Prisoners: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what programmes were operating in prisons in relation to prisoners who were serving sentences for hate crimes at the latest date for which...

      Prisoners: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners are receiving housing advice in preparation for resettlement.

      Prisoners: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what re-settlement support is made available by his Department to prisoners seeking employment.

      Prisons: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners were engaged in alcohol-related intervention programmes in 2007-08, broken down by method of intervention.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners were engaged in drug-related intervention during 2007-08, broken down by method of intervention.

      Prisons: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent reductions there have been to budgets of (a) prisons and (b) other detention facilities in respect of the financial year 2008-09; and if he...

      Prostitution: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people have been (a) prosecuted for and (b) convicted of common prostitution, loitering or soliciting for the purpose of prostitution...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the re-offending rate is for offenders (a) one year and (b) two years after leaving custody.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effect on reoffending rates of the change in the core day introduced in 2008.

      Re-offenders: Mentally Ill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the reoffending rate among prisoners suffering from severe psychiatric disorders in each year between 2003-04 and 2007-08;...

      Repossession Orders: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many court orders have been issued for the repossession of homes in the Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency in each year since 2001.

      Tackling Knives Action Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many persons convicted for carrying a knife in one of the 10 Tackling Knives Action Programme pilots have (a) been sentenced to custody and...

      Tackling Knives Action Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many persons have been made the subject of an unpaid work requirement in the Tackling Knives Action Programme pilots.

      Young Offender Institutions: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many incidents of violence between inmates have been recorded in Feltham A and Feltham B young offender institution in each of the last 12...

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the relative capabilities of the Harrier and Tornado planes in providing ground support.

    • Banking: Business Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the European Investment Bank's €30 billion fund for small and medium-sized enterprises has been accessed by United Kingdom businesses (a) this...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which areas of research were considered to be high priority based on documentation relayed by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority to the Department of...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Lord Darzi of Denham on 29 September (WA 353—54) and 16 October (WA 67), which department or authority should examine the...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many human embryos have been created in each year since the commencement of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990; how many cloned human embryos have...

      Houses of Parliament: Police Arrest

      To ask the Chairman of Committees on what grounds and by whose authority the police may arrest a Peer in the Palace of Westminster, or remove papers and property from a Peer's office.

      Light Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 10 November (WA 100—01), what action they are taking to reduce light pollution in the night sky.

      Northern Rock

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many homes have been repossessed by Northern Rock between January and October 2008; and how this compares to the industry average.

      RAF Northolt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the parameters for the use of Royal Air Force Northolt by civilian aircraft.

      RAF Northolt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who decides on the use of Royal Air Force Northolt for civilian aircraft; and who gets priority over its use. To ask Her Majesty's Government who determines...

      RAF Northolt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what charges are made for use of Royal Air Force Northolt by civilian aircraft; and who sets and reviews those charges.

      RAF Northolt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what sums have been raised from civilian aircraft using Royal Air Force Northolt in the past five years.

      Railways: St Pancras Train Shed

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 29 September (WA 300—01), to what extent the Answer took into account (a) the disapplication of...

      Retirement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what considerations governed the decision to prevent retired persons of independent means with close connections with the United Kingdom being able to apply to...

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