Written answers

Thursday, 18 December 2008

  • Wales

    • Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many special advisers were employed in his Department at each pay band on 30 November 2008; and what his Department's total expenditure on special...

    • Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much has been spent on (a) departmental Christmas parties and (b) staff entertainment in the last three years.

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made of the recommendations relevant to his Department's policy responsibilities made in the Foresight report on Mental Capacity and...

      Queen Elizabeth II: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what plans his Department has to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

  • Treasury

    • Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely effect on small businesses of the measures announced in the pre-Budget report.

    • Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect on the economy of the measures to assist small businesses announced in the pre-Budget report.

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to increase the supply of credit to small businesses.

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely effect on small businesses of the measures announced in the pre-Budget report.

      Government Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the £5 billion additional value for money savings announced in the pre-Budget report are net of the cost of delivery.

      Government Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of the levels of Government borrowing and debt; and if he will make a statement.

      Global Fiscal Stimulus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with his overseas counterparts on the potential for and practicality of delivering a global fiscal stimulus.

      Banks: Liquidity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the operation of aspects of the pre-Budget report dealing with liquidity for banks.

      Value Added Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the savings that will be made by a person earning (a) £200,000 per annum and (b) £20,000 per annum as a result of...

      Value Added Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration he gave to increasing the rate of value added tax above 17.5 per cent. prior to his statement on the pre-Budget report.

      Personal Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the level of personal debt at the beginning of (a) 2008 and (b) 2009.

      Housing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking as part of his fiscal stimulus package to support local authorities in their spending on housing.

      Bank Services: Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of levels of lending by the banking sector to small-and-medium-sized enterprises.

      Banks: Iceland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what discussions he has had with the governments of (a) Iceland and (b) Guernsey on Landsbanki Guernsey; (2) what meetings he or his officials (a)...

      Banks: Iceland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to meet representatives from the Government of Isle of Man to discuss the Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander banking collapse in the next...

      Banks: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 29 October 2008, Official Report, column 1096W, on banks: pay, if he will place in the Library a copy of each of the...

      Banks: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what mechanisms there are to protect depositors in UK banks and building societies whose accounts are transferred to financial institutions outside UK...

      Credit Rating: EU Action

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Government's policy is on the proposals on the registration of credit rating agencies set out in the draft EU Directive on Credit Rating Agencies.

      Departmental Disabled Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to ensure that those temporary and permanent employees at the same grade in his Department who are paid at an hourly rate are...

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) on which dates the (a) Chief Secretary to the Treasury, (b) Financial Secretary to the Treasury, (c) Minister of State at the Treasury, (d)...

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he expects the United Kingdom to meet the Maastricht criteria for membership of the Euro in (a) 2009, (b) 2010 and (c) 2011.

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions his Department has had with the European Commission on possible UK membership of the European single currency in the last two years.

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with his colleagues in the Eurozone on membership of the single currency.

      Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much duty on (a) beer, (b) wine and (c) spirits changed in percentage terms in each year since 1997.

      Excise Duties: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department plans to adjust the rate of vehicle mileage allowances in line with fuel prices.

      Financial Inclusion Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the budget of the Financial Inclusion Fund is in the 2008-09 and the each of the next three financial years.

      Gold and Foreign Exchange Reserves

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tonnes of gold have been sold from UK reserves in each year since May 1997; what revenue was received from sales in each year; and if he will...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) average and the marginal rate of income tax is for each man who is a single earner with a wife and two children with earnings of (i)...

      Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many individual taxpayers affected by the withdrawal of the 10 pence starting rate for income tax will pay more income tax than they did before the...

      Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his comments of 15 December 2008, Official Report, column 856, in the debate on the Queen's Speech, when the Bank of England base rate was last...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire, dated 31 October 2008, on savings (PO reference: 1/62564/2008); (2)...

      Mortgages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the services to mortgage holders being offered by banks recapitalised with public funds.

      Paymaster-General: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Paymaster-General plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood of 24 September 2008 sent on behalf of Asghar Khan, a...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) which Government departments will be exempt from the allocation of the £5 billion of additional recoverable savings under the increased...

      Public Expenditure: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons the factual paper on the Barnett Formula was not laid before Parliament in accordance with the timetable originally planned.

      Public Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will provide a breakdown by principal policy decision of the increase in cyclically adjusted net borrowing by 4.3 per cent. of gross domestic product...

      Public Sector Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what changes there have been in projections of (a) gross public debt on a Maastricht treaty basis and (b) net public debt since the pre-Budget report...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations HM Revenue and Customs has received on the resources required to combat tax avoidance by major corporations.

      Taxation: Business

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a full copy of the advice produced by the Civil Service for Ministers dated 22 May 1997 on consideration of options -...

      Taxation: Hotels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to announce a decision on the value added tax liability of unitised hotel projects following his review of the matter.

      Taxation: Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will extend the qualification period for the Business Payment Support Service to the third quarter of 2008.

      VAT: Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses have applied to defer their VAT payments in the latest period for which figures are available; and how many such applications have been...

      VAT: Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects on small businesses of administering the temporary change to the rate of value added tax announced in the...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Departmental Databases

      To ask the Solicitor-General what databases the Law Officers' Departments (a) own and (b) maintain.

    • Departmental Higher Education

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many staff in the Law Officers' Departments undertook courses funded by the Department for (a) undergraduate degrees, (b) postgraduate degrees or diplomas, (c)...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Solicitor-General with reference to the answer of 4 November 2008, Official Report, columns 336-37W, on Government Departments: information and communications technology, which IP...

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Solicitor-General with reference to the answer of 28 October 2008, Official Report, columns 984-86W, on Law Officers' Department: temporary employment, how many staff were recruited...

      Proceeds of Crime: Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Solicitor-General what consideration the Crown Prosecution Service gave to including reference to the use of civil recovery powers in its Memorandum of Understanding with the...

      Proceeds of Crime: Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Solicitor-General what steps have been taken to facilitate the (a) Crown Prosecution Service, (b) the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland, (c) the Serious Fraud...

      Proceeds of Crime: Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many of the (a) investigators and (b) lawyers employed by the (i) Crown Prosecution Service, (ii) the Public Prosecution Office in Northern Ireland, (iii) the...

      Proceeds of Crime: Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Solicitor-General what plans the Serious Fraud Office has for action in civil recovery; and when she expects these to be implemented.

      Proceeds of Crime: Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Solicitor-General what budget allocation has been made for civil recovery work in the Revenue and Customs Prosecution Office in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10.

      Proceeds of Crime: Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Solicitor-General what arrangements have been put in place in the Crown Prosecution Service to enable the Service to discharge its newly acquired responsibilities for civil recovery;...

  • Leader of the House

    • Computing for Labour

      To ask the Leader of the House pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 11 December 2008, Official Report, column 72WS, correcting the answer of 11 November 2008, Official Report,...

    • Right of Search

      To ask the Leader of the House whether she was informed by the Serjeant-at-Arms that the police who searched the Parliamentary Office of the hon. Member for Ashford on 27 November 2008 did not...

      Right of Search

      To ask the Leader of the House if she will make a statement on the right of search of parliamentary premises.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Creativity and Business International Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which organisations were involved with the branding for the Creativity and Business International Network; and how much was paid to each...

    • Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) letters and (b) e-mails received by his Department had not been responded to as at 15 December 2008.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost to his Department of provision of office facilities to (a) special advisers and (b) press officers (i) was in the last...

      Football Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will provide support to the Football Association for its Respect campaign; and if he will make a statement.

      Football Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he plans to have with the Football Association on the implementation of the remaining conclusions of the Burns Review;...

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the recommendations relevant to his Department's policy responsibilities made in the Foresight report on...

      Welcome to Britain Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) when representatives of the Welcome to Britain Group last met (a) the Public Diplomacy Partners Group and (b) the Public...

  • International Development

    • CDC

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions took place (a) between his Department and CDC in 2005 and 2007 and (b) with the Treasury in 2007, regarding the...

    • Chad: United Nations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations the Government have made to the UN in respect of the setting up of the UN Police Training and Advisory Mission...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support his Department has provided for rehabilitation of child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and if he will make...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much the UK has contributed to security sector reform in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 2003; and what assessment has been...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Overseas Aid

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

      Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many personal, non-work-related flights were taken by staff in his Department with money released by downgrades from business class...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to the answer of 6 October 2008, Official Report, columns 105-08W, on departmental public expenditure, what the reasons...

      Development Aid: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of UK funds of the $1.4 billion for global food security has already been disbursed; and how disbursements of such...

      Development Aid: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of his Department's $1.4 billion funding allocation to improve global food security will be delivered through (a)...

      Development Aid: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much of the $1.4 billion committed by his Department to improve global food security will be released in each of the five years of...

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department is giving to programmes to combat HIV/AIDS in (a) Africa and (b) Asia; and if he will make a statement.

      Horn of Africa: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans he has for changes in the level of UK aid to the Horn of Africa region.

      Nigeria: Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the number of people displaced due to the conflict in the Nigerian city of Jos between 28 and 30 November...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid projects were supported by his Department in (a) Pakistan, (b) Cambodia and (c) Zimbabwe in each of the last three years.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Products: Import Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 4 November 2008, Official Report, columns 391-4W, on the Common Agricultural Policy, what...

    • Departmental Procurement

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

      Genetically Modified Organisms: Soya Beans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on the use of (a) genetically-modified soya and (b) farm animals fed on genetically-modified soya for...

      Phytophthora Ramorum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to combat the spread of Phytophthora ramorum and Phytophthora kernoviae.

      Rabbits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) Network Rail and (b) the Highways Agency on rabbit infestation on land owned or...

  • Scotland

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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.

    • Queen Elizabeth II: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans his Department has to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

  • Defence

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had on the possibility of academy schools being sponsored by (a) the Armed Forces and (b) his Department; and what...

    • Armed Forces: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many cases of bullying within the Armed Forces have been reported in the last 24 months, broken down by armed service.

      Armed Forces: Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much per meal his Department spent on individuals serving in the armed forces in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what financial benefits service personnel receive, broken down by (a) service and (b) rank.

      Armed Forces: Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Christmas mail packages sent to armed forces personnel have incurred a penalty charge to the sender in the latest period for which figures are...

      Armed Forces: Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) officers and (b) other ranks in (i) the Army, (ii) the Royal Air Force and (iii) the Royal Navy have been diagnosed with post-traumatic...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what platform will be introduced to provide an interim armoured scout capability between the end of the Scimitar service life and the introduction of the...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the Future Rapid Effects System Scout variant to enter service.

      Atomic Weapons Establishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his estimates are of the capital costs for the proposed (a) small components manufacturing, (b) conventional manufacturing rationalisation, (c)...

      Atomic Weapons Establishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Blaneau Gwent of 29 October 2008, Official Report, column 1029W, when he expects the commercial...

      AWE Aldermaston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Lewes, 10 November 2008, Official Report, column 777W, on AWE Aldermaston, if he will place in the...

      Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent on (a) departmental Christmas parties and (b) staff entertainment in the last three years.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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.

      Defence and Analytical Services Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of (a) the Defence and Analytical Services Agency's (DASA) monthly price index booklets, (b) DASA's quarterly...

      Defence Equipment: Corrosion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the costs of corrosion of equipment in the armed forces in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) businesses and (b) individuals provided consultancy services to his Department in each of the last three years; and what the top 10...

      Departmental Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent by his Department on furniture made by (a) British firms, (b) Remploy and (c) overseas firms in each year since 2000.

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on which occasions his Department has convened a citizens' jury or randomly drawn panel of people to aid the Department's policy making since 2000;...

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of the quarterly CPS21 publication for each quarter of 2008.

      Lynx Helicopters: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the planned in-service dates for the (a) Royal Navy and (b) Army Future Lynx helicopters are; (2) how many Future Lynx helicopters he plans...

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the recommendations relevant to his Department's policy responsibilities made in the Foresight report on Mental Capacity...

      Military Bases: Long Marston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Engineer Depot at Long Marston has been used for dumping, burying or otherwise disposing of (a) asbestos and (b) other hazardous materials.

      Military Bases: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the active military sites located in Wales.

      Navy: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for how many months Royal Navy ships undertaking anti-piracy patrols have been located in the Gulf of Aden in the last 24 months.

      Queen Elizabeth II: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

      RAF Machrihanish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans there are to resurface the runway at MoD Machrihanish.

      RAF Machrihanish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department plans to sell off MoD Machrihanish; and if he will make a statement.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Lewes of 10 November 2008, Official Report, column 777W, on AWE Aldermaston, whether his Department is...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Aviation: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the annual carbon dioxide emissions of dedicated air freight traffic within the UK; and if he will make a...

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what consultation with businesses his Department (a) has undertaken and (b) plans to undertake on the implementation of the carbon...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what carbon dioxide reductions are expected as a result of the carbon reduction commitment in its first five years; and how those...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent representations he has received from businesses about the effects on their cash-flow of the carbon reduction commitment.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the level of (a) UK and (b) global carbon dioxide emissions in each of the next three years; what plans...

      Carbon Emissions: Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the likely effect on UK carbon emissions of replacing all UK household boilers with combined heat and...

      Carbon Emissions: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the projected reduction in carbon dioxide emissions relative to 1990 levels that will be achieved...

      Carbon Reduction Commitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, column 1142W, on carbon emissions: local authorities, at what fixed...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for what reasons he did not place hard copies of the Climate Change Committee's report, Building a Low-Carbon Economy: The UK's...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what role his Department will have in the promotion of UK climate change and energy objectives overseas; and if he will make a statement.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of households in receipt of reduced domestic energy bills as a result of the measures announced...

      Energy: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many individuals have accessed Government funded training through the energy efficiency employment initiative in each month since...

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change by whom Warm Front contractors serving the Essex area are approved; and what the average amount charged to individual clients by each...

      Insulation: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will amend the Government's insulation scheme for disabled householders to cover households with disabled children.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to reply to the letters dated 29 September and 29 October 2008 from the hon. Member for Billericay regarding a...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he will reply to the letter to him of 15 October from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. J. Lee.

      Ministerial Policy Advisers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether the special representatives on (a) international energy issues and (b) carbon trading receive remuneration in respect of...

      Mobile Homes: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to support energy efficiency measures for mobile homes.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many applications for Warm Front grants are under consideration.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many people with Warm Front grant applications under consideration are without heating.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assistance is available to individuals who apply for a Warm Front grant where the cost of the work exceeds the original quotation.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many individuals have made an additional contribution to the cost of installing heating under the Warm Front scheme; and what the...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the average waiting period for emergency work to be conducted by Warm Front was on the latest date for which information is available.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of the Warm Front budget for 2008-09 he expects to have been spent by the end of the fiscal year; and what plans he has...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, column 1149W, on the Home Energy Efficiency Scheme, if he will...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much contractors participating in the Warm Front Scheme were charged for the administration costs of the scheme in the last 12 months.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans there are for official visits to the UK by members of the government of Australia.

    • Burma: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government has taken to strengthen mechanisms for the reporting of human rights violations in Burma.

      Commonwealth Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer to the right hon. Lord Morris of Manchester of 14 October 2008, Official Report, House of Lords...

      Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend East of 13 November 2008, Official Report, column...

      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...

      Ethiopia: Rendition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 1772W, whether the individuals to whom British...

      Germany: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his German counterpart on a common EU energy policy; and what assessment he has made of...

      Israel: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects of restrictions placed on the movements of seminarians in Jerusalem by the Israeli...

      Jestina Mukoko

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the government of Zimbabwe regarding the seizure of Jestina Mukoko, executive director of...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions (a) he, (b) Ministers and (c) officials in his Department have had with the government of Israel on...

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the proposed meeting of Israeli and Palestinian leaders in London in December 2008 is scheduled to take place; whether...

      St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which endangered species exist on (a) St. Helena, (b) Ascension Island and (c) Tristan Da Cunha; and what steps the...

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will hold discussions with his US counterpart on the future prospects for a no-fly zone over Sudan; and if he will make a...

      Wines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many bottles of (a) blue chip list wines, (b) fine wines, (c) reception or drinking wines and (d) spirits and liqueurs...

  • Northern Ireland

    • AccessNI

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the nature is of the implementation issues experienced by AccessNI upon taking over background checks from the Police Service of Northern...

    • AccessNI

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what work was undertaken by AccessNI in conjunction with other bodies in the UK to establish best practice prior to taking over the background...

      AccessNI

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what work has been undertaken to rectify the implementation issues experienced by AccessNI upon taking over background checks from the Police...

      AccessNI

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what (a) resources and (b) personnel have been made available to Access NI in its first year of operation; and what assessment he has made of...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 12 November 2008, Official Report, column 1209W, on departmental consultants, which organisations were used as...

      Departmental Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his Department's policy is on early retirement.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

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

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, column 881W, on departmental hospitality, if he will list each of the events...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, column 881W, on departmental hospitality, where each of the events was held.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, column 881W, on departmental hospitality, which firms were used to supply...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 30 October 2008, Official Report, columns 1169-70W, on departmental pay, how many people did not receive bonuses.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 30 October 2008, Official Report, columns 1169-70W, on departmental pay, what procedure is used to decide...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 30 October 2008, Official Report, columns 1169-70W, on departmental pay, how many non-pensionable bonuses have...

      Departmental Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have retired from his Department in each of the last five years, broken down by age.

      Departmental Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, columns 885-6W, on television, what the makes were of the televisions...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, column 882W, on departmental travel, how much has been spent on hotels used...

      Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many members of staff of his Department travelled abroad on official business in each of the last 12 months; (2) with reference to...

      Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) EU and (b) non-EU foreign nationals have been resident in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Police: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the latest estimate of the cost of (a) construction and (b) operation is of the new Police and Emergency Services Training facility at...

      Prisoners Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many prisoners were removed from Northern Ireland under prisoner transfer agreements in the last year for which figures are available.

      Queen Elizabeth II: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans his Department has to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 13 November 2008, Official Report, column 1321W, on reoffenders, what assessment he has made of how the...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) with reference to the answer of 13 November 2008, Official Report, column 1321W, on reoffenders, if he will provide updated figures for...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) for what reason he did not reply in writing to question 212556 on prosecutions for offences involving agricultural vehicles tabled by the...

  • Transport

    • A12: Colchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects work to start on a junction between the A12 and the Northern Approach Road at Colchester.

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to bring section 10 of the Concessionary Bus Travel Act 2007 into force.

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people in the East Riding of Yorkshire have a concessionary bus pass for over 60-year-olds; and if he will make a statement.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library copies of correspondence his Department has had with (a) UK Members of the European Parliament and (b) the European...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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.

      Dartford River Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicles (a) used and (b) were predicted before the start of the year to use the Dartford River Crossing in each of the last 12 months which...

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to reply to the letter of 15 October 2008, sent by Mr. Edward McMillan-Scott MEP, on the M.V. Coronia, Directive 98/18/EC and point 4.3...

      Departmental Disabled Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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 Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the answer of 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 1184W, on departmental manpower, what assessment he has made of the reasons...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many special advisers were employed in his Department at each pay band on 30 November 2008; and what his Department's total expenditure on special...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent on (a) departmental Christmas parties and (b) staff entertainment in the last three years.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to ensure that those temporary and permanent employees at the same grade in his Department who are paid at an hourly rate...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of invoices for goods and services procured from small and medium-sized businesses were paid within 10 days of receipt by (a) his...

      Departmental Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the answer of 3 November 2008, Official Report, column 44W, on DfT Rail: secondment, whether the one person seconded from a train...

      Driving Standards Agency: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 1569W, on the Driving Standards Agency: training, what managerial benefit...

      Finsbury Ltd.

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) on what dates since 1 January 2007 (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had discussions with (i) Finsbury Ltd. and (ii)...

      Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff his Department has recruited from outside the Civil Service to senior Civil Service grade posts since 30 July 2007; and of these how...

      M27: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the level of the level of noise on the M27 between (a) junctions 11 and 12, (b) junctions 10 and 11, (c)...

      M5

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Highways Agency have taken to clear culverts and drains between junctions 8 and 11A of the M5; what long-term maintenance plans are in...

      Motor Vehicles: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to make vehicle mileage readings taken as part of the MOT test available to organisations involved in tackling vehicle-related crime.

      Northern Rail: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many of the additional trains announced in November 2008 are to be allocated to the Northern franchise.

      Public Transport: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of disabled people unable to (a) work and (b) pursue higher education because they are unable to use public...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make an assessment of the effect of operating train services in the (a) public and (b) private sectors in respect of (i) innovation, (ii)...

      Railways: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the economic downturn on rolling stock operating companies; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department's capital expenditure on rail freight facilities has been in each year since 1997.

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding support his Department has provided for the development of rail freight facilities in (a) Halton, (b) Merseyside and (c) Cheshire in...

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate he has made of the rail freight carrying capacity of the West Coast Main Line.

      Renewable Energy: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the written ministerial statement of 13 November 2008, Official Report, columns 66-7WS, on the Draft Renewable Transport Fuel...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many children have been (a) killed and (b) seriously injured in road accidents when they were passengers in taxis in each of the last 10 years;...

      Rolling Stock: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to ensure that any reduction of South West Trains services west of Exeter will be replaced by equivalent levels of...

      Severn Bridge: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what effect the reduction in the rate of value added tax will have on the level of the Severn Bridges toll in 2009.

      Severn Bridge: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to (a) make, (b) lay before Parliament and (c) bring into force the Severn Bridges Toll Order.

      Severn Bridge: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what payment methods for the Severn Bridges toll are (a) permitted and (b) prohibited by the Severn Bridges Act 1992 and associated delegated legislation.

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost of procurement and installation of (a) one reactive speed warning sign, (b) one fixed safety camera and (c) a...

      Tolls: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with the Mayor of London on the implications for London's transport budget of removing the western extension of the...

      Vehicle and Operator Services Agency: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) offered different types of severance terms to (a) VOSA directors and (b) other staff...

  • Justice

    • Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much has been spent on (a) departmental Christmas parties and (b) staff entertainment in the last three years.

    • Committal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many committal hearings were held in each of the last five years; and what estimate he has made of the cost of committal hearings in each of those years.

      Constitutions: Crown Dependencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the Government has any plans for constitutional reform in Crown Dependencies.

      Courts: Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to his Department of housing prisoners in court cells was in each of the last 24 months.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

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

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1669-70W, on departmental public participation, when his Department will...

      Firearms: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what percentage of people convicted of carrying an illegal firearm under the Criminal Justice Act 2003 received the mandatory sentence...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many freedom of information cases referred to the Information Commissioner (a) are under investigation by a caseworker and (b) are awaiting...

      Glen Parva Young Offender Institution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the recent outbreak of sickness caused by a norovirus infection was first detected at HMP Young Offender Institute (YOI) Glen Parva; how many...

      Gloucester Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the reasons were for the decision to downgrade Gloucester prison; if he will communicate those reasons directly to the prison's authorities; and if...

      Human Trafficking: Refuges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many beds are available for victims of trafficking at the Poppy Project; and how many new beds have been provided in each of the last five...

      Legal Services Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will instruct the Legal Services Commission to reply to the letter dated 22 October 2008 from the Rossendale Citizens' Advice Bureau; and if he...

      Life Imprisonment: Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners sentenced to life imprisonment since 1997 have been released from custody.

      Mentally Ill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what response his Department has made to those recommendations of the Foresight report into Mental Capital and Wellbeing which relate to his Department's...

      Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many former prisoners are employed by his Department; and what his Department's policy is on employing former prisoners.

      Offensive Weapons: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people under 18 years have been convicted of offences related to the carrying of a knife in each year in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b)...

      Offensive Weapons: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people (a) were sentenced following conviction for the offence of possession of a knife in a public place in each of the last 10 years and (b)...

      Personal Injury: Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Wantage (Mr. Vaizey) of 22 May 2008, Official Report, column 413W, on personal injury: compensation,...

      Political Parties and Elections Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the statement of the Minister of State of 20 October 2008, Official Report, column 120, on the Political Parties and Elections Bill,...

      Prison Service: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) payee, (b) reason for each payment and (c) amount paid to each payee was out of the total of £14,564,000 of special payments by the...

      Prison Service: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many invoices were paid late by the Prison Service incurring interest charges amounting to the £198,000 referred to in the Prison Service's...

      Prison Service: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress he has made in his discussions on the Prison Service workforce modernisation proposals with the Prison Officers' Association; when he...

      Prison Service: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what responses he has received to the Prison Service work force modernisation proposals from (a) the Prison Officers Association, (b) the Prison...

      Prisoners: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners have (a) instigated legal proceedings and (b) received compensation from (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies under the Human...

      Prisoners: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which (a) prisons and (b) young offender institutions (YOIs) had courses to help prisoners with (i) alcohol and (ii) drug misuse in each year from 1997...

      Prosecutions: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been (a) charged with and (b) convicted of selling tobacco to those under 18 years since the age of sale was raised to 18 years.

      Queen Elizabeth II: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans his Department has to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

      Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the 10 most common (a) offences and (b) motoring offences were for which (i) men and (ii) women of each age group were (A) prosecuted, (B)...

      Shoplifting: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many penalty notices were issued for shoplifting of goods up to the value of £200 in each of the last four years.

      Taxis: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were (a) charged, (b) convicted and (c) sentenced to immediate custody for offences relating to unlicensed taxis in each of the last...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many organisations her Department has contacted asking them to pay suppliers within 10 days of receiving an invoice.

    • Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects to publish the feasibility study regarding the provision for the integration of migrants referred to on page 43...

      Community Relations: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what publications her Department and its predecessors have issued on faith communities since 1997.

      Compulsory Purchase: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 1264W, on compulsory purchase: coastal areas, for...

      Council Tax: Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance is given to local authorities on the recovery of council tax arrears and procedures to be followed by private...

      Council Tax: Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether local authorities may use county courts to recover council tax arrears.

      Council Tax: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 19 November 2008, Official Report, column 505W, on council tax: pensions, what proportion of...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with how many faith-based organisations her Department has contracts to provide public services.

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department is taking to reduce the amount of energy it wastes.

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on which occasions her Department has convened a citizens' jury or randomly drawn panel of people to aid the Department's policy...

      Fire Services: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she plans to issue the guidance for independent qualified medical practitioners providing an opinion on permanent...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make the fitting of a working carbon monoxide alarm a condition of a home information pack where a gas supply is present.

      Homeowner Mortgage Support Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether an impact assessment has been prepared for the Homeowner Mortgage Support Scheme.

      Homeowner Mortgage Support Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of people who will be assisted by the Homeowner Mortgage Support Scheme in (a) the UK,...

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what grants are available for the construction of low carbon buildings; and if she will make a statement.

      Housing: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many home inspectors qualified to produce home condition reports were registered in England at the latest date for which...

      Housing: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment her Department has made of the adequacy of the number of registered home inspectors to meet consumer demand; and...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of any additional resources required by local authorities in England as a result of the proposed...

      Local Government: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she expects the Boundary Commission's review of judging bids for unitary status in aggregate to take into consideration...

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the recommendations relevant to her Department's policy responsibilities made in the Foresight...

      Mobile Homes: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) for what reasons information on the number of (a) permanent caravans, (b) holiday caravans and (c) houses of multiple...

      Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 1274W, on multiple occupation, if she will publish a...

      Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 18 February 2008, Official Report, column 47W, on multiple occupation: licensing, for what...

      Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) with reference to the answer of 17 November 2008, Official Report, column 129W, on multiple occupation: coastal areas,...

      Multiple Occupation: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 17 November 2008, Official Report, column 129W, on multiple occupation: coastal areas, what...

      Multiple Occupation: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 18 February 2008, Official Report, column 47W, on multiple occupation: licensing, what estimate...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department provides to local authorities on the circumstances under which they may refuse business rates...

      Regeneration: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 1277W, on regeneration: coastal areas, if she will...

      Regeneration: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which (a) organisations and (b) individuals her officials met during the consultation on the Government's Regeneration...

      Regeneration: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 1503W, on housing: standards, what measures her...

      Regeneration: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 1276W, on regeneration: coastal areas, if she will...

      Relative Needs Formula

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the relative needs formula developed by her Department includes a weighting for the number of (a) vulnerable adults and...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which charities his Department has provided funding of more than £100,000 to in each of the last three years; and how...

    • Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much has been spent on (a) departmental Christmas parties and (b) staff entertainment in each year since his...

      Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend, East of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column...

      Departmental Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much has been spent by his Department on furniture made by (a) British firms, (b) Remploy and (c) overseas firms since...

      Departmental Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many staff in his Department undertook courses funded by the Department for (a) undergraduate degrees, (b) postgraduate...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much his Department has spent on advertising in each month since it was first established; how much his Department has...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many special advisers were employed in his Department at each pay band on 30 November 2008; and what his Department's...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will make it his policy to ensure that those temporary and permanent employees at the same grade in his Department who...

      Foreign Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many Japanese students are studying in English universities.

      Further Education: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what tasks he has asked each Government Office to undertake in relation to the proposed changes to the funding and management...

      Further Education: Sight Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure adequate funding is available for further education training courses for those who are...

      Further Education: Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure continued national funding is available to further education colleges which provide...

      Higher Education: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps his Department is taking to encourage the greater integration of higher education with business and industry.

      Learning and Skills Council: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps the Learning and Skills Council has taken to comply with the disability equality duty; and if he will make a statement.

      Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent discussions he has had with the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority on recognising employer-sponsor vendor...

      Railways: Engineers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of skilled railway engineers.

      Student Numbers

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

      Train to Gain Programme: Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people living in Enfield North constituency have participated in the Train to Gain programme in each of the last...

      Train To Gain Programme: Halton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people living in Halton have participated in the Train to Gain programme in each of the last three years.

      Train to Gain Programme: Oxfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of businesses in Oxfordshire that will receive extra Train to Gain funding as...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that people who lose their jobs in the current economic downturn will have...

      Vocational Training: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much has been provided from each applicable funding stream for (a) universities and (b) further education colleges to...

  • Women and Equality

    • Departmental Furniture

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how much was spent by the Government Equalities Office on furniture made by (a) British firms, (b) Remploy and (c) overseas firms since it was...

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality if she will make it her policy to ensure that those temporary and permanent employees at the same grade in the Government's Equalities Office who are...

      Homosexuality: Austria

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality if she will place in the Library a copy of the Government's submission to the European Court of Human Rights on rights for same-sex couples in Austria;...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • 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.

    • Welfare State: Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what responsibilities the regional development agencies will have under the proposals set out in the...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many cases of (a) pancreatic and (b) liver cancer there were in each (i) primary care trust and (ii) strategic health authority area of...

    • Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on which occasions his Department has convened a citizens' jury or randomly drawn panel of people to aid the Department's policy making since 2000;...

  • Home Department

    • Alcohol Disorder Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police services and (b) local authorities have issued a notice of proposal to designate an alcohol disorder zone.

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what effect completion of promotion and event risk assessment forms under the Licensing Act 2003 has had on levels of violence at live...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she plans to take to increase the number of prosecutions brought for selling alcohol to a drunken person.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the impact on the deployment of police resources of the introduction of a more liberal licensing regime for...

      Animal Welfare: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) arrests and (b) prosecutions there have been for animal cruelty in each of the last five years.

      Anti-social Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many local authorities in England and Wales have applied to make (a) an alcohol disorder zone, (b) a section 30 dispersal order and...

      Assets Recovery Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the budget was of the Assets Recovery Agency in its final year of operation.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people who had already obtained Criminal Records Bureau clearance were required to apply for a further clearance after changing jobs...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if she will estimate the financial effects on the economy from effects on the length of time taken to complete Criminal Records Bureau...

      Criminal Records Bureau: Checks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what compensation scheme is in place for (a) teachers and (b) other educational staff who require Criminal Records Bureau clearance...

      Criminal Records Bureau: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) received on the time taken to process applications for CRB clearance in (a) the last...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences of (a) sexual assault and (b) domestic violence were recorded in each month of (i) 2007 and (ii) 2008.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on tackling domestic violence; and if she will make a statement.

      Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Act 2004

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when she expects to commence section 12 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004; (2) for what reason section 12 of the...

      Driving Under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many breathalyser tests were carried out in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) month, (b) region, (c) age of the driver and (d)...

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the (a) number of acquisitive crimes committed by dependent drug users, (b) the monetary value of goods so...

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the level of acquisitive crime associated with drug addiction in each of the last five years; and if she will...

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated research on the relationships between drug dependency, acquisitive crime and...

      Drugs: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will publish the value for money study of drug policy expenditure undertaken as part of the 2007 drug strategy review.

      Dungavel House Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) families, (b) children under the age of 18 and (c) people over the age of 18 years were detained within Dungavel detention...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the Government spent on (a) Operation Pentameter 1 and (b) Operation Pentameter 2.

      Human Trafficking: Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of people who have been trafficked who are (a) in the UK and (b) working as prostitutes; on what...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures will be introduced to secure the identity of (a) people under 16 years and (b) individuals who will not be enrolled on the...

      Identity Cards: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) with reference to the Introducing the National Identity Scheme guide of 6 November 2008, what mechanism will exist to allow the public...

      Identity Cards: Public Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many items of correspondence her Department has received on identity cards and the national identity database in the last two...

      Independent Safeguarding Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how the Independent Safeguarding Authority is funded; what considerations underlay the appointment of the chair, chief executive and board of...

      Metropolitan Police: Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, columns 2275-6W, on Metropolitan Police: human trafficking, if she will...

      Police: Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers, (b) police constables, (c) police sergeants and (d) police community support offices were working in West...

      Police: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) discussions she has had with and (b) representations she has received from Essex Police on areas of budgetary (i) overspend and...

      Police: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of levels of job satisfaction of officers in Essex Police in each year since 1997; what assessment she has made...

      Police: Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many authorised firearms officers there were in England in each year since 2005; (2) how many authorised firearms officers were...

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to hold a public consultation on the proposals contained in her Department's review Tackling the Demand for Prostitution.

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what estimate she has made of the average age of people working as prostitutes; on what research that estimate is based; and if she...

      Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which sectors of industry have sites protected by armed police.

      Serious Organised Crime Agency: Assets Recovery Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of (a) abolishing the Assets Recovery Agency and (b) merging the Agency's functions with those of the (i) Serious Organised...

      Serious Organised Crime Agency: National Policing Improvement Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes were made to the funding allocated to (a) the Serious and Organised Crime Agency and (b) the National Policing Improvement...

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many registered sex offenders in England and Wales are currently recorded as having their whereabouts unknown.

      Terrorism: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has had discussions with her Indian counterpart on the implications of the terrorist attacks in Mumbai for the national security...

      Thames Valley Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes were reported in the Thames Valley police force area in each of the last 10 years; and what the detection rate was in each...

      Thames Valley Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) burglaries, (b) violent crimes and (c) thefts were reported in the Thames Valley police force area in each of the last 10...

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital admissions in respect of diagnosis code (a) F10, (b) K70 and (c) T51 there were in each (i) NHS primary care trust area and (ii) NHS...

    • Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many organisations his Department has contacted asking them to pay suppliers within 10 days of receiving an invoice.

      Bisphenol A

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department has taken to discourage the use of food and drinks packaging containing bisphenol A; (2) what recent assessment his...

      Carbon Monoxide: Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to (a) raise awareness of and (b) prevent further deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning.

      Children's Health Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he plans to publish the Children's Health Strategy; (2) what proposals relating to children's palliative care will feature in the Children's...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on (a) cognitive behavioural treatment, (b) aerobic exercise and (c) mitochondrial testing for patients diagnosed with myalgic...

      Clostridium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines exist for the isolation of patients being checked for C. difficile infection before a diagnosis has been reached.

      Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 2055W, on coastal areas, what matters have been raised by his Department's...

      Community Nurses: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department provides to community nurses on the co-ordination of their work with people employed by social services departments.

      Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 9 December 2008, Official Report, column 68W, on continuing care: standards, how many people were in receipt of continuing care...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish the Government's dementia strategy; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) letters and (b) e-mails received by his Department had not been responded to as at 15 December 2008.

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to reduce the amount of energy it wastes.

      Departmental Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by his Department on furniture made by (a) British firms, (b) Remploy and (c) overseas firms in each year since 2000.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 3 November 2008, Official Report, column 78W, on departmental ICT, what the (a) expected completion date and (b)...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to ensure that those temporary and permanent employees at the same grade in his Department who are paid at an hourly rate...

      Down's Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children have been born with (a) Down's Syndrome and (b) Fragile X Syndrome in each of the last 30 years.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the purpose is of the Drug Change Programme pilots; and what assessment he has made of the implications of the pilots for levels of bureaucracy in...

      Health Services: Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Government-funded residential places were available at any one time for women who were victims of human trafficking in each of the last five years.

      Health Services: Stoke on Trent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent progress has been made in respect of patient representation in the health service in Stoke-on-Trent; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on the role of health visitors in safeguarding...

      Hospitals: Hygiene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of hospitals in meeting hygiene and cleanliness standards.

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to improve information provision for people with a learning disability who require social care; and if he will make a statement;...

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance is given to local authorities to ensure that their resource allocation systems achieve a fair and effective allocation of resources for...

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the mortality rate of people with a learning disability has been in each of the last 30 years; (2) how many people with a learning disability...

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the out-of-area placement of people with learning disabilities in each of the...

      Learning Disability: Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the effect advances in peri-natal and neo-natal care have had on the number of babies with profound and multiple...

      Lyme Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will institute a national register of those who have contracted Lyme disease.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in achieving race equality in the local commissioning of mental health services.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps he has taken to improve primary care services for people with mental health problems.

      Mental Health Services: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prisoners received mental health care treatment in the last financial year.

      Mentally Ill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent progress has been made by the National Social Inclusion working group on the co-ordination and establishment of regional employment...

      National Support for Local Implementation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the extent of local use of his Department's resource tool National Support for Local Implementation in relation to...

      Neurology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made towards achieving the 11 quality requirements to improve treatment, care and support from diagnosis to end of life for people...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 2066W, on departmental public expenditure, whether the weighted...

      NHS: Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take in response to the finding in the Healthcare Commission's report State of Healthcare 2008 that 33 per cent. of NHS staff...

      Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many specialist stroke nurses were employed by the Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in each year since 2001; and if he will...

      Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were treated for stroke-related conditions in the Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and its predecessor trust in...

      Prescriptions: Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what pilot schemes on dispensing of the morning-after pill through pharmacies have taken place in each of the last five years; and what assessment he has...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of exception reporting in each category of reason there were in each primary care trust area in each of the last three years for which...

      Social Services: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 1516W, on social services: coastal areas, (1) if he will make it his policy...

      Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent considerations his Department has given to measures to tackle tuberculosis infection in the UK.

      Vioxx

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 17 June 2008, Official Report, column 779, on cardio-vascular incidents, what steps his Department has taken to ensure...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Deprivation Indicators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average score and rank of multiple deprivation was for each constituency in England according to the Indices of Multiple Deprivation 2007.

    • Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people applied for adult entertainment industry vacancies advertised by Jobcentre Plus in each year since 2003, broken down by...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people have flowed on to jobseeker's allowance (JSA) who (a) had previously claimed JSA within the last (i) three months, (ii)...

      Pension Credit

      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 payable as additional housing cost premium of pension credit was in each year since its introduction.

      Pension Credit: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of pension credit claimants have received a premium for each type of housing cost in each year since pension...

      Pension Credit: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average amount has been of the additional housing cost premium of pension credit which has been paid to claimants in receipt of it in...

      Pension Credit: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what average amount of overpaid pension credits per case 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 how much in overpaid pension credits was recovered by his Department in each (a) month of 2008-09 and (b) year from 2003-04 to 2007-08; and...

      Pension Credit: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much overpaid pension credit was reimbursed to his Department on average as a result of cases taken to court over repayment in (a) each...

      Pension Credit: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals have been taken to court by his Department to seek repayment of overpaid pension credits in each (a) month of 2008-09 and...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on free (a) school meals and (b) prescriptions for benefit claimants (i) in total and (ii) on average per benefit claimant...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the average cost of day care provision in each local authority; and if he will make a statement.

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many child care places are (a) available in each region and (b) planned in the next three years; and how many lone parents...

      Children: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families for what aspects of the Children's Health Strategy his Department will have responsibility.

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many representations his Department has received in the last 18 months from social workers raising concerns about child...

      Connexions Service: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many hits the Connexions website received in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with how many faith-based organisations his Department has contracts to provide public services.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many civil servants in his Department have been (a) investigated, (b) suspended and (c) dismissed for (i) losing and (ii)...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many special advisers were employed in his Department at each pay band on 30 November 2008; and what his Department's...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will make it his policy to ensure that those temporary and permanent employees at the same grade in his Department who are...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether there has been any nugatory expenditure by his Department and its agencies relating to tendered procurement where the...

      Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many individuals have worked in his Department on (a) paid and (b) unpaid work experience or internships in each year since...

      Early Years Capital Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families by what means the Government intend to review local authority distribution of the Early Years Capital Grant annually over the...

      Homework

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment his Department has made of the amount of homework appropriate to be assigned to (a) infants and (b) juniors at...

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how much funding is available to primary schools in (a) the Ribble Valley, (b) Lancashire and (c) England for children...

      Children's Play: Newcastle upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding was provided to Newcastle City Council for the maintenance and establishment of children's play areas in the...

      Primary Curriculum Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which witnesses gave evidence to the Rose Review into primary education prior to the publication of the interim report.

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils received a fixed period exclusion from school in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by...

      Pupil Exclusions: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of appeals against permanent exclusion have been upheld in each of the last three years, broken down by local...

      Pupils: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will bring forward legislative proposals to ensure children diagnosed with diabetes may not be excluded from education.

      Pupils: Diets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) assisted into links between children's educational performance and their diet.

      Queen Elizabeth II: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans his Department has to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

      Schools: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what estimate he has made of the number of physical attacks against people working in education in 2008; (2) how many...

      Schools: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what advice his Department has given to school governing bodies on assistance for parents on low incomes to purchase school...

      Secondary Education: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer of 13 November 2008, Official Report, column 1358W, on secondary education: coastal areas, if he...

      Social Services: Haringey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what assessments the (a) Commission for Social Care Inspection and (b) Ofsted has made of children's services in the...

      Swimming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what his estimate is of the percentage of (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupils who meet the standards outlined on...

      Young People: Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will make it his policy to hold discussions with the Department for Transport on the cost of public transport for young...

      Young, Gifted and Talented Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer of 7 November 2005, Official Report, columns 118-21W, on gifted and talented youth, how many and...

  • House of Lords

    • Airports: Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had in (a) the past year, and (b) the past month with BAA on their measures to ensure airport perimeter security at (1) Heathrow, (2)...

    • Alcohol: Misuse

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what response they have had from Diageo plc to their consultation paper Safe, Sensible, Social—Consultation on further action on promoting responsible...

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider cancelling one of the two planned aircraft carriers to ease defence budget pressures.

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the two-year delay in delivering aircraft carriers will allow for the recruitment and training of full crews for both vessels.

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements exist for the monitoring of ICICI Bank and the Bank of Nigeria to ensure those banks have sufficient resources (whether through collecting taxes...

      Banking: Bank of Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect on the economy of Northern Ireland if the Government of the Republic of Ireland does not honour its guarantee of...

      Business Support

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in respect of the estimated cost of the Business Payment Support Service which was announced in the Pre-Budget Report, (a) when the service will be available; (b)...

      Crime: Drink Driving

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they made of the effects of lowering the drink-drive limit when they published their consultation paper Combating Drink Driving: Next Steps in...

      Crime: Fuel Laundering

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many convictions there have been in County Armagh which are related to fuel smuggling since 1 January.

      Crime: Property

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much property and other assets have been taken as proceeds from crime since 1 January.

      Development Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that development aid is conflict-sensitive, as advocated by the charity SafeWorld, and that it promotes sustainable security...

      Disabled People: UN Convention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the answers by Lord McKenzie of Luton on 9 July (Official Report, House of Lords, cols. 747—50), when they now expect to ratify the United Nations...

      Energy: Street Lighting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 11 December (WA 9—10), whether they recommend that local authorities follow the same policies in respect of...

      EU: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Myners on 18 November (WA 181) stating that "the Government believe that taxation is a matter for [European Union] member...

      Fire and Rescue Service: Firebuy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish the gateway review on Firebuy's integrated clothing project.

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Andrews on 19 November (WA 202), and in light of the availability of social housing to rent, why they continue to sell...

      Housing: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to increase the level of funding available to local authorities for carrying out adaptations to homes inhabited by people with disabilities.

      Housing: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord McKenzie of Luton on 27 October regarding local housing allowances and disabled people needing 24-hour care, what...

      Housing: Domestic Violence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many beds have been available for victims of domestic violence and their dependents in refuges in each year since 2000. To ask Her Majesty's Government how...

      Housing: Home Information Packs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the overall cost of home information packs to buyers and sellers in (a) the United Kingdom; and (b) Essex since their introduction.

      Housing: HomeBuy Direct

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many developers have submitted applications to the Homes and Communities Agency to provide HomeBuy Direct on properties and sites. To ask Her Majesty's...

      Israel and Palestine: Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what efforts they and the quartet's special representative are making to ensure entry into Gaza for essential sewage pipes, as requested by the United Nations...

      Licensing: Lap Dancing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will give local authorities more control in the licensing of lap dancing clubs by enabling them to be licensed as Sex Encounter Establishments through...

      Local Government: Future Unitary Structures

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken to ensure that there is no conflict of interest between those responsible for preparing reports on financial cases to become unitary...

      National Clearing House Programme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government, Iain Wright, on 10 November...

      Northern Ireland Office: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration was given to the current financial position before bonuses were agreed for officials in the Northern Ireland Office.

      Northern Ireland Office: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they propose to pay bonuses to staff in the Northern Ireland Office in the next financial year.

      Northern Ireland Office: Danger Money

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many members of staff in the Northern Ireland Office are in receipt of danger money; how much; and why.

      Northern Ireland Office: Secretary of State

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many days the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has spent in Northern Ireland since his appointment; and what that figure is as a percentage of the total...

      Northern Ireland Office: Smoking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements there are for officials of the Northern Ireland Office who smoke during office hours.

      Northern Ireland Office: Taxis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 11 November (WA 123) concerning expenditure by the Northern Ireland Office on...

      Northern Ireland: Former Paramilitary Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 24 November (WA 255), in whose possession are the weapons handed over by the...

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 5 November (WA 71), why there is a difference in procedure in answering...

      Olympic Games 2012: Transport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on which sections of the Olympic route network between Heathrow airport and Stratford they expect to introduce special lanes for accredited Olympic Games vehicles;...

      Parliamentary ICT

      To ask the Chairman of Committees who is responsible for authorising the police to have access to the Parliamentary Information and Communications Technology service.

      Parliamentary ICT

      To ask the Chairman of Committees on what occasions in the past five years the police have been given access to the Parliamentary Information and Communications Technology service (or its...

      Parliamentary ICT

      To ask the Chairman of Committees on what occasions in the past five years a third party has been given access to the Parliamentary Information and Communications Technology service (or its...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many members there are currently in public sector final salary pension schemes; how many there are in private sector final salary pension schemes; and how many...

      Planning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Andrews on 14 November (WA 156—57), whether the time taken to process each of the seven appeals was due to the...

      Planning Infrastructure Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the expected annual cost of the Planning Infrastructure Commission; and what is the budget for salaries of the employees of the commission.

      Police: Traffic Patrols

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to encourage the police to increase the numbers of mobile traffic patrols on main roads.

      Prisoners: Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 26 November (WA 333), on how many occasions the Northern Ireland Compensation Agency has been advised in the past...

      Prisoners: Mental Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the results of the prisoner transfers pilot project, initiated in 2007.

      Revenue and Customs: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff were in post in HM Revenue and Customs at the merger in April 2005; how many posts have been abolished and how many new staff recruited in each year...

      Scotland: Public Money

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Lord Myners on 12 November (WA 139) and 26 November (WA 293) and by Lord Davidson of Glen Clova on 25 November (WA 282), how much...

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate has been made of the loss to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs from non-payment of income tax by United Kingdom subjects holding savings deposits in...

      Taxation: Isle of Man

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the exceptions to the requirement for tax residents of the United Kingdom to pay tax on their income in the Isle of Man.

      Taxation: Isle of Man

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the tax information exchange agreement with the Isle of Man includes provisions on the withholding of basic rate tax on deposits made by United Kingdom...

      Taxation: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions following the Pre-Budget Report they have had with United Kingdom businesses and their representative organisations on (a) the administrative cost...

      Telecommunications: Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice is routinely given to the Prime Minister regarding the trial or deployment of technologies which present a risk to the security and integrity of United...

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