Written answers

Monday, 12 January 2009

  • Leader of the House

    • Members: Allowances

      To ask the Leader of the House pursuant to the answer of 5 November 2008, Official Report, column 461W, on hon. Members: allowances, (1) what criteria govern the circumstances under which hon....

    • Members: Pensions

      To ask the Leader of the House what procedures will be applied to over-payments of pensions to former hon. Members.

      Members: Pensions

      To ask the Leader of the House how much has been overpaid on pensions to former hon. Members during the last three financial years; what the reasons were for this overpayment; and whether the...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Churches: Water Charges

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what estimate the Church Commissioners have made of the aggregate effect of new water charges on the finances of...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Local Government: Reorganisation

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission on what grounds the Boundary Committee for England decides which bodies it is prepared to meet...

    • Local Government: Suffolk

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission on what grounds Forest Heath district council, Waveney district council and St. Edmundsbury...

      Local Government: Suffolk

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what assessment he has made of whether the consultation process undertaken by the Boundary...

      Local Government: Suffolk

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what his policy is on whether the Boundary Committee for England's structural review of...

      Local Government: Suffolk

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how much money the local government structural review in Suffolk has cost to date; how much of...

      Policy Advisers

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what expert advisers have been commissioned by the Electoral Commission since its inception;...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what assessment the Electoral Commission has made of the proposals in the Political Parties...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Academies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what he expects the level of revenue spending for (a) 11 to 16 provision and (b) 16 to 19 provision in school academies to be...

    • Academies: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what procedures apply when the lead sponsor of an academy withdraws from involvement after the academy has been established.

      Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which local authorities he expects to join the Building Schools for the Future programme after 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children are in care in each (a) primary and (b) secondary school in each of the principal seaside towns in England.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many children were in care as a result of their mother's imprisonment in the last year for which figures are available;...

      Children in Care: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the Answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1821-3W, on children in care: coastal areas, if he...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to his Statement of 20 November 2008, Official Report, column 376, on safeguarding children, (1) what...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children were on the Child Protection Register in the year ended March (a) 2004, (b) 2005, (c) 2006, (d) 2007 and...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on how many occasions he has rejected the advice of the expert panel created in 2006 as to whether a person on the sex offenders'...

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to take forward proposals for legislation affecting Sure Start Children's Centres following the recent public...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department and its predecessors spent on entertainment and hospitality in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer of 21 October 2008, Official Report, columns 326-7W, on departmental publications, which documents...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 1836W, on the education maintenance allowance, how many...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether he was kept informed of the number of students who had (a) applied for a notice of entitlement, (b) received a notice of...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how regularly he has met or had communication with the Learning and Skills Council to monitor the administration of education...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his most recent estimate is of the percentage of eligible people claiming education maintenance allowance in (a) England,...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils are receiving hardship payments as a result of a delay in receiving their education maintenance allowance...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many education maintenance allowance payments for 2008 he expects will have been made by 1 January 2009; how many such...

      Faith Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools he and his predecessors have designated as being of a religious character in each of the last 10 years.

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in (a) Bedfordshire, (b) South Bedfordshire and (c) South West Bedfordshire constituency took one or more...

      Health Education: Skin Piercing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will take steps to encourage schools to educate children and young people on the issues surrounding body piercing, with...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Government plan to take to increase funding for university (a) research and (b) staff costs.

      Intellectual Property Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when his Department plans to take forward recommendation 36 of the Gowers Review and match penalties for online and physical...

      Islam and Citizenship Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in how many mosque schools the Islam and citizenship education programme is being piloted; in which cities these schools are...

      Languages: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in how many comprehensive schools 50 per cent. or more of pupils achieved a modern languages GCSE at grade A* to C in 2007.

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what marks were required in Key Stage 2 tests in (a) English and (b) mathematics to achieve a level (i) 4 and (ii) 5 in (A)...

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he expects a decision to be made on a replacement contractor for next year's key stage tests; and if he will make a statement.

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many five-year-olds did not start formal education until the autumn term in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement.

      Pupil Exclusions: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of fixed period exclusions were given to pupils (a) with special educational needs and (b) who were children in...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department has taken to reduce the school drop-out rate in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 1865W, on schools: standards, to which national...

      Sex and Relationships Education Steering Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of each piece of written evidence that has been presented to the Sex and...

      Social Services: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many complaints were made against social services departments in each local authority area in Yorkshire and the Humber in the...

      Young People: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the recommendations relevant to his Department's policy responsibilities made in the Foresight...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Support Agency: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans there are to pay bonuses to staff at the Child Support Agency in respect of the present year.

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consideration is made of the implications for child poverty in second homes when debts to the Child Support Agency are enforced.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much uncollectable Child Support Agency arrears has been categorised as (a) probably and (b) possibly uncollectable, broken down by debt...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many uncleared Child Support Agency applications there have been in each month since May 1997.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many letters requesting payment of child maintenance arrears have been sent to non-resident parents by the Child Support Agency in...

      Departmental Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance his Department provides to its managers on the right of employees of the Department to request flexible working; and what...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many contracts his Department and its executive agencies have made with the training provider Inspire2Independence; and if he will...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether responsibility for data security is assigned at a senior level and included within relevant job descriptions in his Department; and if...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what independent assurance he has obtained on the adequacy of data security and information governance arrangements across his Department and...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what formal data owners there are for each dataset held by his Department and its agencies; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the adequacy of (a) staff recruitment and management practices, (b) administrative processes and (c)...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) procedures and (b) staff training programmes his Department has put in place on maintaining data security.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what records his Department maintains in relation to the classes of data held by his Department and its agencies.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions (a) information and (b) data was (i) lost and (ii) stolen from his Department in each year since 1997; and what...

      Departmental Gifts

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

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 1960W, on departmental ICT, (1) how many individuals have been...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what records his Department keeps of computer (a) software failures, (b) viruses, (c) hacking attacks and (d) denial of service attacks.

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many dedicated Jobcentre Plus (a) special advisers and (b) press officers his Department employs.

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 22 July 2008, Official Report, column 1207W, on speeches, how much Mr. Phil Collins has been paid for...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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...

      Departmental Press Releases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many press releases his Department has issued in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Rail Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on what date he last used a train in the course of his official duties.

      Employment Services: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information his Department and its agencies provides on returning to work to those who have had cancer.

      Employment Services: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps Jobcentre Plus is taking to assist people recently made redundant back into work.

      Employment Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many job vacancies there were in (a) Hemel Hempstead, (b) Hertfordshire and (c) England at the latest date for which figures are available.

      European Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the European Social Fund spending announced on 15 October 2008 and 4 November 2008 came from funds already in his Department's budget...

      Income Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 16 July 2008, Official Report, columns 474-5W, how many and what proportion of his Department's 8,950...

      Income Support: Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with Treasury Ministers on income support mortgage interest.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the total net change in personnel in Jobcentre Plus in each of the next two calendar years.

      Jobcentre Plus: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1993-4W, on Jobcentres, (1) how many Jobcentres were (a) opened...

      Jobcentre Plus: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the budget required for the Jobcentre Plus network in each of the next five years.

      Jobcentre Plus: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1993-4W, on Jobcentres, how many people were employed in Jobcentres...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of jobseeker's allowance applications received by Jobcentre Plus were from people who had claimed jobseeker's...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what activities qualify as work-type activity for the purposes of receiving jobseeker's allowance.

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what courses were offered to claimants of jobseeker's allowance in the London borough of Bexley in the last 12 months; and what the cost was...

      Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many new cases have been brought to the Child Support Agency in the last 12 months; and how many of these cases the CSA has started...

      Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission plans to take to speed up the enforcement process, with particular reference to...

      Mental Health Services

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

      National Insurance: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of national insurance numbers which were used for fraudulent purposes in each of the last five years.

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what modelling his Department has conducted on economic and labour market conditions in assessing the (a) funding and (b) anticipated...

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much he plans to spend on the pathways to work programme in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

      Pathways to Work: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what provisions are in place for incapacity benefit and employment support allowance claimants participating in pathways to work to access...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether restitution payments made to holocaust survivors are disregarded for the purposes of calculating entitlement to pension credit.

      Pension Credit: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claimed pension credit in Leeds West constituency in each year since 2005.

      Pension Credit: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much pension credit has been clawed back by his Department in each (a) month of 2007-08 and (b) of the last five financial years; and if...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to ensure (a) that those receiving payments from his Department may opt to use the Post Office card...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the number of disabled children living below the poverty line in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire...

      Poverty: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to tackle child poverty in Leeds West constituency; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many unemployment benefit claimants there were in each quarter of the last 30 years.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of processing (a) disability living allowance, (b) attendance allowance and (c) carers' allowance was in (i) 2006-07 and (ii)...

      Social Security Benefits: Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department's latest estimate is of the effect on its expenditure from changing the backdating period for (a) pension credit, (b)...

      Social Security Benefits: Cohabitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criteria his Department and its agencies apply when determining whether a person receiving benefit is cohabiting with another person; and...

      Social Security Benefits: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of adults with autism claiming (a) jobseeker's allowance and (b) incapacity benefit.

      Social Security Benefits: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average clearance time for disability living allowance claims was in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08; and how many claims were cleared...

      Social Security Benefits: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what benefits were paid to nationals of (a) other EU and (b) non-EU countries and their families in each of the last 12 quarters, broken down...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people reported benefit fraud online in each of the last three years; how many of those reports were made anonymously; how many such...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) males and (b) females were (i) convicted and (ii) received a custodial sentence in respect of an offence of benefit fraud in (A)...

      Social Security Benefits: Interviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which member of staff at Jobcentre Plus offices will carry out a claimant's first work-focused interview.

      Unemployed: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment his Department has made of the effects on local communities of the long-term unemployed engaging in voluntary work; (2)...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he has (a) taken since July 2008 and (b) plans to take in the next 12 months to reduce levels of unemployment; what recent...

      Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employment vacancies there are in (a) Castle Point constituency, (b) Essex and (c) London.

      Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of the number of job vacancies (a) in each region and (b) in Blaenau Gwent.

      Vocational Training: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many on-site advice surgeries Jobcentre Plus's rapid response service has held in each region in each year since Jobcentre Plus was established.

      Vocational Training: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) by what means his Department has informed employers of the existence of Jobcentre Plus's rapid response service since it was established;...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many winter fuel payment cheques were issued in the last financial year; and how many of these were not cashed.

      Winter Fuel Payments: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in (a) Glasgow and (b) Glasgow South West he estimates will be eligible for cold weather payments in 2008-09.

      Winter Fuel Payments: Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints his Department has received regarding incorrect winter fuel payments being made to persons living in buildings which...

      Winter Fuel Payments: Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people have received an incorrect payment of winter fuel allowance because they were incorrectly assessed as living with another...

      Waste Management: Local Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will require the Health and Safety Executive to provide guidance to local authorities on the most suitable type of waste management...

  • Prime Minister

    • Banks

      To ask the Prime Minister on what dates he held meetings with (a) HBOS, (b) Nationwide, (c) Abbey, (d) Lloyds TSB, (e) Northern Rock, (f) Barclays, (g) RBS and (h) HSBC prior to the...

    • Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Prime Minister how many (a) letters and (b) e-mails received by his Office had not been responded to as at 15 December 2008.

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister what expert advisers have been commissioned by his Office since 1997; on what topic each was commissioned; and whether the adviser so appointed made a declaration of...

      Imperial College London

      To ask the Prime Minister with reference to the answer of 3 November 2008, Official Report, column 27W, on Imperial College London, whether the audience at the question and answer session he...

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he discussed the Iranian state shareholding in the French state Uranium Enrichment Company during the visit of President Sarkozy on 8 December 2008.

      Israel: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Prime Minister what matters concerning (a) Israel's nuclear weapons arsenal and (b) Iran's nuclear programme, he discussed in his meeting with his Israeli counterpart on 16 December 2008.

      Right of Search

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he or any Minister, civil servant or adviser sought to influence the content of Mr. Speaker's statement of 3 December 2008, Official Report, columns 1-3.

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Departmental Data Protection

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

    • Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps his Department is taking to reduce the amount of energy it wastes.

      Departmental Equality

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

      Departmental Gifts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many members of staff in his Department have received gifts valued at £100 or higher in the course of their duties...

      English Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many staff in his Department are employed in (a) administering the English for Speakers of Other Languages programme and...

      English Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills with reference to the answer of 24 June 2008, Official Report, column 248W, on English language: education, when he expects...

      Foreign Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) Swedish and (b) Danish nationals are engaged in full-time study in English universities.

      Higher Education: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how much has been spent on the charitable research projects at higher education institutions which receive funding from...

      Higher Education: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much funding has been provided by UK charities for (a) medical research and (b) cancer research in higher education...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills when the Higher Education Funding Council for England plans to publish its report on means to increase the capacity for...

      Higher Education: Job Evaluation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what appeals process is available for academic staff who dispute their gradings under the higher educational role analysis...

      Higher Education: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many new higher education students in (a) Leeds West and (b) Leeds metropolitan district will receive a maintenance...

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what buildings are occupied by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC); what the cost of occupying these buildings is in...

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many staff employed by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) he expects will become employed by (a) local authorities,...

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether staff currently employed by the Learning and Skills Council will continue to be covered by the Civil Service Pension...

      Learning and Skills Council: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what guidelines are in place for telephone calls by employees of the Learning and Skills Council to telephone numbers at the...

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the recommendations relevant to his Department's policy responsibilities made in the Foresight...

      Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) what assessment his Department has made of the economic impact of research in universities which have received less...

      Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what his Department's strategy is for ensuring that students in universities which are leaders in widening participation have...

      Research: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how many institutions assessed in the 2008 research assessment exercise had at least five per cent. of the research...

      Sight Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what guidelines his Department follows in respect of making printed materials and forms accessible to people suffering...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the monetary value of the last three valuations of the student loans book were.

      Young People: Unemployed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of young people in each of the principal seaside towns were not in employment, education or training at the...

  • Scotland

    • BBC Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent meetings he has had with BBC Scotland; what topics were discussed; and with what outcomes.

    • Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assets of his Department are planned to be sold in each financial year from 2007-08 to 2010-11; what the (a) description and (b) book value of...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much has been spent by his Department on renovation and refurbishment of its properties in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Correspondence

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

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what percentage of contractors and suppliers to his Department have reported that they are compliant with the Government's security standards following...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many contracts his Department has which allow contractors to store personal data of UK citizens overseas; for which contracts this applies; in which...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when his Department appointed a senior information risk owner in accordance with the report, Data Handling Procedures in Government and the accompanying...

      Departmental Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, columns 807-08W, on departmental electronic equipment, how many flat screen...

      Departmental Equality

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

      Departmental Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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 Gifts

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

      Departmental ICT

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

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what percentage of the IT systems in his Department is fully accredited to the Government's security standards.

      Departmental Information Officers

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

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland for which websites his Department provides funding.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland which internet providers his Department uses.

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what expert advisers have been commissioned by his Department since its inception; on what topic each was commissioned; and whether the adviser so...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

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

      Departmental Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many and what percentage of new recruits to his Department were aged over (a) 55 and (b) 60 years old in 2007-08.

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many civil servants working in his Department have pensions with a cash equivalent transfer value of over £1 million.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland with reference to the answer of 5 November 2008, Official Report, columns 462-3W, on departmental procurement, for what reason and for what premises...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate he has made of the number of hours of work lost through sickness absence on the part of staff working in his Department in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many telephone numbers for which callers are charged at the rate applicable to 0845 numbers are used by his Department for public access to services.

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many and what proportion of written questions for answer on a named day his Department has answered on the due date in the current Session of Parliament.

      Offenders

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

      Plain English

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department has spent on Plain English Campaign training courses for its staff in each of the last five years.

      Wines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department spent on wine in each of the last 24 months.

  • Defence

    • Warship Construction Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what timetable he has set for the warship construction programme; and if he will make a statement.

    • Eurofighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the size of the Eurofighter tranche 3 contract is expected to be; and if he will make a statement.

      NATO/EU Military Commitments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the compatibility of the UK's NATO and EU military commitments.

      Equipment Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the review of his Department's equipment programme on the capabilities of the armed forces.

      Jackal Deployment: Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Jackals have been deployed in Iraq since 2003; and if he will make a statement.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Afghanistan.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of potential military threats posed by Iran.

      Armed Forces Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent progress has been made on preparations for Armed Forces Day; and if he will make a statement.

      Post-Combat Stress Disorder: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent representations he has received on access to treatment by those with post-combat stress disorder who live in North Yorkshire.

      Snatch Land Rover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to procure an alternative to the Snatch Land Rover.

      Defence Capability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effects of his proposed reductions in defence procurement expenditure on the UK's defence capability.

      Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to combat piracy on the high seas; and if he will make a statement.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Prime Minister's statement on the European Council, Afghanistan, India and Pakistan of 15 December 2008, Official Report, columns...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Prime Minister's statement on the European Council, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India of 15 December 2008, Official Report, columns...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Afghanistan.

      Air Force: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many training hours were flown from (a) RAF Linton-on-Ouse, (b) RAF Cranwell and (c) RAF Valley in each of the last three years for which...

      Aircraft Carriers: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the planned in-service dates of (a) HMS Queen Elizabeth and (b) HMS Prince of Wales are.

      Aircraft Carriers: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the effects on the project cost of later than originally planned in-service dates for HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of...

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the latest Chief of the General Staff's Briefing Team report.

      Armed Forces: Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's long-term housing plan.

      Armed Forces: Deployment

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

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of the Armed Forces are deployed on (a) operations and (b) other military tasks.

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many reservist personnel are currently deployed, broken down by (a) service and (b) location.

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of each battalion of the infantry are in breach of their harmony guidelines for tour intervals.

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times elements of the Theatre Reserve Battalion in Cyprus have been deployed to (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq in each year since 2003, broken...

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the compatibility of the UK's NATO and EU military commitments.

      Armed Forces: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) serving and (b) former members of the armed forces are in (i) drug and (ii) alcohol rehabilitation.

      Armed Forces: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate his Department has made of the number of former members of the armed services who were homeless at the latest date for which figures are...

      Armed Forces: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the armed forces are living in temporary accommodation.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to report assets held by Annington Homes on his Department's balance sheet under IFRIC 12.

      Armed Forces: Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 17 June 2008, Official Report, on influenza: disease control, what lessons to enhance the robustness and resilience of...

      Armed Forces: Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 20 June 2008, Official Report, column 1205W, on armed forces: influenza, what proportion of the A/H5N1 vaccine stockpile...

      Armed Forces: Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 20 June 2008, Official Report, column 1204W, on armed forces: influenza, at which overseas locations antivirals are...

      Armed Forces: Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 20 February 2008, Official Report, column 698W, on Armed Forces: influenza, if he will place in the Library a copy of...

      Armed Forces: Journalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to the public purse has been of embedding journalists in the armed forces in each year since 1997.

      Armed Forces: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many newly-commissioned officers joined (a) the Army, (b) the Royal Navy and (c) the Royal Air Force in each year since 1987.

      Armed Forces: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many officers left the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force in each year between 1987 and 1997.

      Armed Forces: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many orders for military uniforms his Department has placed with Turner Virr in the last 10 years.

      Armed Forces: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the procurement strategy for army uniforms is; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department records the number of (a) armoured vehicles, (b) aircraft, (c) helicopters and (d) weapons systems removed from service as a...

      Armed Forces: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on repairing (a) armoured vehicles, (b) aircraft, (c) helicopters and (d) weapons systems damaged owing to their...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 10 November 2008, Official Report, column 775W, on armed forces: weapons, when he expects upgrading and modification of...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 10 November 2008, Official Report, column 775W, on armed forces: weapons, whether the instances of undemanded firing of...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armoured vehicles were in-service in the Army in (a) 1997 and (b) 2008, broken down by type.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Supacat M-WMIK have been supplied to UK armed forces in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan; how many of them were armoured to become Jackals in each...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the dimension specifications are for (a) the Cheetah Force Protection vehicle and (b) the Snatch Land Rover.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent on the procurement of the Future Rapid Effects System Utility Vehicle variant to date.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the procurement of a new fleet of reconnaissance vehicles for the Army.

      Astute Class Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the clearing date is for each of the four Astute-class SSNs (a) under construction and (b) due for construction at Devonshire Hall, Barrow.

      Astute Class Submarines: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what budget line was used for the £227 million expenditure on Astute overheads identified in the Ministry of Defence Major Projects Report 2007 from...

      Barron Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the Barron Report on defence land needs.

      Cyprus: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what systems are used to (a) monitor and (b) obtain information on turtle populations on the sovereign bases in Cyprus.

      Cyprus: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many turtles hatched at RAF Akrotiri in each of the last three years.

      Cyprus: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the armed forces take part in his Department's Turtlewatch scheme in Cyprus.

      Cyprus: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Territorial Army members and (b) reservists have participated in the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus in each of the last 10 years; and if...

      Cyprus: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much the Government has contributed to the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus in (a) monetary support, (b) troops and (c) senior officers in (i)...

      Cyprus: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate (a) he and (b) the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus have made of the (i) number and (ii) strength of Turkish forces in north Cyprus; and...

      Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his Written Ministerial Statement of 11 December, Official Report, column 65WS, on defence equipment, whether the defence budget will be...

      Defence Equipment: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the effect of increases in equipment costs on the defence budget.

      Defence Estates: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people are employed by the Defence Estates; how many of those are employed in Scotland; what the equivalent figures were for (a) 2004-05, (b)...

      Defence Logistics Organisation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much and what proportion of its staffing budget for 2007-08 the Defence Logistics Organisation spent in Scotland; and what the equivalent figures...

      Defence Vetting Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of those people are employed by the Defence Vetting Agency; how many of those are employed in Scotland; what the equivalent figures were for...

      Defence: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total defence budget is planned to be in each of the next two years.

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the next discussion between EU defence ministers about EU military options for the Democratic Republic of Congo to take place.

      Departmental Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will break down in near cash terms the tables included in note (a) 24 of the MoD Resource Accounts 2001-02, (b) 25 of MoD Annual Report and...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on the purchase of consultancy services, with reference to the Standard Chart of Account code 51401400, in 2007-08.

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on contract and agency staff, with reference to the Standard Chart of Account code 51404000, in 2007-08.

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department plans to spend on contract and agency staff, with reference to the Standard Chart of Account code 51404000, in 2008-09 to 2010-11.

      Departmental Correspondence

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

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) desktop computers, (b) laptop computers, (c) hard drives and (d) memory sticks which have gone missing from (i) his Department and (ii)...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of the IT systems in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies are fully accredited to the Government's security standards.

      Departmental Energy

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

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many requests his Department has received under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in each of the last three years; in how many cases requests were...

      Departmental Legal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many legal proceedings naming his Department as a defending party are under appeal.

      Departmental Legal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many legal proceedings naming his Department as a defending party are ongoing or unresolved.

      Departmental Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the value is of departmental equipment (a) lost and (b) stolen in each of the last five years, broken down by service.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much and what proportion of its staffing budget for 2007-08 the Financial Management Shared Service Centre spent in Scotland; and what the equivalent...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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 Defence 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 Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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 Defence 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 Project Statements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library unredacted copies of his Department's major project statements from 1983 to 1992.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how his Department's 2007-08 outturn main estimate breaks down between (a) near cash and (b) non-cash on the same basis as set out in his Answer of 4...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's expenditure was on schools and community relations, as referred to in his Department's resource account code hierarchy, in near...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's projections for repayment to the Exchequer for funding for urgent operational requirements are for each financial year for which...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the latest versions of the cost of defence output categories taxonomy.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's response to HM Treasury's consultation paper on accounting for PPP arrangements, including PFI...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many telephone numbers for which callers are charged at the rate applicable to 0845 numbers are used by (a) his Department and (b) its executive...

      Depleted Uranium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps are taken to monitor civilian populations who have been in danger of exposure to depleted uranium; and how many persons so exposed have...

      Disposal Services Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much and what proportion of its staffing budget for 2007-08 the Disposal Services Agency spent in Scotland; and what the equivalent figures were for...

      Ex-Servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 1171W, on ex-servicemen, for what reasons the actual number given is lower...

      FCR Scoping Study

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of the (a) FCR Scoping Study, (b) FOM Mapping Study, (c) DRMP Information Strategy and (d) DRMS Information...

      Future Carrier Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current in-service dates are for the Future Carrier programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Gray Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the terms of reference of the Bernard Gray review are; and when it is due to report; (2) pursuant to his written ministerial statement of 11...

      Iraq: Legal Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Prime Minister's statement of 18 December 2008 on Iraq, what legal protection UK forces will have under either international or Iraqi...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British service personnel have been (a) injured and (b) killed by friendly fire in Iraq since 2003.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what equipment he plans to gift to Iraq once Operation Archive is under way.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK armed forces bases have been established in Southern Iraq in each year since 2003; what the (a) location and (b) names of each is; and on...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many attacks of each type have been launched against UK armed forces bases in southern Iraq since 1 May 2003.

      Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what estimate he has made of the effect on the project cost of a later than originally planned in-service date of the Military Afloat Reach and...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many aircraft are in-service with the Royal Air Force, broken down by type.

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what fleets of helicopters are available to UK armed forces in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq; and what future (i) enhancements to the helicopters and...

      Military Aircraft: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Future Lynx aircraft his Department plans to procure; and if he will make a statement.

      Military Aircraft: Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has to allow French (a) fixed-wing and (b) rotary-wing aircraft on (i) HMS Prince of Wales and (ii) HMS Queen Elizabeth.

      Nimrod MRA4 Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) adopting and (b) maintaining annually the (i) Nimrod MRA4 platform and (ii) American Rivet Joint for...

      Nuclear Accident Response Organisation: Airwave Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many Airwave handsets issued to the Nuclear Accident Response Organisation have been lost in each year since their introduction; and how many...

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 1 July 2008, Official Report, column 754W, on nuclear submarines, on what date the number of operative submarine berths...

      Nuclear Weapons: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason his Department commissioned an exercise to decontaminate the atomic test sites on Kiritimati in 2005.

      Nuclear Weapons: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what levels of radioactivity were recorded during the 2005 decontamination exercise on Kiritimati; what materials were recovered during the exercise;...

      Offenders

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

      Operation Atlanta

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether all vessels comprising the EU Operation Atlanta under the command of Rear Admiral Phil Jones fly the European Union flag; and from what position...

      Peace Operations Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has to support the Peace Operations Training Centre in Sarajevo after responsibility for running the centre has been...

      Reserve Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average amount of time was between the first contact signalling activation of a reserve member of the armed forces and that individual's...

      Reserve Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions individual reservists' scheduled two-week training camps have been rescheduled within two months of the scheduled date in each year...

      Security: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of security measures at British airports, with particular reference to those used for departures of...

      Somalia: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence under what circumstances the cost of pirates arrested by British units off Somalia may be delivered to (a) countries where attached vessels are...

      Submarines: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of how the building process of the Trident II will affect the building process of the Astute-class SSNs.

      Submarines: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Trident II systems his Department is planning to build; and what his estimate is of the interval between the delivery of each Trident II.

      Submarines: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department is planning to spend on submarine safety, with particular reference to (a) hull structure, (b) hydromechanics and (c) maritime...

      Territorial Army: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the strength of the Territorial Army has been in each of the last 10 years.

      Trident Submarines: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the maintenance cost of Trident submarines in (a) 2013-14 and (b) each of the next five years.

      Veterans Policy Unit: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much and what proportion of its staffing budget for 2007-08 the Veterans' Policy Unit spent in Scotland; and what the equivalent figures were for...

      Veterans: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many veterans are members of (a) Armed Forces Pension Scheme 75 and (b) Armed Forces Pension Scheme 05.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made in deciding where to baseport the Royal Navy's frigates.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Biomass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how his Department plans to assess the sustainability of large-scale wood biomass energy plants of 50 megawatts and over; and if he...

    • Biomass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether (a) the effect on existing wood industries and (b) the sustainability of material is taken into account in deciding whether...

      Carbon Emissions: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the Prime Minister's Statement on the EU Council Afghanistan, India and Pakistan of 15 December 2008, Official Report,...

      Carbon Emissions: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 15 December 2008, Official Report, column 76WS, on the EU Energy Council, if he will...

      Carbon Emissions: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change by what date he expects legislation to be passed to implement the 20 per cent. increase in the carbon emissions reduction target...

      Climate Change and Energy Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department is contributing (a) resources and (b) personnel to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Climate Change and...

      Coal: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the change in the price of domestic coal has been in each year since 2004; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many journeys (a) he and his predecessors and (b) his officials have made by aeroplane in the course of their duties since his...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what contracts to which his Department is a party continue beyond 1 July 2010.

      Departmental Correspondence

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

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his Department's budget is for financial years (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much has been spent by his Department on furniture made by (a) British firms, (b) Remploy and (c) overseas firms since it was...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much has been spent on the design and implementation of his Department's website to date; how much is forecast to be spent on the...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change 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 Energy and Climate Change how many people his Department employs who receive a salary of over £100,000 per annum.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the cost of establishing his Department has been; and how much has been spent on (a) relocation, (b) the logo, stationery,...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many telephone numbers for which callers are charged at the rate applicable to 0845 numbers are used by his Department for public...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will place in the Library a copy of written advice he received from officials on competition issues prior to the meeting he held...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps the Government is taking to ensure that energy suppliers in (a) the UK, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley district and...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the robustness of the UK MARKAL model on least cost optimisation of energy use, as used by his...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the Government's targets are for reducing fuel poverty; what changes have been made to these targets since October 2008; what...

      Fuel Poverty: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to reduce fuel poverty in Peterborough by 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Fuel Poverty: Tendring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of progress towards the elimination of fuel poverty in vulnerable households in Tendring by 2010; and if he...

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the waiting time for emergency work to be carried out under the Warm Front scheme is; and if he will make a statement.

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects works under the (a) Warm Front and (b) over seventies scheme in Essex to restart; and if he will make a statement.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when the Minister of State plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 21 October 2008 on the monopoly...

      Mental Illness

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

      Microgeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans are in place to implement a micro-generation strategy across all government buildings; and what the budget is for this work.

      National Grid: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on how many occasions the system frequency of the UK electricity system has been outside the limits specified in the Electricity Supply...

      Nuclear Liabilities Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his most recent estimate is of the monetary value of the Nuclear Liabilities Fund.

      Nuclear Power: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the remarks by the Minister of State for Energy on 19 November 2008, Official Report, column 123WH, on nuclear...

      Nuclear Power: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which insurance companies insure nuclear installations owned by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority; in what country or countries...

      Nuclear Power: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to his statement of 19 November 2008, Official Report, column 126WH, on nuclear industry finance, what additional...

      River Severn: Tidal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate DTZ made of the (a) employment cost and (b) cost to the local economy of the Cardiff-Weston Barrage in its economic...

      River Severn: Tidal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which consultants have been commissioned to work on the Severn Tidal Power Feasibility Study; in what area of work each has been...

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the monetary value is of the contract signed between the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and the Nuclear Management Partners for...

      Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department plans to publish a third sector strategy.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will estimate the number of additional households that could be raised out of fuel poverty for each £1 million increase in...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the average waiting time was between applicants applying for assistance under the Warm Front scheme and the delivery of such...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many claims for assistance with heating made through the Warm Front scheme were rejected by his Department in the last period for...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many individuals have received assistance from the Warm Front scheme in the last 12 months.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the efficiency of the Warm Front scheme in assisting vulnerable individuals who require heating for...

      Warm Front Scheme: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much was allocated by his Department for the Warm Front scheme in the last period for which figures are available.

      Warm Front Scheme: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many individuals received assistance from the Warm Front scheme in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire in the last year.

  • Health

    • 2008 National Capabilities Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of the 2008 National Capabilities Survey.

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) adults and (b) children were admitted to accident and emergency departments in the north-east after drinking alcohol in each of the last...

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many accident and emergency departments there were in NHS organisations in England in the most recent quarter since figures are available from his...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many admissions to hospital in which the patient had a primary or secondary diagnosis which was alcohol related at the start of his or her stay there...

      Ambulance Services: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of ambulances despatched responded within eight minutes of an emergency call in the east of England in each month since May 2005; and if...

      Ambulance Services: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his most recent assessment is of the level of readiness of the ambulance service to respond to incidents of flooding; and if he will make a statement.

      Ambulance Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the arrival of (a) volunteer responders, (b) paramedics and (c) other ambulance service staff stops the clock for the purposes of recording the...

      Anaemia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has commissioned into treatments for pernicious anaemia.

      Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of invoices to his Department payable to small and medium-sized enterprises which are settled within 10...

      Biomedicines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent discussions there have been between the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence and specialist clinicians on future...

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the proportion of women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer who have received HER2 testing.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 4 November 2008, Official Report, columns 371-76W, on cancer: drugs, what the eligible patient population for each...

      Care Homes: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 19 November 2008, Official Report, column 518W, on the elderly: mentally incapacitated, which of the care homes were run...

      Care Homes: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) care homes and (b) care home places for people suffering from dementia there were in each local authority area in Yorkshire and the Humber...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what support the NHS national operating framework gives to carers with respite care and funding for short breaks; (2) what assistance is provided...

      Carers: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department's carers' information service and helpline have been established.

      Child Health Promotion Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date the schedule to and guidance on the most recent update of the Child Health Promotion Programme was published.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research his Department has conducted or evaluated on the relationship between myalgic encephalopathy/chronic fatigue syndrome and...

      Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health, Research and Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on the work of Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health, Research and Care; and if he will make a statement.

      Community Care: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which local councils received a preventative technology grant in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.

      Connecting For Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, on connecting for health, what the maximum potential sum for each contract is.

      Contraceptives: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the use of the contraception pill by female teenagers.

      Cooperation and Competition Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date the Cooperation and Competition Panel was launched; and if he will make a statement.

      Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what reports he has received of the prevalence of new variant CJD in the population carrying the MV gene; and what steps he is taking in response to such...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the role of the NHS national operating framework is with regard to supporting a national dementia strategy.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of contractors and suppliers to (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have reported that they are compliant with the Government's...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many contracts (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have which allow contractors to store personal data of UK citizens overseas; for which...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department appointed a senior information risk owner in accordance with the report, Data Handling Procedures in Government and the accompanying...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of the IT systems in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies are fully accredited to the Government's security standards.

      Departmental Deposits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what deposits (a) his Department and (b) the NHS has overseas.

      Departmental Deposits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) sterling and (b) foreign exchange deposits (i) his Department and (ii) the NHS has abroad.

      Departmental Equality

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

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 have been made to his Department since 2005; how many such requests were (a)...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints about advertisements sponsored or funded by his Department were made to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in each year from...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

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

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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 Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on banner stands bearing his image and title since his appointment; and how many such stands have been procured.

      Departmental Redundancy

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

      Departmental Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what remuneration packages senior civil servants in his Department receive; and what benefits in kind each has received in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many telephone numbers for which callers are charged at the rate applicable to 0845 numbers are used by (a) his Department and (b) its executive...

      Diabetes: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children under the age of 16 had (a) type one and (b) type two diabetes in the Bexley Primary Care Trust area in the most recent year for which...

      Domestic Violence: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date his Department's report on developing effective responses for Asian women experiencing domestic violence was published.

      Down's Syndrome: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on research into Down's syndrome in each of the last five years.

      Drugs: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his most recent estimate is of the number of drug and alcohol support personnel employed in each of the principal seaside towns of England.

      Eating Disorders: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent meetings his Department has had with internet service providers regarding websites which are pro-anorexia or pro-bulimia.

      Eating Disorders: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps his Department has taken to promote awareness among parents of the dangers of pro-anorexia and pro-bulimia websites.

      Elderly: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 11 December 2008, Official Report, column 229W, on elderly: abuse, what each of the 15 reports of serious case reviews was; and...

      Electromagnetic Fields: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to publish a response to the Stakeholder Advisory Group on Electro-Magnetic Radiation report on high voltage power lines and health; and...

      Food: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 15 December 2008, Official Report, column 450W, on food: safety, where the 21 public analyst laboratories are located.

      General Practitioners: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which GP practices depend on the minimum practice income guarantee to continue in operation.

      Health Services: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provisions have been made to enable older people with debilitating health conditions to travel to treatment centres outside their locality from April...

      Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether local authorities are required to set a financial limit on the amount awarded to an individual for social care under an Individual Budget.

      Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in developing his better-targeted approach to payment for specialised services; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Services: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many individuals with an NHS number were foreign nationals in each year since 1997.

      Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his latest assessment is of the financial position of (a) Havering Primary Care Trust and (b) Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust; and if he...

      Health Services: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the results of the national social care recruitment campaign; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Services: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the result of the independent research programme commissioned by his Department to evaluate the impact of health sector reform is; and if he will...

      Health Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the support and development framework for commissioners developed by strategic health authorities.

      Health Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on modernising the regulation of healthcare workers; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Services: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in developing a National Skills Academy for Social Care; and if he will make a statement.

      Health: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to encourage a healthy lifestyle amongst teenagers in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley district and...

      Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what regulations govern private companies selling hearing aids to people with hearing impairments; and if he will make a statement.

      Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the timetable is for action on the regulation of hearing aid dispensers; and if he will make a statement.

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Eddisbury of 6 October 2008, Official Report, columns 424-25W, on hepatitis, how many drugs were...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Eddisbury of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 422W, on hepatitis, how many notifications of...

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of those diagnosed with HIV and AIDS have received treatment in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley district...

      HIV Infection: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding the Government is providing to each local authority in AIDS support grant in 2008-09.

      Hospices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what support his Department plans to give to hospices in the next two years.

      Hospices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much (a) children's hospices and (b) all hospices have received from the Government in each of the last five years.

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 14 July 2008, Official Report, columns 203-4W, on influenza, (1) whether the antiviral stockpile referred to in the...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many courses of zanamivir have been stockpiled to protect pregnant women in the event of an influenza pandemic; (2) what proportion of the...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what modelling work on the effects of an influenza pandemic has been undertaken by his Department in the last 12 months.

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who the members of the independent committee which developed an ethical framework to inform the response to an influenza pandemic are, as referred to on...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he next intends to issue an updated national framework for responding to an influenza pandemic.

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria will be used to assess whether an individual should be admitted to (a) secondary and (b) critical care in the event of an influenza pandemic.

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what work has been undertaken by the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Behaviour and Communication sub-group since it was established; on what dates it has...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 9 January 2008, Official Report, column 597W, on influenza, what consideration has been given to the merits of...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations his Department has received from (a) members of the public and (b) health care professionals on the supply of seasonal influenza...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure an adequate supply of seasonal influenza vaccines for the winter 2008-09 seasonal influenza immunisation programme; what...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in what ways his Department is communicating to health care workers the importance of seasonal influenza immunisation, as stated in the minutes of the...

      Injuries: Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he was informed by the NHS information centre that data relating to patients attending hospital with knife wounds, provided to 10 Downing street, had...

      Lyme Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to make Lyme disease a notifiable disease.

      Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much each health care trust spent on sending patient medical records by taxi in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the proposed NHS Constitution will guarantee mental health service users a choice of hospital.

      Mental Health Services: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health where the NHS-led community mental health pilots for ex-servicemen are located; and when he expects each pilot to report.

      Mental Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding has been made available to primary care trusts to assist them in fulfilling their statutory obligation to commission independent mental...

      Mitochondrial Damage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research his Department has conducted or evaluated on the relationship between mitochondrial damage and (a) the use of certain medications...

      National Capabilities Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 9 January 2008, Official Report, column 596W, on influenza, to which private sector organisations the National...

      National Institute for Health Research Senior Investigators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the first cohort of National Institute for Health Research Senior Investigators has been appointed.

      National Strategy for Dementia Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department plans to publish the National Strategy for Dementia Care.

      NHS Direct: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the names are of all suppliers with which the NHS Direct NHS Trust holds contracts.

      NHS Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of NHS (a) acute and (b) mental health trusts have become NHS foundation trusts.

      NHS Foundation Trusts: Governing Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department plans to extend membership of NHS foundation hospital trusts' boards to members of the public; and whether a timescale has been...

      NHS Trusts: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which health trusts have not met the 10 day invoice payment target to small and medium-sized enterprises.

      NHS Trusts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which trusts' financial balances are most at risk from being reported under international financial reporting standards; and what the balance in question...

      NHS Trusts: Leasehold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS trusts have (a) leases and (b) private finance initiative undertakings; and what the value of such leases and initiatives are in each case.

      NHS: Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of the use of international financial reporting standards on the budgets of (a) the NHS and (b) foundation trusts.

      NHS: Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the projected surplus or deficit for NHS trusts (a) against current accounting standards and (b) against international financial...

      NHS: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken, or intends to take, to ensure that incomplete or invalidated data returns from NHS bodies shared across Government for internal...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether local NHS trusts will be allowed to retain any surpluses made this financial year to spend on local health services in future years.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much local NHS trusts spent on training in each of the last five years for which records are available.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what spending on the NHS in England has been in (a) real terms and (b) nominal terms in each year since 1990; and what estimate he has made of...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS trusts (a) paid and (b) did not pay 95 per cent. or more of undisputed invoices within contracts terms or 30 days where no terms had been...

      NHS: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what fines have been (a) levied against and (b) paid by CSC for late delivery of the Lorenzo system; whether local service providers will be paid for...

      NHS: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 12 November 2008, on NHS: information and communications technology, if he will place in the Library a copy of each of the...

      NHS: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 12 November 2008, on NHS: information and communications technology, how many contractor event of default notices have...

      NHS: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, column 930W, on NHS: information and communications technology, how many one-off...

      NHS: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, column 930W, on NHS: information and communications technology, (1) what payments...

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in developing a series of practical human rights tools to improve service planning and delivery in the NHS; and if he will...

      NHS: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were on waiting lists for NHS treatment in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley district and (d) Middlesbrough South and...

      Obesity: East Riding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number and percentage of children under the age of 16 who are clinically obese in the East Riding of Yorkshire PCT area;...

      Offenders

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

      Organogram

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's administrative organogram.

      Pacesetters Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many strategic health authorities are taking part in the Pacesetters programme.

      Partnership for Patients Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on the Partnership for Patients Programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Patient Choice Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Choose and Book system is now operational throughout England.

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has had on proposals in the Pharmacy White Paper; and if he will make a statement.

      Power Stations: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to issue guidance on any known effects on humans of prolonged residence in proximity to power stations to families who live...

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to (a) ensure equitable payment to dispensing appliance contractors and pharmacy contractors for equivalent...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish his national support programme for primary care trust board development.

      Primary Care Trusts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health to what proportion of primary care trust revenue allocations for the 2009-10 financial year the health inequalities formula has been applied, with the...

      Primary Care Trusts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what variables are included in the weighted capitation formula used to inform primary care trust revenue allocation for 2009-10; and what the data sources...

      Primary Care Trusts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the weighted capitation targets per (a) unweighted and (b) weighted head are for (i) 2008-09 and (ii) 2009-10 (A) for England on average and (B)...

      Primary Care Trusts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 8 December 2008, Official Report, columns 30-8WS, on primary care trust revenue allocations/NHS...

      Public Analyst Laboratories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which public analyst laboratories were open in 1997.

      Race for Health Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many primary care trusts are taking part in the Race for Health Programme.

      Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Healthcare NHS Trust: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will encourage the Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Healthcare NHS Trust to settle its invoices to small and medium-sized enterprises within the...

      Schizophrenia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department plans to allow patients with paranoid schizophrenia who have a history of violence to choose their own treatment options.

      Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the work of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Advisory Group; and if he will make a statement.

      Sight Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines his Department follows in respect of making printed materials and forms accessible to people suffering red/green colour blindness.

      Social Enterprise Investment Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much he expects the Social Enterprise Investment Fund to spend in 2008-09.

      Social Enterprise Pathfinder Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on each of the 26 social enterprise pathfinder projects set up by his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to increase public awareness and understanding of national social care needs.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will commission research to analyse potential financial savings to the Department of Health of providing preventative care services to people with...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure that social care needs are met.

      Social Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to meet the Coalition on Charging to discuss its report Charging into Poverty as part of his formulation of policy on charging for...

      Social Services: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the forthcoming Green Paper on social care will include proposals on supporting people.

      Social Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of social workers working with local authorities but employed by an agency; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent by each local authority on employing social workers via agencies in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on the employment of social workers via agencies; and if he will make a statement.

      Third Sector Funding and Investment Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the implications for the Section 64 scheme and the Opportunities for Volunteering scheme of his Department's...

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to publish the responses made to his Department's consultation on the Future of Tobacco Control; and if he will make a statement.

      Transsexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the average waiting time between a patient being accepted for NHS gender reassignment surgery and completion of the operation was in (a)...

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of tuberculosis cases notified in England were of (a) homeless persons, (b) problem drug-users and (c) prisoners in the last 12 months;...

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many instances of tuberculosis have been recorded in (a) Gravesham, (b) Kent and (c) England in each quarter of the last five years; and if he will...

      Vitamin B12

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons the guideline thresholds for vitamin B12 levels set by his Department and the World Health Organisation differ; and if he will make a...

  • Wales

    • Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assets of his Department are planned to be sold in each financial year from 2007-08 to 2010-11; what the (a) description and (b) book value of each...

    • Departmental Correspondence

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

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what percentage of contractors and suppliers to his Department has reported compliance with the Government's security standards following publication of...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many contracts his Department has which allow contractors to store personal data of UK citizens overseas; for which contracts this applies; in which...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when his Department appointed a senior information risk owner in accordance with the report, Data Handling Procedures in Government and the accompanying...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what percentage of the IT systems in his Department is fully accredited to the Government's security standards.

      Departmental ICT

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

      Departmental Information Officers

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

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department spent maintaining its website in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department has spent on broadband internet in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales for which websites his Department provides funding.

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many civil servants working in his Department have pensions with a cash equivalent transfer value of over £1 million.

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many hours of work were lost through sickness absence on the part of staff working in his Department in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many and what proportion of written questions for answer on a named day his Department has answered on the due date in the current Session of Parliament.

      Plain English

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department spent on Plain English Campaign training courses in each of the last five years.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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...

    • Departmental Correspondence

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

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of contractors and suppliers to (a) his Department and (b) its agencies has reported compliance with the Government's security...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many contracts (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have which allow contractors to store personal data of UK citizens overseas; for...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of the IT systems in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies are fully accredited to the Government's security standards.

      Departmental Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many water coolers are used by his Department.

      Departmental Equality

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

      Departmental Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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 Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 13 November 2008, Official Report, column 1318W, on departmental marketing, what each advertisement referred to...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

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

      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, how much was spent by his...

      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 suppliers were contracted by...

      Departmental Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent on his transport on official visits in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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...

      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, from which suppliers his Department has...

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 28 October 2008, Official Report, column 796W, on departmental temporary employment, how many staff were...

      Departmental Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, column 883W, on departmental vehicles, how many vehicles were owned by the...

      Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which legal firms have worked on the Robert Hamill Inquiry; for what periods; who each firm represented; how much his Department has spent on...

      Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which legal firms have worked on the Rosemary Nelson Inquiry; for what periods; who each firm represented; how much his Department has spent on...

      Mental Health

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

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many individuals there are in Northern Ireland who were released under the early release scheme in 1998 and following re-arrest or...

      Sexual Offences: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were on the sex offenders' register in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • African Horse Sickness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department provides compensation to owners of horses infected with African horse sickness which are destroyed by...

    • Agriculture: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department has allocated to support sustainable livestock production in 2008-09.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what estimate his Department has made of unspent funds under the single payment scheme; and what plans he has to...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on the EU Common Agricultural Policy Health Check; and when he expects full decoupling to be achieved.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment his Department has made of progress towards meeting the Rural Payments Agency's target of administering...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

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

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many demands to repay overpayments have been made against single farm payment scheme claimants in each of the last three...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) mean, (b) median , (c) highest and (d) lowest demand has been to repay overpayments made against single farm...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total amount received is as a result of overpayment claims for the single payment scheme in each of the last three years.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons reclaims of single farm payment overpayments were made in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many Single Payment Scheme payments for 2008 have been made to people in Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency; and what...

      Animal Welfare: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which codes of conduct to be issued under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 the Government is currently working on; and which...

      Bluetongue Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department has evaluated on the transmission of bluetongue disease during animal transit; and what measures...

      Bluetongue Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department provides compensation to farmers whose cattle have been destroyed by his Department's veterinary...

      Bluetongue Disease: Vaccination

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

      Bluetongue Disease: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the success rate of bluetongue vaccination in Gloucestershire was; how many strains of bluetongue virus have been...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cattle have been slaughtered following tuberculosis infection in each of the last five years for which figures are...

      Cereals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the tonnage of grain for (a) human consumption and (b) animal consumption was held in the UK on (i) 1 January, (ii) 1...

      Compost

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the evidential basis is for the Environment Agency's recommendation that a 250 metre buffer zone between a windrow...

      Compost

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions the Environment Agency has had with the Health and Safety Executive on its 250 metre buffer zone between...

      Compost

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Environment Agency has carried out wind turbulence modelling of the dispersion of bioaerosols in formulating its...

      Compost

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many composting sites have been closed in England because of the potential impact of (a) bioaerosols, (b) odours, (c)...

      Dangerous Dogs Act 1991: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people were prosecuted for offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in 2007.

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department has spent on the public consultations it has held in the last 24 months.

      Dolphins: Denmark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of Denmark on the slaughter of dolphins in its territorial waters.

      Domestic: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Beckenham of 13 October 2008, Official Report, column 923W, (Mrs. Lait)...

      Domestic: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Beckenham (Mrs. Lait) of 13 October 2008, Official Report, column 923W,...

      Domestic: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 22 July 2008, Official Report, column 1010W, on domestic waste: waste disposal, what the...

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what sites in England contaminated by activities during the second world war have yet to be cleaned up.

      Farmers: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will review the cross-compliance rules on permission for farmers to travel on wet land, with particular reference to...

      Farms: Local Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of Sir Don Curry's report on the future of council-owned farms.

      Farms: Local Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which local authorities have smallholdings; what the area is of each such smallholding; and what assessment he has made of...

      Farms: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which procedures have to be followed to enable a farmer to remove waste dumped on his farmland; what the cost of those...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what plans he has for the £20 million for flood defence expenditure announced in the pre-Budget report; (2) what...

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of changes in (a) nitrogen prices and (b) levels of nitrogen supply on food...

      Food: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) funded into the effect of animal disease on food security in the...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on advertisements for products produced with meat from EU countries other than Britain carrying the...

      Game: Birds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to reduce the level of intensive rearing and farming of game birds; and what advice he has received from the...

      Game: Gun Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his Department's policy is on gamebird shooting; and if he will make a statement.

      Horse Racing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, columns 2187-8W, on horse racing, if he will make it his...

      Horse Racing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 2188W, on horse racing, if he will make an annual...

      Horse Racing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 2188W, on horse racing, what assessment he has...

      Horses: Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department has performed a cost/benefit analysis on the EU requirement for foals born after 1 July 2009 to be...

      Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Local Government Association on alternatives to incineration; and what potential...

      Joint Waste Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many local authorities on average he expects to comprise each joint waste authority.

      Litter: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will increase the penalties imposed for littering and fly-tipping on industrial and retail parks.

      Livestock: Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what the estimated cost to (a) farmers and (b) the public purse of electronic identification of sheep is for its...

      Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the speeches and presentations made by representatives of the Environment Agency at...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects the Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the right hon. Member for...

      Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to bring producers of (a) packaging, (b) chewing gum and (c) cigarettes within the remit of regulations...

      Pet Travel Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many pet passports have been issued in each of the last three years.

      Poultry: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect on levels of UK poultry exports of the UK's avian influenza-free status; and if he...

      Recycling

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

      Recycling: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of recovered (a) ferrous metal, (b) non-ferrous metal, (c) plastic, (d) paper and cardboard, (e) glass...

      Recycling: Tyres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to promote and increase the recycling of tyres.

      Rural Payments Agency: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost was of the Rural Payments Agency's upgrade of its IT system to the Epsilon programme.

      Slaughterhouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the likely costs to (a) farmers and (b) abattoirs of the implementation of the EU regulations...

      Sustainable Development Commission: Public Appointments

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

      Tidal Power: River Severn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consideration he has given to how the terms of the EU Habitats Directive could be met with respect to fish stocks if a...

      Veterinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to ensure that veterinary surgeons who are required to destroy injured thoroughbreds on racecourses as...

      Veterinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to require at least two means of humane despatch for an injured racehorse to be available immediately...

      Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to bring forward proposals to update the provisions of the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966.

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to assist local authorities in the disposal of waste stored in warehouses and other...

      Waste Disposal: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which steps his Department has taken to evaluate the new multi-modal refuse collection vehicle for London.

      Waste Disposal: Hazardous Substances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has received calling for the introduction of incentives for the full recovery of hazardous waste oil;...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will require the Environment Agency to provide guidance to local authorities on the most suitable type of waste...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Gambling: Young People

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many people were prosecuted for the offence of inviting, causing or permitting a child or young person to gamble in each of the last five years.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • British Library: Exhibitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which towns in England the British Library's Sacred exhibition is visiting.

    • Community Development Foundation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many staff the Community Development Foundation employs; how many of these work on cohesion and integration; and what...

      Community Network For Manchester: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 11 November 2008, Official Report, column 958W, on Greater Manchester, how much funding has...

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) when she expects the National Community Forum to publish research on the experience of poor white communities, referred to...

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what further research she plans to commission to develop the Government's understanding of radicalisation and enhance its...

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which are the countries with strong links to the UK referred to on page 7 of the report Preventing Violent Extremism: A Strategy...

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost of the national de-radicalisation programme referred to on page 29 of the report The Prevent Strategy: A Guide for...

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many vulnerable individuals have been referred to the Channel Project referred to on page 28 of the report The Prevent...

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government who has responsibility for creating the points of referral for vulnerable individuals cited on page 27 of the report The Prevent...

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she plans to set up the team to analyse Prevent issues referred to on page 41 of The Prevent Strategy: A Guide for Local...

      Community Relations: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 25 June 2008, Official Report, column 340W, on community relations: religion, when she expects...

      Community Relations: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what role the Mosque and Imams National Advisory Body will play in assisting the UK Border Agency to develop pre-entry...

      Community Relations: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 23 June 2008, Official Report, column 19W, on community relations: Islam, what the cost was of...

      Community Relations: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in which areas she plans to pilot a framework of recruitment standards for Muslim faith leaders in chaplaincy roles in public...

      Community Relations: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which Muslim organisations have received funding from the Preventing Violent Extremism Community Leadership Fund since June 2007.

      Community Relations: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the Government plans to set up the centre of excellence to improve understanding between Muslim communities and cultural...

      Community Relations: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made in the development of the Continuous Professional Development Programme for Faith Leaders referred...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 13 November 2008, Official Report, column 1312W, on council tax: Wales; if she will publish...

      Departmental Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Beckenham of 13 October 2008, Official Report, column 971W, on Departmental...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when her Department appointed a senior information risk owner in accordance with the report, "Data Handling Procedures in...

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost of running her Department's Cohesion Directorate is expected to be in (a) 2008-09 and (b) each of the following...

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding has been agreed for each of her Department's executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies for the period...

      Departmental Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent by her Department on furniture made by (a) British firms, (b) Remploy and (c) overseas firms in each year...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many embedded communicators have been installed in her Department's information and communications systems.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many staff work in her Department's (a) Migration Directorate and (b) Cohesion Directorate, broken down by unit.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many complaints about advertisements sponsored or funded by her Department were made to the Advertising Standards Authority...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what expert advisers have been commissioned by her Department and its agencies since 1997; on what topic each was commissioned;...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Hammersmith and Fulham (Mr. Hands) of 13 November 2008, Official Report,...

      Derelict Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of levels of brownfield development in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley district...

      Fire Services: Airwave Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many Airwave handsets issued to fire and rescue services have been lost in each year since their introduction; and how many...

      Fire Services: Taunton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost of maintaining the regional fire control centre in Taunton was in November 2008.

      Fire Services: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many firefighters in England and Wales have been trained (a) at the Fire Service College and (b) in Texas in the last 36...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which recommendations of the Pitt Review (a) her Department and (b) its agencies have implemented.

      Housing: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average difference was between the estimated value of houses on which mortgages have been defaulted and the re-sale...

      Institute of Community Cohesion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many staff the Institute of Community Cohesion employs; and what funding her Department will provide to the Institute in...

      Islam and Citizenship Education Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost of the Islam and Citizenship Education project will be in (a) 2008-09 and (b) the two following years; how many...

      Local Government Association: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many staff the Local Government Association employs; and how many of these work on issues relating to cohesion and integration.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have not met the 10 day invoice payment target to small and medium-sized enterprises.

      Local Government: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effect of commission structures on the quality of investment advice to local authorities,...

      Local Government: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 22 July 2008, Official Report, columns 1152-53W, on the Communities in Control White Paper,...

      Local Government: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether retention of the status quo is a possible option for the future structure of local government in Suffolk and Norfolk.

      Local Government: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make it her policy to include the status quo as an option in consultation on the future structure of Suffolk and...

      Local Government: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make it her policy that local referendums be held in Suffolk and Norfolk on the reorganisation of local government;...

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what exemptions from business rates have been applied to properties damaged by the Buncefield oil storage depot explosion.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what arrangements are in place for (a) collection and (b) enforcement of business rates levied on ports.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the letter sent by her Department to local authorities on the take-up of small...

      Observatories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) name and (b) address of each regional observatory is; and whether these bodies are classified as public...

      Preventing Violent Extremism Community Leadership Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Preventing Violent Extremism Community Leadership Fund will distribute in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c)...

      Radical Middleway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the Radical Middleway expects to announce the next phase of its programme; how many locations Radical Middleway plans to...

      Regional Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's policy on earned autonomy is.

      Rent A Room Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of effects of the rent-a-room scheme in providing accommodation for people who have lost their...

      Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's latest estimate is of the number of families for each London borough housed in (a) council, (b) housing...

      Sight Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidelines her Department follows in respect of making printed materials and forms accessible to people suffering red/green...

      Small Area Data Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) purpose and (b) remit of her Department's Small Area Data programme is.

      Social Rented Housing: Evictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many care leavers were evicted from social housing in 2007 as a result of rent arrears.

      South East Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans her Department has to publish the final version of the South East Plan by the end of 2008.

      Travelling People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the North West Regional Assembly spent on producing its digital versatile disc entitled Gypsy and Travelling Show People.

      Young Muslim Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the remit of the Young Muslim Advisory Group is; what the criteria will be for selecting its members; what she expects its...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of UK aid to Afghanistan is intended to assist children in 2008-09; what steps his Department is taking to deal with...

    • Afghanistan: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to assist the Afghan government to uphold its commitments under the UN Convention on the Rights of...

      Afghanistan: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what systems are in place to co-ordinate all international aid efforts in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department takes to ensure that aid to Afghanistan (a) is used to strengthen local and national civil society and the...

      Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to protect (a) Afghani people, (b) vulnerable populations in Afghanistan and (c) children in...

      Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many non-governmental organisations are contracted by the Government to work in Helmand province; and what projects they are...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with how many faith-based organisations his Department has contracts to provide public services.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much has been spent by his Department on advertising in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

      Departmental Official Hospitality

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

      Eritrea: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the value has been of Government aid to Eritrea in (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08 and (c) 2008-09; through which relief agencies the...

      International Fund for Agricultural Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the merits of nominating a British candidate for the position of President of the International Fund for...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he expects the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State to reply to the letters of 21 October and 1 December from the hon. Member...

      Mental Illness

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

      Somalia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what role the Government has played in the training of the police force in Somalia; what funding has been provided from his Department;...

      Stabilisation Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many people are employed in his Department's Stabilisation Unit (a) centrally, (b) in each theatre of operation and (c) to deal...

      Zimbabwe: Cholera

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to alleviate the water shortage in Harare; and if he will make a statement.

      Zimbabwe: Cholera

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to alleviate the effects of the cholera outbreak in Harare.

  • Olympics

    • Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how much has been spent by (a) her Office and (b) each body for which she has responsibility on advertising in the last 12 months.

    • Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what records her Office maintains of its expenditure on (a) official hospitality and (b) alcohol for official hospitality.

      Inland Waterways

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what steps she is taking to ensure that the Olympic Delivery Authority accomplishes the dredging of the canal access routes to the Olympic sites.

      Olympic Games 2012: Construction

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what alternative sources of funding for the athletes' village (a) she and (b) the Olympic Delivery Authority is considering; and if she will make a...

      Olympic Games 2012: Economic Situation

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what assessment she has made of the effect of the current economic situation on the 2012 London Olympics.

      Olympic Games 2012: Gun Sports

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics whether the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games have presented their requirements for the venue of the Olympic shooting events in respect of (a)...

      Olympic Games 2012: Lend Lease

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics pursuant to the Answer of 8 December 2008, Official Report, column 3W, for what reasons exclusivity has been granted to Lend Lease; and if she will make a...

      Olympic Games 2012: North East

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what assessment she has made of the legacy to the North East from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

      Olympic Games 2012: North East

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what steps are being taken to ensure that (a) the North East and (b) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency are able to meet the goals and...

  • Home Department

    • Airguns: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to (a) collate and (b) publish as a separate category statistics on offences committed with airsoft guns.

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many retailers have been (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted for the persistent sale of alcohol to a person under 18 years in each of the...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress her Department has made in the replacement of animals in scientific procedures; what effect Government action to promote such...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of whether the threshold of moderate pain in animal experimentation is being adhered to; how her Department...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department (a) is taking and (b) plans to take in the next 12 months to reduce the number of animals used in scientific...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations she has received on the Animals (Scientific Purposes) Act 1986; and if she will make a statement.

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) statutory instruments, (b) departmental circulars and (c) other documents she (i) has issued in the last 12 months and (ii) plans...

      Animal Experiments: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on EC Directive 86/609/EEC on the protection of animals used for experimental and other scientific purposes; what recent...

      Animal Experiments: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications there were for licences for animal experimentation in each year since 1997; how many licences were granted in each such...

      Animal Experiments: Primates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department has (a) approved and (b) inspected a breeding centre operated by Vanny Bio-Research at Prek Eng in Cambodia as an...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have (a) been issued and (b) been breached in each of the last five years.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders were (a) issued and (b) breached in (i) Southampton, (ii) Test Valley Borough and (iii) the ceremonial...

      Antisocial Behaviour: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many acceptable behaviour contracts have been issued to young people found drinking and behaving anti-socially in public in each of the...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what basis the asylum support benefit rates are set; and whether that basis will apply to their next uprating.

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum-seeking children below the age of 18 years old are without parents or guardians.

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many unsuccessful asylum seekers were in receipt of section 4 support on 1 November 2008.

      Asylum: Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) Iraqi and (b) Afghan nationals have (i) applied for and (ii) been granted asylum in the United Kingdom in each of the last...

      Asylum: North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people claiming to be North Korean citizens have applied for asylum in each of the last five years.

      Bookmakers: Burglary

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many betting shop robberies there were in (a) England and Wales, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley district and (d) Middlesbrough...

      Bookmakers: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reported incidents of violence there were against (a) male and (b) female betting shop workers in (i) England and Wales, (ii) the...

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the likelihood of compliance by 2009 of charter and leisure operators which serve popular tourist...

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects the projected benefits to the leisure and charter industry from the e-Borders scheme to begin to flow.

      Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what deadlines have been set under the e-Borders scheme in respect of (a) outbound and (b) inbound travel document information for (i)...

      Cannabis: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when warnings for cannabis possession will be recorded on the Police National Computer.

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department at which sites the Channel Project has been rolled out to date; and at which sites she plans to roll out the project in the future.

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to publish the full evaluation of the Channel Project referred to on page 46 of the Audit Commission report Preventing Violent...

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures she has put in place to (a) provide accountability and (b) maintain community confidence in relation to the Channel Project.

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which areas (a) have set up multi-agency partnerships focused on preventing violent extremism, referred to on page 9 of the report The...

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who will have overall responsibility at a local level for the regular assessment and reviews of the threat of individuals and communities...

      Community Relations: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which constabularies have undertaken exercises with objectives similar to Operation Nicole referred to on page 29 of The Prevent Strategy: A...

      Control Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 3 April 2008 to the hon. Member for North-West Cambridgeshire, (Mr. Vara) Official Report, column 1314W, on...

      Control Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much her Department has spent on (a) accommodation, (b) council tax, (c) utility bills, (d) telephone line rental, (e)...

      Counter-Terrorism Act 2008

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which (a) statutory instruments, (b) departmental circulars and (c) other documents she plans to issue in the next 12 months consequential...

      Crime and Policing Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will take steps to assess the social impact of the planned Crime and Policing Bill on those groups likely to be affected by it.

      Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the Policing Green Paper of July 2008, what indicators will be used to measure her Department's performance in tackling...

      Crime: Burglary

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her most recent estimate is of the levels of domestic burglary in (a) England and Wales, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley district...

      Crime: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her most recent estimate is of the levels of vehicle-related crime in (a) England and Wales, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley...

      Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps the Government has taken to support victims of crime.

      Crime: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps the Government have taken to reduce levels of youth crime.

      Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many violent crimes have been reported in (a) England and Wales, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley district and (d) Middlesbrough...

      Criminal Records Bureau: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect on the career prospects of individuals of having unsubstantiated allegations on their Criminal...

      Criminal Records: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the European Criminal Record Information system will allow the vetting of prospective employees by (a) airport authorities and (b)...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 5 November 2008, Official Report, column 2226W, on departmental consultants, how many security passes her...

      Departmental Correspondence

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

      Departmental Furniture

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

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff in her Department did not achieve an acceptable assessment grade in their annual report in the latest reporting year for which...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

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

      Departmental Official Hospitality

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

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 21 October 2008, Official Report, column 259W, on departmental procurement, what payments the Identity and...

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 18 November, Official Report, columns 318-9W, on deportation, how many of the 63,365 removals from the...

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people eligible to remain in the UK under the DP5/96 concession have been deported since 2001.

      Deportation: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many children were awaiting deportation from the UK on 1 December 2008; (2) how many children were awaiting deportation to (a)...

      Deportation: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 20 November 2008, Official Report, column 721W, on deportation: offenders, if she will list the grounds for...

      Deportation: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 20 November 2008, Official Report, column 721W, on deportation: offenders, where the 19 individuals whose...

      Deportation: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 20 November 2008, Official Report, column 721W, on deportation: offenders, when the six individuals deported...

      Deportation: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 20 November 2008, Official Report, column 721W, on deportation: offenders, where the nine individuals...

      Detention Centres: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers have committed suicide while being held in an immigration centre in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (a)...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reports of causing or allowing the death of a child or vulnerable person contrary to section 5 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and...

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to introduce a penalty notice for disorder as a sanction for the possession of (a) any other Class B drugs besides...

      Entry Clearances: Moldova

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will establish a visa regime applicable to categories of persons wishing to visit the UK from Moldova at the same time as the...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) crime scene and (b) police officer DNA profiles have been removed from the national DNA database in each month of the last...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate her Department has made of the number of incidents where personal information and DNA samples which (a) were to be loaded onto...

      Hatton Cross Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 2258W, on Hatton Cross Tribunals, when she plans to write to the...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements are in place to deal with people who are identified as having been trafficked.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when her Department notified the Metropolitan Police that her Department's funding of the Metropolitan Police human trafficking unit would...

      Human Trafficking

      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 in the UK.

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many children rescued from human traffickers have subsequently been put up in bed and breakfast accommodation in each of the last...

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether (a) the use of safe accommodation at the Poppy Project is available for children who are victims of human trafficking and (b) there...

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department has assessed the possibility that rescued children who are victims of human trafficking may still be under the control...

      Human Trafficking: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the maximum sentence is for human trafficking offences.

      Human Trafficking: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what public funding is available for victims of trafficking to the UK from (a) the first group of EU accession countries, (b) the second...

      Identity Cards: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long the biometric information will be retained in respect of foreign nationals issued with a biometric identity card after the...

      Identity Cards: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what reductions in the full price of an identity card she plans to offer (a) pensioners, (b) students and (c) those on income support.

      Identity Cards: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will list the electronic systems that will be used to store the (a) biometric, (b) biographical and (c) administrative information...

      Illegal Immigrants: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her latest estimate of the number of foreign nationals working illegally in Northern Ireland is.

      Ilois: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many former Chagossians have been granted British citizenship in the last 10 years.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the cost in each of the next five years of reintroducing exit checks for all people departing the United Kingdom.

      Immigration: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times passengers arriving in UK airports on international flights have entered the country through the arrivals facilities for...

      Immigration: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times arriving domestic passengers have been taken to international arrivals at each major UK airport in each of the last five years.

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average length of time taken following an immigration appeal tribunal hearing was to (a) notify in writing the decision to the...

      Immigration: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many detainees in the Immigration Removal Centre at (a) Oakington, (b) Yarl's Wood and (c) Dungavel have accessed legal advice since 2003.

      Justice and Home Affairs Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the written ministerial statement of 4 December 2008, Official Report, columns 9-11WS, on the Justice and Home Affairs...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she will reply to the letter to her of 20 October from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mrs. Naseem Ahmed.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Maidenhead of 23 October regarding her constituent Ms Ali.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letter to her dated 30 October 2008 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. Sehir...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letter to her dated 3 November 2008 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. Luis Lamb.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letter to her dated 28 October 2008 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. Benmeddah.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letter to her dated 7 November 2008 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. Hidal...

      Metropolitan Police: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vehicles in use by the Metropolitan Police were manufactured outside the UK.

      National Identity Card Scheme Strategic Suppliers Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the companies which comprise the National Identity Card Scheme Strategic Suppliers Group have not signed the non-disclosure agreement.

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of (a) individual records on the National Identity Register which will require amendment and (b)...

      National Policing Improvement Agency: Airwave Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Airwave handsets issued to the National Policing Improvement Agency have been lost in each year since their introduction; and how...

      Oakington Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many detainees (a) with and (b) without a criminal condition there are in Immigration Removal Centre Oakington.

      Oakington Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the male detainees in Immigration Removal Centre Oakington have family members being held in another immigration removal centre.

      Olympic Games 2012: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to publish her estimate of the likely security costs arising from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

      Overseas Visitors: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Japanese citizens visited the UK in (a) 2007 and (b) 2006.

      Passports: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of each (a) biometric passport reader and (b) identity card reader is expected to be.

      Passports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the annual resource costs of providing passports to British citizens were in each of the last five years.

      Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people originally detained by the Royal Navy, other agencies or foreign navies who are known or suspected of being involved in...

      Police: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been carried out of the effect on the amount of police paperwork of moving responsibility for charging decisions from...

      Police: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will bring forward proposals to require the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) to inform her Department of the number of...

      Police: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 17 November 2008, Official Report, columns 155-56W, on police complaints, if she will obtain this...

      Police: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) operational police officers per head of population there were in Essex Police on average in 2008 to...

      Police: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers employed by Essex Police will be made (a) voluntarily and (b) compulsorily redundant in 2008-09; at what cost; and...

      Police: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) civilian staff of each age group and sex were employed by Essex Police and its predecessor bodies in...

      Police: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers of each rank have voluntarily ceased employment, other than through redundancy, in Essex Police since June 2007.

      Police: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the average annual rate of sickness absence was in (a) Southend police and (b) Essex Police in each year since 2001; (2) how...

      Police: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many police officers in Essex Police of each sex took early retirement in each year since 2001; (2) how many police officers who...

      Police: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average response time to calls made to the police in (a) Essex and (b) Southend was in each year since 1997; what guidance her...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate has been made of the total implementation cost of the measures in the Policing Green Paper, published on 17 July 2008.

      Police: Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police forces do not have dedicated armed response units.

      Police: Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons the Police Long Service Medal requires longer qualification service than other equivalent long service medals awarded to...

      Police: Moldova

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if she will establish an exchange programme between the UK and Moldova police to improve co-operation to reduce serious organised...

      Police: Occupational Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what standards are in place for the provision of occupational health services for armed police officers; and what arrangements are made for...

      Police: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the Policing Green Paper of July 2008, what mechanism is in place to assess chief constables' performance and...

      Police: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what criteria are used to determine whether police constables in Essex Police receive a bonus; and if she will make a statement; (2)...

      Police: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what information each police force must provide to meet they are meeting the levels of service to the community set out in the police...

      Police: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the written ministerial statement of 8 December 2008, Official Report, column 39WS, on strategic policing priorities, what...

      Police: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 8 December 2008, Official Report, column 39WS, on strategic policing priorities, what...

      Police: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of police officers who committed suicide in each year since 2000.

      Police: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to limit the use of 0800 non-emergency telephone numbers operated by police forces.

      Police: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidelines have been issued to police forces regarding the use by officers of batons, with particular reference to whether there is any...

      Research Information and Communications Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff work in her Department's Research Information and Communication Unit; what forecast she has made of the unit's operation costs...

      Schengen Agreement: Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment her Department has made of the likely effect on levels of illegal immigration into the European Union as a result of...

      Serious and Organised Crime Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people employed by the Serious and Organised Crime Agency deal with human trafficking investigations.

      Serious and Organised Crime Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of staff of the Serious and Organised Crime Agency are dedicated to human trafficking investigations.

      Sexual Offences: Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) licensed and (b) unlicensed taxi drivers have been charged with committing a sexual offence since 2001.

      Tablighi Jamaat

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make an assessment of whether Tablighi Jamaat plays a role in the radicalisation of young Muslims in the United Kingdom.

      Tablighi Jamaat

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make an assessment of whether Tablighi Jamaat poses a security risk to the United Kingdom.

      Terrorism: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests have been made under terrorism legislation in each of the last five years; and how many of such arrests have resulted in...

      Terrorism: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 9 December 2008, Official Report, column 37W, on terrorism: detainees, with what offences the individuals held for...

      Terrorism: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people (a) have been charged with criminal offences, (b) have been convicted, (c) have been acquitted and (d) remain subject to...

      Terrorism: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 9 December 2008, Official Report, column 37W, on terrorism: detainees, with what offences the individuals held for...

      Thames Valley Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the crime clear-up rates for (a) violence against the person, (b) robbery, (c) burglary in a dwelling, (d) theft of a motor vehicle...

      Theft: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps the Government has taken to reduce levels of car thefts.

      Theft: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps the Government have taken to reduce levels of retail theft.

      UK Border Agency: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost implications for the UK Border Agency are of the London Olympics in 2012.

      UK Border Agency: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners in England and Wales were released into the custody of the UK Border Agency and its predecessors in each of the last 12 months.

      UK Border Agency: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK Border Agency (UKBA) enforcement operations have taken place on Saturdays or Sundays in each month of 2008, broken down by each...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average waiting time to process Criminal Records Bureau checks in each police force area was in the latest period for which...

      Work Permits: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been granted work permits in the last 12 months, broken down by (a) country of origin and (b) duration of work permit.

  • Treasury

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which organisation has managed each project funded by his Department in Helmand province since 2005; what the budget of each was; how much has been spent in...

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will review the proposed boundaries for new rates of air passenger duty to provide that Larnaca airport, Cyprus, falls in the same band as...

      Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the number of people over the age of 18 years who do not have a bank account; and if he will make a statement.

      Bank Services: Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the Government's policy on bank recapitalisation on the availability of credit to the small and...

      Bank Services: Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent steps the Government have taken to aid banks in providing capital to businesses.

      Banks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what dates he held meetings with (a) HBOS, (b) Nationwide, (c) Abbey, (d) Lloyds TSB, (e) Northern Rock, (f) Barclays, (g) RBS and (h) HSBC on...

      Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government have taken to monitor the effects of recapitalisation of major British banks.

      Banks: Iceland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps have been taken to ensure that loans to Iceland from the European Union and International Monetary Fund are used to compensate UK depositors in...

      Banks: Iran

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what reports he has received on the determination by the US Administration on 17 December 2008 that Assa Corporation is created and controlled by Bank...

      Banks: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on requirements on banks whose shares are in public ownership to support small businesses.

      Banks: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will require those banks in receipt of public money to increase liquidity to include representatives of the banking trades unions on their...

      Banks: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent steps the Government has taken to reform regulation of the financial markets.

      Banks: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the amount of tax avoided by British banks through offshore tax regimes in the last 12 months.

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what percentage of claims for child benefit made by (a) EU nationals excluding A2 and A8 nationals, (b) A2 and A8 nationals and (c) those with...

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many awards of child tax credit were made for (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03; and what estimate he has made of the number of eligible claimants in each...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) training and (b) guidance manuals the Valuation Office Agency has produced to assist in the use of the council tax banding support tool.

      Currency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the performance of sterling; what comparative assessment he has made of the performance of the euro; and if he will...

      Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many confirmed data security breaches there have been in his Department in the last three years; and what steps were taken in response to each such...

      Departmental Correspondence

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

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to respond to the letters dated 10 July 2008 and 13 August 2008 from the Member of the Scottish Parliament for Banff and Buchan on fuel costs...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of contractors and suppliers to (a) his Department and (b) its agencies has reported compliance with the Government's security standards...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many contracts (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have which allow contractors to store personal data of UK citizens overseas; for which...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when his Department appointed a senior information risk owner in accordance with the report, Data Handling Procedures in Government and the accompanying...

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to reduce the amount of energy it wastes.

      Departmental Equality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information his Department holds on the (a) sex, (b) ethnicity, (c) age, (d) disability, (e) sexual orientation and (f) religion or belief of its...

      Departmental Furniture

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 Marketing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints about advertisements sponsored or funded by his Department were made to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in each year from 1997...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisors

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what expert advisers have been commissioned by his Department and its agencies since 1997; on what topic each was commissioned; and whether the advisers so...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many telephone numbers for which callers are charged at the rate applicable to 0845 numbers are used by (a) his Department and (b) its Executive...

      Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many individuals have worked in his Department on (a) paid and (b) unpaid work experience or internships in each of the last three years; on average...

      Derbyshire Offshore

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps have been taken by the Financial Services Authority to safeguard depositors in the Derbyshire Building Society's Isle of Man subsidiary.

      Economic Situation: EC Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures he is taking to establish close working practices with EU partners in order to facilitate co-operative efforts to overcome the economic downturn.

      Equitable Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons he has not responded to the Ombudsman's report on Equitable Life; and when he expects to do so.

      EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total gross amount paid to the EU budget was by each EU member state in the last year for which figures are available.

      EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to reduce the level of the UK's net contribution to the EU budget until the level of UK debt is reduced to below the average...

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the (a) monetary value and (b) quantity of loans funded from the European Investment Bank made to UK companies in (i)...

      Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the effect on the price of (a) a pint of beer, (b) a bottle of wine and (c) a bottle of spirits of the measures...

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward proposals to increase the accountability to Parliament of the Financial Services Authority.

      Government Departments: Energy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government is taking to reduce energy waste on the part of Government Departments.

      Housing: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 5 November 2008, Official Report, column 542W, on housing: valuation, if he...

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the effect of falling house prices on the ability of families to meet inheritance tax liabilities when they...

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Valuation Office Agency has targets for inheritance tax yields.

      Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether (a) his Department and (b) any of its agencies has had (i) correspondence and (ii) discussions with (A) Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander Ltd. and...

      Landsbanki: Guernsey

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he or his officials will meet representatives of depositors in Landsbanki Guernsey to discuss the means of recovering their savings.

      Landsbanki: Guernsey

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Landsbanki Resolution Committee on the collapse of Landsbanki Guernsey.

      Landsbanki: Guernsey

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions his Department has had with the Icelandic government on the collapse of Landsbanki Guernsey.

      Landsbanki: Guernsey

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he has taken in response to the collapse of Landsbanki Guernsey; and if he will make a statement.

      Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans his Department has to introduce a national loan guarantee scheme.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 11 November 2008, Official Report, column 1084W, on borrowing: local authorities, how many local authorities have had their...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 11 November 2008, Official Report, column 1084W, on borrowing: local authorities, if he will publish the lending terms that...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when his Department will reply to the hon. Member for Billericay's letter of 21 October 2008 about his constituent, Mr. S Ford.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Bournemouth, West of 13 October, 3 November and 11 December 2008 in respect of his constituent Mr...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter to him dated 28 October 2008 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms J. Ferneyhough.

      Minimum Wage: North West

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many fines have been issued to employers in the North West for paying employees at rates below the national minimum wage.

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what changes have been made to the tax treatment of lump sum payments made by businesses surrendering onerous leases in the last 12 months.

      Offenders

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many former prisoners are employed by his Department; and what his Department's policy is on employing former prisoners.

      OGCbuying.solutions: Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if the Chancellor will review the threshold turnover level for the Office of Government Commerce's facilities catalogue to ensure that small and...

      Pay As You Earn

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has made of the number of people registered on the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) system who had additional undeclared...

      Personal Records: Databases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff of each grade in his Department have access to electronic databases containing personal information relating to members of the public...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many Private Finance Initiative schemes were concluded in each of the last 10 years; what their capital value was; what the repayment amount is;...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much money was allocated to reviving (a) coalfield communities, (b) steel communities, (c) rural communities, (d) inner-city areas and (e) seaside...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with Ministers at the (a) Department for Transport, (b) Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and (c)...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to lay before Parliament the factual paper on the Barnett formula.

      Public Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to table B4 of the Pre-Budget Report, on the fiscal balances compared with Budget 2008, what the figures for the cyclically-adjusted (a)...

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy that the Office of Government Commerce ensure that the public sector procurers recognise any pre-qualification scheme that...

      Redundancy: Dartford

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to support employees in Dartford facing redundancy in the near future.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how inspectors of HM Revenue and Customs are (a) incentivised, (b) appraised for promotion and (c) remunerated.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what HM Revenue and Customs' policy is on answering enquiries from hon. Members; and if he will make a statement.

      Revenue and Customs: Closures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimates he has made of the potential for savings arising from the proposed closure of HM Revenue in each of the next five years.

      Revenue and Customs: Closures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been spent on refitting, repairs and general maintenance of those HM Revenue and Customs offices now earmarked for vacation or closure in each...

      Revenue and Customs: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the average length of time taken by Leeds HM Revenue and Customs office to reply to correspondence from hon. Members in the...

      Revenue and Customs: Southend

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to retain the HM Revenue and Customs office in Southend.

      Revenue and Customs: Southend on Sea

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were employed at HM Revenue and Customs offices in Southend in each of the last five years.

      Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to end the offshore operations of Royal Bank of Scotland.

      Sight Impaired

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidelines his Department follows in respect of making printed materials and forms accessible to people suffering red/green colour blindness.

      Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will increase the stamp duty holiday threshold to above £175,000; (2) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the stamp duty...

      Tax Allowances: Redundancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will raise the tax-free threshold of £30,000 for redundancy payments.

      Tax Allowances: Rented Housing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to raise the tax-free threshold under the rent-a-room scheme.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of levels of tax evasion among white-collar workers; and what steps his Department has taken (a) to recover revenue from taxes...

      Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have been awarded consolatory payments in respect of tax credits by HM Revenue and Customs in each of the last five years; what the average...

      Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cases relating to tax credits the Adjudicator's Office has handled under the process assurance procedure in each year for which figures are...

      Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in how many cases related to tax credits and resolved since March 2008 the Adjudicator's Office has recommended that (a) an overpayment be written off and...

      Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much in relation to tax credits cases the Adjudicator's Office has recommended that HM Revenue and Customs (a) pay in compensation to claimants, (b)...

      Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cases related to tax credits have been taken on by the Adjudicator's Office since March 2008; and how many of these have been settled.

      Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff the Adjudicator's Office employed in each of the last five years; and how many of those worked on tax credit disputes.

      Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit cases taken on by the Adjudicator's Office related to complaints where overpayments had been made due to awards based on incorrect...

      Taxation: Aviation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information his Department holds for benchmarking purposes on other countries which have an aviation duty based on (a) distance-banding and (b)...

      Taxation: Carers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the Answer of 26 November 2007, Official Report, column 128W, on care vouchers, if he will place in the Library a copy of (a) the...

      Taxation: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will initiate a leak inquiry into the circumstances whereby details of the new taxation measures in the Pre-Budget Report being published in the...

      Taxation: Helicopters

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what aviation taxes are imposed on the use of private helicopters; (2) how much revenue has been raised by aviation taxes on the use of private...

      Valuation Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what working groups there are in the Valuation Office Agency's Local Taxation and Data and Information Technology divisions.

      Valuation Office: Digital Mapping

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 30 October 2008, Official Report, column 1259W, on council tax: valuation, what the monetary value was of payments made to...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of changes in consumer spending behaviour attributable to the reduction in the rate of value added tax.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the extent to which the reduction in the rate of value added tax has met his objectives for the policy.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he plans to take to encourage businesses to reduce immediately prices in line with the new rate of value added tax.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much revenue was raised from value added tax on sales of domestic microgeneration technology of each type in each of the last three financial...

      VAT: Retail Trade

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations his Department has received about retailers miscalculating the reduction in the rate of value added tax.

      VAT: Retail Trade

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps HM Revenue and Customs is taking to ensure that the reduction in the rate of value added tax is passed on to customers.

      VAT: Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects on the cash flows of small businesses of the reductions in the flat rate of value added tax simultaneously with...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the (a) cost and (b) staff time of piloting face-to-face visits for tax credit customers in November and December 2008.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit claims were ended as a result of relationship breakdown in each month of 2006-07; and what the size of the credit claimed was in each case.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost of the increase in the tax credits income disregard from £2,500 to £25,000 in each financial year between...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the effect on public expenditure of removing the second taper rate of 6.67 per cent. and increasing the first taper rate to (a) 46 per...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many new claims for tax credits have been made in each of the last 24 months.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to publish the Government's response to its consultation on the tax credit system.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Bexley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many claimants in the London Borough of Bexley were overpaid tax credits in the last three years for which figures are available.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Complaints

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints about tax credits the Tax Credit Office has received in each of the last 24 months, broken down by type of communication.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the tax credit helpline call centres have caller identification technology in place.

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the results of the research undertaken by HM Revenue and Customs on the reasons why some people without children...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much and what proportion of working tax credit underpayments owing to (a) official error and (b) customer error was subsequently paid in each...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan and Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department takes to monitor the behaviour of individuals employed by private security companies operating in (a)...

    • Arms Trade: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the compliance of relevant UK (a) legislation and (b) regulations with the requirements of the...

      Bangladesh: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made towards free and fair elections in Bangladesh; and if he will make a statement.

      Bosnia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the Solana-Rehn joint report to EU Foreign Ministers on the situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina; and...

      Bosnia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the Solana-Rehn joint report to EU foreign ministers on the situation in...

      Bosnia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the level of co-operation and consultation between the EU and NATO in Bosnia-Herzegovina;...

      British Council: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what funding his Department has made available for the British Council's Reconnect Initiative for each year until 2010-11.

      British Council: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when it was decided to close the Library of the British Council in Lahore, Pakistan; what assessment was made of the...

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Angling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was received through the sale of fishing licences in the British Indian Ocean Territory in the last five years.

      Burma: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment the Government have made of the political situation in Myanmar.

      Chagos Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his American counterpart on the future of the Diego Garcia airbase in the Chagos Islands in...

      Chevening Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Chevening scholarships have been awarded to Tibetans in each year for which figures are available; and if he will make...

      Citizenship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to include provisions in the Immigration and Citizenship Bill to give British nationals who are...

      Colombia: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 1196W, on Colombia: armed forces, whether the figure...

      Colombia: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what expenditure his Department has incurred on providing training to members of the Colombian armed forces in each year since 2000.

      Cyprus: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of reports of the Turkish navy preventing survey ships operating on behalf of the Republic of Cyprus...

      Cyprus: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his assessment is of the effects of recent changes in the higher ranks of the Turkish Army in Cyprus on the prospects for a...

      Cyprus: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Turkish Cypriot authorities to enable refugee Maronites to reoccupy their villages and...

      Cyprus: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to permit Orthodox worshippers to (a) freely visit the monastery of Agios Andreas in the Kerpas...

      Cyprus: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Turkish Cypriot authorities with a view to obtaining the permissions and decrees...

      Cyprus: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to assist in achieving further confidence-building measures in Cyprus; and if he will...

      Cyprus: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what difficulties he has identified in the restoration of the buildings at the Ledra Street crossing in Nicosia following its...

      Cyprus: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the extent of building on Greek Cypriot owned land in north Cyprus by people other than that land's...

      Cyprus: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of progress in each of the (a) technical committees and (b) working groups involved in the Cyprus...

      Cyprus: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of progress in negotiations between the Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders towards a...

      Cyprus: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the appropriate authorities on behalf of the enclaved Maronite community in the north of...

      Cyprus: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made on behalf of the enclaved Greek Cypriots living in the Karpas peninsula; and if he will make a...

      Cyprus: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) average age of (i) Greek Cypriots, (ii) Turkish Cypriots and (iii)...

      Cyprus: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the (a) number and (b) average age of Maronites resident in enclaves in northern...

      Cyprus: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of restrictions on Greek Cypriot enclaved residents living in the Karpas penninsula on (a) where...

      Cyprus: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his estimate is of the number of (a) Turkish nationals and (b) Turkish settlers living in northern Cyprus, apart from...

      Cyprus: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the implications of the possible opening of the proposed crossing point at Kato...

      Cyprus: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his estimate is of the level of civil society activity in northern Cyprus; and if he will make a statement.

      Cyprus: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his assessment is of levels of cross-green line contacts by civil society in Cyprus (a) overall, (b) by political...

      Cyprus: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the imprisonment of two young Turkish Cypriots for allegedly insulting the Turkish Cypriot...

      Cyprus: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Turkish Cypriot authorities on the efforts of north Cyprus police to locate 160 members...

      Cyprus: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Turkish nationals have become citizens of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus in each of the last five years; and...

      Cyprus: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the six chapters identified as the subjects for consideration by the leaders of the communities in Cyprus are; what process...

      Cyprus: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his assessment is of the effectiveness of the Turkish Cypriot property commission in providing an adequate remedy; how many...

      Cyprus: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his assessment is of the consequences of the European Court of Justice Advocate General's opinion in the Orams case; and if...

      Cyprus: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his assessment is of the implementation by Turkey of the Arestes judgment in the European Court of Human Rights; and if he...

      Cyprus: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his assessment is of the Republic of Cyprus's guardianship law in the light of the Sofi case; and if he will make a statement.

      Cyprus: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his assessment is of the consequences of the European Court of Human Rights case of Varnavas v. Turkey; and if he will...

      Cyprus: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his estimate is of the number of people who travelled across the green line from (a) north to south and (b) south to...

      Cyprus: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of trends in the number of mosques being built in northern Cyprus; what assessment he has made of the...

      Cyprus: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the consequences of the decisions of UK Cyprus veterans to erect a memorial in Kyrenia (a)...

      Cyprus: EC Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress is being made in disbursing the 259 million euro earmarked by the European Union for expenditure in northern...

      Cyprus: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his assessment is of (a) the extent to which the Turkish Cypriot economy is subsidised by Turkey and (b) the extent to...

      Cyprus: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress is being made in (a) Northern Cyprus and (b) the Republic of Cyprus on education reform, with particular...

      Cyprus: Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his assessment is of the extent of people trafficking (a) for sexual purposes and (b) other purposes in northern Cyprus...

      Cyprus: Land Mines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much the Government contributed to the removal of land mines in Cyprus; how much other countries or organisations have...

      Cyprus: Land Mines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress is being made in Cyprus on the removal of land mines in (a) the buffer zone, (b) areas under the control of the...

      Cyprus: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his assessment is of the consequences of Turkey assuming the chairmanship of the UN Security Council for the prospects of a...

      Cyprus: Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in which newspapers and periodicals published in northern Cyprus the UK and its High Commission places advertisements; if he...

      Cyprus: Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the (a) volume and (b) value of trade passing (i) from north to south Cyprus, (ii) from south to...

      Cyprus: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will put in place measures to count the number of (a) persons and (b) vehicles travelling directly to Sovereign Base...

      Cyprus: Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the water shortage in Cyprus and the effectiveness of policy to combat it; and if he will make a...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects the additional troops for MONUC authorised by UN Security Council Resolution 1843 on 20 November to be deployed.

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Security Guards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which countries have taken the lead in security sector reform in Democratic Republic of Congo; and what assessment has been made...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what use his Department is currently making of the property at 1 Carlton Gardens; whether negotiations over the lease with the...

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Furniture

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

      European Union: Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which members of staff of the devolved administrations' EU offices have been in the UK delegation to (a) Council of Ministers...

      Gambia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Gambian authorities on the case of David and Fiona Fulton; and if he will make a statement.

      India: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of relations between India and Pakistan following events in Mumbai.

      India: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance he is (a) providing and (b) offering to the authorities in Mumbai in respect of their efforts to identify...

      International Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what level of voter turnout is required for elections overseas to be deemed as legitimate by his Department.

      Japan: British Overseas Citizenship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British (a) citizens and (b) overseas citizens are registered as living in Japan.

      Japan: Overseas Visits

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

      Japan: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Japanese counterpart on action against terrorism.

      Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what human rights assessment the Government makes before granting military aid to a foreign government.

      Morocco: Borders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether, in light of the EU-Morocco Association Agreement, the European Union has asked Morocco to define its borders.

      Morocco: EU External Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the compliance of Morocco with UN Security Council resolutions calling for a referendum on self-determination was raised...

      Morocco: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will discuss with his Moroccan counterpart the award of the 25th Annual Robert F Kennedy Human Rights Award to Aminatou Haidar.

      Pakistan: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British citizens were imprisoned in Pakistan in 2006; and how many such citizens received consular assistance.

      Rashid Rauf

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether Mr. Rashid Rauf was contacted by consular officials in Pakistan during 2006.

      Russia: BBC External Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of estimates by the Russian Service of the BBC World Service of the number of Russian internet users...

      Russia: BBC External Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many hours per week on average there were of (a) news-related and (b) other programming broadcast on the Russian Service...

      Russia: BBC External Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the steps the Russian Service of the BBC World Service has taken to determine the level of...

      Thailand: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of UK citizens who were caught up in the recent blockade of Bangkok's two main airports;...

      Thailand: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Thailand.

      Tibet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has persuaded the Chinese government to take in respect of Tibet since his announcement on the change...

      Tibet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the outcomes of the eighth round of talks between the representatives of the Chinese government...

      Tibet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what date has been set for the next round of the UK-China human rights dialogue.

      Turkey: EU Accession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the prospects of Turkey meeting the obligations under the Ankara Protocol before the assessment...

      UN Cyprus Committee on Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the annual budgetary requirement of the UN Cyprus Committee on Missing Persons is; how many sets of human remains of (a)...

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 1214W, on Western Sahara: politics and government,...

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations on Morocco's continued occupation of Western Sahara to the Moroccan ambassador to the UK.

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has discussed with his Moroccan counterpart the movement of Moroccan settlers to occupied Western Sahara and the...

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the killing of two Saharawi students on 1 December 2008; and what action the ambassador in Rabat...

      Western Sahara: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to press for the exclusion of Western Saharan waters from any new agreement to replace the current...

      Western Sahara: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 240, on Western Sahara: politics and government, what...

      Western Sahara: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last (a) assessed the political situation in the Western Sahara and (b) considered the different options in the UN...

      Zimbabwe: Cholera

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe since October 2008; what discussions he has had with...

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Zimbabwe.

  • Transport

    • A303

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will review the Highways Agency's plans to close the A303 in Somerset and Wiltshire for 14 weeks from February 2009; and if he will make a statement.

    • A303

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons the proposed works to the A303 are not to be carried out in a manner that leaves one direction open to traffic; and if he will review...

      Advertising: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many complaints about advertisements sponsored or funded by his Department were made to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in each year from...

      Airwave Service: British Transport Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many Airwave handsets issued to the British Transport Police (BTP) have been lost in each year since their introduction; and how many handsets...

      Airwave Service: Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many Airwave handsets issued to the Highways Agency have been lost in each year since their introduction; and how many handsets issued to the...

      Aviation: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the answer of 19 November 2008, Official Report, columns 480-81W, on aviation: exhaust emissions, (1) whether his forecast was...

      Bus Lanes: Cambridgeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) original and (b) latest estimated cost is of (i) the Cambridgeshire guided busway and (ii) the Luton-Dunstable busway.

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what changes he expects the provisions of the Local Transport Act 2008 to make to the abilities of local authorities to subsidise local bus services...

      Bus Services: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what his Department's policy is on the placement of bus stops for school transport alongside dual carriageways; and if he will make a statement;...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department has issued guidance to those local authorities involved in the cycling demonstration towns initiative on measuring changes in...

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has assessed the effects upon traffic congestion of the increase in tolls at the Dartford River Crossing; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many journeys (a) he and his predecessors and (b) his officials made by aeroplane in the course of their duties in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Correspondence

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

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of contractors and suppliers to (a) his Department and (b) its agencies has reported compliance with the Government's security...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when his Department appointed a senior information risk owner in accordance with the report, Data Handling Procedures in Government and the...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of the IT systems in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies are fully accredited to the Government's security standards.

      Departmental Energy

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

      Departmental Equality

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

      Departmental Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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 Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many civil servants in his Department work on his Department's policy on (a) walking, (b) cycling, (c) motoring, (d) aviation and (e) rail.

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of DfT(C)'s staff recorded as being (a) from an ethnic minority and (b) white (i) applied for and (ii) obtained posts within DfT(C)...

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff of each grade recorded as being (a) from an ethnic minority, (b) white and (c) of unknown or undeclared ethnicity transferred into...

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff of each grade recorded as being (a) from an ethnic minority, (b) white and (c) of unknown or undeclared ethnicity were directly...

      Departmental Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) reviews, (b) consultation and (c) taskforces his Department is (i) responsible for and (ii) planning to undertake or establish; on what...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many telephone numbers for which callers are charged at the rate applicable to 0845 numbers are used by (a) his Department and (b) its executive...

      Driving: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many residents of (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency and (b) the London Borough of Bexley had driving licences suspended in each of the...

      Driving: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many new (a) provisional and (b) full driving licences were issued to residents of (i) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency and (ii) the London...

      First Great Western: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proposals there are to change staffing levels at stations operated by First Great Western on the line from London to Swindon and Bristol Parkway;...

      Gatwick Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the 1979 agreement between BAA and West Sussex County Council would continue to bind any new owner of Gatwick Airport and prevent them from...

      Gatwick Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has taken part in discussions with BAA on proposals to build a second runway at Gatwick Airport once the Gatwick Agreement runs out in 2019.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people attended the air quality technical meeting on 28 September 2007 regarding the project for the Sustainable Development of Heathrow;...

      Helicopters: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many private helicopter movements there were in the air space above Greater London in each year since 1997.

      Humber Bridge: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the findings of the Humber Bridge Tolls Impact Assessment; and if he will make a statement.

      Humber Bridge: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the public inquiry into the proposed increase in the cost of the Humber Bridge Tolls to be held; and if he will make a statement.

      Mental Illness

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

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the accuracy of information held on the Motor Insurance Database.

      Offenders

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

      Parking: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his most recent estimate is of the number of outstanding parking adjudication cases in London; and what the equivalent figures were (a) 12 and...

      Railway Stations: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department has to (a) reopen closed rail stations and (b) open new rail stations in the South West; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consideration his Department has given to the introduction of Maglev technology in the British rail network.

      Railways: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to promote high speed rail links to the North East.

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consideration has been given by his Department to the electrification of the Barking to Gospel Oak London overground railway line; and if he will...

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department has to improve rail freight facilities in Nottinghamshire.

      Railways: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason the planned work to upgrade the Barking to Gospel Oak railway line has been delayed until 2013-14.

      Railways: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will invite the British Rail Residual Property Board to sell for a notional sum to Lancashire County Council the rail track bed between Colne and...

      Railways: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department spent on publicity for rail services in each year since 1997.

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to ensure that Network Rail meets its targets for renewal efficiency.

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what targets he has set for passenger satisfaction on each rail franchise; and how train operating companies performed against these targets in (a)...

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate he has made of trends in the possession disruption indices for (a) passenger and (b) rail freight services over the next five years.

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the loss to the economy caused by delays to rail services in the first six months of the 2008-09 financial year.

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward proposals to introduce the Swiss model of re-railing.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the answer of 17 November 2008, Official Report, column 38W, on roads: accidents, how many and what proportion of (a) men and (b)...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many modern operable train units are currently in storage.

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many new carriages each train operating company has requested following his Department's announcement in January 2008 of its intention to increase...

      Shipping: Sea Rescue

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many tugs are on standby in UK ports to assist vessels in distress around the coast.

      Sight Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidelines his Department follows in respect of making printed materials and forms accessible to people suffering red/green colour blindness.

      South West Trains: Railway Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will reject the proposals of South West Trains to reduce opening hours at over 100 of its stations.

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which elected representatives (a) scrutinise the actions of safety camera partnerships and (b) determine their (i) policies and (ii) expenditure.

      Tolls: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of exploring the option of a Manchester congestion charge.

      Tonnage Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will consider strengthening the training requirement associated with the tonnage tax.

      Transport: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Government plans to take to alleviate congestion on (a) roads and (b) railways in the North East.

      West Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with Virgin Trains on passenger capacity on their West Coast Main Line services; what (a) legislative provisions...

      West Coast Railway Line: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department has taken to ensure that there is minimal disruption over the Christmas period from improvements works to the West Coast Main...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts Council of England: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much grant in aid Arts Council England received in each year since 1980.

    • Arts Council of England: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much National Lottery funding Arts Council England has distributed for use on (a) capital projects and (b) non-capital projects in...

      Arts Council of England: Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which (a) keywords and (b) terms (i) Arts Council England, (ii) the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, (iii) the Big Lottery...

      Betting Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans his Department has to give local authorities powers in relation to the siting of betting shops.

      Big Lottery Fund: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the Big Lottery Fund has spent on recruitment agency services in each year since its inception; and which companies provided...

      Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many journeys (a) he and his predecessors and (b) his officials made by aeroplane in the course of their duties in each of the...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of contractors and suppliers to (a) his Department and (b) its agencies has reported compliance with the Government's...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many contracts (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have which allow contractors to store personal data of UK citizens...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when his Department appointed a senior information risk owner in accordance with the report, Data Handling Procedures in Government and...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of the IT systems in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies is fully accredited to the Government's security standards.

      Departmental Equality

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

      Departmental Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 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 Culture, Media and Sport with reference to the answer of 27 October 2008, Official Report, columns 726-27W, on departmental ICT, what the (a) expected...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many complaints about advertisements sponsored or funded by his Department were made to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

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

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many telephone numbers for which callers are charged at the rate applicable to 0845 numbers are used by (a) his Department and (b)...

      Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many and what percentage of people aged 16 years and over (a) from black and ethnic minority groups, (b) with a limiting...

      Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many and what percentage of people aged 16 years and over (a) from black and ethnic minority groups, (b) with a limiting...

      Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many and what percentage of people aged 16 years and over (a) from black and ethnic minority groups, (b) with a limiting...

      Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many and what percentage of people aged 16 years and over (a) from black and ethnic minority groups, (b) with a limiting...

      Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many and what percentage of people aged 16 years and over (a) from black and ethnic minority groups, (b) with a limiting...

      Football: World Cup

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport for what reasons the 2018 World Cup bid team has had no contact with Opposition parties.

      Horserace Totalisator Board: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on what grounds his Department's plans to sell the Tote met objection from the EU; what response he has made to such objections; and if...

      Offenders

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

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment his Department has made of the follow-up reports from the (a) Athens and (b) Sydney Olympics; and what steps he plans...

      Sight Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what guidelines his Department follows in respect of making printed materials and forms accessible to people suffering red/green colour...

      Standish Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the outcome was of the application to list Block C of the Standish Hospital site; on what basis the decision was taken; for what...

      Swimming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how his Department plans to monitor the effectiveness of the free swimming programme.

      Swimming Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) who the members of the Swimming Advisory Group are; what work they have undertaken to date; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      Swimming: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which organisations his Department consulted on the initiative to give free access to swimming for over 60s in the 12 months prior to...

      Television and Film

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what support the Government plans to provide to ensure that British production of television drama and film will not be disadvantaged in...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the campaign to boycott the BBC licence fee on BBC revenues.

      Theatre: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much National Lottery funding Arts Council England has distributed for use on theatre projects in each year since its inception.

      Theatre: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much revenue funding there was for theatre in England in each year since 1980.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which holiday destinations in England were most frequently visited by domestic tourists in each of the last 10 years, calculated...

      Whole Sports Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport within the Sports Governing Body Whole Sports Plans, by what standard means the baselines of participants have been determined.

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Arms Trade: Eritrea

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will list the approved export licences to Eritrea in 2007; how many applications for licences to...

    • Arms Trade: Statistics

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on what basis defence export statistics will be compiled in the future.

      Billing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps he is taking to encourage the Government's prime contractors to pay sub-contractors within 10 days.

      Billing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the performance of public bodies in making payments to suppliers within 10...

      Billing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many organisations his Department has contacted to ask that suppliers be paid within 10 days of an...

      Business for New Europe

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent representations he has received from Business for New Europe in connection with the proposals...

      Business: Complaints

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate his Department has made of the average cost to business of compliance with investigations...

      Business: Complaints

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what consumer benefit studies have been conducted into the use of super complaints.

      Business: Ethics

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps the Government has taken to ensure that private companies are socially responsible in their actions.

      Business: Loans

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the eligibility criteria are for applications for loans from the new transition fund.

      Business: Postal Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of bulk mail deliveries undertaken by private...

      Cement

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the effect on the long-term supply of cement and concrete to the...

      Cement: EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the effect on domestic cement manufacture of carbon dioxide emissions...

      Cement: EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the carbon dioxide price at which domestic cement manufacturing may begin to...

      Cement: EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will estimate the percentage of domestic cement manufacture which may move to countries outside the...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment his Department has made of its capacity to adapt to climate change; and what plans he has...

      Company Law: Billing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the proportion of publicly-listed companies which complied with the provisions...

      Construction: Public Appointments

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he expects to make an announcement on the new role of the Chief Construction Officer.

      Constructionline

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the functions are of Constructionline in reducing the administrative, financial and compliance burden...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what contracts his Department awarded to (a) KPMG, (b) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (c) Ernst and Young, (d)...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many civil servants in his Department have been (a) investigated, (b) suspended and (c) dismissed...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when his Department appointed a senior information risk owner in accordance with the report, Data Handling...

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department is taking to reduce the amount of energy it wastes.

      Departmental Furniture

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much was spent by his Department on furniture made by (a) British firms, (b) Remploy and (c)...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much his Department spent on employing staff to assist special advisers in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on which occasions his Department and its predecessor has convened a citizens' jury or randomly-drawn panel...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent consideration he has given to bringing forward publicly-funded capital works commissioned by...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which external companies and organisations have been used by his Department to provide training for fast...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much his Department spent on digital media training courses provided by the Internet Advertising Bureau...

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform with reference to the answer of 10 November 2008, Official Report, columns 906-07W, on departmental...

      Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what budget the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate has to publicise its activities; and what recent...

      Finsbury Ltd. and Roland Rudd

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on what dates since 1 January 2007 (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had discussions...

      Finsbury Ltd. and Roland Rudd

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent representations he has received from Finsbury Ltd. in connection with the proposal for a third...

      Keep your Future Afloat Campaign

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform with reference to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Rochford and Southend East (James Duddridge)...

      Automotive Industry

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what representations he has received from (a) the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and (b) Ford...

      Automotive Industry

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps he is taking to support the car manufacturing industry in Cheshire and Merseyside.

      Overseas Market Introduction Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether there have been any changes in Overseas Market Introduction Service fees in the last 12 months.

      Overseas Trade

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform in which countries there are no official services delivered on behalf of UK Trade and Investment through...

      Overseas Trade

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps UK Trade and Investment takes to ensure that overseas regional trade missions are properly...

      Overseas Trade: Advisory Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when the guidance relating to offering companies free advice without an Overseas Market Introduction...

      Parental Leave

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many and what proportion of new fathers have taken paternal leave in each year since 2001, broken down...

      Post Office: Pay

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what bonus payments were made to directors of the Post Office in each of the last five years.

      Post Office: Pay

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the salary and pension package of each director of the Post Office was in each of the last three years.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what plans he has to increase the work of post offices and to expand the financial services they offer; and...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many post offices scheduled to shut under the Network Change programme remain open; and what the date...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the economic effect of local post offices on small and medium-sized...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when the first meeting of the new cross-departmental Post Office group is to be held.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what plans he has to increase the proportion of Post Office business from the Government.

      Postal Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of Postcomm's direction in respect of Royal Mail's request for exemption from...

      Postcodes

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will investigate the pricing structure operated by the Post Office in respect of access to its...

      Postcodes

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what representations he has received on making access to the Post Office's postcode address file (a)...

      Postwatch: Expenditure

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what the cost of Postwatch was in the last 12 months; (2) how much was spent on salaries of members...

      Postwatch: Publications

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the cost of producing the Postwatch publication Post, present and future was.

      Public Houses

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate his Department has made of the number of public houses in England in (a) hamlets and...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many of his Department's staff who left under (a) an involuntary and (b) a voluntary exit scheme in...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) how much each regional development agency plans to spend on cohesion and integration work in (a)...

      Regional Development Agencies: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment his Department has made of the value for money provided by regional development agencies.

      Regional Economic Council

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform with reference to the answer of 18 November 2008, Official Report, column 425W, on the Regional Economic...

      Retail Trade: Reading

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many independent retailers were operating in the Reading Borough Council area in each of the last 10 years.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the cost of necessary Royal Mail plant modernisation.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what plans he has to negotiate access for Royal Mail to the (a) Dutch, (b) German and (c) French postal...

      Royal Mail: Christmas

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the cost to Royal Mail was of (a) producing and (b) delivering the Christmas cards it recently sent...

      Royal Mail: Manpower

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the effect of part privatisation of Royal Mail on the number of jobs in the...

      Royal Mail: Pay

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the remuneration package of the chief executive of Royal Mail is; and what proportion of his...

      Small Businesses: North West

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many small and medium-sized enterprises operating in (a) the North West, (b) Stockport Metropolitan...

      Tata Steel

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent discussions he has had with Tata Industries on the long-term future of the steel industry in the UK.

      Trade Unions: Elections

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will seek to amend section 14 of the Employment Act 1988 to allow seafaring union members to...

      Trade Unions: Elections

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will consider seeking to amend section 14 of the Employment Act 1988 to take account of the position...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Admiralty House

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster with reference to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill) of 22 July 2008, Official Report, column...

    • Average Earnings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the mean gross weekly full-time earnings were for (a) male employees, (b) female employees and (c) all employees according to the Annual...

      Bowel Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many (a) men and (b) women were diagnosed with bowel cancer in each parliamentary constituency in each of the last five years for which...

      Census

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the timetable for the Census rehearsal is.

      Charities: Economic Situation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what assessment his Department has made of the effect on charitable bodies of the economic downturn.

      Charities: Economic Situation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps the Government is taking to support charities in the economic downturn.

      Charities: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps his Department is taking to ensure that charities receive money donated through street fundraisers.

      Civil Service: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what procedures will be applied to overpayments of pensions to former civil servants.

      Commission for the Compact

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what role the Commission for the Compact has in relation to local government.

      Death: Carbon Monoxide

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning in (a) the UK and (b) Portsmouth in the last 10 years.

      Death: Weather

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many excess deaths from cold weather there were in each parliamentary constituency in England in each year since 1996-97.

      Death: Weather

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on what date statistical data will next be published on excess winter deaths; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster with how many faith-based organisations his Department has contracts to provide public services.

      Departmental Furniture

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how much was spent by the Prime Minister's Office on furniture made by (a) British firms, (b) Remploy and (c) overseas firms in each year...

      Departmental Gifts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many staff members in his Department have received gifts valued at £100 or higher in the course of their duties in each of the last three...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what records his Department maintains of its expenditure on (a) official hospitality and (b) alcohol for official hospitality.

      Departmental Official Residences

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what arrangements are in place for the procurement of services for official Ministerial residences in Downing Street; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many individuals have worked in his Department on (a) paid and (b) unpaid work experience or internships in each of the past three years; on...

      Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on how many occasions in each of the last four years the Government has sought the assistance of the police to investigate unauthorised disclosures...

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many (a) UK nationals, (b) UK-born people, (c) foreign nationals, (d) non-UK EU nationals and (e) non-EU nationals of working age were in...

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many (a) UK nationals, (b) UK-born people, (c) foreign nationals, (d) non-UK EU nationals and (e) non-EU nationals of working age were in...

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the (a) employment and (b) unemployment rate for (i) women, (ii) men and (iii) people aged (A) 16 to 24, (B) 25 to 34, (C) 35 to 49 and (D)...

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many (a) males, (b) females, (c) foreign nationals and (d) individuals have been in (i) public sector employment, (ii) private sector...

      Foreign Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate he has made of the number of inward migrants to the UK (a) from other EU member states and (b) from non-EU member states intending...

      Foreign Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many and what proportion of (a) UK nationals, (b) UK-born people, (c) foreign nationals, (d) non-UK EU nationals, (e) EU A8 nationals and...

      Foreign Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr. Laws) of 19 October 2007, Official Report, column 1353-5W, on migrant workers,...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster with reference to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill) of 22 July 2008, Official Report, column...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people had been claiming jobseeker's allowance for a period of (a) less than one month, (b) less than three months, (c) between three...

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what assessment he has made of the recommendations relevant to his Department's policy responsibilities made in the Foresight report on Mental...

      Migration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the Office of National Statistics' most recent estimate is of the number of (a) EU nationals living in the UK and (b) UK nationals living in...

      Migration: Australia

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what recent estimate he has made of the number of Australian nationals who were born in the UK; (2) what recent estimate he has made of the...

      Minimum Wage and Benefits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many married couples without children are unemployed and in receipt of jobseeker's allowance and are (a) local authority tenants and...

      Minimum Wage and Benefits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many single people aged 25 or over are unemployed and in receipt of jobseeker's allowance and are (a) local authority tenants and (b)...

      Productivity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the productivity level per worker was in each region in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Public Consultation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what guidance he has issued to Departments on the minimum length of consultations outside an election period; and if he will make a statement.

      Unemployed

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many and what proportion of people aged over 50 years old were unemployed in (a) each year since 1997 and (b) each of the last eight...

      Unemployed: Essex

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many unemployed persons in Essex were previously employed in the (a) financial services, (b) hospitality and (c) construction sectors.

  • Justice

    • Bronzefield Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many women are being held at Bronzefield Prison, Ashford, Middlesex; and how many of them are (a) on remand, (b) serving sentences of less than six...

    • Community Orders: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many community orders were issued in (a) Stockport Metropolitan Borough, (b) Greater Manchester and (c) the North West in each of the last five years.

      Community Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department intends to consult on the merits of having people undertaking community service wearing high-visibility jackets.

      Community Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether he plans to record incidents of violence or threats made against people on unpaid work projects following the implementation of the visible...

      Community Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he plans to take to ensure that individuals placed on unpaid work who are known to be involved in gangs are protected from members of rival gangs.

      Sentences: Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people have been sentenced to custody in the 10 knife action programme areas for knife-related crimes; (2) how many people have been...

      Crime: Treason

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward amendments to legislation governing offences of treason so that such offences are defined as crimes against the state.

      Data Protection: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the written ministerial statement of 4 December 2008, Official Report, columns 9-11WS, on the Justice and Home Affairs Council, what...

      Departmental Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many journeys (a) he and his predecessors and (b) his officials made by aeroplane in the course of their duties in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Correspondence

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

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of correspondence from hon. and right hon. Members he (a) personally answered, (b) passed to ministerial colleagues and (c) asked...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many contracts (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have which allow contractors to store personal data of UK citizens overseas; for which...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when his Department appointed a senior information risk owner in accordance with the report, Data Handling Procedures in Government and the accompanying...

      Departmental Energy

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

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 were made to his Department since 2005; how many requests were (a) agreed to...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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 Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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...

      Disclosure of Information: Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the status is of the Information Tribunal's consideration of the Appeal by the Office of Government Commerce against the decision notices issued by...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average cost was of keeping a person in residential drug rehabilitation for (a) one week and (b) one year in the latest period for which...

      Elections: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what timetable has been set for the completion of the cost-benefit assessment of e-counting in the 2008 London elections; and if he will place in the...

      Electoral Commission: Powers of Entry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he has consulted the Electoral Commission on whether the proposed new powers of entry for the Electoral Commission in the Political Parties and...

      Electoral Commission: Powers of Entry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to table an amendment to the Political Parties and Elections Bill to restrict the Electoral Commission's powers of entry into regulated...

      Electoral Commission: Powers of Entry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his proposed definition is of reasonable cause for a magistrate to give permission for the Electoral Commission to use its new suggested powers of entry.

      Electoral Register: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what effect the planned reductions in his Department's spending will have on (a) progress on the proposed CORE electoral database and (b) numbers of...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average length of time is for (a) the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) and (b) the ICO Freedom of Information Operation Team 5—...

      HM Courts Service: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, column 865W, on HM Courts Service: finance, upon what assumptions on changes to the...

      Human Trafficking: Refuges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what referral criteria are put in place for the Poppy Project; and whether the Government has recently considered amending such criteria.

      Human Trafficking: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what services his Department provides to people who are identified as having been trafficked.

      Monarchy: Succession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals to amend those provisions of the Act of Settlement relating to the Royal Succession; and what...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will publish (a) the Offender Management Strategy 2008 and (b) the evidence base on which it draws.

      National Offender Management Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what staff resources the National Offender Management Service proposes to allocate to directors of offender management; (2) what salary the...

      Open Prisons: Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to his answer of 11 December 2008, Official Report, column 300-1W, on open prisons: prisoner escapes, what plans he has to reduce the number of...

      Open Prisons: Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 11 December 2008, Official Report, columns 300-01W, on open prisons: prisoner escapes, what each of the 125 offences committed...

      Political Parties and Elections Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he intends that the Political Parties and Elections Bill will be enacted before the June 2009 European and local elections.

      Political Parties and Elections Bill

      EWCA Crim 1094 and (b) the Fifth Report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life; and if he will make a statement.

      Political Parties and Elections Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham (Mr. Maude) of 15 September 2008, Official Report, column 2028W, on the Political Parties...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham (Mr. Maude) of 15 September 2008, Official Report, column 2028W, on political parties:...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to raise the de minimis level for recording donations to political parties from £200 to reflect inflation since the limit was first...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 6 November 2008, Official Report, column 752W, on political parties: finance, if he will make it his policy for statutory...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham (Mr. Maude) of 17 September 2008, Official Report, columns 2291-2W, on political parties:...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners currently serving prison sentences have served beyond their original or adjusted tariff.

      Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners have escaped from police, Prison Service or contracted agents' custody whilst in transit or otherwise whilst under escort outside the...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average population of (a) the open prison estate and (b) the entire prison estate in England and Wales was in each of the last five years.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the effect on trends in the prison population of implementing section 12 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004.

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps the Government is taking to reduce the length of time between a prisoner's release and receipt of financial assistance.

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how long on average it takes for an ex-prisoner to receive his discharge grant.

      Prisoners Release: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many foreign national prisoners released from prison and subject to offender management programmes have breached the conditions and obligations...

      Prisoners Release: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions offender managers in cases involving foreign national prisoners whose cases fall within the scope of the victim contact scheme have...

      Prisoners Release: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign national prisoners granted immigration bail by Asylum and Immigration Tribunals have subsequently reoffended in each of the last five years.

      Prisoners: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) male and (b) female former members of the (i) Royal Navy, (ii) Army, (iii) and Royal Air Force are in prison; and what studies his...

      Prisoners: Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many adult prisoners serving indeterminate sentences for public protection were in custody on 15 December 2008 beyond their minimum tariff; (2)...

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) Swedish and (b) Danish nationals are serving sentences in prisons in England and Wales.

      Prisoners: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many Muslim prisoners there were in each prison in October (a) 2003, (b) 2004, (c) 2005, (d) 2006, (e) 2007 and (f) 2008; and what proportion...

      Prisoners: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of prisoners in each prison who have converted to Islam while in prison in (a) 2008 and (b) each of the...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners were unable to attend workshops, courses or other rehabilitative sessions due to wing refurbishment or other building works in each...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisons are at more than 150 per cent. of in use certified normal accommodation.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what procedures must be followed to consult the governor of a prison on proposals to downgrade that prison.

      Prisons: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what account is taken of the security categorisation of prisoners when making decisions about moving prisoners to secure hospitals.

      Prisons: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice at which prisons it is the practice to (a) photograph and (b) take fingerprint impressions from official visitors; and what action is taken in respect...

      Probation Service for England and Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the size of the Probation Service's caseload in England and Wales is for (a) community supervision, (b) licence and (c) through care.

      Royal Family: Wills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions his Department and its predecessors have had with (a) Buckingham Palace and (b) lawyers acting for the Royal Family on the publication...

      Sexual Offences: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to his answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1691-2W, on sexual offences: drugs, how many of the 11 convicted sex...

      Sight Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidelines his Department follows in respect of making printed materials and forms accessible to people suffering red/green colour blindness.

      Young Offenders: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what meetings have taken place between the (a) National Offender Management Service and (b) Youth Justice Board and the Welsh Assembly Government to...

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Farmland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the remarks by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Hilary Benn, on 6 November (Official Report, House of Commons, col. 346),...

    • Airports: Heathrow

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the reply by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 4 June (Official Report, House of Lords, col. 149), what changes they have introduced to raise standards of care...

      Airports: Heathrow

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 6 May (WA 41—42) on the feasibility of installing showers in the holding room at Terminal 5 and the...

      Armed Forces: Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what matters are taken into account by the Ministry of Defence in planning for the through-life capability management of new equipment.

      Armed Forces: War Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to seek a time limitation on armed forces veterans' claims or appeals made under war pensions and compensation legislation pre-dating the Armed...

      Aviation: Flights to Pakistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many persons flew direct (a) from the United Kingdom to Pakistan, and (b) from Pakistan to the United Kingdom, in the past 12 months.

      Bees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 26 November (WA 295), how the estimates of the average incomes of beekeepers were calculated.

      British Shipbuilders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the reports and accounts for 2002—03, 2004—05, 2005—06 and 2006—07 of British Shipbuilders were not laid before Parliament until 30...

      Buses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many local authorities are receiving less in Government grants for operating the concessionary bus fare scheme than it costs them to operate; and what is the...

      Census

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what preparations they have made for the 2011 Census.

      Census

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have reviewed the 2001 Census; if so, what that review concluded; and what instructions they gave the Office for National Statistics or its successor...

      Charities: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Patel of Bradford on 17 December (WA 37), where an allegation of fraud involving a charity comes from a serious source, but...

      Children: Residential Homes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will support Essex County Council's undertaking to adopt the social pedagogy model across all its children's homes; and whether they will consider the...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the remarks by the European Union Budget Commissioner, Dalia Grybauskaite, about the effect of the common agricultural policy on...

      Crime: Domestic Violence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the equity of a shared home, joint savings, and the income of a partner are considered as part of an application for legal aid in cases of domestic...

      Crime: Domestic Violence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding was made available for anger management courses for perpetrators of domestic violence in each year since 2000.

      Crime: Offences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 24 April (WA 314) and the letter of 24 November from Lord Bach to Baroness Stern, a copy of which was...

      Crown Dependencies: Independence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their position on any move by one of the Crown dependencies towards independence.

      Cyclists: Helmets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the evidence on the effect of bicycle helmets in reducing deaths or injuries.

      Cyprus: Property

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they are offering to United Kingdom citizens who have bought property in Cyprus but have not received their title deeds.

      Cyprus: Property

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the Government of Cyprus over the practice of allowing developers to use title deeds of completed houses as collateral...

      Diplomatic Bag Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which diplomatic missions overseas have a regular diplomatic bag service between London and the mission.

      East Midlands Development Agency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vadera on 12 November (WA 131—32), how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time employees were employed on average in...

      Education: Land-based Diploma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Morgan of Drefelin on 3 November (WA 16—17), what arrangements are in place to ensure that the providers of...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 11 December (WA 8), whether the absence of any reference to outgrowing embryos in the annual...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 19 March (WA 44) regarding signs representative of primitive streak formation being prevented by a lack of...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Lord Darzi of Denham on 22 July (WA 243—45) and 11 December (WA 7—9), when the Department of Health would consider...

      Energy: Gas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Department for Energy and Climate Change has made any assessment of the building of new gas-fired power stations.

      Energy: Gas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the anticipated lead time for building new gas-fired power stations.

      Energy: Light Bulbs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the use of low-energy light bulbs in outdoor lighting; and whether they plan to restrict the candle power of outdoor lights...

      Energy: Renewables

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Energy Minister, Malcolm Wicks, on 15 September (Official Report, House of Commons, 2139W) and the Written Answer by Lord Hunt...

      Energy: Severn Barrage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the maritime economy in the south west and south Wales of the construction of a Severn barrage.

      Energy: Wind Farms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the supply of wind turbines and the challenges faced in building new offshore wind farms.

      Energy: Wind Generation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion they expect wind energy to contribute to the United Kingdom's energy mix by 2015.

      EU: Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Statement by Lord Myners on 20 November (WS 96—97), in respect of the auction for carbon allowances, what was the reserve price; what...

      European Humanities University

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to join other European Union Governments and the European Commission in providing financial support for the European Humanities University in...

      Europol: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the number of United Kingdom nationals working at Europol is at a satisfactory level. To ask Her Majesty's Government whether postings of United Kingdom...

      Forced Marriage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the Governments of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh about introducing legislation which complements the Forced Marriage...

      Genetically Modified Crops

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in the light of their statements about the safety of genetically modified crops, what assessment they have made of the paper by M Malatesta, F Perdoni, G Santin, S...

      Government Departments: Cultural Diversity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much each government department has spent on sending staff to cultural diversity courses in the past year.

      Higher Education: Student Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether all United Kingdom-based students attending English and Welsh universities must take out a student loan.

      Higher Education: Universities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many students have university places this academic year; and what percentage of those are (a) mature students, (b) overseas students, (c) from state schools...

      Housing: Energy Efficiency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will extend Warm Front approval to more authorised heating engineers, in particular all those who are Corgi registered.

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in considering introducing legislation for any rights in addition to those in the Human Rights Act 1998, they will distinguish rights the United Kingdom...

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the answer by Lord Bach on 15 December (Official Report, House of Lords, col. 635), whether they can give effect to the judgment of the European Court...

      Immigration: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the ages at first arrival, country of birth and last United Kingdom school attended (where applicable) of children who were held in an immigration removal...

      Immigration: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the ages at first arrival, country of birth and last United Kingdom school attended (where applicable) of children who are currently detained in...

      Immigration: Detention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the amounts of compensation, legal fees, and costs of detention for periods found to be wrongful, incurred by the United Kingdom Border Agency or its...

      Immigration: Georgia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 22 July (WA 264), what action they have taken to ensure that decisions by entry clearance officers of the...

      Immigration: Georgia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 22 July (WA 264), following the immigration and asylum tribunal decision in the case of Anna...

      India: Orissa

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 19 November (WA 202), whether the attacks on those of other faiths by certain Hindu groups in Orissa State will be...

      Interception of Communications

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the comment of Sir Paul Kennedy, the Interception of Communications Commissioner, in his 2008 report that in times like these the...

      International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the added value for individuals within the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom from being empowered to have recourse to the United...

      International Economies: Germany

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to examine the effect on the German economy of high savings ratios, low credit card usage, availability of rental properties at modest rents and...

      Iraq: Looting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they or the European Union are providing to the Government of Iraq to recover items looted from Iraq's museums, libraries and archives during the...

      Japan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what meetings they have held with the Government of Japan over the past two months.

      Jersey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have yet received the informal soundings promised by the Government of Jersey on the issue of a likely response to moves towards independence, as...

      Kenya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the threat to the Government of Kenya from recent incursions from Somalia and the ensuing violence in northern Kenya; and what...

      Ministry of Defence: Future Business Unit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the purpose, strength and budget of the Future Business Unit of the Ministry of Defence.

      National Probation Service: Discrimination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 26 November (WA 324—25), whether any disciplinary action was taken by...

      Nepal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will press the Government of Nepal to establish a commission to investigate the 49 disappearances from the Kathmandu army camp and other recent...

      Olympic Games 2012: Lorries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many lorry movements to and from the Olympic site in East London have been made and are projected to be made.

      Palace of Westminster: Cyclists

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what area is covered by the cycle parking exclusion zone around the Palace of Westminster (excluding buildings owned by the Parliamentary Estate).

      Palace of Westminster: Cyclists

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the risk posed by cycle bombs in the vicinity of the Palace of Westminster; and whether there have been any fatalities or serious...

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many United Kingdom passport holders hold (a) one United Kingdom passport, (b) two United Kingdom passports, and (c) the passport of another country.

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many United Kingdom passport holders also hold a Pakistan passport.

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many United Kingdom passports were issued by United Kingdom diplomatic missions overseas in each of the past five years.

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they impose restrictions on United Kingdom nationals holding passports issued by other countries.

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the effective average employer's percentage contribution to public sector pension schemes; and what would it be if those schemes were fully funded on the...

      Pensions: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Statement by Lord Myners on 8 December (Official Report, House of Lords, col. 252) that the Government have no plans to adversely change the...

      Police: Custody

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many individuals over the past 24 months have been arrested by the Metropolitan Police, detained for nine hours or more and released without charge.

      Police: Minority Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 26 November (WA 330), why grant-in-aid is paid to the British Association for Women in Policing and the...

      Political Parties: Donations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 26 November (WA 304), how many donations were given to political parties in each of the past three years (a) above...

      Prisoners: Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many foreign prisoners are detained after their sentence has expired whilst awaiting deportation; and how many were so detained two years ago. To ask Her...

      Prisoners: Mental Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisoners in England and Wales were on suicide watch or special observation as a result of severe mental illness, including depression, in each of the...

      Prisoners: Voting Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to introduce legislation in relation to the ban on voting by convicted prisoners, having regard to the declaration of incompatibility made by...

      Prisons: Titans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish the list of sites for the first three Titan prisons; whether they intend to purchase compulsorily the necessary land for their...

      Public Bodies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which non-departmental public bodies, commissions and agencies receive Government sponsorship or funding.

      Railways: St Pancras Train Shed

      Further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 29 September (WA 300-01), to what extent the Answer took into account (a) the disapplication of Section 7 of the Planning (Listed...

      Recycling: Household Waste

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will discuss with local authorities the expansion of the number of receptacles for recycled household waste.

      Recycling: White Goods

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will include smaller consumer recycling programmes for large household white goods such as refrigerators.

      Royal Mail

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will include provision in any legislation on the Royal Mail to give them power to prevent outside minority investors from seeking a majority of share...

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Minister for Farming and the Environment, Jane Kennedy, on 24 November (Official Report, House of Commons, 833W), (a) how many...

      Schools: A-levels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in the three most recent years for which figures are available, what percentage of the primary school pupils identified as the most talented at key stage 2 (a)...

      Shipping: Broadcasting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following a recent incident off the west Wales coast involving a shipping vessel broadcasting inadvertently, they will introduce measures to prevent...

      Shipping: Irish Lights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there are legal or constitutional reasons why they cannot give the Republic of Ireland notice that they (a) wish to withdraw from the 1985 agreement on the...

      Shipping: Lighthouse Authorities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what savings would be achieved if the three lighthouse boards were amalgamated.

      Shipping: Lighthouse Authorities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many members of the boards of the three lighthouse authorities are paid more than (a) £50,000, (b) £70,000 and (c) £100,000 per annum.

      Shipping: Navigation Aids

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional contributions, if any, they will require from ships entering United Kingdom ports to the General Lighthouse Fund to make up for the fund's...

      Shipping: Navigation Aids

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what studies they have undertaken into alternative governance models for the organisations providing navigational aids, including having an independent economic...

      Shipping: Navigation Aids

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what subsidies are paid by ships entering United Kingdom harbours to maintain the navigation aids in the territorial waters of (a) France, (b) Belgium, (c) the...

      Taxation: Interest Rates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in view of the reduction of the Bank of England base rate to 2 per cent, Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs will reduce the various rates of interest on...

      Telephone Prizes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will have discussions with the Office of Fair Trading with a view to banning the circulation of alleged winning prizes which invite the public to...

      Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 24 November (WA 277—78), what are the minimum dimensions and weights of the improved near side mirror systems...

      UK Border Agency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the reply by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 4 June (Official Report, House of Lords, col. 150), what changes they have introduced to ensure that there is...

      Working Time Directive

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated annual cost to the British economy of ending the opt-out from the European Union Working Time Directive.

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