Written answers

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Cuba

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the state of UK-Cuba relations; and if he will make a statement.

    • Chevening Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Chevening scholarships have been awarded to Tibetans in the last 10 years.

      Israeli Settlements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Israeli counterpart on the expropriation of 23 square miles of Palestinian land to the east...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of recent political developments in Zimbabwe; and if he will make a statement.

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the likely outcome of negotiations in Cyprus on the future governance of the island.

      Seditious Libel and Criminal Defamation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the effects of laws of seditious libel and criminal...

      International Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the extent to which international terrorist activity is linked to extremist activity in Pakistan;...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of his Department's performance in persuading other countries to subscribe to action to address...

      Gaza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Gaza.

      Guinea-Bissau

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of the arms-clearing project in Guinea-Bissau supported by his Department.

      US Secretary of State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans to meet the incoming US Secretary of State to discuss UK-US relations.

      EU: Czech Presidency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the Czech Presidency's EU agenda.

      Pakistan-India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his most recent assessment is of the state of relations between Pakistan and India; and if he will make a statement.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of Iran's level of co-operation with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

      Belarus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the state of relations between Belarus and the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Indian Government on Kashmir.

      British Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Daventry of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 1048-49W, on...

      Cyprus: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his assessment is of the prospects for the Turkish Cypriot economy; and if he will make a statement.

      Diplomatic Service: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people participated in his Department's work placement scheme; in which regions they resided; what proportion attended...

      Drugs: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to prevent illegal drugs reaching the UK from abroad.

      Libya: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Prime Minister's meeting with the hon. Member for Belfast North and others on 10 December, whether he plans to...

      Rashid Rauf

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the United Kingdom intelligence services had knowledge of Mr Rashid Rauf's whereabouts on the night of the US air strike...

      Rashid Rauf

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether (a) the Government of Pakistan and (b) the US Administration have made representations to the UK Government about the...

      Russia: Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has had on the restriction of Russian broadcasters to the UK since 1990.

      Russia: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of (a) the legal system in Russia and (b) the Russian Federation's compliance with its...

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects the Government of Sudan to facilitate clearance of UN-AM Mission in Darfur equipment through a single point of...

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has discussed with his Moroccan counterpart the delay in appointing a new personal envoy of the UN Secretary-General...

      Western Sahara: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether UK-registered trawlers are fishing in waters off occupied Western Sahara.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliament: Security

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission which office is responsible for the security of materials kept in the places of work assigned to hon. Members...

  • Transport

    • Humber Bridge Toll: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what effect the reduction in the rate of value added tax will have on the level of the Humber Bridge toll in 2009; and if he will make a statement.

    • Transport: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many crimes were reported to British Transport Police in (a) England, (b) London, (c) each London borough and (d) each London (i) underground,...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what use (a) his Department and (b) service providers under contract to his Department make of (i) 0844 and 0845 telephone numbers and...

    • Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations he has received on (a) the UK's obligations arising from membership of the International Telecommunication Union...

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will take steps, in accordance with the International Telecommunications Union regulations on harmful radio interference, to...

      Rescue Services: Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment has been made of the (a) effect and (b) cost of introducing administered incentive pricing for radio frequencies on...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • British Energy: EDF Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 2133W, on British Energy: EDF, if he will place in the...

    • British Energy: Invesco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 2133W, on British Energy: EDF, if he will place in the...

      Energy: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will bring forward proposals to require energy companies to inform customers about assistance available to vulnerable groups in...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with energy suppliers on the introduction of social tariffs for (a) domestic fuel oil and (b)...

      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 125WH, on nuclear industry finance, what consultations...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Advertising

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

    • Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 12 November 2008, Official Report, column 1209W, on departmental marketing, how much his Department's (a)...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 12 November 2008, Official Report, column 1209W, on departmental marketing, what advertisements were funded...

      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 where the televisions were purchased;...

      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, which channels his Department pays for.

      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, how much his Department's (a) agencies and...

      Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 12 November 2008, Official Report, column 1211W, on electronic equipment, how much his Department and its...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the issue of mercury-tipped ammunition to regular British troops serving in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's estimate was in 2006 of the duration of the incursion of British troops into Helmand province; and what his current estimate is.

      Armed Forces: Bereavement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what steps his Department takes to assist those who have lost an immediate relative in the armed forces to claim bereavement entitlement; (2) what...

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed services recruitment centres there were in (a) 1997 and (b) 2008, broken down by service.

      Armed Forces: United States

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many British nationals have been injured by unmanned drones operated by US forces since January 2002; (2) how many (a) British citizens and...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the effect on the defence procurement budget of the reduction in the value of sterling in the last six months.

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department intends to spend on the purchase of consultancy services, with reference to Standard Chart of Account code 51401400, in financial...

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what monetary value his Department assigns to one life in its economic appraisals of (a) troop safety measures and (b) defence equipment; and if he...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to box 6.4 of the pre-Budget report (CM 7484), if he will place in the Library a copy of the terms of reference of the reviews he intends...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Harrier aircraft were operating in Iraq at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Military Aircraft: Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans are in place to ensure that the armed forces will have a continuing aircraft carrier capability during the transition between the withdrawal...

      Nuclear Weapons: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how long the 2005 decontamination exercise on Kiritimati took; and how much the exercise cost, broken down by category of expenditure.

      Rescue Services: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent plans his Department has made to change numbers of (a) helicopters and (b) search and rescue crew personnel at search and rescue centres.

      Rescue Services: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress the Government has made on plans to invite private companies to bid to operate search and rescue services.

      Sight Impaired

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

      Weapons: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many weapons of each type have (a) been stolen and (b) gone missing from armed forces bases in each of the last five years; (2) how many...

      Weapons: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what procedures are in place to prevent weapons used by British servicemen and women abroad being stolen and returned to the UK to be used illegally; and...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Bankruptcy: Devon

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many people were declared bankrupt in North Devon in each year since 1997.

    • Bankruptcy: Self-Employed

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many bankruptcy orders for self-employed individuals he estimates have occurred in 2008-09.

      Business: Postal Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will seek to increase the cost charge for private companies on bulk mail deliveries.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much his Department spent on works and refurbishment to offices allocated to Ministers in departmental...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many special advisers were employed in his Department at each pay band on 30 November 2008; and what...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what proportion of invoices for goods and services procured from small and medium-sized businesses were...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many telephone numbers for which callers are charged at the rate applicable to 0845 numbers are used by...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many businesses he estimates have been the subject of liquidation or other insolvency procedures during...

      Internet

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent meetings his Department has had with internet service providers on websites which advocate...

      Internet

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department has taken to encourage internet service providers to practise regulation of...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what representations he has received from (a) Ofcom, (b) mobile telephone operators and (c) other...

      Offenders

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many former prisoners are employed by his Department; and what his Department's policy is on employing...

      Regional Planning and Development: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what work has been undertaken by the regional development agency coastal towns network in the last 12 months.

      Royal National Lifeboat Institution

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will make it his policy to exempt the Royal National Lifeboat Institution from payment of radio...

      Unfair Practices: Credit

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many cases of unfair credit relationships have been brought in county courts since the implementation...

  • Treasury

    • Christmas Bonus: Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the one-off payment of £70 for children with disabilities, announced in the Pre-Budget Statement of 24 November 2008, Official...

    • Derbyshire Offshore: Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether the Financial Services Authority insisted that the Derbyshire Building Society consult its depositors in respect of the sale of its Isle of...

      Economic Situation: EU Action

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of the cost to the public purse of the EU Economic Recovery Plan agreed on 12 December 2008; and if he will make a statement.

      Peacekeeping Operations: Afghanistan

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total cost has been of the British operations in Afghanistan in each year since 2001; and what the anticipated costs are for each of the next five...

      Portman Building Society: Landsbanki

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether the Financial Services Authority insisted that the Portman Building Society consult its depositors in respect of the sale of its Guernsey...

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received on the affordability of public sector pension schemes; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Havens: Research

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent estimate he has made of the likely cost of the research to explore customer experiences of the Offshore Disclosure Facility; (2) what...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Carers' Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many (a) carers and (b) carers providing more than (i) 20 hours and (ii) 35 hours per week of care are receiving incapacity...

    • Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many reported assaults there were on staff of (a) his Department and (b) each of his Department's agencies in each of the last three...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will ensure that his Department does not enter into contracts with faith-based organisations which have policies and procedures...

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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 Work and Pensions what encryption controls his Department has in respect of (a) portable data storage devices and (b) key databases.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when his Department's customer information system was accredited to Government security standards in accordance with measures set out in the...

      Departmental Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases of internal fraud there have been in (a) each section of his Department and (b) each of his Department's agencies in each of...

      Departmental Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) staff and (b) contractors with (i) each section of his Department and (ii) each of his Department's agencies have been...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which of his Department's computer systems use (a) real time and (b) batch interfaces for the transfer of data between departmental computer...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of (a) system maps, (b) user guides, (c) project initiation documents from the time of...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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 Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many days staff took as sick leave in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies in each of the last three years for which figures are...

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the rate of under-reporting of workplace health and safety incidents in Scotland in the last five years.

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Health and Safety Commission prosecutions there were against directors and managers of companies alleged to have committed health and...

      Jobcentre Plus: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much expenditure his Department has incurred in providing Jobcentre Plus services in each of the last 10 years, broken down by district.

      Jobcentre Plus: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff have left their posts in Jobcentre Plus after a period of sick leave in each month in each of the last five years.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have claimed jobseeker's allowance (JSA) in each quarter since 1997; and what proportion in each quarter had been claiming JSA...

      Offenders

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

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will review the way in which income from savings is taken into account in calculating entitlement to pension credit following the...

      Pensions: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many pensioners in Sheffield receive their pensions by direct credit to their bank or building society account; (2) how many...

      Queen's Diamond Jubilee

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

      Social Security Benefits: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effects of his recently-announced proposals for welfare reform on severely mentally and physically disabled...

      Sunbeds: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the Health and Safety Executive will publish a response to the guidance on controlling the health risks associated with working with UV...

      Vertex Data Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what contracts his Department has with Vertex Data Science.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the (a) cost and (b) administrative expenditure which would be incurred by paying winter fuel payments on a...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • 10 Downing Street

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster with reference to the answer from the Prime Minister of 10 November 2008, Official Report, column 821W, on 10 Downing Street, for what reason...

    • 10 Downing Street

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether prices in the Downing Street gift shop have been reduced to reflect the reduction in value added tax to 15 per cent.

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what expert advisers have been commissioned by his Department and its agencies since 1997; on what topic each was commissioned; and whether the...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much has been spent on (a) departmental Christmas parties and (b) staff entertainment in the last three years.

      Non-profit Making Associations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of Government policies to build capacity in the third sector.

  • Women and Equality

    • Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality with how many faith-based organisations the Government Equalities Office has contracts to provide public services.

    • Mental Illness

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what assessment she has made of the recommendations relevant to the Government Equalities Office's policy responsibilities made in the Foresight report...

  • Wales

    • Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales to which (a) charities and (b) voluntary organisations his Department has provided funding in the last five years; and how much funding was provided to each.

    • Departmental Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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 Wales 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 Internet

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

      Departmental Older Workers

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

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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 Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales which companies were used by his Department for providing temporary staff in each of the last five years; and what the value of contracts with each such...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of the £600 million of aid pledged to Afghanistan in June 2008 he expects to be spent in each year to 2012-13.

    • Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what reports he has received on the (a) likelihood and (b) likely extent of famine in Afghanistan; what assessment he has made of...

      Bosnia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid his Department has given to Bosnia and Herzegovina in each year since 1997; and how it has been used.

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development 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 International Development what information technology projects initiated by his Department have been cancelled prior to completion in the last five years; and...

      Guyana: Rain Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to assist in preservation of rainforest in Guyana.

      International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding his Department plans to contribute to the International Fund for Agricultural Development in the next three years.

      North Korea: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid the Government have provided to North Korea in each of the last 10 years; how much is planned to be provided; and what the...

      Overseas Aid: Wildlife Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what programmes exist in the British Indian Ocean Territories to promote biodiversity and conservation.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether it is his Department's policy to seek to reduce the financial support for intensive livestock production methods.

    • Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2008, Official Report, column 123W, on insects, if he will publish the assessment...

      Cardiff-Weston Barrage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the costs of flood protection and alterations to sewage disposal facilities required as a result...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of its capacity to adapt to climate change; and what plans he has to publish a...

      Coastal Areas: Departmental Coordination

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

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 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 Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 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 Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to reduce the amount of energy it wastes.

      Departmental Equality

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

      Departmental Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent by his Department on furniture made by (a) British firms, (b) Remploy and (c) overseas firms in each...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many complaints about advertisements sponsored or funded by his Department were made to the Advertising Standards...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what expert advisers have been commissioned by his Department and its agencies since 1997; on what topic each was...

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Pensions

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

      Environment Protection: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he next plans to meet the Mayor of London to discuss the environmental strategy for London.

      Environment Protection: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to promote walking and cycling along routes of the canal system (a) throughout the UK and (b) in London.

      Fish: River Severn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what species of fish inhabit the Severn Estuary; and which are listed as endangered.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which recommendations of the Pitt Review (a) his Department and (b) the Environment Agency have implemented.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on developing a single set of...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Environment Agency with (a) insurance companies and (b) the water industry on sharing...

      Flood Control: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether flood risk address information will be made available (a) publicly and (b) to interested parties.

      Flood Control: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made towards the implementation of the EU Floods Directive.

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the Statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, column 495, on...

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how the management of local flood risk by local authorities will be funded.

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how the funding which his Department is making available to implement the Pitt Review recommendations will be allocated; and...

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding his Department will provide for (a) the Environment Agency, (b) the water industry and (c) local authorities...

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with local authorities on collating and mapping main flood risk management and drainage assets;...

      Flood Control: Urban Areas

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

      Flooding Lessons Learned Review

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

      Floods: Risk Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress the Environment Agency has made on assessing the risk of flooding from (a) surface water, (b) ground water...

      Geographical Information Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 22 July 2008, Official Report, column 1015W, on geographical information systems, which...

      Gifts

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

      Inland Waterways

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

      Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department has taken in conjunction with other countries on the monitoring and implementation of international...

      Nature Conservation: Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department is conducting on the effect on bat populations of onshore wind turbines; how much funding has...

      Nitrate Zones: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will review his policy on nitrate zones in and around Gloucestershire; if he will allow additional time for appeals;...

      Religious Buildings: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) with reference to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill), of 12 November...

      Rights of Way

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much land has been designated under section 16 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000; how much of this has been...

      Rights of Way: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much land under the Countryside and Right of Way Act 2000 has been allocated to (a) walkers, (b) cyclists and (c)...

      Rural Development Programme: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding the Rural Development Programme has committed to projects in the North West in the last 12 months.

      Seals: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to include measures to prohibit the shooting of seals in the Marine and Coastal Access Bill.

      Seas and Oceans: Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of (a) flora and (b) fauna population trends on UK marine reefs.

      Sewers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding his Department plans to provide to enable (a) local authorities to meet their responsibilities for adopting and...

      Sewers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with (a) Ofwat and (b) the water industry on how to achieve risk-based standards for...

      Sewers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with (a) Ofwat and (b) the water industry on funding of flood protection for critical...

      Stray Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost to the public purse of kennelling stray dogs has been in each year since the Clean Neighbourhoods and...

      Stray Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many local authorities provide kennelling facilities for the use of stray dogs only; (2) how many local...

      Tidal Power: River Severn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with angling and fishing organisations on the impact of a Severn barrage on fish stocks in the...

      Tidal Power: River Severn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what input his Department has had to the Government's Severn Tidal Power Feasibility study.

      Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the volume of water lost to leaks through water pipes on an annual basis; and how much he...

      Water Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the methodology approved for use by water companies to estimate assessed charges...

      Water Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what means are in place to ensure that Ofwat can regulate and check that water companies carry out the work required of them...

      Water Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy that water companies be allowed to spend any additional revenue accrued through water charges...

      Water Charges: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the proposed increases in water charges will reflect the work required to be undertaken by water companies to comply...

      Water Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to ensure that water companies consider the need for climate change adaptation in their...

      Water Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to ensure that water companies consider in their business plans the objectives of (a)...

      Water Companies: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations he has received on the issue of bad debt on the part of water companies.

      Water Companies: Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what powers he intends to give to local authorities to ensure that water companies do all necessary work for which they are...

      Whales: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Japanese counterpart on whaling.

      Wood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will instruct the Forestry Commission to conduct a comprehensive survey of wood availability and use in the UK in 2009...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Allotments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department is taking to increase the supply of allotments.

    • Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which grievances referred to on page 36 of the report The Prevent Strategy: A Guide for Local Partners in England published in...

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what work her Department has undertaken to establish which local authorities in receipt of funding from the Preventing Violent...

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how she plans to ensure that local Prevent partnerships develop the appropriate narrative referred to in paragraph 27 of...

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's definition is of political extremism, as referred to on page 18 of the report, Guidance for local...

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the regional conferences with young people to debate extremism issues referred to on page 8 of the report Preventing...

      Community Relations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she plans to publish an evaluation of the effectiveness of the Preventing Violent Extremism Pathfinder fund.

      Community Relations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what basis funding in support of work to prevent violent extremism has been allocated to local authorities for (a) 2008-09,...

      Community Relations: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have mapped the denominational backgrounds of local communities as part of the programme to develop a...

      Council Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many bids from local authorities to build new housing for rent have been (a) received and (b) approved by her Department;...

      Council Housing: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) inspections and (b) audits the Tenants Service Authority plans to undertake in respect of local authorities; and what...

      Council Housing: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2008, Official Report, column 141W, how much housing stock (a) North Yorkshire local...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many contracts (a) her Department and (b) its agencies have which allow contractors to store personal data of UK citizens...

      Departmental Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information her Department holds on the (a) sex, (b) ethnicity, (c) age, (d) disability, (e) sexual orientation and...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many telephone numbers for which callers are charged at the rate applicable to 0845 numbers are used by (a) her Department...

      Deprivation Indicators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the geographical barriers score of each parliamentary constituency in the Indices of Deprivation 2007 was, ranked from...

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the Answer of 17 November 2008, Official Report, column 97W, on domestic waste: waste disposal, who the...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her Department holds records of individual transactions made in respect of her Department using the Government...

      Green Belt: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the proposed change in the (a) scale and (b) extent of the green belt around York arising from...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homelessness applications were made in each of the last three years (a) in total, (b) by those aged between 16 and 24...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding has been allocated for Social Homebuy in each of the next three years.

      Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many bids her Department has (a) received and (b) approved for the purchase of unsold private housing, broken down by (i)...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has given to local planning authorities on the application of dwelling space standards.

      Improvement and Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many staff the Improvement and Development Agency employs; how many staff work on cohesion, integration and migration...

      Local Government: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the status of the revision of Planning Policy Statement 4 is; and if she will make a statement.

      Offenders

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

      Opencast Mining: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what guidance her Department has provided to local authorities on the production of health impact assessments relating to...

      Opencast Mining: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many opencast coal mining planning applications have been decided (a) by local authorities and (b) following call-ins...

      Ordnance Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the market value of the Ordnance Survey.

      Ordnance Survey: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the Answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Welwyn Hatfield (Grant Shapps) of 19 November 2008, Official...

      Ordnance Survey: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Welwyn Hatfield (Grant Shapps) of 19 November 2008, Official...

      Ordnance Survey: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding her Department has provided for Ordnance Survey to meet the costs of staff salaries in the last 12 months.

      Planning Obligations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have not spent any Section 106 moneys on capital programmes within their districts in the latest period...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what advice her Department provides to local authorities who receive repeat planning applications which have already been...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she plans to issue a formal Government response to the Killian Pretty review.

      Property Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she is taking to improve the guidance her Department has issued on the changes to domestic permitted development...

      Property Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local planning authorities have made it their policy to recommend to householders that they obtain a certificate of...

      Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new local authority and housing association dwellings were started in England in each year since 1979-80.

      Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consideration she has given to the need for further reform of legislation on rent reviews; and if she will make a statement.

      Repossession Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what dates she held meetings with (a) HBOS, (b) Nationwide, (c) Abbey, (d) Lloyds TSB, (e) Northern Rock, (f) Barclays,...

      Repossession Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 10 November 2008, Official Report, House of Lords, column WA97, on housing: repossession, on...

      Right To Buy Scheme: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much local authority housing stock in (a) Bexley and (b) London has been sold under the right-to-buy scheme in each year...

      Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what changes have been made to the methodology used to (a) calculate and (b) count rough sleeping in the last 36 months; and...

      Specialist Cohesion Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made in the roll out of Specialist Cohesion Team pilots; how much the teams (a) have cost to date and...

      Temporary Accommodation: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) children and (b) adults in the Peterborough City council area were in temporary accommodation on 30 September...

      Tenants: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of levels of satisfaction amongst (a) private rented sector tenants and (b) other tenants in London.

      Travelling People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of unauthorised Traveller sites in England.

      Travelling People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in respect of which areas reviews of Green Belt and the provision of Traveller sites are recommended in draft regional spatial...

      Travelling People: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her Department has issued guidance to local authorities on using semi-rural and rural land to provide Traveller sites.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Building Schools for the Future programme: Sixth Form Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether sixth form colleges will be included under the Building Schools for the Future programme after 2010; and if he will make a...

    • Case Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what procedures his Department has in place for reviewing serious case reviews; and what guidance he has given his officials on...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what rules apply to the out-of-county placement of vulnerable (a) adults and (b) children; what procedures are employed to...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many women in prison have children in the care of (a) social services and (b) another guardian.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many children have been placed out of area by each social services department in England since 2005-06; (2) what the...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in the care system are placed in residential children's homes.

      Children in Care: Custodial Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many prisoners in England were previously children in care at any time during their lives and received a custodial sentence...

      Children in Care: Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in care in each local authority area have gone missing in each of the last five years.

      Children in Care: Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many looked after children in each local education authority (LEA) have been permanently excluded by the head teacher of their...

      Children: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children were subject to abuse whilst subject to a child protection plan in each of the last five years.

      Children: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children's homes there were in each local authority area of England on the latest date for which figures are available;...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many early years providers had an inadequate care judgment on more than one occasion in each year since 2005; (2) how...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding will be provided to (a) Romsey constituency, (b) the City of Southampton and (c) Test Valley Borough under the...

      Children: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what information his Department holds on the number of children who are entitled to free school meals in each (a) ward and (b)...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which of Lord Laming's recommendations made in the report of the Victoria Climbié inquiry are yet to be implemented; and how...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he has taken to increase the level of co-operative working between officials in his Department and health visitors on...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children were killed or injured in each local authority area in Yorkshire and the Humber between April 2007 and August...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to prevent the occurrence of child abuse in the North East.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment his Department has made of its capacity to adapt to climate change; and what plans he has to publish a climate...

      Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1837-8W, on coastal areas, what matters his...

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he plans to take to ensure that staff in schools where safer school partnership officers are in place know about the...

      Copyright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether his recent announcement on the extension of copyright term in principle extends to both performers and producers.

      Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he plans to take following the recommendations from Sir Jim Rose relating to the school curriculum; and if he will make...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many contracts his Department has which allow contractors to store personal data of UK citizens overseas; for which contracts...

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to reduce the amount of energy it wastes.

      Departmental Equality

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

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many complaints about advertisements sponsored or funded by his Department were made to the Advertising Standards Authority...

      Departmental Redundancy

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

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what criteria his Department employs to assess the effect of the education maintenance allowance; and what the performance was...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will make an assessment of the effect of the operation of the education maintenance allowance on the social cohesion of...

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what estimate he has made of the number of foster parents offering places for children in care directly with local...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of pupils achieved five A* to C grade GCSEs including English, mathematics, science and a foreign language in (a)...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of pupils obtained five grade A* to C GCSEs excluding equivalents in (a) 1997 and (b) 2008.

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of GCSE candidates resident in Enfield, Southgate constituency achieved A* to C grades in each examination taken...

      Gifted Children: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils from (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools participating in the Young, Gifted and Talented Programme are...

      National Assessment Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which Minister approved the decision to establish the National Assessment Agency as a division of the Qualifications and...

      National Assessment Agency: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much has been paid on average in bonuses to officials at the (a) National Assessment Agency and (b) Qualification and...

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the value is of the contract awarded to Edexcel to administer key stage 2 tests in 2009.

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to his oral statement on the Sutherland Inquiry, whether Ken Boston and David Gee will receive full pay during the...

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority discovered that ETS had lost the contract to administer the Graduate Management...

      Nursery Schools: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he expects the free nursery education entitlement change from 12.5 hours to 15 hours a week to be implemented in Leeds, West...

      Offenders

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

      Parents: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many calls there have been to the Parent Know-How helpline in each month since it was established; what the cost of the...

      Personal Social and Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department has taken to strengthen and improve teaching in personal, social and health education.

      Pupil Exclusions

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

      Schools: Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what progress has been made towards re-installing kitchens in schools from which they had been removed.

      Schools: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will review the appropriateness of arrangements for the amalgamation of local authority education and children's social...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Making Good Progress pilot scheme; (2) what assessment he has made...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which schools have joined the National Challenge as a consequence of their 2008 GCSE results.

      Secondary Education: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the most recent Ofsted inspection grades were for each secondary school that serves the principal seaside towns of England;...

      Sixth Form Colleges: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what tasks he has asked each Government Office to undertake relating to the proposed changes to the funding and management of...

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the names and positions are of the chairs of each Local Safeguarding Board; and which of those chairs hold the positions...

      Social Services: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of those working in social services departments in each local authority area in England were agency...

      Social Workers: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families by what date he expects the confidential whistleblowers' hotline for social workers announced by Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of...

      Specialised Diplomas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools have received money for introducing new diploma courses; and if he will make a statement.

      Sports: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what place there will be for co-operative sport in the new primary curriculum.

      Sports: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what part physical education lessons will play in the new primary curriculum.

      Sports: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment has been made of the impact of the provision of the new primary curriculum relating to physical education on...

      Trust Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many schools in (a) Herefordshire, (b) Shropshire, (c) Worcestershire and (d) the West Midlands have applied for...

  • Justice

    • Community Sentences: Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many individuals have been sentenced to intensive unpaid work in the 10 knife action programme areas for knife-related crimes.

    • Courts: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will develop a strategy for dealing with civil cases in the county courts in Essex; and if he will make a statement.

      Courts: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many fines imposed by courts in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05, (c) 2005-06, (d) 2006-07 and (e) 2007-08 remain unpaid.

      Crime: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many and what percentage of claims the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (a) received and (b) processed where a civil claim was also...

      Crime: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority practice of continuing to process applications when other claims are being pursued will be discontinued.

      Crime: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the tariffs applied by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority were last increased.

      Crime: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what consideration was given to increasing the tariffs applied by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in the recent review of the scheme;...

      Crime: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice in how many Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority cases the cap has been applied in each year since its introduction.

      Crime: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what factors the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority considered when setting the appropriate level of compensation for the loss of one kidney at...

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Enforcement Restriction Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many enforcement restriction orders have been granted by the county courts in each of the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      HMP Whitemoor: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, columns 873-4W, on prisons: complaints, how many complaints by prison officers have been...

      Human Trafficking: Refuges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much funding the Home Office has provided for the Poppy Project in each of the last five years.

      Intellectual Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the UK will implement Article 4 of the Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive (2004/48/EC); and what assessment he has made of the...

      National Offender Management Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the National Offender Management Service staff's training record is based on a prison service template.

      National Offender Management Service: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will issue guidance to the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) to prevent religious groups and individuals working or volunteering in NOMS...

      Prisoners: Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) which (a) publicly funded and (b) privately run women's prisons provide specialist help for inmates who have self-harmed; and in each case...

      Terrorism: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many final Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority awards have been paid to those injured in the 7 July 2005 bombings.

      Terrorism: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority applications by those injured in the 7 July 2005 bombings (a) remain unfinalised, (b) have resulted...

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what steps he plans to take to ensure that information held by the security services, police counter-terrorism specialists and the Counter...

  • Health

    • Anaemia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidelines his Department provides to GPs on the treatment of pernicious anaemia; (2) what quantitative data his Department has compiled on...

    • Aseptic Dispensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has provided to hospital trusts on aseptic dispensing.

      Baby Care Units: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the number of neonatal nursing staff in (a) Gloucestershire and (b) England; whether he plans to...

      British National Formulary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 21 October 2008, Official Report, column 302W, on the British National Formulary, whether the distribution to hospital...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's presentation to the Cancer Policy Forum by Teresa Moss of June 2008.

      Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints by patients relating to the refusal by a primary care trust to fund (a) a cancer and (b) a non-cancer treatment have been made (i)...

      Clinical Physiologists: Career Structure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact of the current Modernising Scientific Careers proposals on the career pathways of clinical physiologists.

      Clostridium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of disinfectant wipes using quarternary ammonium-based formulas against Clostridium difficile.

      Dementia: Respite Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many respite care beds there are for people with dementia in each primary care trust area in England; (2) how many people with dementia were...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps he has taken to increase access to NHS dentistry; and if he will make a statement.

      Dental Services: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of NHS dental patients (a) on the Isle of Wight and (b) in each primary care trust area in Hampshire were on their local...

      Euthanasia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received since July 2008 from (a) doctors, (b) nurses and (c) other health care professionals in (i) support of and (ii)...

      Health Services: Freedom of Information

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

      Health Services: Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the eligibility requirements are for victims of human trafficking to be granted access to safe accommodation funded by the Government.

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many health visitors (a) were recruited, (b) retired from work and (c) finished work for a reason other than retirement in the last year for which...

      Heart Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on the stage at which chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder is diagnosed in the UK; and what information it holds...

      Independent Reconfiguration Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions he has sought the advice of the Independent Reconfiguration Panel in relation to local (a) maternity and (b) accident and...

      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, whether plans for separate antiviral distribution channels...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of the cost-benefit analysis of the vaccination of pregnant women against seasonal influenza referred to in...

      Lithium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of potential links between the use of the mood-stabiliser lithium and increased mitochondrial damage; and if he will...

      Lung Spirometry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will include lung spirometry testing in the health MOT screening programme.

      Maternity Matters Implementation Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the role of the Maternity Matters Implementation Group in his Department is; (2) how his Department plans to meet the commitment to enable all...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department plans to issue to primary care trusts on responsible commissioning of independent mental health advocates services; and when...

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on the 17 capital funded projects designed to help eliminate the inappropriate use of adult psychiatric wards for children and...

      National Institute for Health Research Faculty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the funding sources of the National Institute for Health Research Faculty; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS Early Years LifeCheck

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in the pilot of the NHS Early Years LifeCheck; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, column 926W, on NHS: drugs, if he will place in the Library copies of all...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the number of adverse reactions from medicinal drugs in each of the last three years.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department issues to prescribers on special medicines.

      NHS: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were employed in the NHS in April 2008.

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what standards of accreditation are required by NHS trusts of laboratories testing products for use in NHS hospitals; what powers his Department has to...

      Patients: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were harmed as a result of an error or missed diagnosis in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley district and (d)...

      People Matters Executive Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions the People Matters Executive Group has met.

      Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how sufficient stocks of medicines to meet patient demand will be ensured when the new pharmaceutical price regulation scheme is implemented; (2)...

      Quality and Outcomes Framework

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the difference between the lowest and highest rate of exception reporting for quality outcomes framework indicator CHD 08 was in each year since the...

      Regional Innovation Hubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding is given from the public purse to regional innovation hubs in the last year for which figures are available.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to provide (a) extra support for and (b) incentives to those attempting to give up smoking since the entry into...

      Sunbeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what research he has commissioned on the regulation of the sunbed industry in other countries for benchmarking purposes in the last two years; (2)...

      Tobacco: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of the responses to his Department's consultation on the future of tobacco control were from (a) retailers or shop owners and (b) organisations...

      Tobacco: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the address of each regional tobacco control manager is; and whether they are classified as public authorities for the purposes of the Freedom of...

      Tuberculosis: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many instances of tuberculosis have been recorded in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire in each quarter of the last five years; and if he...

      User-led Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many user-led organisations have become user-led action and learning sites; (2) how much has been allocated to the User-led Organisations...

  • Home Department

    • Advisory Board on Naturalisation and Integration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff the Advisory Board on Naturalisation and Integration employs; what its running costs are expected to be in (a) 2008-09, (b)...

    • Alcohol Disorder Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many local authorities have contacted her Department with enquiries concerning the establishment of alcohol disorder zones.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been convicted of the offence of consuming alcohol in a designated place in each of the last five years.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will place in the Library a copy of the provisional findings of the evaluation of alcohol arrest referral pilots.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Thames Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) cautions and (b) arrests for alcohol-related offences there were in the Thames Valley police force area in each of the last 20...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been convicted of an offence under section 147A(1)(a) of the Licensing Act 2003 in each year since the offence was created.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the use of (a) anti-social behaviour orders, (b) acceptable behaviour contracts and...

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the budget for her Department's Antisocial Behaviour Action Line is; how many people work on running the action line; and how many calls...

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visits the Effective Practice database on the crime reduction website received in each of the last 12 months.

      Assets Recovery Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what estimate she has made of the value of the assets involved in those cases adopted by the Assets Recovery Agency in (a) 2003-04,...

      Assets Recovery Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases were under investigation by the Assets Recovery Agency at 31 March 2008 with a view to criminal confiscation where no action...

      Assets Recovery Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) financial investigators and (b) lawyers were employed in the Assets Recovery Agency in (i) the UK and (ii) Northern Ireland on...

      Assets Recovery Agency: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent by the Assets Recovery Agency in pursuing its work in Northern Ireland in 2007-08.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the additional costs to local authorities of decisions made under the Case Resolution programme for asylum...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of asylum-seekers (a) in total and (b) who will enter and remain in the UK in each year to 2018.

      Asylum: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what security checks are carried out on (a) external companies contracted and (b) personnel employed to escort refugees being deported.

      British Nationality: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many residents of (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency, (b) the London Borough of Bexley and (c) London gained full citizenship...

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues and officials in the Ministry of Justice on implementing the proposed three strikes...

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will issue new guidance to police on the issuing of warnings, cautions and charging for possession of cannabis following its...

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether she has plans to review her Department's policy on protective marking and vetting of documents in response to paragraph 77 of...

      Computers: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 16 October 2008, Official Report, column 1430W, on computers: crime, when she plans to launch the...

      Crime: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate her Department has made of the cost of crime to business.

      Crime: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what plans her Department has for future staffing levels in the Business Crime Team; (2) how many people within her Department work...

      Crime: Closed Circuit Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made in the implementation of the National Closed Circuit Television Strategy; and if she will make a statement.

      Crimes of Violence: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many recorded incidents of violent crime there were in (a) Stockport Metropolitan Borough, (b) Greater Manchester and (c) the North...

      Departmental Contracts

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

      Departmental Equality

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make it her policy to ensure that those temporary and permanent employees at the same grade in her Department who are paid at an...

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) immigrants and (b) asylum seekers who have been returned to their country of origin in each of the last five years (i) have...

      Deportation: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals who had no legal basis to remain in the UK and who were normally resident in the Peterborough City Council area have...

      Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of detainees held at Oakington immigration removal centre are eligible for legal aid-funded advice.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the level of domestic violence in (a) England, (b) Merseyside and (c) Halton.

      Domestic Violence: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps the Government have taken to prevent domestic violence, with particular reference to the North East.

      Driving Offences: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cars were seized for being uninsured in the most recent 12 month period for which figures are available.

      Drug Seizures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much (a) heroin and (b) crack cocaine has been seized in each of the last 10 years.

      Drugs: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate she has made of the street price of (a) heroin and (b) cocaine.

      Drugs: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vessels have been intercepted in British waters by the cutter fleet operated by the UK Border Agency in each of the last five years;...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when her Department expects to issue Mr. Emiljano Beqo (FCO number 22920) with a visa via the British Embassy in Athens.

      Firearms: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the extent to which (a) legally held firearms and (b) illegally held firearms were used to commit crimes in...

      Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 30 October 2008, Official Report, columns 321-22W, on foreign workers: health services, how many economic...

      Former Ministers: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which former Ministers continue to receive security protection; and how much it has cost to provide this protection, broken down by...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if she will bring forward proposals to impose time limits on the retention of people's DNA profiles on the national DNA database...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will commission research into the proportion of the (a) black and (b) non-black population with DNA samples retained on the national...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the performance of (a) the National DNA Database and (b) the Independent Safeguarding Authority database.

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department under what circumstances an individual's DNA profile may be deleted from the national DNA database.

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to cease retaining DNA information from people not convicted of a crime.

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to announce her response to the European Court of Human Rights' judgment in the case of S and Marper.

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children in Sussex have profiles recorded on the National DNA Database.

      Human Rights: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make it her policy to allocate officials trained in the context of human rights work to the consideration of applications for...

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate she has made of the number of children illegally trafficked into the UK.

      Human Trafficking: Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent research she has commissioned on the links between prostitution and trafficking.

      Human Trafficking: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the immigration status is of the 167 victims of human trafficking recovered during Operation Pentameter 2.

      Human Trafficking: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what protection is made available to trafficked persons following the conviction of those responsible for their trafficking.

      Hunting: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) charges, (b) prosecutions, (c) convictions, (d) cautions and (e) fines there have been for breaches of the Hunting Act 2004...

      Identity Cards: Criminal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to extend the requirement for airside workers to undergo basic criminal record checks in order to have an identity card to...

      Immigrants: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what entitlements to (a) NHS treatment, (b) social security benefits, (c) housing and (d) other services will be withdrawn from...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in (a) Bexley, (b) London and (c) England applied for leave to remain in the UK outside of immigration rules in each of...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the reasons are for the time taken to deal with the application for indefinite leave to remain of the constituent of the hon. Member...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason her Department (a) has yet to make a decision on the immigration case of Mr W. H. of Aylesbury (reference: J1019588)...

      Immigration: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals were awaiting determination in respect of applications for indefinite leave to remain in postal areas (a) PE1, (b)...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 2214W, on anti-semitism, when she plans to write to the hon....

      Migration Advisory Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff are employed in organising the Migration Advisory Committee; and what estimate she has made of the Committee's running costs...

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) methodologies and (b) technology she plans to specify to secure the accuracy of amendments to the National Identity Register; and...

      National Retail Crime Steering Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times the National Retail Crime Steering Group has met.

      Nurses: Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits have been issued to (a) doctors and (b) nurses from Zimbabwe since 1 January 2008.

      Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people aged (a) 16 and under, (b) between 17 and 18, (c) between 18 and 21 and (d) 21 years were arrested for carrying...

      Offensive Weapons: Teesside

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to address gun and knife crime in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency.

      Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 10 November 2008, Official Report, column 823W, on...

      Police Cautions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many cases of (a) violence against the person , (b) sexual offences, (c) robbery, (d) burglary, (e) theft, (f) fraud and forgery,...

      Police: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanisms are in place to ensure that information kept by Essex Police is (a) accurate and up-to-date and (b) kept securely; what...

      Police: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding her Department (a) spent on and (b) committed to the police portal; why the police portal was withdrawn; what plans she...

      Police: Legal Advice

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance is given to police on the application of (a) section 62 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 and (b) Articles 10 and 11 of...

      Prisoners: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign national prisoners held under immigration detention powers were held in (a) prison and (b) the immigration detention...

      Prisoners: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign national prisoners held under immigration powers in the immigration detention estate on 1 December 2008 had been given (a)...

      Prisoners: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many foreign national prisoners with (a) custodial sentences of more than four years, (b) a conviction for importation of class A...

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she intends to make changes to the legal status of brothels.

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consideration her Department has given to research on the likely effects of criminalising prostitution in preparing the Crime and...

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the average age of those first entering into prostitution.

      Refugee Integration and Employment Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much she expects the Refugee Integration and Employment Service will cost to run in 2008-09 and in each of the following two years; how...

      Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 18 November 2008, Official Report, columns 318-19W, on deportation, how her Department establishes that a...

      Risk Analysis UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what use her Department has made of (a) private investigators and (b) Risk Analysis UK Ltd since May 2005.

      Security Guards: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Security Investment Authority will conduct its cost-benefit assessment on the potential requirement for licence holders to provide...

      Serious and Organised Crime Agency: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what performance targets have been set by the Serious and Organised Crime Agency in respect of its asset recovery function following...

      Serious Organised Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases the Serious and Organised Crime Agency agreed to adopt from other law enforcement agencies for investigation in (a) Northern...

      Serious Organised Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases the Serious and Organised Crime Agency completed in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) the UK in the first six months of 2008-09;...

      Serious Organised Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how long on average it took for the Serious and Organised Crime Agency to decide whether to adopt cases referred to it in (a) Northern...

      Serious Organised Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many criminal investigations the Serious and Organised Crime Agency inherited from its predecessor organisations; (2) in how many...

      Serious Organised Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many of the cases which the Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) inherited from other law enforcement agencies in which...

      Serious Organised Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) financial investigators and (b) lawyers were employed by the Serious and Organised Crime Agency solely on assets recovery work...

      Serious Organised Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) financial investigators and (b) lawyers devoted to criminal confiscation work were employed in the Serious and Organised Crime...

      Serious Organised Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what targets relating to (a) the UK and (b) Northern Ireland have been set for the Serious and Organised Crime Agency in 2008-09 in terms...

      Serious Organised Crime Agency: Assets Recovery Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases were transferred by the Assets Recovery Agency to the Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) on 31 March 2008 in which...

      Serious Organised Crime Agency: Assets Recovery Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases were transferred by the Assets Recovery Agency to the Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) on 31 March 2008 in which an...

      Serious Organised Crime Agency: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the budget of the Serious and Organised Crime Agency for its work on assets recovery in Northern Ireland is in 2008-09.

      Stop and Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many stop-and-searches were carried out under (a) section 1 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and (b) section 60 of...

      Surveillance: Local Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 22 July 2008, Official Report, column 1374W, on surveillance: local authorities, how many of the...

      UK Border Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff at the UK Border Agency are engaged in delivering the Agency's third strategic objective; where such staff are based; and what...

      UK Border Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK Border Agency staff are responsible for managing the Gateway resettlement programme; what estimate she has made of the cost of...

      UK Border Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK Border Agency staff are responsible for (a) managing citizenship applications and (b) developing citizenship policy; and what...

      UK Border Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK Border Agency staff are employed in the Case Resolution Directorate; and what estimate she has made of the Directorate's running...

      UK Border Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK Border Agency staff are employed in processing asylum applications; and what estimate she has made of the costs of employing...

      UK Border Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK Border Agency staff are involved in running the Family Naturalisation Process; and what estimate she has made of the running...

      Workers Registration Scheme: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have registered under the workers registration scheme in each local authority area in the North East.

  • House of Lords

    • Assisted Dying

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham of 26 November (WA 292), what is the legal position of persons who assist others to commit suicide, having...

    • Banking: Iceland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether information concerning conversations about the Icelandic banking sector that (a) have taken place and (b) are planned to take place between the government...

      Child Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take regarding the Office for Standards in Education following its role in Haringey child protection inspections.

      Climate Change: Building Regulations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will take steps to achieve the agreement of the European Union's Council of Ministers to the recast of the energy performance of buildings directive.

      Crime: Domestic Violence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what provision is made for the assessment and care of needs such as drug addiction, mental health problems and disability in refuge centres for victims of domestic...

      Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (a) how much has been spent by the Equality and Human Rights Commission on organisation and development consultants in the current year, and (b) how much it plans...

      Faith Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to remove the Interim Executive Board for the John Loughborough Scheme in the London Borough of Haringey in January 2009 and allow the...

      Gulf War Illnesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Answer by Lord Tunnicliffe on 9 December (Official Report, House of Lords, col. 257), whether the question of poisoning by organophosphates or...

      Gulf War Illnesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Answer by Lord Tunnicliffe on 9 December (Official Report, House of Lords, col. 258), why it is necessary to review and peer-review the Department...

      Gulf War Illnesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House of Lords copies of reports that provide evidence that they are monitoring the United States research into Gulf...

      Northern Ireland Office: Taxis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the cost of supplying information about the amount spent on taxis by the Northern Ireland Office in the last financial year.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration is being given to the use of Bisley for shooting events at the 2012 Olympics.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what factors are taken into account when selecting the venue for shooting at the 2012 Olympics; and whether those factors include ranges and facilities, legacy,...

      Pirates: Kenya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the suspected pirates apprehended by HMS Cumberland on 11 November and transferred to Kenyan custody were apprehended in Kenyan waters or had committed any...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they define "spending" and "investment" in relation to public expenditure.

      Schools: Examinations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they propose regarding the quality of personnel and management responsible for examination testing and procedures in any company taking over from ETS UK.

      Schools: Male Teachers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Morgan of Drefelin on 12 December (WA 14), whether they will take steps to increase the number of male teachers in...

      Schools: Male Teachers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Morgan of Drefelin on 12 December (WA 14), why information on the gender of teaching assistants is not collected...

      Schools: National Curriculum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that all children are taught the full national curriculum.

      Wealth Distribution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Answer by Lord Myners on 18 November (Official Report, House of Lords, col. 1011), what is the basis for his saying that 2 million people have come...

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