Written answers

Monday, 19 January 2009

  • Church Commissioners

    • Pay

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners how much has been spent by the Church Commissioners on staff reward and recognition schemes in each of the last...

  • Prime Minister

    • Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Prime Minister how much has been spent by 10 Downing Street on advertising in the last 12 months.

    • Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Prime Minister how many complaints about advertisements sponsored or funded by his Office were made to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in each year from 1997 to 2008; and how...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Internet

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission on what date the decision was taken to upload videos of parts of the tour of Parliament to a YouTube channel;...

  • Scotland

    • Charities

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

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much has been spent on (a) maintaining, (b) decorating and (c) otherwise improving departmental buildings in the last five years; how much has...

      Departmental Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what (a) directly-operated and (b) franchised catering outlets his Department provides for staff.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many members of staff in his Department have been (a) investigated, (b) suspended and (c) dismissed for losing (i) memory sticks, (ii) laptop...

      Departmental Internet

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

      Departmental Coaching: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) Ministers and (b) civil servants in his Department received coaching in a foreign language in the last 12 months; what expenditure his...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many members of staff were (a) employed by and (b) seconded to the Scotland Office in (i) Scotland and (ii) London in each quarter since 1999.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the responsibilities of each member of his media and communications team are; when each member of staff was recruited; and what the salary of each...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make it his policy that temporary and permanent employees of his Department employed at the same grade receive the same hourly rate of pay.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much has been spent by his Department on staff reward and recognition schemes in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at his Department and its agencies in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008; and how much was spent on...

      Departmental Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland which (a) food and (b) drinks companies have supplied his Department in each of the last three years; and how much was paid to each of those suppliers...

      Departmental Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department's central media and communication unit spent on public surveys in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Bankruptcy

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many individuals were declared bankrupt in each year between 2000 and 2007.

    • Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what expert advisers have been commissioned by his Department and its agencies since 1997; on what topic...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the cost to his Department of provision of office facilities to (a) special advisers and (b) press...

      Small Businesses: Billing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his latest assessment is of the implementation of the Government's commitment to pay suppliers within...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Departmental Telephone Services

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

    • Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much electricity was generated from each primary source in the most recent year for which figures are available; and if he will...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what percentage of electricity generated in the UK was produced by (a) renewables, (b) coal, (c) gas and (d) nuclear energy in 2008.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of levels of fuel poverty in (a) Chorley, (b) Lancashire and (c) each county; and if he will make a...

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the (a) energy savings and (b) emissions reductions which would arise if (i) 60 per cent., (ii) 80 per...

      Hydroelectric Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what research his Department has commissioned on the use of small-scale hydro-power generation; and what his most recent assessment is...

      Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what alternative gas supplies to those previously obtained from Russia are being considered by the Government.

      Nuclear Power: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions have taken place with the government of France on UK-French co-operation on nuclear power following the President of...

      Nuclear Power: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 12 January, Official Report, column 124W, on nuclear power: insurance, for what reasons the Nuclear...

      Sellafield: Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of management at the Sellafield nuclear facility before the transfer of responsibility...

      Sellafield: Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the value is of contracts relating to the handover of responsibility for the Sellafield site to a new private body organisation.

      Severn Barrage: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the costs to the public purse of building the Severn Barrage in the event of all funding being provided...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Environment Protection: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what environmental protection legislation governs daycare centres which offer educational training for people with learning...

    • Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to introduce an independently verified kitemark for the flood resilience of properties.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has received on his Draft River Basin Management Plans consultation.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the financial impact on each (a) individual water company, (b) farmer and landowner, (c)...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what economic impact assessment he has made of each individual river management system set out in the Draft River Basin...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Environment Agency on flood protection policy.

      Flood Control: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which Minister will be responsible for joint action between the Environment Agency and the Meteorological Office on flood...

      Forestry Commission: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had with the Scottish Executive on (a) the (i) statutory duties and (ii)...

      Manchester Is My Planet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding his Department has provided to Manchester is my Planet in the last 24 months.

      Marine and Fisheries Agency: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of potential (a) job losses, (b) voluntary redundancy payments and (c) involuntary redundancy...

      Marine Management Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the cost of setting up the planned Marine Management Organisation headquarters in each of the...

      Marine Management Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to announce the decision on the location of the headquarters for the Marine Management Organisation.

      Marine Management Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria will be used in deciding the location of the headquarters for the Marine Management Organisation; and what...

      Marine Management Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what powers he proposes the Marine Management Organisation should have in relation to the authorisation of (a) coastal...

      Nature Conservation: British Antarctic Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made under the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels to help reduce the numbers of...

      Pigs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what support his Department is providing to pig farmers and the pig industry in 2008-09; and what account he took of minimum...

      Pigs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the long-term economic sustainability of the pig industry; and if he will make a statement.

      Plastic Bags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to enable local authorities to require local retailers to reduce significantly their use of single-use...

      Recycle Now Campaign

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost per compost bin of the sales promotion under the Recycle Now Campaign was in each of the last two years.

      Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs by what means his Department advises other Government departments on rural proofing.

      Rural Areas: Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has for further review of the effects of the policies set out in the Rural White Paper on rural communities.

      Rural Areas: Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps have been taken by (a) his Department and (b) the Commission for Rural Communities to measure (i) community...

      Rural Community Buildings Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to bring forward proposals to assist the rural community buildings network; and what funding is being made...

      Sustainable Development: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure developers and contractors in the housebuilding industry consider the whole-life costs in...

      Fly-posting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of legislation governing fly-posting.

      Waste Disposal: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects Gloucestershire County Council to provide its full business case for its waste strategy.

      Water Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations he has had seeking an exemption for churches, charities and community groups from surface area...

      Water Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many hon. Members have written to (a) his Department and (b) Ofwat to complain about water companies charging schools,...

      Water Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions has he has had with Ofwat on its decision to encourage water companies to charge schools, places of worship...

  • Olympics

    • Total Costs

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what recent estimate she has made of the total cost of staging the London 2012 Olympics.

    • Total Costs

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what her most recent estimate is of the total cost of the London 2012 Olympics.

      Economic Downturn

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

      King George's Fields Legacy

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what assessment she has made of the relevance of the King George's Fields legacy to the planning of the legacy for the London 2012 Olympics.

      Ticketing Policy

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what ticketing policy has been developed for the London 2012 Olympics; and if she will make a statement.

      Olympic Games 2012: Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what discussions she has had with (a) the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and (b) other partners on coverage of the London 2012 Olympics...

      Olympic Games 2012: North East

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many (a) schools and (b) students are making use of the pre-games training camps set up in the North East region in preparation for the 2012 Olympic and...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many and what proportion of income support claims have taken more than the target processing time in each month of the last two...

    • Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend, East of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 58W, on...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to page 36 of the Departmental Framework 2008, if he will place in the Library a copy of the future work programme for the...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what computer systems his Department uses to store (a) financial and (b) non-financial data, broken down by (i) version number, (ii)...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what his Department's estimate is of the number of people who will be in receipt of employment and support allowance (a) in total, (b)...

      Employment: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average income of a lone parent with a single child in receipt of income support was at the latest date for which information is...

      Employment: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he plans to take to maintain levels of employment in Yorkshire and Humberside.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average (a) daily, (b) weekly and (c) monthly level of housing benefit claimed per claimant was (i) in total and (ii) in each of...

      Jobcentres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the Answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1993-94W, on jobcentres, what estimate he has made of the number...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of jobseeker's allowance claimants who had better off in-work calculations carried out by Jobcentre Plus in the...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the average time between application and payment of (a) jobseeker's allowance and (b) income support was in each month of the last...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what definition his Department uses of child poverty; when this was last amended; what recent discussions he has had with Ministerial...

      Social Security Benefits: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the average sum to be lent under the Lone Parent Transition Loans in the next 12 months; what assessment he has...

      Unemployment Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance has been issued to staff at Jobcentre Plus on whether claimants should be awarded employment and support allowance or jobseeker's...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Crime: Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will make a statement on recent trends in rates of prosecution of knife crime in (a) Northamptonshire and (b) England.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent on ammunition for operations in Helmand province in each month since 2001; and if he will make a statement.

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his most recent estimate is of the cost to the public purse of UK military intervention in Afghanistan in each year since it began.

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what fuel will be used to power the new aircraft carriers; and what their home port will be.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the most recent estimate is of the number of (a) single living accommodation and (b) service families accommodation units containing asbestos.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many complaints were made to Modern Housing Solutions on the quality of repairs undertaken on service families accommodation in the last 12 months.

      Armed Forces: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether (a) the Army and (b) his Department has received (i) complaints from members of the public and (ii) communications from police forces...

      Armed Forces: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) required and (b) actual trained strength of each (i) regular infantry and (ii) Royal Marine battalion is.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel at each grade or rank are working within his Department and the armed services on the delivery of the defence training contract...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what revisions have been made to the timetable and the budget for the delivery of package 1 of the defence training contract awarded to Metrix; and if he...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the requirements are that form the basis of the request his Department has made to Metrix to submit a revised plan for package 1 of the defence...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of the Warrior Fightability and Lethality Improvement Programme on the Defence Support Group; and what...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the reasons were for the decision to restructure the Future Rapid Effects System programme.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received on commercial conditions affecting General Dynamics UK's ability to procure the Piranha V contract; and if he will...

      Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

      Defence Equipment: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what progress has been made on developing high performance steel armour; and what plans the Government has to purchase such steel for the armed...

      Defence Support Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the synergy study on the Defence Support Group will be published.

      Defence Support Group: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what level of new apprenticeships the Defence Support Group plans to commission at Donnington, Shropshire in 2009; and what discussions he has had with...

      Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many official journeys (a) he and his predecessors and (b) his officials made by plane in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which (a) food and (b) drinks suppliers have been used by his Department in each of the last three years; and how much his Department paid to each such...

      Departmental Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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 Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy that temporary and permanent employees of his Department employed at the same grade receive the same hourly rate of pay.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Tucano aircraft are in service with the Royal Air Force; and what plans have been made to manage the retirement of the fleet.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many air-to-air refuelling sorties were flown by the (a) Tornado and (b) Harrier fleets in the United Kingdom in each month of each of the...

      Military Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when his Department plans to begin the next phase of the Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance capability.

      Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what upgrades were made to Brimstone air to surface missiles during 2008; and what further upgrades his Department has planned.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Trident II systems his Department is planning to build; and what estimate he has made of the likely length of time between the delivery of each...

      Turkey: Defence Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much the public purse has received for the sale of the three Type-42 destroyers Glasgow, Cardiff and Newcastle to a Turkish ship breaker.

      UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what reservations his Department is seeking to make in relation to the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will introduce plans to trial further technology demonstrator unmanned aerial vehicles.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Predator or Reaper systems have been purchased by the Government; and how many are still flying.

      Veterans: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many veterans who have been diagnosed as having less than 12 months to live, have applied for a serious ill-health lump sump payment under an armed...

      Warships: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) surface ships and (b) submarines are on order; and when each is due to be (i) completed and (ii) entered into service.

  • Transport

    • Air Routes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport under what circumstances he would consider designating the air link between London Gatwick and Plymouth as a Public Service Obligation (PSO) route as...

    • Air Routes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on the designation of the air service between London Gatwick and Plymouth as a public service obligation route in accordance with EC...

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of UK regional air services are operated by each airline in each region.

      Aviation: Monopolies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of overall airline activity in a region would have to be provided by one operator for the position to be considered a regional...

      Channel Tunnel Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what charges are levied on freight companies for use of the high-speed Channel Tunnel Rail Link between London St. Pancras and Ebbsfleet International;...

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will extend the boundary for exemption from the Dartford Crossing toll to residents of Billericay, Sevenoaks, Erith and Thamesmead, Gravesham,...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at his Department and its agencies in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008; and how much was spent on...

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many drivers passed their driving test on the (a) first, (b) second and (c) third or later attempt in (i) England, (ii) the North West and (iii)...

      Driving Tests: Motorcycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many motorcycle testing sites with (a) areas capable of conducting Module 1 tests and (b) areas for whole part tests in England he plans to...

      Driving Tests: Motorcycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department (a) has spent since 2000 and (b) proposes to spend in future years in (i) Poole and (ii) England on the implementation of...

      Driving: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with the organisers of the Young Marmalade scheme to encourage additional training for young, newly qualified...

      Freight: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the findings of the pilot study on freight options of British Waterways in respect of the Birmingham area; and if he...

      Fuels: Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much transport fuel used by businesses in the UK was purchased in each other EU member state in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Haulage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his estimate is of the contribution to gross domestic product the road haulage industry has made in the last 10 years.

      Heathrow Airport: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to support an application for European funding for the proposed Heathrow rail hub.

      Lorries: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his assessment is of the merits of the Fresnel lens to improve vision for drivers of (a) UK and (b) foreign heavy goods vehicles; and if he will...

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with the motor insurance industry on the costs of hire cars during periods when accident insurance disputes and...

      Motorways: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents resulting in death or serious injury have occurred on the hard shoulder of motorways in England in each of the last five years.

      Network Rail: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will encourage Network Rail to respond to requests for information held as if they were subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

      Overseas Lorries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the maximum charge is per day for a foreign haulage vehicle to enter the UK.

      Overseas Lorries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many foreign vehicles arrived in the UK each (a) day, (b) week and (c) month of the last two years.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent increase in rail fares has been announced by each train operating company.

      Railways: Timetables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to encourage Network Rail to release to the hon. Member for Lewes the information he has requested from the company in respect of...

      Railways: Timetables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of the information his Department holds on very seriously delayed and cancelled trains in the last 12 month...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of (a) serious and (b) fatal road accidents involved (i) foreign and (ii) UK road hauliers in the latest period for which information...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many reported deaths as a result of road traffic accidents there were in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex in each year since 1997.

      Severn Bridge: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of disabled people who used (a) the Severn Bridge and (b) the Second Severn Crossing who qualified for...

      Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to ensure that (a) 20 miles per hour and (b) home zones are enforced.

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been raised in fines (a) from each speed camera and (b) in total from speed cameras in (i) Essex and (ii) Basildon district in each of...

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was raised in fines from speed cameras in (a) Bolton and (b) Greater Manchester in the last year for which records are available; how much...

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was raised in fines from speed cameras in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire in the last year for which records are available; how...

      Traffic Lights: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport at what locations, on what roads, in (a) the Metropolitan Police area of London, (b) Essex and (c) Hertfordshire where red light cameras are (i) in...

      Vehicle and Operator Services Agency: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department has conducted any customer service surveys relating to the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency following its reform.

      Vehicles: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many registered road vehicles of each (a) engine size and (b) level of carbon dioxide emissions there were in each (i) region and (ii)...

      Vehicles: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of French-licensed road vehicles with long-range fuel tanks being used to undertake business solely within the UK.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Closed Circuit Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether there are any outstanding requests to his Department for CCTV cameras at interface points in Northern Ireland.

    • Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many incidents of hate crime were recorded in Northern Ireland in 2008.

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what expert advisers have been commissioned by his Department and its agencies since 1997; on what topic each was commissioned; and whether the...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make it his policy that temporary and permanent employees of his Department employed at the same grade receive the same hourly rate...

      Departmental Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, column 883W, on departmental vehicles, what types and makes of vehicles...

      District Policing Partnerships: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost of funding district policing partnerships in Northern Ireland was in the year ended March 2008.

      Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the Wright Inquiry has informed him of the reasons why the inquiry's former Senior Counsel Derek Batchelor QC vacated his post; and what...

      Offenders

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

      Police Stations: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects the new prison at Magilligan to be completed; and at what cost.

      Police Stations: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the recent maintenance and refurbishment work at Garvagh Police Station, County Londonderry, cost.

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many sentenced foreign prisoners were released from prisons in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months for which data is available.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Business Improvement Districts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield of 19 November 2008, Official Report, columns 508-09W, on...

    • Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to which (a) charities and (b) voluntary organisations her Department has provided funding in the last five years; and how...

      Community Development: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government through which funding streams her Department plans to contribute towards (a) supporting housing, (b) countering social...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make publicly available the location-related datasets for (a) the 10,000 localities drawn up by the Valuation...

      Councillors: Arun

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons the Audit Commission has requested councillors of Arun Council to provide details of their personal bank accounts.

      Departmental Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which (a) food and (b) drinks suppliers have been used by her Department in each of the last three years; and how much her...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of contractors and suppliers to (a) her Department and (b) its agencies has reported compliance with the...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make it her policy that temporary and permanent employees of her Department employed at the same grade receive the...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been spent by her Department on staff reward and recognition schemes in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on how many occasions in the last 12 months Ministers in her Department have used their discretion to rule that a parliamentary...

      Disabled Facilities Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield of 25 January 2008, Official Report, columns 233-4W, on...

      Eco-Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many eco-towns she expects to be constructed.

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information required to be provided in energy performance certificates is not required to be provided under Part L of...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many fire engines there were in operation in each year since 1997.

      Fire Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many Fire Service personnel there were in each year since 1997.

      Fire Services: Taunton

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

      Fire Services: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment she has made of the effect of the provisions of the EU Working Time Directive on the retained duty system...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will revoke the requirement on property vendors to provide home information packs.

      Homes and Communities Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the interim operating budget for the Homes and Communities Agency is in the four month period ending at the end of March 2009.

      Housing: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what use her Department has made of data held on the (a) home condition report and (b) energy performance certificate register.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield of 19 November 2008, Official Report, columns 507-8W, on...

      Housing: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average price of a (a) post-1960s detached house and (b) post-1960s flat within a block of flats in England was...

      Jenny Watson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for how many days a year Ms Jenny Watson is contracted to work for the Audit Commission; and what remuneration she receives for...

      Lloyds TSB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what meetings the Minister for the South East (a) has had and (b) plans to have with representatives of Lloyds TSB on...

      Local Government: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield of 19 November 2008, Official Report, column 511W, on...

      Local Government: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate her Department has made of the amount of interest local authorities have foregone on money frozen in Icelandic banks.

      Local Government: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much money local authorities have deposited in Icelandic banks; (2) which local authorities have funds frozen in...

      Local Government: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what data which her Department used to gather from local authorities is no longer gathered as a result of the adoption of the...

      Local Government: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people were employed by local government in England in each year since 1996-97.

      Local Government: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects to make a statement on the structure of Suffolk and Norfolk local government.

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the average non-domestic rates bill in England in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09 and (c) 2009-10.

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the net revenue from non-domestic rates in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09 and (c) 2009-10.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what cap she plans to impose on the rate at which supplementary business rates are imposed.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what definition of empty her Department uses for the purposes of determining empty property exemptions for business rates.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of empty properties have a rateable value of less than £15,000.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the financial value of the threshold level of rate relief in London for small firms in relation to (a) small business rate...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 351W,...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether small businesses will be automatically exempted from supplementary business rates.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what business rate multiplier she plans to use for (a) small firms and (b) medium and large firms in (i) 2008-09 and (ii) 2009-10.

      Opencast Mining: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many applications for open cast coal mine developments were referred to the Secretary of State in each year since 1990,...

      Opencast Mining: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many applications for open cast coal mine developments were successful in each year since 1990; and in which constituency...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what timetable she has set for the designation of regional development agencies as regional planning bodies.

      Valuation: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much (a) the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) and (b) agents working on behalf of the VOA have spent on the automated...

      Vital Villages Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effect on rural communities of the Vital Villages programme.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Elite Athlete Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans he has for elite athlete funding in the next three years.

    • Tote

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had with European Commission officials on transferring the Tote to the horseracing industry; and if he...

      Digital Switchover: South Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made on ensuring that audio description is available via a single button on set-top boxes in advance of digital...

      Free Theatre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress his Department has made on its programme for free theatre.

      Free Theatre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made on his free theatre policies; and if he will make a statement.

      Sport Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people participated in regular sport in (a) 2008 and (b) 2007.

      Find Your Talent Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made on the find your talent initiative; and if he will make a statement.

      Broadcasting: Language Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had with representatives of broadcasting companies on language standards in broadcasting.

      Sports Clubs: Water Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations he has received on the impact on sports clubs of changes in the method of calculation of water rates.

      Sporting Talent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to increase the opportunities for the development of young sporting talent; and if he will make a statement.

      Stadiums: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the provision of stadiums for major events in the south-west.

      Sport in Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he next expects to meet local authorities to discuss measures to encourage sport in schools.

      Betting Shops: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2008, Official Report, column 415W, on betting shops, how many premises licence applications for...

      Broadband Stakeholders Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) administrative and (b) financial support his Department has provided for the Broadband Stakeholders Group since it was...

      Convergence Think Tank: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many of his Department's staff have provided support to the Convergence Think Tank.

      Cricket: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what undertakings his Department gave to the England and Wales Cricket Board on Chance to Shine funding during the formation of the...

      Departmental Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which (a) food and (b) drinks suppliers have been used by his Department in each of the last three years; and how much his Department...

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he plans to reply to the letter of 5 November 2008 from the hon. Member for Walsall North on a constituent (ref CMS/108315/asg).

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 16 December 2008, Official Report, column 549W, on the Departmental internet, what the initial costing of...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the Active Places website has cost his Department in each year since the site's creation.

      Departmental Plants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to the answer of 10 March 2008, Official Report, column 138W, on departmental plants, how much his Department has...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of invoices for goods and services procured from small and medium-sized businesses were paid within 10 days of receipt...

      Departmental Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department's central media and communication unit spent on public surveys in each of the last three years.

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what will happen to the transmitter at Winter Hill when the digital switchover is complete.

      Digital Broadcasting: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding his Department is providing for support and advice under the digital switchover help scheme in 2008-09.

      Digital Broadcasting: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the estimated cost of digital switchover will be in the North West.

      Digital Radio Working Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the (a) total and (b) staffing cost to his Department has been of the Digital Radio Working Group since its establishment.

      Digital Radio Working Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on what date the Digital Radio Working Group was set up; on what date it published its interim report; and when he expects it to publish...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent steps the Government has taken to support businesses within the gambling industry.

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he will announce decisions following the consultation on the Gambling Act (Variations of Monetary Limits for Gaming Machines) Order...

      Gambling: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many gambling operators have been (a) investigated and (b) penalised for irresponsible advertising under the gambling advertising...

      ICT: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many of his Department's staff have provided support for the Digital Britain Review.

      Legacy Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of funding dispersed by the Legacy Trust to date has been spent on (a) cultural and (b) sporting projects.

      Legacy Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what projects have received funding from the Legacy Trust of more than £100,000 to date.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he will reply to the hon. Member for Luton South's letter of 10 July 2008 about Mr R. Fisk of Luton.

      Playing Fields: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to the answer of 1 November 2006, Official Report, column 421W, on playing fields, how many planning applications have...

      Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of households in each local authority area lived within (a) one mile and (b) two miles of a static library in each of...

      Public Service Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he plans to publish his final assessment of progress made towards meeting his Department's public service agreement performance...

      Sport England: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what undertakings have been made to non-Olympic sports in respect of their Sport England funding over the period 2008 to 2012.

      Sports Legacy Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the first meeting of the Sports Legacy Board will take place.

      Television: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many households are still operating on analogue television in the North West.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment he has made of progress made towards reaching his Department's target to improve productivity in the tourism,...

      VisitBritain: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding the Government has provided directly to VisitBritain in each of the last three years.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which organisation has managed each project funded by his Department in Helmand province since 2005; what the budget of each was; how...

    • Afghanistan: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the outcomes of each project undertaken by his Department in the areas of development and reconstruction in Helmand province were...

      Afghanistan: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which sectors in Afghanistan are covered by his Department's Helmand road map; how much is to be spent on the road map; how its...

      Afghanistan: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's objectives in Helmand province are for the next two years.

      Africa: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid the UK has provided to (a) Zimbabwe and (b) sub-Saharan Africa in each of the last five years; what he expects UK's aid...

      Commonwealth Scholarship Commission: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many people of each (a) sex and (b) ethnicity were appointed to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the last five years.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recommendations have been made by the Carbon Trust to his Department following energy audits conducted on its buildings; and what...

      Departmental Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to his Department's Annual Report 2008, chapter 10, point 10.4, how many times each committee met during 2006-07; and...

      Departmental Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many times the departmental-wide working group established to provide comments and contribute to organisational directions for the...

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Disabled Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department has made workplace adjustments to accommodate employees with a disability.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what provision has been made to train his Department's staff on the implementation and use of the new Quest system; and what the cost...

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what policies his Department has to monitor his staff's vehicle usage.

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on agency temporary staffing for its UK offices in the last three years.

      Guatemala: Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) funding and (b) other support his Department is providing in 2008-09 for organisations in Guatemala that seek to increase...

      Offenders

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

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what major measurable indicators his Department is contributing to addressing international poverty, as referred to in the Public...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department will have met all of its Public Service Agreement targets by the end of the 2005 to 2008 plan.

      St. Helena: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his most recent estimate is of the length of time which will be required for the proposed airport on St. Helena to be brought into...

      St. Helena: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his most recent estimate was of the cost to the public purse of the proposed St. Helena airport before the pause in negotiations...

      St. Helena: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he plans to publish the environmental impact assessment of the proposed St. Helena airport development.

      Zimbabwe: Cholera

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe: Diamonds

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether it is the Government's policy to support calls for a suspension of Zimbabwe from the Kimberley Process for diamonds.

      Zimbabwe: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of distribution of humanitarian aid in Zimbabwe; and if he will make a statement.

      Zimbabwe: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many UK humanitarian workers have been refused visas to enter Zimbabwe since November 2008; and if he will make a statement.

  • Treasury

    • Car Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the rate for approved mileage allowance payment was last set.

    • Charities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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.

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average period between approval of an application for child benefit and the first benefit payment was in the last period for which figures are...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the average time taken to process applications for child benefit in the most recent period for which information is available;...

      Churches: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will publish the names of those on the inter-departmental working group set up to look into the repair of church buildings and the bodies they represent.

      Clear Line of Sight Programme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made on the Clear Line of Sight project; and if he will make a statement.

      Debts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the International Monetary Fund on its assessment of (a) public and (b) private debt in the UK.

      Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many official journeys (a) he and his predecessors and (b) his officials made by plane in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Catering

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which (a) food and (b) drinks suppliers have been used by his Department in each of the last three years; and how much his Department paid to each such...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what IT systems used by his Department access data from the central Frameworks Database; and what the stated purpose of each system is; (2) what...

      Departmental Surveys

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department's central media and communication unit spent on public surveys in each of the last three years.

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will adopt a public procurement policy to assist British companies during the current financial situation.

      Landfill Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of (a) the total tonnage of waste and (b) the revenue from landfill tax on waste sent to landfill in (i) 2006, (ii) 2007 and...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Hemel Hempstead of 22 October 2008 on behalf of a constituent regarding economic difficulties.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letters of 15 October 2008 and 9 December 2008 from the hon. Member for Weston-super-Mare on his constituent Mr. Ian Wild.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 13 November 2008, on NDFA investments via Lehman Brothers Treasury...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letters of 27 October and 9 December 2008 from the hon. Member for Forest of Dean, reference FD4347, regarding Kaupthing...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when a reply will be sent to the hon. Member for West Chelmsford's letter of 13 October 2008, Treasury Reference: 5/03547/2008, concerning Mr S A Mack of...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter of 25 November 2008 from the hon. Member for Walsall North on a constituent (ref: PO 5/03827/2008).

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Aldridge-Brownhills of (a) 10 October 2008 in respect of Mr David Hill and Kaupthing Singer...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Government's public sector capital expenditure was in each year since 1997-98; and what the planned public sector capital expenditure is for (a)...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Government's public sector current expenditure was in each year since 1997-98; and what the planned public sector current expenditure is for (a)...

      Revenue and Customs: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the savings from the reorganisation of HM Revenue and Customs office space in Yorkshire and the Humber; and if he will make a...

      Revenue and Customs: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received from local authorities on proposed tax office closures in Yorkshire and the Humber; and if he will make a statement.

      Revenue and Customs: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the HM Revenue and Customs reorganisation programme on levels of employment in Yorkshire and the Humber;...

      Tax Allowances: Self-Employed

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to the public purse was of tax relief for training by the self-employed allowable under PAYE in 2007-08.

      Valuation Office: Cole Layer Trumble

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the agreement between Cole Layer Trumble/Tyler Technologies and the organisation which acts as the agent of the...

      VAT: Sunscreens

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to reduce value added tax on suncare products which give children protection against the effects of the sun.

      VAT: Sunscreens

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received on proposals to reduce the rate of value added tax for suncare products; and if he will make a statement.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families claiming tax credits in 2006-07 experienced an income increase of between (a) £2,500 and £5,000, (b) £5,001 and...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the documentation relating to the Tax Credit Transformation Programme.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Age: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the average age of (a) men and (b) women resident in (i) Hemel Hempstead and (ii) Hertfordshire was at the latest date for which information...

    • Death: Carbon Monoxide

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many recorded deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning have occurred in (a) owner- occupied residences, (b) accommodation let from a private...

      Death: Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many children have died in Doncaster in each of the last five years.

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many (a) jobs, (b) private sector jobs and (c) public sector jobs there were in the UK in each year since 1979.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people in (a) North Yorkshire and (b) England were unemployed in each year since 1993.

  • Justice

    • Antisocial Behaviour: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 17 December 2008, Official Report, column 844W, on anti-social behaviour: fixed penalties, how many penalty notices for...

    • Approved Premises: Harwich

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many new bail hostels are planned to be built in Harwich constituency.

      Bail Accommodation and Support Service: Cheshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many ClearSprings bail hostels have been (a) planned and (b) approved in Crewe and Nantwich constituency.

      Bail Accommodation and Support Service: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice in which local government wards in Leicester, Leicestershire, Northampton, Northamptonshire and Peterborough there is accommodation provided by the...

      Bribery Bill: Draft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the proposed date of publication of the Bribery Bill is.

      Bronzefield Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) escapes, (b) attempted escapes and (c) assaults on staff there have been at HM Prison Bronzefield in each year since it opened.

      Crime: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice in what schemes operated by or on behalf of his Department other than the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority the decisions of one officer are...

      Custodial Sentences: Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people received a custodial sentence for carrying a weapon or a blade in each year from 2004 to 2007.

      Departmental Marketing

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make it his policy that temporary and permanent employees of his Department employed at the same grade receive the same hourly rate of pay.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend East of 27 October 2008, Official Report, column 744W, on departmental...

      Departmental Procurement

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

      Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were in prison in England and Wales for non-payment of fixed penalty notices on (a) 1 April 2006, (b) 1 April 2007 and (c) 1 April 2008.

      Magistrates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many sitting magistrates are currently serving; (2) what steps are being taken to encourage (a) members of ethnic minorities and (b) women...

      Magistrates Courts: Lyndhurst

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has for the future of Lyndhurst magistrates court.

      Magistrates Courts: Lyndhurst

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what account he will take in determining the future of Lyndhurst magistrates court of (a) the assurances given to residents of Totton, the Waterside and...

      Magistrates Courts: Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the Libra computer system will be able to provide magistrates court summonses in Welsh; and if he will make a statement.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what meetings staff of the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) have held with ( a) the National Association of Probation Officers and (b) the...

      National Offender Management Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff with (a) a probation background and (b) a prison background are currently employed in the National Offender Management Service at (i)...

      National Probation Service for England and Wales: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what estimate he has made of the number of Probation Service staff expected to leave Greater Manchester probation area as a result of (a) natural...

      Parc Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners there are in HM Prison Parc.

      Parc Young Offender Institution: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent discussions his Department has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on provision of mental health in-reach services at Parc Young Offender...

      Prisoners Transfers: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many transfers of prisoners (a) from prisons in Wales to prisons in England and (b) from prisons in England to prisons in Wales took place in each...

      Prisoners: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2008, Official Report, column 1023W, on prisoners: compensation, how many prisoners have instigated legal...

      Prisoners: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners ordinarily not resident in Wales are in prisons in Wales.

      Prisoners: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of people under the age of 18 were being held in Prison Service establishments in England and Wales in each of the last 10 years.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress has been made in his plans to build new prisons.

      Prisons: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects to announce the site of a new prison in Wales.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the projected Probation Service caseload is for (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11.

      Probation Service for England and Wales: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many probation posts he estimates will be lost as a result of the budget cuts anticipated during (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11 and (d)...

      Probation: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many probation staff who have been fully qualified outside the Probation Service are planned to be recruited in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11.

      Probation: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many trainee probation officers are planned to be recruited in each month of (a) 2009 and (b) 2010.

      Probation: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what staff at each grade are responsible for the design and delivery of future probation training; and what the length and nature of their direct...

      Probation: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the budget is for the training of probation staff in each month of (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11.

      Probation: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has for the future training of probation staff; and if he will make a statement.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many new schools he estimates will be opened by March (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011 and (d) 2012 through the (i) Building...

    • Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Government has taken to protect children in schools from abuse in the last 12 months.

      Children's Centres: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what progress has been made in the project to look at benchmarking systems already in use in local authorities and children's...

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether the revised rules on skills tests under the Education (Specified Work and Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations...

      Forced Marriage: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what tendering process was undertaken by his Department before contracting the National Centre for Social Research to conduct...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer of 19 November 2008, Official Report, columns 635-36W, on general certificate of secondary...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when the 2008 GCSE results for secondary schools will be published.

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in how many schools less than 25 per cent. of pupils aged 16 achieved the equivalent of five GCSEs at grades A* to C in 2008.

      Head Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the outcomes of the Future Leaders pilot; and if he will make a statement.

      Home Access Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the progress of the Home Access Taskforce in devising sustainable approaches towards ensuring that...

      Mathematics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many mathematics national strategy consultants (NSCs) are employed by local authorities on (a) permanent, (b) annual and...

      Mathematics: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what funding his Department has provided for the National Centre for Excellence in Teaching of Mathematics in the last 12 months;...

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what powers were (a) requested by and (b) granted to the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority in relation to the oversight of...

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average funding per pupil was in each local education authority in England in the latest period for which figures are...

      Schools: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of progress to date in regional pathfinders established under the Primary Capital programme.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what Supporting Schools Financial Management and Value for Money support seminars were held in 2008.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on what date the evaluation of the Financial Management standard in secondary schools was published.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the progress made under the school efficiency measurement pilots; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many interim executive boards were established in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the findings contained in Ofsted's report on schools that have successfully emerged from special...

      Science: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of project Enthuse in meeting its objectives.

      Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many secondary schools had (a) 1,500 or more and (b) 2,000 or more pupils in each of the last 10 years, broken down by local...

      Secondary Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of mainstream maintained secondary schools inspected by Ofsted in (a) 2008 and (b) 2007 held end of year...

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children received support from children's social care in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007.

      Social Services: Doncaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps Paul Gray has taken to improve Doncaster children's services since his appointment as Interim Director of Children's...

      Social Services: Doncaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when his officials will complete their diagnostic review of Doncaster's children's services; and whether their findings will be...

      Social Services: Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many Parent Support Advisers there are in England.

      Social Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what assessment he has made of the progress of the Children's Workforce Development Council in setting the baseline for...

      Specialised Diplomas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the 14 to 19 diplomas in widening access to higher education.

      Specialist Schools Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which (a) mainstream and (b) special schools joined the Specialist Schools programme in 2007-08.

      Star Chamber Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the performance of the Star Chamber Board to date; what achievements the Board has made since its...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the progress made under Teach First initiative; and if he will make a statement.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which (a) private sector bodies and (b) university (i) education and (ii) mathematics faculties are taking part in the design of...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of inmates in young offender institutions previously had looked-after status in each of the last 10 years.

      Young People: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the percentage of people under the age of 25 years who used Class A drugs in 2007-08.

      Young People: Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the percentage of (a) males and (b) females under the age of 25 years who smoked tobacco in each of...

      Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what progress the Youth Justice Board has made on a new safeguarding strategy for children and young people in the secure estate.

      Youth Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance his Department issued on the co-location of services for children and young people in 2008.

      Youth Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent progress the Youth Taskforce has made towards meeting its objectives; and if he will make a statement.

      Youth Services: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in what ways his Department is working with external partners to introduce a common platform of skills and training for those...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Adult Education: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps his Department is taking to provide opportunities for jobless people to learn new skills, with particular...

    • Apprentices: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many apprenticeships were (a) started and (b) completed in (i) London and (ii) the London Borough of Wandsworth in the...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of people applying to university who were from an unskilled background went on to attend (a) their nearest...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many universities on average each (a) prospective student from an unskilled background and (b) other prospective...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of Universities and Colleges Admissions Services university applications were made online in each year since...

      Intellectual Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many of the Gowers Report recommendations have been implemented.

      Medicine: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) students and (b) undergraduates were studying (i) medicine, (ii) dentistry and (iii) subjects allied to...

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many non-EU students are expected to graduate from universities in England this year; and how many have so graduated in...

      Shipping: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what plans are in place to (a) develop training schemes for people who wish to join the shipping industry and (b) improve...

      Students: Part-Time Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of the number and percentage of undergraduate students who were in part-time work in the (a) first...

      Vocational Training: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people were entered for each publicly-recognised vocational qualification in the last year for which figures are...

      National Internship Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how many places he plans to provide under the national internship scheme; (2) which organisations his Department has...

      National Internship Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what plans he has to ensure that graduates based in rural areas have access to the new national internship scheme.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Bangladesh: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to enter into discussions with the new government of Bangladesh on human rights in that country.

    • British Overseas Territories: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the budget for the Overseas Territories Programme Fund is for 2008-09; and how much was spent from the fund in each of the...

      Carbon Emissions: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his remarks on a durable funding mechanism for carbon capture and storage (CCS) of 9 December 2008, Official...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Natural Resources

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what projects the Government is undertaking with the provincial government of Katanga in Democratic Republic of Congo and with...

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Energy

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

      Departmental Internet

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

      Diplomatic Service: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs who the members of the internal selection board for appointing heads of mission for his Department are; in what region of the UK...

      EC Common Foreign and Security Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of each of the working papers drafted to frame discussion of EU-US affairs for the...

      Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the total running cost of the British embassy in (a) Ottawa, (b) Washington, (c) Beijing, (d) Tokyo, (e) Sydney, (f)...

      European Union: Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff served in the UK Permanent Representation to the EU in each year since 1997, broken down by payband.

      India: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of India on reported violence against Christians in Orissa; and if he...

      International Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reduction has been made in his Department's funding for public diplomacy as a result of its Allocative Efficiencies...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent changes there have been to the Government's policy on Iran.

      Iraq: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the Government will urge the Kurdistan Democratic Party to ensure the return of all Christian-owned land and houses...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take at the United Nations on allegations of (i) the use by Hamas of human...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Palestinian Authority and (b) Hamas on seeking a lasting ceasefire in Gaza.

      Offenders

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

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the UK has offered any assistance to the authorities of Pakistan in connection with the investigation of the killing of...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether (a) he and (b) his officials have held discussions with the authorities of Pakistan on the death of Major-General...

      Passports: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in what circumstances UK nationals who are fugitives from justice can have their passports renewed by UK consulates overseas...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the government of Sri Lanka on the arrest and trial of those responsible for the killing of...

      Sri Lanka: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports his Department has received on the treatment of international non-governmental organisations in Sri Lanka;...

      Sri Lanka: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports his Department has received on the alleged use of cluster bombs by the government of Sri Lanka in the Vanni region;...

      Sri Lanka: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the human rights situation in the Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka; and if he will make...

      Sweden: British Overseas Citizenship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK nationals have taken up residence in (a) Sweden and (b) Denmark in each of the last five years.

      Sweden: British Overseas Citizenship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK nationals are engaged in full-time study in (a) Swedish and (b) Danish universities.

      Tourists: Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British citizens have died while on holiday overseas in each of the last five years; and how many died in each EU...

      Tourists: Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received from UK organisations on the provision of health care for British citizens who are taken...

      Tourists: Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support his Department has put in place to support the families of those whose relatives (a) are taken ill and (b) die...

      UN World Conference against Racism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the government of Israel on UK attendance at the Durban Review Conference in 2009; and if he...

      Whales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when his Department last met representatives from the International Whaling Commission to discuss international whaling practices.

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on political developments in Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

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

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortions there were in each of the last 15 years, broken down by (a) grounds for abortion, (b) length of gestation and (c) health authority...

    • Abortion: Down's Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to repeal the provision of the Abortion Act 1967 allowing women to terminate a pregnancy if their...

      Arthritis: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to encourage the development of monitoring clinics in community settings for the purpose of reviewing patients with inflammatory...

      Beverley Community Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the East Riding of Yorkshire primary care trust has spent on finding a new location for Beverley Community Hospital; and if he will make a statement.

      Brain Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to improve services for people with acquired brain injury; (2) what steps his Department has taken to record...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to publish guidance for cancer commissioners.

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether he has validated a modular assessment tool for the purpose of collecting information on cancer awareness; and when he expects to undertake a...

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of commissioners of cancer services in relation to NHS waiting time standards through the assurance...

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the extent to which local NHS organisations are following advice contained in the cancer reform strategy.

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent by the NHS on the treatment of (a) breast cancer and (b) prostate cancer in each of the last five years.

      Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress he has made towards completing a dataset for all chemotherapy service providers in respect of patients receiving chemotherapy.

      Care Homes: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of the current economic situation on those who fund their own stay in care homes; and what plans he has to...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to raise awareness of statutory rights for carers.

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress he has made towards increasing the participation of women aged 25 to 35 years in the cervical cancer screening programme.

      Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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.

      Chlamydia: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of persons in East Sussex have been diagnosed with chlamydia in the latest period for which figures are available, broken...

      Contaminated Blood and Blood Products Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 16 December 2008, Official Report, columns 675-76W, on contaminated blood and blood products inquiry, how many of the...

      Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what account his Department is taking in its policy on testing for vCJD infection amongst at-risk groups of the recent completion of the trial of the...

      Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many journeys (a) he and his predecessors and (b) his officials made by aeroplane in the course of their duties in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) Ministers and (b) civil servants in his Department received coaching in a foreign language in the last 12 months; what expenditure his...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on advertising in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what expert advisers have been commissioned by his Department and its agencies since 1997; on what topic each was commissioned; and whether the adviser so...

      Departmental Telephone Services

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

      Direct Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration he has given to increasing the safeguards for people who lack capacity and have their direct payments managed on their behalf by a...

      Doctors: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) named and (b) designated doctor posts in charge of child safety in primary care trusts are vacant.

      Down's Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to increase awareness of Down's syndrome.

      Elderly: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 12 January 2009, Official Report, column 144W, on elderly: abuse, which local authority reported in each of the 15 serious...

      Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's recommendation is for the amount of exercise people should take each week.

      Family Nurse Partnership Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the family nurse partnership programme.

      General Practitioners: Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons he decided not to implement proposals for changes to arrangements for GP dispensing.

      General Practitioners: Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to (a) increase the role that pharmacists play in patient safety and (b) improve communications between primary care trusts and local...

      General Practitioners: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GP surgeries use 0844 and 0845 telephone numbers for calls from members of the public; and if he will make a statement.

      General Practitioners: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the use of 0844 numbers by GPs' surgeries; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Centres: Christchurch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made since 21 July 2008 in the disposal of his interest in the former NHS health centre in Saxon Square, Christchurch.

      Health Professions: Career Structure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of proposals for modernising scientific careers proposals on (a) the funding of BSc level qualifications and...

      Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to announce separate indicative funding allocations for disabled children's services and children's palliative care services in the Child...

      Health Services: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish his Department's review of customer experience information in health and social care.

      Heart Diseases: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of the national service framework on levels of coronary heart disease; and if he will make a statement.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) cancer networks and (b) primary care trusts have completed local reviews of in-patient bed usage.

      Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the location and address of each cleft palate and cleft lip unit is, broken down by health authority.

      Hospitals: Disinfectants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department will discourage NHS trusts from procuring quaternary ammonium-based products for use as disinfectants in NHS hospitals; and if he will...

      Hospitals: Disinfectants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what criteria his Department uses to decide whether a product is sporicidal; whether his Department has assessed (a) peracetic acid-based formulas...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government are taking to publicise availability of influenza vaccination in (a) England, (b) the north-east and (c) Middlesbrough South...

      Injuries: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital admissions resulting from (a) unintentional and (b) deliberate injuries to children there were in 2007; and if he will make a statement.

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people have been recorded as having a (a) profound and multiple, (b) complex and (c) severe learning disability in each of the last five...

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much each local authority spent on (a) community-based care and (b) residential care for people with a learning disability in each of the last five...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish the document, New Horizons for Mental Health Commissioning.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve choice and information for people with depression and anxiety.

      Mental Health: Economic Recession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the impact of economic recessions on levels of mental health.

      Neonatal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research he has (a) commissioned and (b) assisted into unexplained neonatal mortality.

      Neonatal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans the Confidential Inquiry into Maternal and Child Health has further to review how it determines the (a) number of babies who are stillborn and...

      NHS: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what average percentage of the occupied floor area of (a) each NHS trust's buildings and (b) all NHS trusts' buildings in England were in physical...

      NHS: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has issued on whistle blowing policy in relation to individuals working in child protection in the NHS; and if he will make a...

      NHS: Exchange Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of recent sterling exchange rate changes on the cost of (a) medical, (b) surgical equipment and (c)...

      NHS: Exchange Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to mitigate the impact of recent exchange rate changes on the overseas activities of (a) his Department and (b) the NHS;...

      NHS: Exchange Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) his Department's and (b) the NHS's forecast (i) net euro and (ii) net US dollar exposure is in 2008-09; what it was in 2007-08; and what...

      NHS: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to allow independent sector treatment centres to receive subsidies over the NHS tariff when contracts currently in place expire.

      NHS: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department's consultation on the use of 084 numbers within the NHS is expected to cost.

      NHS: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether NHS Direct uses 0844 and 0845 telephone numbers for calls from members of the public; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many contracts the NHS has awarded to agency staff in each year since 1997; what the cost of these contracts was; and if he will estimate the annual...

      Parliamentary Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy when placing material in the Library in response to a parliamentary question to supply a copy of the material to the hon....

      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) Hemel Hempstead, (b) Hertfordshire and (c) England in the last 12 months.

      Physiologists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which health care science disciplines his Department classifies as falling within the field of physiological science; and which of these require statutory...

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance his Department provides to social care establishments on obtaining repeat prescriptions of a controlled drug; (2) on how many...

      Primary Care Trusts: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much he expects each primary care trust to spend per head of population in 2008-09, ranked from highest to lowest.

      Primary Care Trusts: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Healthcare Commission's annual healthcheck for 2008-09 will include an assessment of primary care trust performance as providers and...

      Respite Care: Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much of the £150 million funding awarded by his Department for respite to carers will be allocated to the London Borough of Havering.

      Shingles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent meetings he and his officials have had to discuss prevention of shingles and post herpetic neuralgia in older people through immunisation.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of regular smokers in (a) Stroud constituency, (b) Gloucestershire and (c) England; and how many people have...

      Social Services: Elderly and Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to assist social workers in protecting the elderly and disabled.

      Tuberculosis: Ashford Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many instances of tuberculosis have been recorded in Ashford constituency in each quarter of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Wheelchairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes he plans to the weight limits applying to the classification of wheelchairs in (a) class one and (b) class two. [R]

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there were for the offences of (i) drunkenness simple and (ii) drunkenness with aggravation...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Bury St Edmunds of 30 June 2008, Official Report, column 710WA, on alcoholic drinks:...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions of people aged 10 to 17 years for being drunk and disorderly there were in (a) Stockport metropolitan borough, (b)...

      Ali Dizaei

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether Sir Ian Blair was involved in the decision to suspend Commander Ali Dizaei.

      Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what legal provisions are in place to prevent (a) the preaching of hatred and (b) incitement to commit criminal acts against the Jewish...

      Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been arrested by police for regulatory offences in each of the last five years.

      Association of Chief Police Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations she has received on the corporate status of the Association of Chief Police Officers; and if she will make a...

      Border and Immigration Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) income and (b) expenditure of the Border and Immigration Agency was in (i) 2005-06, (ii) 2006-07 and (iii) 2007-08.

      British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 30 June 2008, Official Report, columns 712-14W, on the British Nationality (Honorary Citizenship) Bill, if...

      Charities

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

      Christmas

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

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff in her Department work on cohesion related issues; and what forecasts she has made of the cost of employing such staff in (a)...

      Crime: Airguns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes involving airguns took place in each year since 1997.

      Crime: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions her Department has had with organisations representing business on the subject of (a) business crime and (b)...

      Crimes of Violence: Betting Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information she holds on the number of betting shop workers subjected to verbal abuse in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Tees...

      Criminal Records Bureau: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been incorrectly designated as having a criminal conviction by the Criminal Records Bureau since the Bureau's inception.

      Departmental Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which (a) food and (b) drinks suppliers have been used by her Department in each of the last three years; and how much her Department paid...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of her Department are employed in (a) the commercial directorate, (b) general property, (c) the Home Office IT shared...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of her Department are employed in the (a) Corporate Communications unit, (b) E-communications unit, (c) Marketing and...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of her Department are employed in the (a) Crime and Drug Strategy Directorate, (b) Police and Crime Standards Directorate,...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of her Department's staff are employed in the (a) Animal (Scientific Procedures) Division, (b) Home Office Scientific...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of her Department's staff in total are employed in the (a) UK Border Agency, Immigration and International Section, (b) UK...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of her Department's staff are employed in the (a) EU section and (b) European near neighbours and wider world section of...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of her Department's staff are employed in the (a) Career Development and Assessment Unit, (b) Departmental Security Unit,...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make it her policy that temporary and permanent employees of her Department employed at the same grade receive the same hourly...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what use (a) her Department and (b) service providers under contract to her Department make of (i) 0844 and 0845 telephone numbers and (ii)...

      Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many immigration removal centres she has visited in the last 12 months.

      Dorset Police: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many extra police will be allocated to the Dorset Constabulary to provide security for the aquatic events for the duration of the...

      Driving Under Influence: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2008, on driving under influence, what assessment her Department has made of the discrepancy between...

      Drug Seizures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what quantities of (a) class A, (b) class B and (c) class C drugs have been seized by the Serious Organised Crime Agency in each of the...

      Drug Seizures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) publishes guidance to assist its officers on the circumstances in which a drugs seizure...

      Drugs: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the proportion of young people who took (a) cocaine and (b) ecstasy in each of the last 10 years.

      Entry Clearances: Macedonia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visa applications the UK has (a) received and (b) granted from Macedonian nationals in each of the last five years.

      Extradition: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how often the Government review its bilateral extradition treaties to take into account changing human rights situations in the countries...

      Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for which criminal offences (a) a fixed penalty notice and (b) a penalty notice for disorder can be given; and in respect of which offences...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of the prison population in England and Wales has a profile on the national DNA database.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the Government have spent on raising awareness of human trafficking in each of the last five years.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many non-British citizens convicted of human trafficking offences have been deported from Britain in each of the last five years.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has provided for funding human trafficking investigations in each of the last five years.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had on policy to combat human trafficking.

      Human Trafficking: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will provide a breakdown of the sentences issued to those convicted of human trafficking offences in each of the last five years by...

      Human Trafficking: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average sentence was for those convicted of human trafficking offences as a result of (a) Operation Pentameter 1 and (b) Operation...

      Identity Cards: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the effect on the cost to the public purse of revenue from charges for (a) identity cards, (b) biometric...

      Identity Cards: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the cost of issuing identity cards to foreign nationals in each of the five years from 2010-11.

      Identity Cards: Government Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what recent discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues on the likely levels of take-up of identity (ID) card verification...

      Immigration: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Home Office plans to consult on the no recourse to public funds rule.

      Language Analysis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 9 December 2008, Official Report, column 48WS, on language analysis, what percentage of...

      Licensed Premises: Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions police have closed disorderly and noisy premises with an on-licence to sell alcohol in each of the last five years.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when a reply will be sent to the hon. Member for West Chelmsford's letter of 27 October 2008 regarding his constituent Ms Sharon Singizi of...

      Metropolitan Police: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Association of Chief Police Officers members at the rank of commander and above in the Metropolitan police have been the subject of...

      Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) warnings and (b) cautions have been issued related to the possession of knives in each of the last 10 years; how many...

      Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) warnings were given, (b) cautions were issued and (c) prosecutions were brought for the illegal possession of knives in each...

      Organised Crime: Illegal Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has made an assessment of the likelihood of a link between illegal radio broadcasting and organised criminal gangs.

      Passports: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many claims for compensation have been received by her Department from individuals relating to passport applications and renewals in each...

      Passports: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the Identity and Passport Service has paid in compensation for delays in customers receiving passports in each year since 1997.

      Personation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate she has made of levels of identity fraud; and what recent assessment she has made of public awareness of measures to...

      Police: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many multi-agency risk assessment conferences were held in each police authority in England and Wales in the last 12 months; which...

      Police: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many serving police officers in (a) Hertfordshire, (b) City of London, (c) Metropolitan, (d) Merseyside and (e) Greater Manchester...

      Police: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what operating protocols apply to UK Border Agency staff in circumstances where a (a) man and (b) woman belonging to a faith which...

      Police: Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will bring forward proposals to award long service medals to police officers after 20 years of service; and if she will make a statement.

      Police: Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many dedicated traffic police are deployed on the motorway and trunk road network in England; and what the equivalent figure was for (a)...

      Police: Crime and Policing Representatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the future annual cost of providing allowances to directly elected crime and policing representatives as...

      Police: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what vetting takes place to ensure that persons with previous convictions are not employed by the police force; and if she will make a statement.

      Proceeds of Crime: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been collected relating to the suspected financing of terrorism through the suspicious activity reports regime since its creation.

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had on policy on prostitution.

      Serious Organised Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the estimated value of assets in cases adopted for civil recovery or tax action from other law enforcement agencies by the Serious...

      Serious Organised Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many cases were referred to the Serious Organised Crime Agency by other law enforcement agencies for civil recovery or taxation...

      Serious Organised Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases have been referred to the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) by law enforcement agencies in England and Wales for criminal...

      Speed Limits: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance her Department provides to police forces on enforcement of 20 miles per hour zones.

      UK Border Agency: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints were investigated by the Complaints Audit Committee of the UK Border Agency and its predecessor in each of the last three...

      UK Border Agency: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects the UK Border Agency to reply to the letter of 9 December 2008 from the hon. Member for Walsall North, reference 1032165...

  • House of Lords

    • House of Lords: Fair Trade Products

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what fair trade products are purchased by the House of Lords; and what plans they have to extend these.

    • House of Lords: Publications

      To ask the Chairman of Committees how much was spent by the House of Lords administration on diaries, calendars and parliamentary guides sent to (a) peers, and (b) Members of Parliament.

      Housing: Energy Efficiency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the approved contractors in the Warm Front scheme are subject to routine monitoring to ensure that their quoted prices are competitive in each area where...

      Public Houses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of public houses is currently owned by breweries; and what are the figures for the previous five years.

      Regulatory Impact Assessments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 9 June 2008 (WA 82), whether, under normal circumstances, regulatory impact assessments used in...

      Remembrance Day

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which department carries the lead responsibility for planning and managing the Remembrance Day commemoration and parade in Whitehall.

      Schools: Teachers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many of the graduate teachers recruited under the Teach First scheme are teaching in (a) Greater London; (b) the South East; (c) Yorkshire; and (d) the three...

      Smoking: Cigarette Packets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 17 December 2008 (Official Report, House of Lords, col. 171), whether they have sought the views of the Government...

      Unemployment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they propose during the current economic circumstances to ensure that individuals who are most disadvantaged and lose their jobs receive help to...

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