Written answers

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

  • Home Department

    • Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many anti-Semitic incidents or attacks have been reported in (a) England, (b) Chipping Barnet constituency and (c) the London Borough...

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many anti-social behaviour orders were issued in Glasgow North West constituency in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008.

      Community Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the mechanism is for ensuring that neighbourhood policing teams spend at least 80 per cent. of their time visibly working on their patch.

      Crime: Maps

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police forces provide crime maps on their websites which plot individual crimes at street level.

      Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many new offences were created by Home Office-sponsored legislation between (a) 1979 and 1996 and (b) 1997 and 2008.

      Metropolitan Police: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the monthly cost, including opportunity cost, of suspending a Metropolitan Police commander on full pay and expenses is.

      Metropolitan Police: Racial Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information her Department holds on the progress made in the investigation of complaints made by the Metropolitan Black Police...

      Police: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance her Department has issued on whistle blowing policy in relation to individuals working in child protection in police...

      Police: Horses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many mounted police there are in the Metropolitan Police.

      Police: Misconduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what reasons the Metropolitan Police Authority gave to her Department for its decision not to conduct a full case review of Operation Helios.

      Police: Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many traffic police officers are assigned to duties in each London borough.

      Police: Romford

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

      Police: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what costs she estimates would be incurred in holding elections for crime and policing representatives across England and Wales as proposed...

      Procedures Relating to Soham Murders Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the next progress report on the implementation of the Bichard Inquiry recommendations will be published.

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests for offences in relation to brothels there were in each of the last five years.

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the Tackling the Demand for Prostitution Review of November 2008, what programmes have been carried out in order to raise...

      Terrorism: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the date was of the most recent arrest under counter-terrorism legislation following which a suspect was held in pre-charge detention...

      Terrorism: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the date of arrest was for each individual who has been held in pre-charge detention under anti-terrorism legislation for more than 14 days.

      Terrorism: Stop and Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been stopped and searched under the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008 since it came into force.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Languages

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

    • Driving Under Influence: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many road traffic accidents which resulted in one or more fatalities in 2007 there were in Northern Ireland in which excessive alcohol was...

      International Monitoring Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the next International Monitoring Commission report is expected; and whether he expects it to include a section on the seizure in County...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects the 50/50 recruitment policy regarding the Police Service of Northern Ireland in Northern Ireland to be concluded and replaced...

      Probation Board for Northern Ireland: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people (a) were recruited to and (b) retired from the Probation Board in Northern Ireland in 2008.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to protect Afghani parliamentarians who speak out in favour of the rights of women, children...

    • Colombia: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department records the (a) location at and (b) unit with which Colombian military personnel serve once they have...

      Serbia: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's policy is on proposals for the liberalisation of the EU visa regime for Serbian citizens; when he expects...

      USA: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations have been made to the US Administration on behalf of the death row prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal.

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the salary bill for the Scotland Office was for its staff in all locations in each quarter since 1999.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps are being taken to increase the accessibility of high culture to working-class people.

    • Arts: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people have enrolled on Creative Britain apprenticeships; and if he will make a statement.

      Creative Britain Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost of the Creative Britain Review was to his Department; what financial contributions were made by other Government...

      Departmental Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) directly-operated and (b) franchised catering outlets his Department and its agency provides for staff.

      Gaming: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what changes he plans to make to licensing guidelines concerning gaming codes.

      ICT: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on what dates the Digital Britain Steering Board has met; what dates have been set for future meetings; which members of the Board were...

      Sport England: Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) buildings and (b) land Sport England owns; and what estimate he has made of the value of such assets.

      Sport England: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he expects the organisational changes within Sport England to be implemented.

      Sports: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans his Department has to increase participation amongst under-16 year olds in (a) athletics, (b) badminton, (c) basketball,...

      UK Sport: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) when UK Sport's annual athlete survey will be carried out; and when it will report; (2) when UK Sport's annual athlete survey...

      United Utilities: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) if he will discuss with United Utilities the effect on (a) Darwen Cricket Club and (b) other sports clubs of recent increases in...

  • Olympics

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how much has been spent on (a) maintaining, (b) decorating and (c) otherwise improving her Office's buildings since its inception; how much has been spent...

    • Olympic Games 2012: Construction

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what use has been made of the advice of the London Fire Brigade in the designing out of fire and other catastrophic risks in the construction and operation of...

      Olympic Games 2012: Construction

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what discussions she has had with the Olympic Delivery Authority on contracts for landscaping relating to the site of the London 2012 Olympics.

      Olympic Games 2012: Construction

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics on what date the construction of the temporary roads and bridges required for traffic access to the Olympic Park was completed.

      Olympic Games 2012: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics whether there are targets to encourage people living in the most disadvantaged areas to volunteer to work on preparation for and during the London 2012 Olympics.

      Olympic Games 2012: Security

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics when she expects the costed security plan for the London 2012 Olympics to be published.

      Olympic Games 2012: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what mechanisms are in place to encourage existing volunteer organisations to take part in work in preparation for and during the London 2012 Olympics.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what measures have been undertaken to address the moth infestation in T block; and when the operation is...

    • Pay

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how much has been spent by the House of Commons Commission on staff reward and recognition schemes in each of...

  • Wales

    • Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and (b) the Welsh Assembly Government on (i) the future of...

    • Departmental Buildings

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

      Departmental Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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 in...

      Departmental Catering

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

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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 Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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 Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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 Surveys

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

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales on how many occasions in the last 12 months Ministers in his Department have used their discretion to rule that a parliamentary question for written answer...

      Offenders

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

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Leader of the House how many members of staff in her Office have been (a) investigated, (b) suspended and (c) dismissed for losing (i) memory sticks, (ii) laptop computers, (iii)...

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Leader of the House how much has been spent by her Office on staff reward and recognition schemes in each of the last three years.

      Parliamentary Privilege

      To ask the Leader of the House what steps she plans to take to ensure the protection of parliamentary privilege; and if she will make a statement.

  • Defence

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what effect the decision to delay the in-service date of the new aircraft carriers by up to two years will have on the procurement of aircraft to operate...

    • Armed Forces: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel have been declared unfit for front line duty in each service in the last 12 months.

      Armed Forces: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel were stationed in Northern Ireland on 1 January 2009.

      Defence Equipment: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he made of the utility of Dragon Runner to his Department's operation; whether his Department has allocated funds to purchase Dragon...

      Defence Medical Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the (a) inflow and (b) outflow was of personnel in the Defence Medical Services in each year since 1997, broken down by (i) service and (ii)...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will bring forward proposals to ensure that a certain proportion of all expenditure on defence procurement is spent on products produced by...

      Departmental Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many houses owned by his Department are rated as grade (a) one, (b) two, (c) three and (d) four.

      Departmental Telephone Services

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

      Estonia: Defence Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much the Estonian government paid for the three British Sandown-class minehunters; and what Treasury guidelines were followed in this case.

      Estonia: Defence Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent on the three Sandown-class minehunters in the year prior to their sale to Estonia; and whether their sale was conditional on this work...

      Ex-servicemen: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many former servicemen and women are homeless in (a) London and (b) North Yorkshire.

      Ex-servicemen: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what facilities are provided to former servicemen and women with post-combat stress disorder living in (a) London and (b) North Yorkshire.

      Ex-servicemen: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many veterans have been treated for post-combat stress disorder in each of the last three years in (a) London and (b) North Yorkshire.

      Hercules Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many aircraft in the Hercules C-130 fleet are currently unfit for operational use; and if he will make a statement.

      Met Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the (a) coverage and (b) accuracy of radar monitoring of rainfall for catchment areas of (i) rivers in England and (ii)...

      Millen Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made in addressing the issues identified in the Millen Report.

      Russia: Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times Russian military aircraft approached British airspace in (a) each month in 2008 and (b) each year since 2006.

      White Phosphorus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the size of the stockpile of white phosphorus shells held by the armed forces is; and what criteria control the use of such shells.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of (a) penalties and (b) enforcement procedures for non-payment of...

    • Gypsies and Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will revise the guidance to local authorities in respect of the application of race relations legislation to planning...

      Gypsies and Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans her Department has for the future of Gypsy and Traveller site provision.

      Gypsies and Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when her Department next plans to review its planning guidance and circulars relating to Travellers.

      Community Cohesion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department is taking to achieve community cohesion; and if she will make a statement.

      Financial Assistance: Local Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department plans to take to assist local authorities in the current economic climate.

      Council Housing Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of trends in the number of families on council house waiting lists since 1997; and if she will make...

      Business Start-ups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she is taking to encourage provision of low-cost retailing space in town centres for small, local and start-up...

      Statutory Services: Over-60s

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what statutory services for which her Department is responsible borough councils will be required to provide to those aged over...

      Council Housing Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the merits of allowing local authorities to retain all monies raised from council house rent...

      South-west Spatial Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent progress has been made towards agreement of the draft south-west regional spatial strategy.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to improve the energy efficiency of existing homes.

      Infrastructure: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Government plans to grant to local authorities in West Sussex for infrastructure spending in the next three years;...

      Local Area Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment she has made of the effect of the credit crunch on the ability of local authorities to meet their local...

      New Housing Estimates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of houses to be built in (a) the growth areas and (b) Northamptonshire in 2009-10.

      Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households are in temporary accommodation.

      Building Regulations: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations she has received on the building regulations as they apply to resilience of properties to flooding;...

      Domestic Visits: Wellingborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in what capacity she visited Wellingborough constituency on 5 December 2008; whether the costs of her travel were met by the...

      Greenbelt: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many hectares of greenbelt land there were in North Yorkshire in each year since 1997.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will use her powers under the Housing Act 2004 to suspend home information packs.

      Homelessness: Eastbourne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people in the Eastbourne borough council area were recorded as (a) homeless and (b) rough sleepers in the months of...

      Homelessness: Eastbourne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homeless (a) children and (b) adults in the Eastbourne Borough Council area were placed in temporary accommodation in...

      Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the expected running cost of the Homes and Communities Agency will be in (a) 2008-09 and (b) each of the two subsequent...

      Local Government: Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will enable local authorities to advance loans to first-time buyers in the mortgage market.

      Local Government: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of local authorities which have adjusted their relevant charges in order to pass on the...

      London Pensions Fund Authority: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the annual administration costs of the London Pensions Fund Authority are.

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether automated valuation model techniques are to be utilised in the proposed business rates revaluation in 2010.

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Valuation Tribunal Service has a non-domestic rates manual equivalent to that which it has regarding council tax.

      Non-domestic Rates: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she expects the 2010 business rates revaluation to be revenue-neutral.

      Non-domestic Rates: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government under what circumstances automated teller machines are liable for empty property business rates.

      Non-domestic Rates: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 30 October 2008, Official Report, column 1284W, on non-domestic rates: valuation, how many...

      Social Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many social rented homes she expects to be built in (a) 2009 and (b) 2010; and whether such homes will be built to Code...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • British Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the terms of reference of the Operational Efficiency Review of British Waterways are.

    • British Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when and by what means stakeholders will be consulted on the Operational Efficiency Programme of British Waterways.

      Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department plans to take to tackle problems arising from dangerous dogs in the next 12 months; and if he will...

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to launch the new collaborative centre for the understanding of natural and environmental risks.

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will establish the new collaborative centre for the understanding of natural and environmental risks in the near...

      Fish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the annual amount of fish consumed in the UK.

      Fish: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to enforce the regulations of marine conservation zones in respect of the conservation and management of...

      Fish: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with his counterparts in the EU on the designation of marine conservation zones as envisaged in...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which 10 UK fishing ports had the greatest (a) number of home fishing vessels and (b) volume of landings in the latest...

      Fisheries: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average age of the British fishing workforce is.

      Fisheries: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of people who are (a) directly and (b) indirectly employed by the UK fishing fleet.

      Fishing Catches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average weight of discards per year per UK fishing vessel has been over the last 10 years.

      Fishing Catches: North Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the weight of discards of fish caught in the North Sea was in the latest period for which figures are available, broken...

      Fishing Gear: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures were proposed at the most recent EU Fisheries Council to reduce mesh size; and which countries (a) proposed...

      Fishing Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average (a) length and (b) horsepower of a UK fishing vessel is.

      Fishing Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average age of the UK (a) under 30 foot and (b) over 30 foot fishing fleet is.

      Fishing Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many UK fishing vessels were built in 2008; and what their total tonnage is.

      Floods and Water Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to publish the draft Floods and Water Bill.

      Landfill Tax: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been paid in Landfill Tax by each London authority in each year since its introduction in 2002; and if he will...

      Nitrate Vulnerable Zones: Horses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what restrictions apply to owners of (a) horses and (b) foals who have land within nitrate vulnerable zones.

      Rural Development Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 30 October 2008, Official Report, columns 1183-6W, on the Rural Development programme, if...

      Sharks: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proposals his Department plans to put forward at the next European Fisheries Council on measures to protect sharks and...

      Water Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the average annual water bill in each region in each of the last five years.

      Water Charges: Religious Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will meet representatives of (a) churches, (b) voluntary and community groups and (c) charities to discuss surface...

      White Fish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his most recent estimate is of the biomass weight of North sea stocks of (a) cod, (b) haddock, (c) plaice, (d) hake...

  • Treasury

    • Construction: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Office of Government Commerce will publish the review of construction contracts it commissioned in July 2008 from the consultants Arup; and if he...

    • Credit Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to increase public access to credit unions through post offices as part of the new Saving Gateway.

      Departmental Buildings

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

      Departmental Finance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department received from Ofcom in remitted fines in each of the last five years; and what use has been made of these funds.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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.

      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: 1/6189/2008, concerning Mr. Richard...

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was paid to HM Revenue and Customs in Class 3 National Insurance contributions in respect of the financial year 2006-07; and what his latest...

      Revenue and Customs: Audit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many audits of businesses were undertaken by HM Revenue and Customs in each of the last three years; and what proportion were of businesses classified...

      Revenue and Customs: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) offices in Yorkshire and the Humber are to close as a result of HMRC's reorganisation programme.

      Tax Credit: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the (a) longest, (b) shortest and (c) average length of call to (i) the claimants' and (ii) hon. Members' tax credit helpline was in each of...

  • Transport

    • A40: Pembrokeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment he has made of the quality of the single carriageway section of the A40 in Pembrokeshire; (2) what recent representations he has...

    • Aviation: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the answer of 13 November 2008, Official Report, column 1285W, on aviation: compensation, whether he has concluded his review of...

      B4008

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent by (a) the Highways Agency and (b) Gloucestershire county council on the B4008 since the opening of junction 12 on the M5.

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he will take to reinstate the inclusion of indirect land-use impacts in EU biofuel sustainability criteria.

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the revenue from the Dartford river crossing was in the last financial year for which figures are available; and what proportion of that figure...

      Driving Tests: Motorcycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the suitability of locations required for multi-purpose testing sites for motorcycles; and whether he has made an...

      Driving Under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the estimated cost is of introducing the new roadside breath screening devices with data capture functions to police forces in England and Wales.

      Electrification: Barking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with (a) Network Rail and (b) Transport for London on electrification of the Barking to Gospel Oak section of the...

      Electrification: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to be able to make an announcement about electrification of the East Midland line north of Bedford to Sheffield.

      Haulage: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department has spent to assist road haulage companies to reduce (a) greenhouse gas emissions, (b) other emissions and (c) fuel costs in...

      Heathrow Airport: Air Routes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what effect the adoption of dual mode use of the runways at London Heathrow Airport would have on the Terminal Control North flight routing redesign...

      Heathrow Airport: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of people living in the London Borough of Havering who would be subject to additional aircraft noise should...

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to ensure that complaints about helicopter noise are collated in one place and made available to the public.

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will impose restrictions on the use of helicopters for advertising; and if he will make a statement.

      Level Crossings: Frinton-on-Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received about proposed changes to the level crossing in Frinton-on-Sea from people resident in the area.

      Level Crossings: Frinton-on-Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with the Office of the Rail Regulator on changes to the level crossing in Frinton-on-Sea.

      Local Government: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the regulations and guidance on the quality contracts provisions of the Local Transport Act 2008 will come into force; and how many officials in...

      M5

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the timescale is for the proposed improvements for junction 12 on the M5; to what extent such improvements are contingent upon the Hunts Grove...

      Motorways: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of the capital spending being brought forward by his Department will be spent on increasing motorway and highway capacity; which...

      Newquay Airport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much (a) UK public funding and (b) EU funding has been spent on Newquay International Airport to support the development of new routes from that...

      Newquay Airport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent by (a) Cornwall County Council, (b) the South West Regional Development Agency and (c) the EU in the development and...

      Railway Stations: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which railway stations in Wave One of the Access for All strategy are (a) fully completed, (b) started but not completed and (c) not yet started.

      Railway Stations: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department has (a) budgeted and (b) spent on Wave One of the Access for All strategy in (i) 2006-07, (ii) 2007-08 and (iii) 2008-09,...

      Railway Stations: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the guidelines for the completion of improvements to station buildings and platforms in Wave One of the Access for All strategy are.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the rate of change in passenger numbers for (a) Northern Rail, (b) Transpennine Express and (c) the franchises that provide commuter services...

      Railways: Adlington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consultation with passengers took place before the change to the timetable was made by Northern Rail to reduce services between Adlington and (a)...

      Railways: Adlington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect of the recent changes to the timetable for rail services from Adlington to (a) Manchester and (b) Preston...

      Railways: Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department has spent on rail replacement bus services between (a) Manchester and Leeds, (b) York and Leeds, (c) Hull and Leeds and (d)...

      Railways: Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent on rail replacement bus services in Yorkshire and the Humber in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent to date on preparation for (a) Crossrail and (b) the Manchester Hub.

      Railways: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the answer of 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 1189W, on railways: overcrowding, when the refurbishment programme will be...

      Railways: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he (a) has had and (b) plans to have with the Association of Train Operating Companies on the introduction of railcards for train...

      Railways: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he plans to take to make fast rail services environmentally sustainable.

      Roads: Trans-European Networks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the quality of those sections of the Trans-European Road network which lie within the UK.

      Roads: Trans-European Networks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his duties are in respect of the section of the Trans-European Road Network which lies within the UK.

      Roads: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with (a) Welsh Assembly Government Ministers and (b) his Irish counterparts on the quality of trunk road...

      Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research he has commissioned or evaluated on the introduction of speed suppressors into cars and lorries to enable those vehicles to keep within...

      Traffic Lights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much revenue red light cameras have generated in (a) the Metropolitan Police area of London and (b) Essex in each year since 2001; and how much...

      Transport: Middlesbrough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what green travel incentives are offered to people working in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency.

  • International Development

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funds the Government has provided to the disarmament and demobilisation programmes of Mai Mai groups in (a) south Kivu and (b)...

    • Departmental Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Ilford North of 20 November 2008, Official Report, columns 755-6W, how much was...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much was paid to the external team who undertook the 2007 Capability Review.

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many of his Department's employees have been (a) investigated, (b) disciplined following investigation and (c) dismissed...

      Departmental Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the role of his Department's Diversity Champion is; and what the process for selecting the champion is.

      Departmental Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's performance against each of its diversity targets was at the 2008 deadline.

      Departmental Telephone Services

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

      Departmental Telephone Services

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

      Departmental Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the cost has been to his Department of installation of video-conferencing facilities; and whether there are ongoing maintenance...

      Gaza: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) plans and (b) funding allocations have been made for the long-term provision of humanitarian assistance to Gaza.

      Gaza: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department has provided to Gaza since the recent outbreak of conflict there.

      Middle East: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much financial assistance was provided by his Department to (a) Palestine and (b) Israel in 2007-08.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what his most recent assessment is of progress made towards achieving the Millennium Development Goal on maternal health; (2)...

      Somalia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment has been made of the humanitarian situation in Somalia; and if he will make a statement.

  • Women and Equality

    • Charities

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality to which (a) charities and (b) voluntary organisations the Government's Equalities Office has provided funding since it was established; and how much...

    • Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how much has been spent on (a) maintaining, (b) decorating and (c) otherwise improving departmental buildings by the Government Equalities Office...

      Departmental Catering

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality which (a) food and (b) drinks companies have supplied the Government Equalities Office since its inception; and how much has been paid to each of...

      Public Lavatories: Disabled

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps she is taking to increase the provision in public buildings of toilets fully accessible to those with disabilities; and if she will make a...

  • Prime Minister

    • Ministers: Official Residences

      To ask the Prime Minister with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 10 November 2008, Official Report, column 823W, on Ministers: official residences, what...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • AWE Aldermaston

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform for what reason the Government decided to sell the remaining portion of its stake in AWE Aldermaston; and...

    • Broadband Stakeholders Group

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what (a) administrative and (b) financial support his Department has provided for the Broadband...

      Caio Review

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the (a) total and (b) staffing cost of the Caio Review was.

      Charities

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform to which (a) charities and (b) voluntary organisations his Department has provided funding in the last...

      Departmental Languages

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many (a) Ministers and (b) civil servants in his Department received coaching in a foreign language...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much his Department has spent on advertising in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many working days have been lost due to sickness amongst employees for which his Department is and its...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what use (a) his Department and (b) service providers under contract to his Department make of (i) 0844...

      Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate: Manpower

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will increase the number of Employment Agency Standards inspectors and helpline staff; and if he will...

      It's Your Call Road Show

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform with reference to his Department's press release of 18 November 2008, what the budget is for the It's Your...

      Post Offices: Churches

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many post office services are accommodated in church buildings; and where each is located.

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate Post Office Ltd. has made of the savings from recent post office branch closures.

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much was spent on the consultation on the recent round of Post Office branch closures.

      Proof of Identity: Internet

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps he is taking to ensure age verification online by e-tailers.

      Public Bodies: Billing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 12 January 2009 to Question 244582, when he expects the first complete figures...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the operating costs were for each regional development agency in England in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c)...

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what functions regional development agencies have to promote economic competition between regions; and if...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will establish a mechanism to ensure that the private sector partner for Royal Mail may never take a...

      Royal Mail: Pay

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what remuneration package the Chairman of Royal Mail received in respect of the financial year 2007-08; and...

      Small Businesses: North West

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many small to medium-sized enterprises were registered in (a) the North West, (b) Stockport...

      Small Businesses: North West

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many small and medium-sized enterprises were registered in (a) Stockport Metropolitan Borough, (b)...

      Small Businesses: Procurement

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate his Department has made of the cost of running the Supply2.gov.uk website in (a) 2006-07 and...

      Small Businesses: Procurement

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many businesses were registered with Supply2.gov.uk in each month since June 2006; and how many he...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many trade union members there are in the UK; and in which 10 industries the proportion of employees...

      Working Hours: EU Law

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the implications of the European Parliament's vote on the Working Time...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Age

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

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the average change in prices was for (a) beer and (b) wines and spirits on (i) sales and (ii) off sales in real terms in each year since...

      Cancer: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate the Office of National Statistics has made of the number of patients diagnosed with cancer in each Westminster constituency in...

      Children: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many children in (a) Vale of York constituency and (b) England were of (i) white, (ii) Pakistani or Bangladeshi and (iii) black non-Caribbean...

      Elderly

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people over (a) 60 and (b) 80 years of age there were in (i) North Yorkshire and (ii) England in each year since 2005.

  • Justice

    • Animal Welfare: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been convicted of crimes involving cruelty to animals in each year since 1997.

    • Coroners and Justice Bill 2008-09

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proposals he has to ensure security of personal data under legislative proposals for increased data sharing in the Coroners and Justice Bill.

      Coroners: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many applications for legal aid have been made in order to secure legal representation at the inquest into the deaths of armed forces personnel since...

      Courts: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average cost per prisoner per night of housing a prisoner in a court cell was in each of the last 12 months.

      Dangerous Dogs: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been convicted of offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in each year since 1997.

      Dangerous Driving: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been convicted of causing death by dangerous driving in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department's central media and communication unit has spent on public surveys since its inception.

      Drugs: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been convicted of drug offences in each year since 1997.

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) community sentences, including drug treatment and testing orders and drug rehabilitation referrals, (b) fines, (c) custodial sentences...

      Euthanasia: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will commission research on the legal implications of euthanasia.

      Family Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward legislative proposals to allow second opinions in the Family Division without the permission of a judge.

      Life Imprisonment: Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2008, Official Report, column 1018W, on life imprisonment: prisoners release, what period each of the 304...

      Prison Officers: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison officers are employed by the Prison Service in England and Wales.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders have been given an indeterminate sentence for public protection in each year since the sentence was introduced.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the average minimum tariff for indeterminate sentences for public protection is; (2) how many prisoners serving indeterminate sentences for...

      Prisoner Escorts: Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) pursuant to the answer to question 245155 on 12 January 2009, for what offences each of the prisoners listed as having escaped from escort since...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners are being held in HM prisons.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 15 December 2008, Official Report, column 481W, on prisoners, what assessment he has made of the consequences of the absence...

      Prisoners: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what records his Department keeps on the appellant status of prisoners; how many prisoners are currently appealing against their sentence; and how many...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prisons have been closed in each year since 1997; (2) how many prisons spaces have been lost since 1997; (3) how many new prison spaces...

      Prisons: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps are being taken to reduce alcohol usage in prisons.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps are being taken to reduce drug usage in prisons.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans there are to increase the number of places on courses for serving prisoners dealing with drugs and alcohol.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners are on courses dealing with drug and alcohol abuse.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many places on courses dealing with drug and alcohol abuse are available for serving prisoners in 2008-09.

      Prisons: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what consideration he has given to the merits of recording prison psychological interviews using the same procedures which are in place for police...

      Prisons: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prison officers have been (a) arrested and (b) convicted of smuggling goods into prison in each year since 1997; (2) how many prison...

      Prisons: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps are being taken to reduce smuggling of goods into prisons.

      Termination of Employment: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many tribunal complaints have been received arising from protection from unfair dismissal afforded by the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 in each...

      Witnesses: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice in how many criminal cases involving a witness with an autistic spectrum disorder a witness intermediary has been used (a) by the police prior to a...

      Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what additional funding was allocated to escort providers to reduce the number of late arrivals of juveniles at young offender institutions in (a)...

      Young Offenders: Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people under 18 years have been convicted of offences related to the carrying of a knife in the London Borough of Havering in each year since...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortions on the grounds of rectifiable disabilities have occurred after 24 weeks' gestation in each of the last 15 years.

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) men and (b) women were treated at Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford for alcohol-related (i) injuries and (ii) illnesses in each of the last...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many individuals aged 11 to 18 years resident in each (a) London borough and (b) Government Office region were treated for alcohol-related health...

      Cancer: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the extent to which (a) primary care trusts and (b) cancer networks are giving high priority to raising public awareness...

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the extent to which commissioners have put in place systems to ensure that patients experience good continuity of...

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress the representative advisory group on cancer inequalities has made towards (a) researching proposals, (b) testing inequalities and (c)...

      Cancer: Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evaluation he has made of the pilot programme for information prescriptions in relation to cancer.

      Cancer: Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to implement a system nationwide to enable health professionals to generate tailored information prescriptions at any point in the cancer...

      Cancer: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the extent to which good psychological support services are available throughout the cancer journey; (2) what...

      Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the extent to which primary care professionals have fast access to relevant diagnostic tests for cancer; and what sanctions...

      Care Quality Commission: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much will be paid by the Care Quality Commission for the rent of its premises in 2009-10; and whether it shares its premises with any other...

      Care Quality Commission: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Care Quality Commission's next annual budget will be.

      Care Quality Commission: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time staff are to be employed by the Care Quality Commission once it becomes fully operational in April 2009.

      Care Quality Commission: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provision has been made for the inclusion of patients' views in the consultation being carried out by the Care Quality Commission on proposals for...

      Care Quality Commission: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many organisations were contacted by the Care Quality Commission to inform them of its consultation on proposals for reviews in 2009-10.

      Care Quality Commission: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated cost is of the consultation on proposals for reviews in 2009-10 being carried out by the Care Quality Commission.

      Care Quality Commission: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans are in place to ensure all health and social care providers meet the requirement of registration with the Care Quality Commission.

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress his Department has made towards reducing the variation in cervical cancer screening coverage between primary care trusts; and what progress...

      Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people received NHS continuing health care (a) in total and (b) per 50,000 of population in each primary care trust area in England in each of...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 16 December 2008, Official Report, column 946, what the evidential basis is for the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for...

      Dental Services: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists in (a) Stroud constituency and (b) Gloucestershire offer NHS treatment to (i) children and (ii) adults; how many patients are covered;...

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of his Department's staff who left under (a) an involuntary and (b) a voluntary exit scheme in each year since 2005-06 received a severance...

      General Practitioners: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which GP surgeries will be upgraded using the £100 million of capital spending being brought forward; and to what standards such surgeries will be...

      Hospitals: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much hospital trusts in England have spent on cleaning in each financial year since 1997-98.

      Hospitals: Disinfectants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will investigate the effectiveness of disinfectant wipes using chlorine-based formulae against clostridium difficile; (2) if he will...

      Hospitals: Disinfectants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to encourage NHS trusts to use chlorine-based wipes as disinfectants in hospitals; and if he will make a statement.

      Hospitals: Disinfectants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria are used in the NHS to decide whether a disinfectant product is sporicidal; and if he will make a statement.

      Hospitals: Pigmeat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of pork served in hospitals in (a) East Devon constituency, (b) the South West and (c) England was locally sourced in the last five years.

      Injuries: Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many finished admission episodes there were for gunshot wounds in each NHS trust in each of the last 10 years.

      Maternity Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to page 16 of the NHS Operating Framework for 2009-10, what mechanisms there are to ensure that primary care trusts spend an additional...

      Mid-Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors, (b) nurses, (c) consultants and (d) auxiliary staff have been victims of violence in (i) accident and emergency areas in...

      Mid-Essex Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on the cost of the change of name of the Mid-Essex Primary Care Trust to NHS Mid-Essex.

      NHS Manpower: Oncologists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many (a) oncologists and (b) trainee oncologists specialising in urology there are in each region; (2) how many (a) oncologists and (b)...

      NHS: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health according to the most recent ERIC returns made to his Department, how much each NHS trust spent on cleaning services; what their audit score against...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to paragraph 3 on page 33 of the NHS Operating Framework for 2009-10, whether all surpluses will be spent by the organisations that...

      NHS: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff were employed by the NHS in (a) England and (b) Gloucestershire in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Primary Care Trusts: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which primary care trusts use (a) 084 telephone numbers and (b) other telephone numbers that charge more than the local rate for calls from the public.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many adults aged 35 and over were admitted to hospital with diseases caused by smoking in (a) North Yorkshire and (b) England in (i) 1996-97 and...

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what inspections the Healthcare Commission and its predecessor inspectorates has undertaken into Haringey Council in relation to services that relate to...

      Strokes: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent progress has been made in (a) Peterborough and (b) the East of England in establishing in each health authority or trust a stroke care...

      Strokes: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provision is available in (a) Peterborough and (b) the East of England for patients who have undergone a stroke to receive support with...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many laptops his Department owns which are (a) encrypted and (b) unencrypted.

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 15 December 2008, Official Report, column 398W, on departmental data protection, where the data centres are...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

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

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department's (a) current and (b) planned IT programmes and projects are; and what the planned (i) budget and (ii) timescale of each is.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what delays against original IT project timetables have been experienced on IT projects being undertaken by his Department and its agencies;...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which IT projects in his Department are running above the original agreed budget; what the cause of budget overrun is in each case; what...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons the number of his Department's IT staff have fallen every year since 2004-05; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department's critical IT systems are.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to become an intelligent customer in IT procurement.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how the performance of his Department's IT contracts with (a) BT and (b) EDS are measured; and how the relevant performance data are validated.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance his Department issues on (a) the methodology, (b) project planning and (c) risk and issue management of its IT projects.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department maintains a register of its software licences.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department's IT projects are required to be supported by (a) a project initiation document, (b) a documented business case and...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 15 December 2008, Official Report, column 399W, on departmental ICT, if he will place in the Library a copy of the...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 15 December 2008, Official Report, column 400W, on departmental ICT, what priorities for improvement were...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the Answer of 15 December 2008, Official Report, column 400W, on departmental ICT, if he will place a copy in the Library of his...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 15 December 2008, Official Report, column 401W, on departmental ICT, which are the projects which have IT input.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what IT systems are used to process each of his Department's benefits.

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

      Departmental Telephone Services

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

      Disability Living Allowance: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been spent on disability living allowance for children in each year from 1990 to 2008; how much he estimates will be spent in...

      Electronic Data Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether EDS will achieve capability maturity model integration levels 4 and 5 in the IT services they provide to his Department.

      Employment: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether, following the European Court of Justice rulings in the case of Coleman v. Attridge Law, he plans to make it an offence to harass or...

      Employment: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the average income for a lone parent with a single child in their first year back into work if they...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department has taken to (a) assist cancer survivors to return to work and (b) raise awareness that cancer is covered by...

      Pensioners: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of pensioner households were (a) owner-occupiers, (b) social renters and (c) private renters in 2007-08.

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the Department's estimate is of the number and proportion of adults (a) who were out of work and in poverty and (b) who had moved out of...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many children are living in relative poverty in a working age single parent family; and how many of them are living in a family in...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much and what proportion of the Social Fund has been awarded in 2008-09 to date; how much has been awarded in (a) crisis loans, (b)...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if his Department will consider the merits of allowing national insurance contributions of one half of a married couple over and above what is...

      UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the Government's revised deadline is to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; and if he will make a statement.

      Village Agent Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to assess the effectiveness of the Village Agent Scheme operating in Gloucestershire; and whether he plans to extend it, with...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the level of winter heating allowance which would need to be paid in order to prevent all excess winter deaths...

      Winter Fuel Payments: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what financial support his Department makes available to cancer patients to assist them in meeting the cost of their heating bills; and if he...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which local authorities not included in waves 1 to 6 of Building Schools for the Future have been allocated a flat rate of £8...

    • Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his policy is on the integration of school and onsite catering into the Building Schools for the Future programme.

      Children: Missing Persons

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

      Children: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what progress has been made in implementing the child road safety strategy produced in 2007.

      Children's Centres: Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether he expects all Sure Start children's centres with early years provision to be led by someone with Early Years Professional...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England who were entitled to...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what percentage of young people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of young people in (a) North Wiltshire constituency, (b) Wiltshire, (c) Swindon and (d) England have received...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether the planned extension of the education maintenance allowance to include young people taking entry to employment courses...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many young people entitled to the education maintenance allowance received no payments between 1 September 2008 and 31...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many education maintenance allowance claims have yet to be processed; and if he will make a statement; (2) how many...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many overdue education maintenance allowance payments there were at the latest date for which figures are available; and when...

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many young people have had their education maintenance allowance withdrawn as a result of (a) disruptive behaviour in school...

      Education: Chorley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he will next visit educational establishments in Chorley constituency.

      Head Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the outcomes of the local area pilots to improve head teacher succession planning within and across...

      Headteachers: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many headteachers have been suspended for (a) three to six months, (b) six to nine months and (c) more than a year in...

      Mathematics: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much the teacher training bursary for mathematics teachers was in academic year 2008-09.

      National Academy of Parenting Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether the National Academy of Parenting Practitioners provides support and training directly to parents to train them to deliver...

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of children attained the national standard in all of their Key Stage 1 assessments in the areas...

      New National Challenge Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has for the launch of the New National Challenge Programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the implementation of the 2006-07 Consistent Financial Reporting...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many schools were in special measures on 1 December 2008; (2) how many schools were classed as requiring significant...

      Specialised Diplomas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the outcomes of the consultation on Promoting achievement, valuing success: a strategy for 14 to 19...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many mathematics teachers were employed in maintained (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in England in each of the...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent progress has been made on the Transition to Teaching programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Young People: Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Youth Taskforce has taken to improve responses to (a) antisocial behaviour and other serious problems and (b)...

  • House of Lords

    • Alcohol

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions the Department of Health has had with HM Treasury and other departments on the impact on consumption of measures to ensure that alcohol duty...

    • Children: Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children in England are in care; and how many of those have been in care for at least one year. To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children in care...

      Children: Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (a) what is the total annual expenditure on children who are in care in England, including direct and administrative costs; (b) what is the cost per child in...

      Children: Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in the most recent three years for which figures are available, how many (a) boys, and (b) girls, who are or have been in care in England have achieved five GCSE...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the charge to those being checked for a Criminal Records Bureau check.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether all members of the family, or only the head, must be checked by the Criminal Records Bureau in cases when checks are required for children being hosted in...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when an adult accompanying children on an arranged visit is accommodated by the same host family as the children on the visit, whether the host family is required...

      Deportation: Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost of removing 49 Kurdish detainees and 76 guards to Iraq during the week of 8 December; and why that was done.

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Lord Darzi of Denham on 19 March 2008 (WA 44) and 12 January 2009 (WA 96—97), how the potential and survival time of an...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Lord Darzi of Denham on 19 March 2008 (WA 44) and 12 January 2009 (WA 96—97), whether any embryonic stem cells are known to...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Lord Darzi of Denham on 19 March 2008 (WA 44) and 12 January 2009 (WA 96—97), whether the ability to develop if implanted...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Lord Darzi of Denham on 21 April 2008 (WA 234) and 12 January 2009 (WA 96—97), whether the "broad range of available...

      Health: Diabetes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Morgan of Drefelin on 12 December 2008 (WA 13), whether they will now collect and collate information on the percentage...

      Interception of Communications

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 28 February (WA 136), whether the reference to the practice in Scotland was included because the practice...

      Interception of Communications

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the retention of communications traffic data is covered by the Wilson doctrine.

      Iraq: Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what their criteria are for achieving sustainable security in (a) Basra, and (b) Iraq.

      Pakistan: Blasphemy Laws

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Government of Pakistan concerning alleged misuse of the blasphemy laws, and the case for their reform or repeal.

      Schools: Disruptive Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to address disruptive and violent behaviour in schools.

      Terrorism: 7 July Bombings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people died in the London bombings on 7 July 2005; and whether the four perpetrators who took their own lives are victims of crime.

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