Written answers

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

  • Prime Minister

    • 10 Downing Street

      To ask the Prime Minister what items in the Donated Asset Reserve 10 Downing Street holds; and what use it is making of (a) jewellery, (b) watches and (c) other items in the holding.

    • Church of England

      To ask the Prime Minister what recent representations he has received from Church of England bishops on Government economic and social policy.

      Domestic Visits: Costs

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what the cost to the public purse of the hotel accommodation for (a) the Prime Minister and (b) his special advisers was during visits around the UK between 7...

      Domestic Visits: Costs

      To ask the Prime Minister whether entry fees were charged for events held during his UK tour between 7 and 9 January 2009.

      Ministers

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make it his policy to conduct exit interviews with Ministers leaving Government; and if he will conduct an exit interview with Lord Jones of Birmingham to...

      Specialist Schools and Academies Trust

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make publicly available a full transcript of his speech to the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust on 24 June 2008.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Members: Offices

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many (a) hon. Members and (b) staff of hon. Members have an office in (i) 1 Parliament Street, (ii)...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Departmental Pay

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

    • Home Energy Efficiency Scheme: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many people were required to make contributions towards the cost of work carried out under the Warm Front scheme in Essex in each...

      Nuclear Power: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which external consultants have been engaged by (a) the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate and (b) the Nuclear Directorate in...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many contractors have left the Warm Front scheme in each of the last six months.

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information his Department holds for benchmarking purposes on restrictions imposed by other countries on passengers carrying liquids on aeroplanes.

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many appeals bus operators have made in respect of the rate of reimbursement for concessionary fares since April 2008; how many of these appeals...

      Commuters: Hemel Hempstead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what incentives are offered to people travelling to work in Hemel Hempstead to reduce the environmental impact of that travel.

      Cycling: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to ensure the protection of pedestrians from cyclists.

      Departmental Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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...

      Driver Information Systems: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what conditions his Department has applied to the issue of licences for dynamic route guidance systems.

      Government Car and Despatch Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many instances of misuse of government procurement cards within the Government Car and Despatch Agency have been recorded since 1 January 2006;...

      Great Western Railway: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the time frame is for the electrification of the Great Western main line from London, Paddington to Bristol (a) Temple Meads and (b) Parkway...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department's assessment of the economic case for expansion at Heathrow takes account of projected income from air passenger duty.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what account his Department has taken of (a) mineral reserves contained within the proposed Heathrow Expansion Area and (b) the possible impact upon...

      Olympic Route Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which roads in Wandsworth have been identified as part of the Olympic Route Network (ORN), broken down by (a) core ORN, (b) venue specific ORN, (c)...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the average level of peak hour overcrowding on trains into the cities of (a) London, (b) Manchester, (c) Leeds, (d)...

      Railways: Adlington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what reasons Network Rail have provided to his Department for re-routing more trains from Adlington to Manchester Victoria as opposed to Manchester...

      Railways: Delays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the financial effect on the economy of delays to rail services in (a) England and (b) Yorkshire and the Humber in 2008-09.

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what plans he has to increase capital expenditure on rail links as part of the Government's plans to create up to 100,000 new jobs through public...

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, column 1097W, what the reasons are for the differential treatment of light rail...

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent steps his Department has taken to encourage support for projects of strategic national importance, with particular reference to rail...

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues at the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and HM Treasury on...

      Railways: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how British Transport Police apply the provisions of section 44 of the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2000 to railway property; and if he will make a...

      Railways: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of stops made by British Transport Police on railway property between October 2007 and September 2008 resulted in (a) an arrest and...

      Railways: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive on the financial and planning implications of the recently announced improvements to the rail...

      Road Signs and Markings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance his Department issues to local highway authorities on the use of No Pedestrians signs.

      Road Traffic: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions the Department has had with Gloucestershire County Council on the latter's lorry strategy.

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many new carriages have been procured for (a) Northern Rail, (b) London Midland and the preceding franchise covering the West Midlands and (c)...

      Trams: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimates he has made of the cost of the tram-train trial on the Sheffield to Huddersfield line.

      Travel: Leisure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of leisure journeys in Great Britain were taken by those aged (a) under 16, (b) between 18 and 19, (c) between 20 and 24, (d)...

      Waterloo Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his most recent estimate is of the cost of the track works outside Waterloo station required to bring the old Eurostar platforms into use for...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Support Agency: Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps the Government takes to monitor the debt collection strategies of bailiffs appointed by the Child Support Agency.

    • Child Support Agency: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects the transfer of historical child maintenance cases on to the Child Support Agency's new system for calculating maintenance...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) mean and (b) median number of days was for child maintenance to be sent to parents with care after the non-resident parent had...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in what proportion of new claims for (a) income support and (b) jobseeker's allowance by parents with care the applicant opted to apply to...

      Crisis Loans: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what proportion of calls to the Crisis Loan Helpline have been dropped or cut off before being answered in each of the last 12 months;...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons his Department's customer information system does not meet Cabinet Office rules for personal data.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place a copy of his Department's IT strategy in the Library.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place a copy of his Department's skills framework for IT staff in the Library.

      Departmental Procurement

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

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether representations will be invited from officers in local authorities' strategic housing and homeless services when the local housing...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will commission research into the effects on expenditure on benefits of patients with rheumatoid arthritis receiving treatment that...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the recommendations of the 2006 Carpenter Report, if he will support a set of core criteria for health and safety...

      Pension Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect on pensioners of the Government Actuary's decision to reduce draw-down rates from pension funds; and...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps are being taken to reduce levels of relative child poverty in (a) the Vale of York and (b) England.

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children classified as being in relative child poverty were of (a) white, (b) Pakistani or Bangladeshi and (c) black non-Caribbean...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the contribution credit unions can make to the delivery of the Government's social fund; and what discussions he...

      Social Fund: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in each London borough received a crisis loan in each of the last five years.

      Social Fund: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time was for decisions to be taken on crisis loan applications in Lancashire in each month of 2008; and if he will make a...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much the Targeting Benefit Thieves section of his Department's website costs to run each year; and what the initial implementation cost of...

      Social Security Benefits: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 15 December 2008, Official Report, columns 419-20W, on social security benefits: overseas residence, what the...

      Social Security Benefits: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 15 December 2008, Official Report, column 420W, on social security benefits: overseas residence, how many of the...

      Working Conditions: Temperature

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to issue guidelines to employers on reducing exposure of employees to high temperatures in the workplace.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Fuel Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the quantity of fuel smuggled between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in the last 12 months.

    • Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the most recent Northern Ireland quarterly employment survey findings on levels of unemployment in Northern Ireland.

      Saville Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent estimate he has made of the final cost of the Saville inquiry.

      Security Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the threat to security in Northern Ireland arising from the recent threat by the Real IRA to fight the long war.

      Security Situation

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

      Public Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions the Government had in June 2008 with representatives of the Democratic Unionist party on public spending in Northern Ireland.

      Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent steps he has taken to strengthen the supervision of offenders following their release from prison.

      Policing and Justice: Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what account he plans to take of the discovery of Semtex and detonators in the Republic of Ireland in December 2008 in his plans for devolution...

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on the economic situation in Northern Ireland.

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 12 November 2008, Official Report, column 1211W, on electronic equipment, for what reasons electronic...

      Prisoners: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average daily cost of keeping a person in prison in Northern Ireland was in the last period for which figures are available.

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the strength of reserve units in Her Majesty's Armed Forces based in Ashford constituency is; and how many personnel from such units have been...

    • Departmental Catering

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

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when firm orders will be placed for Tranche 2 and Tranche 3 Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft; in what respects their capabilities will differ from Tranche 1...

      NATO Response Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which units form the British commitment to the NATO Response Force in 2009.

      Navy: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average unit tour interval was for each ship type in the Royal Navy over the last eight years.

      Spearhead Land Element

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which regiment or battalion forms the Spearhead Land Element (SLE); whether it is fully equipped; whether the present SLE is deployed; and when the...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Beaches: Naturists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his policy is on the provision of naturist beaches.

    • Byron Review

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

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent by his Department on advertising in the last 12 months.

      Mass Media: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations he has received on (a) recent reductions in advertising revenues to (i) television companies, (ii) radio companies...

      Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what the aggregate scheduled duration of opening for all libraries per 1,000 population in each local authority was in each of the...

      Public Libraries: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what proportion of requests for books from library service points were met within (a) seven, (b) 15 and (c) 30 days in each...

      Sports: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking in conjunction with Sport England to promote sport participation projects in the North East to meet...

      Sports: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will take steps to (a) increase levels of participation in sport and (b) improve the provision of sporting facilities, with...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what reports he has received on the expected level of tourism to the UK in April 2009.

      Tourism: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assistance the Government is providing to coastal towns to increase tourism to such towns in 2008-09.

  • Women and Equality

    • Local Government: Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality which local authorities have not yet (a) undertaken and (b) completed an equal pay review.

    • Local Government: Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality which local authorities have been permitted to borrow to fund equal pay deals in the last two years; and how much was borrowed in each case.

  • Health

    • Autism: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what services are available for adults with autism in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland.

    • Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he has taken to facilitate early diagnoses of Alzheimer's disease and dementia on the part of GPs in the last three years; (2) what...

      Dementia: Care Homes

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

      Dental Services: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire provide NHS treatment to (i) children and (ii) adults; and how many and what proportion...

      Health Services: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many elderly people have received services under the quality care and support system in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) the Tees Valley and...

      Health Services: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government plans to take in response to the Healthcare Commission's finding in its report, Count Me In, that people from an ethnic minority...

      Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what instructions he has given to trusts to (a) allow families to reclaim the cost of hospital car parking charges incurred when visiting their children...

      Mental Health Services: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Caernarfon of 30 October 2008, Official Report, column 1245W, how many of the 926 prisoners with...

      Mental Health Services: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on mental health services for prisoners in each (a) prison and (b) health authority area in each of the last five...

      Mid Essex Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what reasons were reported to him by the Chief Executive of NHS Mid Essex for the decision to change the name of the Mid Essex Primary Care Trust; and if...

      Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the total number of people who are affected by long-standing musculoskeletal problems, broken down by (a) condition and (b)...

      Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of primary care consultations which relate to musculoskeletal complaints, broken down by the proportion...

      Musculoskeletal Disorders: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to train those carers caring for people with musculoskeletal conditions through (a) the Caring with Confidence programme and (b)...

      Musculoskeletal Disorders: Employment Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people with musculoskeletal problems have participated in condition management programmes under the Pathways to Work scheme in each year since...

      Musculoskeletal Disorders: Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the extent to which NHS units treating musculoskeletal conditions in England include representatives of the (a)...

      Musculoskeletal Disorders: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many clinical assessment and treatment services for musculoskeletal conditions there were in the NHS in (a) 2006 and (b) 2008; and if he will make a...

      Musculoskeletal Disorders: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to encourage faster referral from GPs to specialists of patients with serious musculoskeletal problems.

      Musculoskeletal Disorders: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of patients with musculoskeletal problems were listed for surgery by a clinical assessment and treatment service in each year...

      Neonatal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) babies were delivered in each NHS trust and (b) unexplained neonatal deaths there were in each of the last three years.

      NHS: Manpower

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

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 1 September 2008, Official Report, column 1751W, on the NHS Pensions Agency: resource accounting and benefits, for what...

      NHS: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many chief executives of NHS trusts left their posts in the last 12 months, broken down by reason for departure.

      NHS: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many agency staff each NHS trust has used in each of the last 10 years; and at what cost in each such year.

      NHS: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what requirements are placed on students in receipt of NHS bursaries to work within the NHS.

      Osteopathy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many osteopaths have been added to the any willing provider lists held by primary care trusts to date.

      Out-patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many outpatient appointments were missed (a) in England and (b) in each NHS trust in each year since 1997-98.

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of (a) all medicines dispensed in the community and (b) all medicines for the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions dispensed in the...

      Physiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the proportion of self-referrals of patients to physiotherapists which were found to be inappropriate in the last three years.

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department provides to healthcare professionals on preventing, prescribing and dispensing errors in relation to immunosuppressant therapies.

      Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the proportion of NHS rehabilitation services which have been provided (a) in the community and (b) in institutional...

      Shoulder Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS trusts performed between one and 12 shoulder replacements inclusive in the latest year for which figures are available, as recorded by the...

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what steps the Government have taken to encourage banks to assist mortgage payers made unemployed; (2) what recent steps the Government have taken to...

    • Construction: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he plans to take to ensure that the £3 billion capital spending which is being brought forward results in construction activity; and which...

      Departmental Personnel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what are (a) his Department's and (b) HM Revenue and Customs' definition of pre-surplus staff; and what the criteria are under which an individual is...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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...

      Fisheries: Tax Yields

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the contribution of the fishing industry to the Exchequer.

      Gift Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department's projection is of the amount of gift aid that will be paid to charities in each of the next three years; and if he will make a statement.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to announce changes to the Government's policy on income tax before the forthcoming Budget.

      Landfill Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much landfill tax was paid by each local authority in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09 to date.

      Landsbanki

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons he did not ask the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to make full repayment of depositors' monies in Landsbanki a condition of the IMF loan...

      Landsbanki

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress the Government have made in negotiations with the Icelandic government on the return of funds lost by the depositors in Landsbanki Guernsey.

      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 Christchurch on behalf of Mr Richard Bell.

      Mortgages: Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to encourage lenders to pass on recent Bank of England interest rate cuts to mortgage holders.

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many letters have been sent in error by HM Revenue and Customs wrongly advising individuals that they have made insufficient national insurance...

      National Insurance Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how surplus funds from the National Insurance Fund have been allocated over the last five years.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Government's total expenditure on (a) services to the public and (b) services purchased by the Government has been in each year since 1997-98.

      Sustainable Development: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to page 125 of the pre-Budget report for 2008, which three years are to be covered by the £50 million of funding for the low-carbon...

      Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in how many cases relating to tax credits the Parliamentary Ombudsman has found maladministration as part of the Adjudicator's Office in each year for which...

      Tax Havens: Research

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to questions 245836, 245837, 245838 and 245839, how much was spent on the research study to explore customer experiences of the...

      Taxation: Business

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses have (a) sought and (b) been granted a deferral of tax liability by HM Revenue and Customs since the pre-Budget report 2008 was published.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment has been made of the effect on the economy of recent changes to value added tax rates; what recent representations he has received on this...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the cost to the Exchequer of the reduction in value added tax announced in the pre-Budget report 2008 in the next 12 months.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses have paid value added tax (VAT) receipts to the Exchequer since the pre-Budget report was published; and what estimate he has made of...

      VAT: Innovation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received on the levying of value added tax on payments made to projects under the New Technologies Demonstrator Programme.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of people in (a) Castle Point constituency, (b) Essex and (c) England are claiming (i) childcare tax credit and (ii) working tax credit.

  • Home Department

    • Assaults on Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many recorded offences of assault on a police constable per 100,000 population there were in each police force area in each year from...

    • Community Relations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funds (a) her Department, (b) the Association of Chief Police Officers and (c) police authorities contributed to local authority...

      Community Relations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how the £5.8 million fund to disrupt violent extremism will be distributed in 2009-10 and 2010-11; what the breakdown between local and...

      Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what pilot projects to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour have been launched by her Department since 1 January 2006.

      Crime: Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions have resulted from investigations where police remotely accessed one or more personal computers in each of the last five...

      Crime: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the Answer of 1 September 2008, Official Report, column 1538W, on crime: statistics, how many (a) offences of...

      Crimes of Violence: Betting Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will bring forward policies designed to prevent violence against betting shop workers; and if she will make a statement.

      Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much has been spent on policing demonstrations in London on each day since 27 December 2008; (2) how much has been spent on...

      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) Programme and Project Management Support Unit, (b) Reform and Change...

      Drugs: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have received the maximum sentence on conviction for dealing in (a) Class A drugs, (b) Class B drugs and (c) Class C drugs...

      Electronic Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what legal protections there are for individuals against remote surveillance of their personal computers by third parties.

      Electronic Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what rights the police and security services have to conduct remote surveillance of an individual's computer use outside the United Kingdom.

      Fraud: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the likely impact on levels of fraud and other financial crime of the downturn in the economy.

      Human Trafficking: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions for offences relating to the trafficking of human beings were brought in each year since 1997.

      Immobilisation of Vehicles: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made on the Security Industry Authority's feasibility study regarding the regulation of vehicle immobilisation...

      Internet: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many British Standards Institute kitemarks for internet content control software have been issued, and to whom, pursuant to the...

      Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) prosecuted for, (b) convicted of and (c) sentenced to prison for knife possession between (i) June and October...

      Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism Programme: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement of 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 67WS, on the departmental expenditure...

      Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the budget of the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism is for (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

      Police Stations: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police stations in Essex were operational in each of the last 10 years.

      Police: Horses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will bring forward proposals to increase the number of mounted police in police forces in England and Wales.

      Police: Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will consider the merits of changing to 20 years the period of service of award for the Police Long Service Medal.

      Police: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps she taken to (a) facilitate policing in rural areas and (b) develop methods of assessing levels of public safety in rural...

      Police: Standards

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

      Police: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police forces have decided to cease using 0800 non-emergency telephone numbers.

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 14 October 2008, Official Report, column 1079W, on the proceeds of crime, how much was received by each...

      Proceeds of Crime: Consolidated Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much money has been paid into the Consolidated Fund from proceeds of crime in each of the last five years.

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of people selling sex in each of the last five years.

      Security: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to publish the costed security plan for the London 2012 Olympics.

      Serious and Organised Crime Agency: Airwave Service

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

      Shoplifting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many recorded shoplifting offences there were in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008.

      Surveillance: Members

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Wellingborough of 30 April 2008, Official Report, columns 506-07W, on surveillance:...

      Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many recorded offences of handling stolen goods there were in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008.

  • Wales

    • Departmental Pay

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

    • Digital Technology: Disadvantaged People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what steps he is considering to facilitate access to digital technologies for disadvantaged groups and individuals; and if he will make a statement.

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Age: Discrimination

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will take steps to establish a strategy to tackle age discrimination and promote age equality in the...

    • Defence Export Services Organisation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many (a) civilian and (b) military staff there were at the Defence Export Services Organisation in...

      Imports: Manufactured Goods

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department is taking to ensure that imported goods have not been produced by foreign workers...

      Insolvency: Prosecutions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many prosecutions there have been for trading when knowingly insolvent in each of the last three years.

      ITV: British Sky Broadcasting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will instruct BSkyB to divest itself of its shares in ITV.

      ITV: British Sky Broadcasting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the effects of BSkyB's continuing retention of shares in ITV on competition...

      ITV: British Sky Broadcasting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what (a) communications he has had from and (b) meetings his Department has had with (i) BSkyB, (ii) News...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when the Secretary of State plans to reply to the letter of 14 November 2008 from the right hon. Member...

      North East Regional Development Agency

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend East of 27 October 2008, ...

      Overseas Trade

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the value of trade between the UK and (a) Israel and (b) Palestine was in 2007-08.

      Redundancy

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many staff in his Department left under (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps Royal Mail is taking to (a) reduce its costs and (b) cut its overheads.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps Royal Mail is taking to improve its quality of service.

      Street Trading

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when his Department received the final report from Durham university into pedlars and street traders; and...

      Tobacco

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many meetings he and Ministers of his Department have had with (a) tobacco companies and (b) those...

      UK Trade and Investment: Consultants

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the maximum amount is that UK Trade and Investment senior staff can authorise to be spent on a...

      UK Trade and Investment: Pay

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much each UK Trade and Investment management board member received in bonuses in 2008.

      UK Trade and Investment: Pay

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he expects negotiations on harmonising pay and conditions between former Ministry of Defence staff...

      UKTI Defence and Security Organisation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Organisation staff have applied for early release...

      UKTI Defence and Security Organisation: Consultants

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much the UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Organisation spent on external consultants in the...

      UKTI Defence and Security Organisation: Manpower

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many (a) civilian and (b) military staff there were at the UK Trade and Investment Defence and...

      UKTI Defence and Security Organisation: Manpower

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many (a) civilian and (b) military staff have left the UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security...

      UKTI Defence and Security Organisation: Manpower

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many (a) civilian and (b) military staff have joined the UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security...

      UKTI Defence and Security Organisation: Manpower

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Organisation civilian posts were made redundant in...

      UKTI Defence and Security Organisation: Pay

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Organisation staff last received a pay increase.

      UKTI Defence and Security Organisation: Recruitment

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Organisation civilian posts advertised since 2 April...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what response she plans to make to the recommendation that more Preventing Violent Extremism Pathfinder Fund projects...

    • Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the new Centre of Excellence referred to in her press release of 10 December 2008 entitled Government steps up the fight...

      Community Relations: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which Muslims participate in the initiative that brings together UK and US Muslims referred to in her press release of 10...

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend, East, (James Duddridge) of 6 October 2008, ...

      Fire Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding from her Department has been allocated to (a) the Fireguard project and (b) regional fire control rooms.

      Fire Services: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of fire and rescue services' retained duty system; and if she will make...

      Fire Services: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what implications for retained firefighters she has identified consequent upon implementation of the working time directive.

      Housing: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people were training to become a registered home inspector at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Local Government: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what monitoring her Department carries out of the implementation and practice of whistleblowing policies by local authorities;...

      Owner Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her latest estimate is of (a) the number of (i) homeowners, (ii) homeowners with mortgages and (iii) repossessions that...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Government are taking to provide more social housing in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) the Tees Valley...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

  • International Development

    • Africa: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support he has made available to those Saharans currently residing in camps (a) in Algeria and (b) displaced elsewhere in Africa.

    • Charities

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

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Viral Haemorrhagic Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to help alleviate the effects of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Departmental Catering

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

      Departmental Languages

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

      Departmental Marketing

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to the answer to the right hon. Member for Wokingham (Mr. Redwood) of 22 July 2008, Official Report, column 992W, on...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to the answer to the right hon. Member for Wokingham (Mr. Redwood) of 22 July 2008, Official Report, column 992W, on...

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development on how many occasions his Department has received complaints on staff (a) recruitment and (b) selection in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development for how long each of the staff on secondment from his Department have been on secondment; and whether there is a maximum permitted...

      India Aid: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department is providing to India Aid in 2008-09.

      Somalia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Somalia; what steps he plans to take to protect food monitors; and...

      Sudan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what aid he is providing to support the process of capacity-building in the build-up to the elections in Sudan as part of the...

      Sudan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he will assess the effectiveness of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Sudan with reference to the support provided by donor nations.

      Zimbabwe: Life Expectancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what information his Department holds on the average life expectancy of females of child-bearing age in Zimbabwe.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Crewe Railway Station

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what representations the Crewe Survey of the Duchy has received on the future of Crewe railway station.

    • Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people were diagnosed with prostate cancer in (a) 2001, (b) 2002, (c) 2003, (d) 2004, (e) 2005, (f) 2006 and (g) 2007; and in how...

      Social Enterprises

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many social enterprises were established during 2008.

      Social Enterprises

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many social enterprises have (a) been established and (b) ceased operating since 1997.

      Social Enterprises: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much the (a) Futurebuilders fund, (b) Adventure Capital fund, (c) Community Builders fund and (d) UnLtd have disbursed to social...

      Teenage Pregnancy: Essex

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the percentage change in the rate of conceptions among girls aged under (a) 18 and (b) 16 years in (i) Southend and (ii) Essex has been...

      Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what discussions has he had with representatives of the voluntary sector on the effect of the current economic situation on their activities.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of progress by the Afghan government in meeting its commitments to provide land for Afghan refugees...

    • Armed Conflict: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made on the development of a more deployable UK civilian capability, as referred to in his Department's...

      Bosnia: Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of citizens of Bosnia-Herzegovina who have been issued (a) Serbian and (b) Croatian...

      British Council: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what funding his Department has provided for the British Council's Reconnect initiative in each year to 2010-11.

      Burma: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of Burma on the rights of people belonging to opposition groups in that...

      Cuba: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Cuba on the terms of the trade embargo between the UK and Cuba.

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the governments of (a) Uganda, (b) Rwanda and (c) Burundi on compliance with UN Security...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the government of Rwanda following the report on 12 December 2008 by the UN panel of experts...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what military training the UK has given to the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo in the Democratic Republic of...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government has provided assistance to the government of Democratic Republic of Congo on arms stockpile management...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which UK-based companies have been involved in the exportation of (a) cassiterite, (b) coltan and (c) wolframite from the...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government supports proposals to widen MONUC's mandate to include the establishment of border-monitoring teams to...

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many members of staff have been (a) investigated, (b) suspended and (c) dismissed for losing (i) memory sticks, (ii)...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy that temporary and permanent employees of his Department employed at the same grade receive the...

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the (a) underspend and (b) overspend on country budgets in his Department was in the last financial year for which...

      Departmental Rail Travel

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

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions in the last 12 months Ministers in his Department have used their discretion to rule that a parliamentary...

      Falkland Islands: Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance his Department plans to provide to the Falkland Islands government to extract oil and gas.

      Holidays Abroad: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his European counterparts on the provision of health care for British citizens who are...

      Holidays Abroad: Health Services

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

      Intelligence Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what protocols and procedures govern the sharing of intelligence by the United Kingdom Intelligence Services with the...

      International Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made on his Department's Global Dialogue Strategy, as referred to on page 18 of his Department's Autumn...

      Jestina Mukoko

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the whereabouts and safety of the human rights activist Jestina Mukoko, Director of the Zimbabwe...

      Kosovo: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the implementation of the conditions set out in the Ahtisaari plan for Kosovo; and if he will...

      Kosovo: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has (a) received from and (b) made to the government of Serbia on the deployment of the EULEX...

      Kosovo: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the legal basis is of the European Union's EULEX mission in Kosovo; and if he will make a statement.

      Kosovo: Serbia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Russian counterpart on the future of Serbian citizens whose homes are in Kosovo.

      Kosovo: Serbia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to protect the interests of Serbs within Kosovo.

      Nigeria: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to press the Government of Nigeria to clean up oil pollution in the Nigerian Delta region.

      Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of a tri-departmental delivery plan on improving the UK's capability to prevent, manage...

      Rose Kabuye

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the French Government on the case of Rose Kabuye, charged with crimes associated with the...

      Serbia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's policy is on Serbia's proposal for renegotiating the 1999 Kumanovo agreement; and if he will make a statement.

      Somalia: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects Ethiopian troops to leave Somalia; and what assessment he has made of the likely effects of such withdrawal on...

      St Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what meetings he has had with officials from St. Helena in the last two years.

      Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps the Government has taken to monitor the situation in Darfur.

      Sudan: 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 (a) the Nuba Mountains, (b) Abyei and (c) northern Sudan;...

      Trade: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what effect he anticipates the economic downturn will have on the number of business travellers from the UK to Nordic countries.

      World War Two: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received on commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Kindertransport since July 2008; and if he...

      Zimbabwe: Diamonds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate has been made of the profits accrued from the illegal diamond trade in Zimbabwe in the latest period for which...

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the political situation in Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps the Government has taken to monitor the political situation in Zimbabwe.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many jobs have been created by the Building Schools for the Future programme in each year since its establishment; and in...

    • Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many One School Pathfinder projects have been set up by his Department under the Building Schools for the Future programme;...

      Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families to which charities his Department has provided funding of £100,000 or more in each of the last three years; and how much was...

      Child Support Agency: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how much the most recent Child Support Agency computer update cost; (2) what the Child Support Agency caseload was on the...

      Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he expects the ContactPoint database to become operational; and if he will make a statement.

      Children: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on what date he expects the Child Health Strategy to be published.

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many established child protection officer posts there are in each local authority; and how many child protection officers each...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children have been made subject to child protection plans in Doncaster in each of the last five years.

      Children's Centres: Rotheram

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much has been spent on children's centres in Rotherham Metropolitan borough council area in the last 12 months.

      Children's Centres: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding children's centres in Warrington will receive in 2009-10.

      Class Sizes: Reading Berkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which schools in the Reading Local Education Authority area have class sizes of more than (a) 50 pupils, (b) 40 pupils and (c)...

      Connexions Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of interventions by the Connexions service involved face-to-face contact in the latest period for which figures...

      Connexions Service: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much it cost to establish the Connexions text message service.

      Connexions Service: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much it cost to establish the Connexions phone service; and what the budget for the service was in 2008.

      Connexions Services: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the budget for the Connexions text message service was in 2008.

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many applications for the education maintenance allowance for 2008-09 are being processed.

      Every Child Matters Scheme: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding the Government has given to support the Every Child Matters scheme.

      Extracurricular Activities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what steps the Government has taken to help local authorities make provision for extended school activities; (2) how much...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Eastbourne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of eligible pupils passed five or more GCSEs at grade A* to C in Eastbourne constituency in each of the last 10 years.

      Gifted Children: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether Teach First advocates are being used to mentor disadvantaged gifted and talented students from state schools in (a)...

      Languages: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of pupils who gained a GCSE in (a) German, (b) French and (c) Spanish were educated in (i) the...

      Languages: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many secondary school teachers of (a) Mandarin, (b) Urdu, (c) German, (d) Italian and (e) Japanese (i) there are in...

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what progress has been made in the pilots in schools trialling new ways to assess, report and stimulate progress throughout the...

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what percentage of 11 year olds achieved level 4 or above in (a) English and (b) mathematics in 2008; (2) what percentage...

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in how many schools less than 50 per cent. of pupils achieved level 5 or above in (a) English, (b) mathematics and (c) science...

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on what date he expects primary schools to receive the results of the 2009 national tests; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools are in the National Challenge; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what private finance initiative contracts have been entered into relating to school building and refurbishment projects since 2001.

      Schools: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in which local authority areas those school capital projects which will receive brought forward capital expenditure are located.

      Schools: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his Department's policy is on female Muslim teachers and teaching assistants wearing the full burka while interacting with...

      Schools: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether funding for the increased number of school repairs to help create jobs under the Government's plans to create up to...

      Schools: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of jobs that will be created by increased funding for school repairs in (a) 2009, (b)...

      Schools: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to increase capital expenditure on a school repairs programme as part of the Government's plans to create up to...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effect on a school's staffing levels of designating it as a national challenge school; and if...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the impact on school performance of being placed in the national challenge; and if he will make a...

      Social Services: Doncaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when Paul Gray's term as Interim Director of Children's Services in Doncaster is due to expire.

      Teachers: Part-time Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the reasons are for the time taken to publish official guidance for the implementation of the provisions of the 2008 School...

      Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the Answer of 1 September 2008, Official Report, column 1638W, on teachers' pensions: resource accounting and...

      Teachers: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many primary school teachers have been employed in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d)...

      Teachers: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school teachers left the profession after less than 10 years service in each of the last...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many places are available in the graduate teacher programme in this year; how many places he expects to be available under the...

      Young People: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to discourage young people in deprived areas from becoming associated with criminal activity.

      Young People: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Government is taking to improve understanding of financial matters amongst teenage mothers and young people in the...

      Youth Justice Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what funding his Department has provided for the Youth Justice Unit in the last 12 months; and what funding it plans to provide...

  • Justice

    • Approved Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many bail hostels were opened in Eastbourne in each of the last five years; what the location is of each; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

    • Cannabis: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent representations he has received on the potential use of penalty notices for disorder for cannabis possession offences.

      Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many charges have been brought under provisions of the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007.

      Courts: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average fee charged to local authorities on receipt of an application for care proceedings to the courts is.

      Debt Collection: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps the Government plans to take to improve regulation of bailiffs in the next 12 months.

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to consult the relevant trades unions on (a) his Department's budget and (b) planned reductions in that budget for (i) 2009-10 and...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the merits of reducing the interest rate applied to statutory charges for legal-aided clients.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many times the interest on Legal Services Commission charges has been reviewed and changed to reflect the economic climate in the last five years.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have had a Legal Services Commission legal aid charge postponed and attached to their property after a family proceeding in the last...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the Government plan to reduce the interest rate applied to legal aid charges to the Legal Services Commission to reflect Bank of England interest...

      National Offender Management Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many (a) former Probation Service and (b) former Prison Service staff by grade are working in the Financial Management Unit under the...

      Offences Against Children: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been convicted of (a) child abuse and (b) murdering a child in each of the last five years.

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the de minimis £200 threshold for recording political donations contained in the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 would be...

  • House of Lords

    • Act of Settlement 1700

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they propose to change the Act of Settlement 1700.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they have given this year to the Independent Directorate of Local Governance in Afghanistan, and the Afghan Social Outreach Program; and with what...

      Airports: Drinking Water

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether it is obligatory for operators of commercial airports in the United Kingdom to ensure that drinking water is available to airline passengers and other...

      Airports: Drinking Water

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether it is obligatory for commercial aircraft using United Kingdom airports to make drinking water available free of charge.

      Church of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they propose to review the relationship between the Church of England and the state.

      Commission for Integrated Transport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the annual cost to the taxpayer of the Commission for Integrated Transport; and what remuneration or other benefits its chairman and members receive annually.

      Crime: Dangerous Driving

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have to increase penalties for dangerous driving which causes criminal damage.

      Crime: Domestic Violence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average length of a contract for independent domestic violence advisers.

      Crime: Metal Theft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many crimes involving metal theft affecting the operation of the railways were reported to police forces in Great Britain in the past two years.

      Crime: Youth Offending

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Statement by Lord Bach on 10 December 2008 (WS 66—67), what guidance will be given to local youth offending teams on how to identify the...

      Cuba: Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 24 November (WA 234), when the next meeting of the political dialogue between the European Union and Cuba...

      Fishing: Health and Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the requirement for risk assessments under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (SI 1999/3242) is the same for fishermen as for the...

      Fluoridation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Lord Darzi of Denham on 17 November 2008 (WA 166) and 17 December 2008 (WA 41), whether their classification of fluoridation...

      Fluoridation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Lord Darzi of Denham on 17 November 2008 (WA 165—66) and 17 December 2008 (WA 41) which state that water fluoridation is a...

      Health: Confidentiality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to address concerns of patient representatives about the proposed measures in the forthcoming NHS Constitution that will allow researchers not...

      Health: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure patient safety when prescribing and dispensing immunosuppressant drugs for post-transplantation care. To ask Her Majesty's...

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to repeal Sections 14 and 16 of the Human Rights Act 1998 and replace them with a precondition that a state of emergency must be declared by...

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in the context of the Human Rights Act 1998, what is a public function.

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in considering legislating for any rights in addition to those in the Human Rights Act 1998, they intend to permit any person or body to bring human...

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in considering legislating for any rights in addition to those in the Human Rights Act 1998, they will extend human rights to legal, as opposed to...

      India: Orissa

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the situation of Dalit Christians in Orissa; and whether it is safe for them to return to their homes.

      Inherited Estates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the comments directed at the Financial Services Authority (FSA) by the Policyholders' Protection Group in regard to its ruling on...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people will be affected by the recently announced overpayment in public sector pensions; what, in percentage terms, will be the maximum reduction in...

      Prison: Ex-Servicemen

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many ex-servicemen are in prison.

      Railways: Cross-country

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the withdrawal of the cross-country train service between Brighton and the North via Reading in December 2008 complies in all aspects with statutory...

      Railways: Engineering

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Network Rail scheduling major engineering works on the East Coast and West Coast mainlines over the weekend of 14 to 15 March.

      Road Pricing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance on appropriate locations for the demonstrations project trials they have given to those companies short-listed to deliver any future road pricing...

      Security Sector Reform

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what projects they are engaged in to promote sustainable security through security sector reforms; and what plans they have for future work in this area.

      Shipping: Ferry Operators

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Maritime and Coastguard Agency this year censured the ferry operator between Ballycastle and Rathlin Island in County Antrim for carrying a fuel tanker...

      Shipping: Ferry Operators

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is evidence that lorries travelling via the Holyhead ferry to and from Ireland are discriminated against compared to other ferry routes to and from...

      Transport: Buses and Coaches

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the cost of implementing the proposals in European Commission document SEC (2008) 2953 relating to the rights of passengers in bus...

      Transport: Schemes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will increase capital allocations for transport schemes in response to the current economic circumstances; and on what basis they would allocate such...

      United Nations Special Representative

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in order to facilitate dialogue and promote peace, they will support and lend assistance for moving the United Nations Special Representative from Nairobi...

      Vehicles: Licences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency paid out in refunds for unexpired vehicle licences in each year since 2000; and how much it expects to pay out in...

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