Written answers

Thursday, 22 January 2009

  • Leader of the House

    • Government Policy Statements

      To ask the Leader of the House what recent discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues on ensuring that statements on significant developments in Government policy are made to the House.

    • Programme Motions

      To ask the Leader of the House what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of arrangements for programming of Bills; and if she will make a statement.

      Governance of Britain Green Paper

      To ask the Leader of the House what progress has been made on the proposals in the Governance of Britain Green Paper which fall within her area of responsibility.

      Government Bills

      To ask the Leader of the House if she will review the proportion of House of Commons time allocated to Government Bills.

      Members' Expenses

      To ask the Leader of the House what assessment she has made of public opinion on arrangements for the publication of information on hon. Members' expenses.

      Members' Expenses

      To ask the Leader of the House (1) what discussions she has had with other hon. Members in advance of her decision to propose the exemption of hon. Members from provisions of the Freedom of...

      Ministerial Statements

      To ask the Leader of the House what recent discussions she has had with Ministerial colleagues on the criteria to be used in deciding whether an announcement should be made by means of an Oral...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House on how many occasions in the last 12 months Ministers in her Office used their discretion to rule that a parliamentary question for written answer should be...

  • Olympics

    • Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what expert advisers have been commissioned by her Office since its inception; on what topic each was commissioned; and whether the adviser so appointed made...

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics if she will make it her policy that temporary and permanent employees of her Office employed at the same grade receive the same hourly rate of pay.

      Olympic Games 2012: Construction

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics on what date the relocation of Thornton Fields railway sidings was completed.

      Olympic Games 2012: Construction

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics on what date the contract to construct the velodrome for the London 2012 Olympics was awarded.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Churches: Listed Buildings

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners how many church buildings are listed.

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport over what period the data was collected which underlies Figure (a) 1.1, (b) 1.2 and (c) 1.3 in his Department's publication, UK Air Passenger Demand...

    • Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much revenue has been generated by tolls on the Dartford-Thurrock crossing in each year since its opening.

      Departmental Catering

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

      Driver Information Systems: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many licences for dynamic route guidance systems his Department has issued in each year since 1997.

      Driving Under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent steps the Government has taken to reduce the incidence of drink driving.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to review the system of self-certification for the renewal of driving licences for those over 70 years of age.

      Railways: Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason his Department has decided to run a rail replacement bus service on Tuesday mornings from Ealing Broadway station to Wandsworth Road...

      Road Traffic Offences: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information his Department holds on the number of prosecutions for road traffic offences that are not proceeded with annually on the grounds that...

      Road Traffic Offences: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of appeals against fixed penalty notices to traffic adjudicators were upheld in each of the last five years in each region of England;...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information his Department holds on the number of road traffic accidents which are recorded annually as being the fault of drivers aged over (a)...

      Shipping: Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many shipping containers have been lost overboard in UK waters in each year since 2006.

      Speed Limits: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on encouraging local authorities to apply 20 mph zones around schools; and if he will make a statement.

      Vehicle Certification Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend East of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 199W, on departmental...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Advertising: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to support the advertising industry; and if he will make a statement.

    • Arts: Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much local authority funding was provided for the arts in England in each year since 1980.

      Arts: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport by what date he expects the baseline data for the Find Your Talent pilots to be established.

      Charities

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

      Churches: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much of the Heritage Lottery Fund has been allocated to preserving historic churches in each of the last five years.

      Churches: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment he has made of the long-term sustainability of historic churches; and if he will make a statement.

      Churches: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effect of the reduction of the Heritage Lottery Fund's available funds on grants to church buildings;...

      Churches: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport where those offices established to advise on the maintenance and repair of church buildings will be located.

      Churches: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps (a) his Department and (b) English Heritage are taking to assist church maintenance pilot projects in the dioceses of (a)...

      Crown Lands and Estates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost to the public purse of each royal property is in 2008-09.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

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

      Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what progress has been made in appointing a research consortium to review his Department's participation research; when he expects...

      Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made towards the target of reducing by 20 per cent. the number of unnecessary transactions required to be carried...

      Departmental Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of people responding to his Department's Taking Part survey said that they had participated in an active sport during...

      Horserace Totalisator Board: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many applications were received by his Department for posts of (a) members of the Independent Strategy Board of the Gambling...

      Listed Buildings: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what grants his Department and English Heritage have awarded for the maintenance of grade I listed buildings in Liverpool in the last...

      National Lottery: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he plans to take to assist voluntary organisations in applying for Heritage Lottery Fund grants.

      Sports: Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to the answer of 10 November 2008, Official Report, columns 484-5, on the Subs for Clubs campaign, what progress has...

      Sports: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on what dates since March 2008 (a) he and (b) the Sports Minister have met with their European counterparts to discuss the European...

      Sports: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much public money was spent per capita on sporting infrastructure in (a) the north-east and (b) Middlesbrough South and East...

      Sports: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of (a) all adults and (b) each priority group participated in active sport in the last four weeks.

      St George's Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many items of correspondence he has received on (a) St. George's Day and (b) St. Patrick's Day in the last 12 months.

      St George's Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans his Department has to promote St George's Day in 2009.

      St George's Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much public funding is available from his Department to groups wishing to celebrate St George's Day.

      St George's Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether his Department has had discussions with tourism agencies about marking St. George's Day in 2009.

      Taking Part Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the average standard deviation was of the datasets of his Department's Taking Part survey in each year since 2005.

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on taxis in each of the last three years.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Biofuels: Wood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the accuracy of data on the availability and use of wood and its contribution to the...

    • Carbon Emissions: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what account his Department takes of the capacity of rural areas to absorb carbon dioxide in formulating its climate change...

      Common Fisheries Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what his estimate is of the number of boats in the UK that would require a licence or other form of authorisation to...

      Common Fisheries Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when (a) he and (b) his officials were consulted on the terms of Article 47 of the Council Regulation establishing a...

      Construction: Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the dredging of the Thames in Castle Point constituency as part of the Thames Gateway port development will commence.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of contractors and suppliers to (a) his Department and (b) its agencies has reported compliance with the...

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on which occasions his Department has convened a citizens' jury or randomly drawn panel of people to aid the Department's...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many telephone numbers for which callers are charged at the rate applicable to 0845 numbers are used by (a) his...

      Fishing Catches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) monetary value and (b) weight of fish landed in the UK for domestic consumption was in the last 12 months,...

      Fishing Catches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) tonnage and (b) monetary value was of landings at UK ports by EU vessels in 2008 of fish caught in (i) the...

      Fishing Catches: North Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the assessed economic value of fisheries catch in each North Sea fisheries box that falls partly or wholly within the...

      Fishing Catches: Shellfish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what tonnage of (a) lobster, (b) shellfish and (c) shrimp was landed by the UK fishing fleet in the most recent 12 month...

      Fishing Grounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many fishing vessels are operating in UK home territorial waters from EU Eastern European Baltic accession countries that...

      Fishing Grounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which fisheries boxes would fall (a) completely and (b) partially within the UK 200 mile/median maritime control limit in...

      Fishing Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many and what tonnage of foreign-registered fishing vessels are operating in UK home fishing waters.

      Hague Preferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what his Department's policy is on invoking the Hague Preferences; (2) what extra total allowable catch accrues to UK...

      Litter: Fast Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with Keep Britain Tidy on fast food outlets causing litter on streets.

      Rural Areas: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the economic downturn on employment opportunities in rural areas; and if...

      Total Allowable Catches: North Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of current North Sea (a) haddock, (b) cod, (c) herring and (d) plaice total allowable catch comes from...

      Water Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will commission research on the effects of the introduction of surface area water charges for churches, community and...

      Water Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what response his Department has made to representations made by sports clubs affected by increases in charges following the...

      Water Companies: Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2009, Official Report, columns 612-13W, on water companies: flood control, what...

  • Prime Minister

    • Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Prime Minister how much has been spent on (a) departmental Christmas parties and (b) staff entertainment in 10 Downing Street in the last three years.

  • Justice

    • Antisocial Behaviour: Penalty Notices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many fines for the non-payment of penalty notices for disorder (PND) were registered by the courts in each of the last four years, broken down by...

    • Compensation: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average cost of enforcing a compensation order was in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many open verdicts were recorded by coroners in each year between 2002 and 2008, broken down by area.

      Coroners: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress has been made by his Department on the recording of ethnicity data by coroners.

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions Ministers in his Department have used their discretion to rule that a parliamentary question for written answer should be answered...

      Freedom of Information Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 15 December 2008, Official Report, column 476W, on the Freedom of Information Act 2000, when the public consultation on...

      Offender Group Reconviction Score System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what risks are taken into account in assessments made under the Offender Group Reconviction Score system; and what assessment he has made of the average...

      Prisoners: Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many children were born to mothers in custody in each of the last 10 years.

      Prisoners: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice in respect of what schemes to tackle intolerance amongst prisoners pilots have been initiated.

      Probation Service for England and Wales: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what projections he has made of trends in the level of demand for services provided by (a) the Probation Service, (b) HM Courts Service and (c) HM...

      Probation Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average caseload of members of Probation Service staff was in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08.

      Rape: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful prosecutions for rape were made in each police authority area in each year since 1997.

      Repossession Orders: Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many court orders have been issued for the repossession of homes in West Chelmsford constituency in each of the last five years.

      Royal Family: Wills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) if he will publish sealed Royal Wills in cases where such Wills were sealed prior to 1990. (2) if he will review his policy on the practice of...

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners were released on home detention curfew in each year since 1999 have served (a) one quarter of their sentence, (b) 90 days less than...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what meetings staff of the Courts Service have had with the relevant trades unions to discuss resources for the Courts Service in (a) 2009-10 and...

      Tribunals Courts and Enforcement Act 2007

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will place in the Library a copy of each of the responses to his Department's recent consultation on the implementation of the Tribunals, Courts...

      Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how much has been distributed from the Victims Fund in each year since its creation in 2004; (2) which specialist services for victims of...

      Young Offenders: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps the Government is taking to reduce reoffending among young offenders.

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people aged 11 to 18 years resident in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire were treated for alcohol-related problems in each of the last...

    • Antidepressants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of anti-depressant drugs prescribing in (a) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency, (b)...

      Aphasia: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has commissioned into the causes and treatment of aphasia.

      Chronic Disease Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Expert Patients programme course places there have been in each year since the programme was established; and what proportion of these course...

      Chronically Sick: Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent guidance his Department has given to primary care trusts on advice and support for teachers in (a) developing school policy and (b)...

      Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the estimated cost is of testing for vCJD all those considered potentially at risk of having contracted vCJD after using infected blood...

      Dental Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) in what circumstances a dentist may charge a patient for (a) descaling and (b) cleaning and polishing after the first-tier check up; (2) if he...

      Direct Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in England are eligible to receive direct payments; and how many of them have taken them up.

      Diseases: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the incidence of (a) diphtheria, (b) tetanus and (c) pertussis, (d) Haemophilus influenzae type b, (e) polio, (f) meningitis C, (g) measles,...

      Diseases: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking in response to the European Commission's November 2008 Communication on Rare Diseases, Europe's Challenges, COM (2008) 679.

      Health Hazards: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has (a) evaluated, (b) commissioned and (c) undertaken on the effects of the use of low-energy fluorescent bulbs on public...

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how he intends to respond to the resolution of the European Parliament of 20 November 2008, addressed to all member states, on HIV/AIDS: early diagnosis...

      Mental Health Services: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prisoners have been transferred from prison to hospital for psychiatric care since 1997.

      Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what national public health information his Department has provided to patients on the self-management of musculoskeletal conditions since publication of...

      Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people with joint pain he estimates referred themselves to a (a) physiotherapist, (b) chiropractor and (c) osteopath without first visiting a...

      Musculoskeletal Disorders: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what national data are available to support primary care trusts in benchmarking local intervention rates in trauma and orthopaedics, as referred to on...

      National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health by what means the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence assesses the implementation of its guidelines; and whether there are any plans to...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 23 October 2008, Official Report, columns 523-4W, on prostate cancer, when the most recent round of peer review visits...

      Rheumatoid Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many admissions to hospital for rheumatoid arthritis there were in each year since 1991-92, broken down by (a) sex, (b) age and (c) primary care...

      Smoking: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the (a) number of regular smokers in (i) Hemel Hempstead and (ii) Hertfordshire and (b) number of people who have given up...

      Smoking: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many adults aged 35 years and over were admitted to hospital with diseases caused by smoking in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire in (i)...

      Social Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of care services met each of the Commission for Social Care Inspection's national minimum standards in (a) England and (b) each local...

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the cost to primary care trusts of carrying out suicide audits; and if he will make a statement; (2) what assessment...

      Tuberculosis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which health authorities in Greater London provide free BCG vaccinations to all children.

      Vaccination: Religious Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the vaccines for (a) diptheria, (b) tetanus, (c) pertussis, (d) polio, (e) Haemophilus influenza type b, (f) pneumococcal conjugate, (g)...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Departmental Catering

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

    • Fuels: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what recent representations he has received on the effects on the voluntary sector of increased fuel duty.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Members: Security

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many representations have been received by the House authorities from back-bench hon. Members on security...

  • Home Department

    • Human Trafficking: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were prosecuted for offences relating to the trafficking of human beings for (a) the sex trade and (b) illegal labour in...

    • Police Stations: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police stations in Essex were not open to the public in each of the last 10 years.

      Police: Dual Jobholding

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidelines apply to police officers on involvement in business activities outside their employment within the police force; and whether...

      Stop and Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) people and (b) people under 18 years of age have been stopped and searched under the Terrorism Act 2000 in each of the last...

      Telecommunications: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the estimated (a) set-up and (b) running costs of the interception modernisation programme are.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the proportion of an anti-terrorist police officer's time taken up (a) by anti-terrorist work and (b) in the...

  • Treasury

    • Bank Services: Overseas Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of money laundering prevention measures on the availability of UK bank accounts to UK citizens living and working...

    • Banks: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the monetary value of the loans made available to United Kingdom banks by the European Investment Bank (EIB) under the scheme announced on 30 October...

      Banks: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the oral statement of 19 January 2009, on financial markets, by what authority he has authorised the Bank of England to create the £50...

      Banks: Guernsey

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what conditions the Financial Services Authority attached to its approval of the sale by the Portman Building Society of its Guernsey subsidiary to...

      Banks: Iceland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has made on behalf of (a) Guernsey, (b) Jersey and (c) the Isle of Man to the Icelandic Government on the consequences of...

      Banks: Isle of Man

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take urgent steps to protect UK citizens who had deposits in Isle of Man banks.

      Banks: Isle of Man

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what discussions the Financial Services Authority (FSA) had with the Derbyshire Building Society on its application to establish a wholly-owned...

      Banks: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what meetings Ministers in his Department have held to review (a) capital ratios and (b) liquidity requirements for banks in the last three months.

      Banks: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what provisions the Government is making for any future (a) losses and (b) capital requirement of banks in which UK Financial Investments has a...

      Banks: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what instructions the Government has issued to the Royal Bank of Scotland in the last six months; (2) how many meetings Ministers in his Department...

      Banks: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many meetings Ministers in his Department have had with (a) directors and (b) staff of Northern Rock since its entering into temporary public...

      Banks: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what investigations (a) his Department, (b) the Bank of England and (c) the Financial Services Authority have made into securitisation practices (i) in...

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 12 January 2009, Official Report, column 275W, how much his Department has spent on child tax credit payment to individuals...

      Churches: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to issue a report on funding assistance for the repair of church buildings.

      Derbyshire Building Society

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to ensure that guarantees by Derbyshire Building Society which were transferred to the Icelandic government are honoured in full.

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the President of the European Commission on Britain's prospective membership of the euro.

      Financial Services Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received on the terms on which (a) banks and (b) building societies will contribute to the Financial Services...

      Government Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the Office of Government Commerce's guidance on including general break clauses in government contracts.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many higher rate income tax payers there are in each parliamentary constituency.

      Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander: Isle of Man

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the potential liability to the public purse of guaranteeing the deposits of UK citizens in the Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander Isle of...

      Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander: Isle of Man

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to protect investors who originally banked with the Derbyshire Building Society but who subsequently found themselves customers of...

      Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander: Isle of Man

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Isle of Man authorities on UK citizens' savings that were deposited with Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander Isle of Man bank.

      Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander: Isle of Man

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the government of the Isle of Man regarding funding to enable the Isle of Man to compensate British depositors with...

      Landsbanki: Guernsey

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to the Exchequer of the collapse of Landsbanki Guernsey.

      Landsbanki: Guernsey

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will meet representatives of UK nationals who were depositors with Landsbanki Guernsey to discuss their position.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter of 27 October 2008 from the hon. Member for Hazel Grove on a constituent's difficulties regarding the collapse of...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when a reply will be sent to the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood's letter of 28 November 2008 on behalf of Gordon Ferguson of the Kaupthing...

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the merits of proposals to introduce a single on-line pre-qualification questionnaire for small businesses to access...

      Revenue and Customs: Leicester

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of (a) redundancy payments to staff who are unable to relocate and (b) daily travel allowance...

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if HM Revenue and Customs will establish a hotline for hon. Members to contact them on behalf of constituents on matters other than tax credits.

      Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the revenue received by the Exchequer in stamp duty land tax since the announcement of the stamp duty holiday in September...

      Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the effect on public expenditure of removing the second income threshold on tax credits and applying a consistent taper rate of (a) 46...

      Taxation: Part-time Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the merits of providing tax exemptions to encourage part-time work, with particular reference to the likely effects of such a...

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many taxpayers were penalised £100 for late tax returns for the tax year 2006-07; and how many of them appealed (a) successfully and (b)...

      Taxation: Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received advocating the reduction of payroll taxes for small businesses; and what assessment he has made of those...

      Terrorism: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much funding has been frozen in the UK in each of the last five years due to suspected or proven links to terrorist organisations.

      Written Ministerial Statements

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer at what time his Department makes written ministerial statements available to (a) hon. Members and (b) members of the press; and if he will make a statement.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his most recent estimate is of the level of fuel poverty in the UK.

    • Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress has been made towards the Government's target of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 20 per cent. by 2010; and if he...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had on Government policy for the future of nuclear power; and if he will make a statement.

      Domestic Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the average annual cost of domestic energy to consumers.

      Nuclear Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the nuclear generation capacity that will come on-stream in the next 10 years.

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effect of the current economic climate on levels of expenditure on new electricity generation plants.

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of (a) the UK's electricity generation capacity and (b) the spending required to sustain that...

      On-Shore Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he next expects to meet representatives of local authorities in East Anglia to discuss on-shore wind farms in that area.

      Save Energy Save Money Campaign

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Government's Save Energy Save Money advertising campaign; and if he will make a...

      Smart Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans his Department has to encourage the provision of smart meters for domestic energy customers.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of whether the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has taken steps to establish an...

    • Embassies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1048-9W, on exchange rates, which 10 overseas...

      Ethiopia: Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the UK's role is in resolving the Ethiopia-Eritrea border dispute; and what (a) funding and (b) staff resources he has...

      Greece: Macedonia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what diplomatic steps his Department has taken to encourage agreement between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of...

      Greece: Macedonia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the prospects for agreement between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia...

      Holidays Abroad: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support his Department provides for the families of those whose relatives (a) are taken ill and (b) die whilst on holiday...

      Nigeria: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Nigerian Government about tackling corruption in that country.

      Somalia: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on Islamist forces allegedly taking control of bases in Mogadishu vacated by departing Ethiopian troops.

      Uganda: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of (a) the activities of the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) and (b) the prospects that the LRA...

  • Wales

    • Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the answer of 11 December 2008, Official Report, column 260W, on Revenue and Customs: Wales, what arrangements other business units...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the performance of the Lock Out Crime Scheme against its objectives.

    • Departmental Surveys

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

      Police Service of Northern Ireland: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the effect on the Northern Ireland policing budget if devolution of policing and justice takes place during the...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what level of resource expenditure on the part of the Police Service of Northern Ireland he estimates there will be in the current three year...

      Prisons: Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken to ensure the amount of cannabis used in Northern Ireland's prisons is reduced.

      Re-offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 12 January 2009, Official Report, column 203W, on re-offenders, what the release dates are for the 13 people still...

      Young Offenders: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many juveniles were convicted of a criminal offence in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months for which figures are available, broken down...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Electric Cables

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what steps are taken to test and improve the fire resistance to EU standards of electrical cable that...

  • International Development

    • Africa: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made to date towards meeting the G8 Gleneagles pledge to (a) increase official development assistance (ODA) by...

    • Africa: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the UK's agreed contribution was towards the G8 Gleneagles pledge to (a) increase official development assistance (ODA) by $50...

      Bangladesh: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department has allocated to development projects in Bangladesh in each of the last five years.

      Burundi: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid his Department is providing to build capacity in Burundi, with particular reference to assistance to the parliamentary...

      Departmental Air Travel

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

      Departmental Buildings

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

      Departmental Catering

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

      Departmental Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many hybrid vehicles his Department (a) owns and (b) owned in 2007-08.

      Developing Countries: Foreign Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the global economic situation on the level of foreign direct investment from the...

      Development Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the likely effects of global economic conditions on the level of remittances from the United Kingdom to...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what information he has on the impact of the Israeli military attack on the Palestinian territories in Gaza in December 2008 on...

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding his Department has given to the UN Development Programme Trust Fund to support the role of the Quartet Middle East Envoy...

      Mozambique: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he has made representations to the government of Mozambique in support of police reform in that country; and if he will make a...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department plans to take to improve the UK's position in the Centre for Global Development's Commitment to Development Index.

      Sri Lanka: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment has been made of the humanitarian situation in the Vanni area of Sri Lanka following (a) the government of Sri Lanka's...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Allotments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many allotment allocations are vacant, in each constituency.

    • Allotments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what sets of criteria local authorities use to determine allotment allocations.

      Council Tax: Eastbourne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many summonses to court for council tax arrears were issued in Eastbourne constituency in each of the last five years;...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of empty habitable houses in (a) northern England, (b) the Midlands and (c) the...

      Housing: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to increase (a) the availability of and (b) access to affordable housing in rural areas.

      Infrastructure Planning Commission: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information the recruitment consultants for the post of Chairman of the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) provided...

      Local Government: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has issued to local authorities in England on the payments of invoices within 10 days; what...

      Local Government: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects the Boundary Committee for England to report to her on options for the local government structure of Suffolk.

      Locla Government Finance: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations she has received on the local government finance settlement for the London borough of Bexley in 2009-10.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the Minister for Housing will reply to the letters of 5 November 2008 and 5 December 2008 from the hon. Member for the...

      Non-domestic Rates: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many businesses have been granted small business rate relief in each year since its introduction in April 2005, broken down...

      Planning Permission: Inland Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what planning guidance exists on residential mooring; and if she will make a statement.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to buy stocks of land for social housing in the current economic situation.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2009, Official Report, column 619W, on council housing: construction, which local...

      Unitary Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the reasons were for her decision to issue additional guidance to the Boundary Committee on 8 December 2008 to the effect...

      Unitary Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make it her policy to support the creation of new unitary local authorities in (a) Devon, (b) Norfolk and (c) Suffolk.

      Unitary Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the (a) affordability and (b) level of support for new unitary local authorities in (i) Devon,...

      Unitary Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether it is her Department's objective in creating new unitary local authorities that all authorities so created are...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what regiments are based in Afghanistan; and where they are situated.

    • Antarctic: Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Royal Navy currently stations any vessels in the British Antarctic Territory.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the level of uptake was for each scheme to encourage home ownership among service personnel and veterans in each of the last three years.

      Armed Forces: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of armed forces personnel were fit for task in each year since 2001.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent on armoured vehicle maintenance in each year since 2001.

      Army: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of each Army corps did not meet (a) harmony guidelines for tour intervals and (b) separated service guidelines in each year since 2001.

      Astute Class Submarines: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the orders for boats five, six and seven of the Astute class are expected to be placed.

      Astute-Class Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what timetable has been set for the completion of the construction programme for Astute-class submarines and the commencement of the programme to...

      AWE Burghfield: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the resilience to nuclear accidents of the proposed main process facility for...

      Chad: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department's financial contribution will be in support of the EU military mission to Chad and Central African Republic under the 2004 Athena...

      Chad: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British armed forces personnel have served as part of EUFOR TChad/CAR in each of the last 12 months.

      Chad: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Russian (a) military and (b) civilian contracted helicopters are currently used by EUFOR Tchad/CAR; and on how many occasions British...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many RAF (a) C-17 Globemaster, (b) C-130K Hercules, (c) C-130J Hercules, (d) Tristar, (e) VC-10 and (f) other aircraft of each type have flown...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of each management consultancy study commissioned by his Department from (a) McKinsey and Co, (b) PA Consulting,...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 12 January 2009, Official Report, columns 94-6W, on departmental data protection, how many (a) desktop computers, (b)...

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department's underspend of £1.75 billion in 2007-08 against its budget is to be carried forward to 2008-09; and what the reasons are for...

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend East of 11 November 2008, Official Report, column 1001W, on departmental...

      EC Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the Government's policy is on the provisions of the so-called reciprocity clause contained in the recent EU Directive on the coordination of...

      HMS Endurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what his most recent assessment is of the extent of damage to HMS Endurance; and what his most recent estimate is of the cost of repair; (2) what...

      HMS Endurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how the operational duties of HMS Endurance will be carried out when she is out of commission.

      Investment Approvals Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's current Investment Approvals Board forward programme.

      Lynx Helicopters: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 11 December 2008, Official Report, columns 65-67WS, on defence equipment, what effect the reduction...

      Lynx Helicopters: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his Statement of 11 December 2008, Official Report, columns 65-67WS, on defence equipment, on what date the decision was taken to reduce...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to reply to the letter of 9 December 2008 from the hon. Member for Billericay and others on the subject of nuclear test veterans.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many transport and tanker aircraft were available for deployment by the armed forces in each year since 2001.

      RAND Corporation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the value of contracts given by his Department to the RAND Corporation was in each financial year since 1997-98.

      Reserve Forces: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel there are in each service of the volunteer reserves; and what the equivalent figures were for 1997.

      USA: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he next plans to meet his US counterpart in Washington DC.

      Warships: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which vessels are currently on order for (a) the Royal Navy and (b) the Royal Fleet Auxiliary; and what the anticipated in-service date is of each.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission may take when it has good reason to believe that a parent with liability to pay...

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) planned and (b) actual cost of each IT project completed by his Department and its agencies since 1997 was; what costs have been...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what procedures are in place to verify and monitor the accuracy of disability living allowance award entitlement decisions.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total budget forecast for Jobcentre Plus for the next calendar year was (a) in August 2008 and (b) following the Pre-Budget Report.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the (a) average, (b) lowest and (c) highest salary paid to a Jobcentre Plus personal adviser is in each region; (2) what the...

      National Insurance: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of (a) national insurance (NI) numbers in use, (b) unused NI numbers and (c) fake or fraudulently...

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many participants in the New Deal for (a) Young People, (b) 25 Plus, (c) 50 Plus, (d) Disabled People, (e) Lone Parents, (f) Partners...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will undertake a review of the regulations governing the way in which the notional return for savings in excess of £6,000 are...

      Pensioners: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners had payment of their pension suspended as a result of their mail being returned by the post office to a Pensions Office in...

      Pensioners: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy that pension payments continue to be made in circumstances where mail sent to pensioners is returned to a...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the Statement of 13 November 2008, Official Report, columns 965-82, on the Post Office Card Account, for what reason the...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent progress has been made on finalising the terms and conditions of the Post Office Card Account contract; in what respect the...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many children in (a) the Vale of York and (b) England were considered to be in severe poverty in (i) 1999 and (ii) 2007; (2) how...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children were living in poverty in Glasgow in (a) January 2007, (b) January 2008 and (c) January 2009.

      Social Fund: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) complaints and (b) requests for a review of decision have been received by the Social Fund in each month since Jobcentre Plus...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what is the maximum period of time within which (a) benefit claimants are able to make backdated claims for benefit entitlement and (b) for...

      Social Security: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of public regulation of private sector contracted welfare services in each of the next five years.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many members of the Territorial Army have been made redundant from their civilian posts in each year since 2001.

      UN Convention on Disability Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will undertake to ratify the UN Convention on Disability Rights by spring 2009.

      Unemployed: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what procedures are in place in each Jobcentre Plus district to arrange for liaison with voluntary agencies for the provision of (a) weekend...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the likely rate of unemployment in each month of 2009.

      Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the projected numbers of full time equivalent posts in Jobcentre Plus are in each of the next five years; when the projections were last...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) which constituencies are covered by each weather station used to calculate cold weather payments; (2) what estimate he has made of the...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many apprentices with each sponsoring employer were aged over 25 years (a) in 2007-08 and (b) to date in 2008-09.

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how many of the 35,000 extra apprenticeship places for 2009-10 referred to in the departmental press release of 7...

      Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many internships were (a) offered by and (b) taken up within the Department in 2007-08; and how many have been (i)...

      Foundation Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of the Higher Education Funding Council for England's annual budget was spent on the provision of foundation...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people enrolled on a higher national diploma course in each year since 2001; and what the drop-out rate has been in...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills when he plans to send the annual grant letter to the Higher Education Funding Council for England for 2009-10.

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will list each successful application to the Higher Education Funding Council for England for projects (a) to be...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what applications to the Higher Education Funding Council for England for projects (a) to be funded, (b) to be partly...

      Higher Education: Student Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people normally resident (a) in Jarrow constituency, (b) in South Tyneside, (c) in the north-east and (d)...

      Intellectual Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will reconsider his response to the recommendations contained in the Gowers report on intellectual property.

      Outdoor Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the merits of fieldwork and out-of-classroom activity in developing practical skills for use...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) what his latest estimate is of the amount overpaid in student loan repayments due to late notification of the Student...

      Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of internships offered nationwide in 2007-08.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Academies: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which academies are categorised in the national challenge; and if he will make a statement.

    • Audit and Risk Assurance Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's Audit and Risk Assurance Committee; and if he will make a...

      Care Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many applications for care proceedings were made by local authorities in November (a) 2007 and (b) 2008.

      Charities

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

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children on the Child Protection Register were taken into care in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many children were the subject of a child protection plan at 31 March 2008; (2) what percentage of children referred...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2008, Official Report, column 1114W, on children: protection, how many representations...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he plans to take to assist social workers in protecting children.

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what research his Department is funding into effective child protection practice; and which such research it has funded in the...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent steps he has taken in respect of child protection in Birmingham.

      Children: Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what progress has been made towards meeting the targets to provide every child with the opportunity to participate in five hours...

      Classroom Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teaching assistants became higher level teaching assistants in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the progress made against his Department's Equality and Diversity Delivery Plan.

      Departmental Furniture

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

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department and its predecessors spent on pensions for former employees in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the findings of his Department's staff survey which commenced in April 2008 were.

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many people have received notices of entitlement for the education maintenance allowance but have not enrolled on a...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people (a) in Jarrow constituency, (b) in South Tyneside, (c) in the North East and (d) nationwide have received...

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many students have (a) received a notice of entitlement for the education maintenance allowance (EMA), (b) successfully...

      Expect Respect

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many local education authorities have encouraged schools to use the Expect Respect education toolkit; (2) what guidance...

      Global Fellowships Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effects of the Global Fellowships programme's initiative to provide young people with work and...

      Graduate Leader Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what funding his Department has allocated to the Graduate Leader Fund over the next three years; (2) how much he expects to...

      Mathematics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what progress is being made in the implementation of recommendation 3 of the Williams Review of Mathematics Teaching in Early...

      National Apprenticeship Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he expects the National Apprenticeship Service to be established.

      National Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) whether he expects the National Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Centre to open in 2009; (2) what estimate...

      Pupils: Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his most recent assessment of the level of access to broadband at home is for (a) all primary school pupils and (b) primary...

      Schools: PFI

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many contracts with private providers under private finance initiative schemes have been signed for school capital projects in...

      Schools: Pigmeat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pork served in schools in (a) East Devon constituency, (b) the South West and (c) England was locally...

      Schools: Racial Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families by what means his Department monitors and records the number of racially-triggered events occurring in schools; how many such...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools in the National Challenge programme were oversubscribed in September (a) 2007 and (b) 2008; and if he will make...

      Schools: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he expects all Criminal Records Bureau checks on existing (a) head teachers, (b) teachers and (c) non-teaching school...

      Science: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils eligible to receive free school meals attained a GCSE in (a) physics, (b) chemistry and...

      Social Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his assessment of the availability of emergency accommodation for children or young people who need an immediate place of...

      Social Services: Doncaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what reports have been produced by Paul Gray on the state of children's services in Doncaster; and if he will make them public.

      Sure Start Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many Sure Start centres were built in each of the last 12 months.

      Teachers: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teachers in the maintained sector have received an (a) conviction and (b) police caution.

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effect on teachers of the end of management allowance safeguarding on 31 December 2008 and the...

      United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what reservations his Department is seeking to enter in relation to the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the...

      Young People: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of 16 to 18 year-olds were not in education, employment and training in each year since April 2001.

      Young People: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in what ways his Department is working with national third sector youth organisations to support the training needs of those...

      Outdoor Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what assessment he has made of the extent to which teacher training courses facilitates the use of fieldwork as a teaching...

  • House of Lords

    • Anti-social Behaviour Act

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the age, sex and ethnic origin of children taken home under Section 30 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 in each police authority in the past five years.

    • Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress is being made on the HELIX programme to upgrade aircraft electronic surveillance.

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the ASTOR surveillance system will be available for operational deployment.

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect delivery of the A400M aircraft.

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they will take to ensure that the Royal Air Force will have adequate air refuelling capacity until the A400M enters service.

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the expected extra cost of maintaining adequate air-to-air refuelling capacity caused by the late delivery of A400M aircraft.

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government for what reason, other than cost, did they specify that the A400M air tankers should be delivered without flight refuelling capacity.

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the A400M aircraft to start to come into service with the Royal Air Force; and when they expect the full number of those aircraft to be fully...

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government to what extent they retain control over United Kingdom participation in the programme for the A400M aircraft; and to what extent they have assigned such...

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what life extension programmes are underway for each class of C130 aircraft; and what updates are under consideration.

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what welfare benefits are available to failed asylum seekers and their families.

      Children: Overseas Visitors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what procedures need to be followed by pupils of non-European Union schools and youth organisations to enable them to enter the United Kingdom.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check differs from an ordinary check.

      Disabled People: Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why there has been no increase in the proportion of disabled working-age adults in employment; and what action they propose regarding that situation.

      Fishing: Accidents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how many fishermen fatalities could have been avoided between 1992 and 2006 if all fishing vessels were required to carry...

      Fishing: Vessels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the principal differences between the requirements of the small fishing vessel code and the workboat code; and what is the reason for each such difference.

      Gulf War: NAPS Tablets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 9 October 2003 (WA 67—78), whether the Committee on the Safety of Medicines (CSM) was consulted or at any time...

      Immigration: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the greatest number of days that any child has been detained in an immigration removal centre in each of the past five years.

      Interception of Communications

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many requests for warrants authorising the interception of communications were (a) approved, or (b) refused by the Home Secretary or the Lord Chancellor in 2008.

      Iraq: Women

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their plans for extending support for the role of women in civil society in Iraq.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what response was given to the Middle East quartet's envoy, Tony Blair, when he discussed access to Gaza for humanitarian supplies with the Israeli Minister for...

      Local Government: Standards Committee

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what procedures are in place for the collection and publication of statistics relating to complaints to and decisions by local authority standards committees.

      Media: Newspapers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are empowered to intervene in any purchase of a national daily newspaper by a sovereign wealth fund.

      Disabled People: Motability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will relax the system for down payments for vehicles under the Motability scheme in the present economic situation.

      Olympic Games 2012: Safety and Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which public bodies have a role in providing security for the 2012 Olympics in London.

      Olympic Games 2012: Safety and Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which departments, agencies, public bodies and other organisations participate in or contribute to the Olympic safety and security programme.

      Olympic Games 2012: Safety and Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which department and Minister have overall responsibility for the Olympic safety and security programme.

      Olympic Games 2012: Safety and Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the design phase of the Olympic Safety and Security Programme will be completed.

      Overseas Aid: Southern Africa

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what total allocation for 2008 or financial year 2007—08 they made to each of the Southern African Development Community countries for development aid; and...

      Pakistan: Blasphemy Laws

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage the authorities in Pakistan to provide protection for lawyers and others facing death threats or intimidation for defending...

      Pakistan: Blasphemy Laws

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage the authorities in Pakistan to provide protection for prisoners accused under the blasphemy laws who are at risk of attack...

      Pakistan: Blasphemy Laws

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Government of Pakistan about ensuring that the laws concerning evidence in blasphemy cases are comparable with...

      Police: National Black Police Association

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 25 November (WA 332), what representations they are making to the Black Police Association to ensure that...

      Police: Flanagan Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many of the recommendations made by Sir Ronnie Flanagan's review of policing have been implemented; and which ones they were. To ask Her Majesty's Government...

      Scrap Metal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prosecutions there have been in the last two years for contravention of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964; and what penalties were awarded.

      Scrap Metal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which police forces have metal theft as a priority in their policing plans for the current year and for 2009—10.

      Shipping: Licences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the passenger-carrying boat, the Irish-registered MV True Light, has been awarded a licence by the maritime authorities in the United Kingdom; if not,...

      Surveillance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 15 October 2008 (WA 56), whether the review of those public authorities that had access to covert...

      Telecommunications: Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 8 December 2008 (Official Report, House of Lords, col. 145), what the difference is between "intrusive or...

      Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who is in overall charge of anti-terrorist activities by the intelligence services, police and other public bodies in relation to the protection of the public...

      Worker Registration Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the charge to individuals from other European Union countries for registration under the Worker Registration Scheme.

      Working Time Directive

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what effect ending the United Kingdom's opt-out from the Working Time Directive would have on the working hours of people employed in essential services, including...

      Working Time Directive

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to implement the decision of the European Parliament to end the United Kingdom's opt-out from the Working Time Directive.

      Working Time Directive

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to members of the European Parliament about the proposal to end the United Kingdom's opt-out from the Working Time Directive;...

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